Faith is a strange thing to explain because, in my experience of living with my hope in God’s word, it has has been a lot like the experience that the psalmist is expressing in today’s passage from Psalm 119. I have no doubt that God’s word is true and that obedience to his laws and commands will result in a great abundance of his blessing, but often, day to day, it can seem like an awfully long wait. The trouble isn’t so much that I suffer any terrible lack or great hardship. The trouble is not knowing how things will turn out. Today I have all that I need, but what about tomorrow? The thing about faith is that if we could see how things would turn out, if we knew where our money was coming from, there would be no need for faith. It is precisely because life is so uncertain that faith is the key to our salvation. Faith gives us freedom from the worry of how it will be because we know that The Lord will provide for our needs, but sometimes we get tired of being able to see only one step ahead – (see Psalm 119:105).
Psalms 119:81-88 NLT
81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue,
but I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true.
When will you comfort me?
83 I am shrivelled like a wineskin in the smoke,
but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.
84 How long must I wait?
When will you punish those who persecute me?
85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions
have dug deep pits to trap me.
86 All your commands are trustworthy.
Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.
87 They almost finished me off,
but I refused to abandon your commandments.
88 In your unfailing love, spare my life;
then I can continue to obey your laws.
Having experienced the same impatience as the psalmist, and knowing and trusting in the truth of God’s word as the psalmist does, I am not sure that there is an obvious goal today. However, just that these feelings, so familiar to so many of us, are written down for us to read in the first place, I find inspiring. My goal, therefore is just to keep on sharing my own thoughts on the scriptures as I read them. The psalmist shared his feelings and now, thousands of years later, translated from ancient Hebrew into modern, up to date English, I have been encouraged. I hope that this act of sharing my trust and reverence for the word of God, might inspire some one else to take heart when they are worn out and rescue seems far away. I hope it might help them remember why they put their hope in the word of The Lord in the first place.
Daniel 2:24-3:30, 1 Peter 4:7-5:14, Psalms 119:81:96, Proverbs 28:15-16