Delighting in Discipline
Based on: Psalm 119: 65 – 72
If you have been following these posts based on Psalm 119, you will notice that the stanzas, and even the verses, do not always follow one theme. We know that King David wrote some of the Psalms, and some were written by others. There is no clear opinion as to who wrote Psalm 119. I found a quote that helps me approach this Psalm with better understanding.
“No matter who wrote it, we notice that it was likely written over some period of time and later compiled because there is not a definite flow of thought from the beginning of the Psalm to the end. The sections and verses are not like a chain, where one link is connected to the other, but like a string of pearls were each pearl has equal, but independent value.” David Guzik – Blue Letter Bible
This is a beautiful and reassuring thought. The verses and stanzas are each important as stand-alone truths, not necessarily dependent on the previous, but yet stronger when linked with each of the other verses. Today’s verses are a good example of Guzik’s idea.
I trust you have read this stanza a few times. At first, I could not see the connection between the verses, but after several readings it became clearer.
During childhood many of us heard the words, “someday you will understand why we have these rules and consequences.” Or perhaps you remember something like this, “when you become an adult you will be glad I made you do…” These parental sayings came to mind as I reviewed these verses. The writer admits that he has done wrong, but that he still loves God and His Word. He is thankful for the laws and for God’s correction. The writer seems to love God even more because of the guidance and discipline.
When I look back on my life, I remember times when the Lord had to correct my sinful behaviour. I see now, that when I turned from my wrongdoing and began to obey His Word, God was able to use and guide me in ways I could not have imagined. I am thankful, and yes delighted, for God’s vital discipline, faithful love, ready forgiveness, and His never-ending mercy on my life.
But what does this have to do with the pandemic we are facing today?
I believe that all of God’s Word is relevant for the day we live in. Sometimes we need to dig deep into our hearts, minds, and attitudes to find what God is saying. The obvious point is, we need to use God’s Word to keep us from sin. But perhaps God has taught or reminded you of another practical way to use these verses in your life during this “new” normal. I would love to hear what that might be. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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