RCC in the Word – Week of March 25

RCC in the Word

Week of March 25

Psalm 119:33-40

33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.35 Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! 37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. 38 Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared. 39 Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good. 40 Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!

Brethren, we find ourselves in the longest chapter in the bible. Psalm 119 is an Acrostic poem of wisdom broken into sections of eight verses. Each section of eight verses begins in order of the 22 original letters of the Hebrew alphabet, 22 times 8 equals 176 verses. We see a God speaking through men with beauty and order. This is the God we worship. He brings beauty and order into the believer’s life as well.

The writer of this poem is one who has suffered and endured trials and by God’s grace has come to depend upon God and His word. I know as a believer that I can relate to how trials help us to see the beauty and love of God. I also can relate to the struggle to read, understand, and obey the word of God.

The psalmist is coming to God seasoned in years, yet as a child for God to teach him, to point out to him, indicate to him the way or meaning of His statutes (vs. 33). Not just a head knowledge, but knowledge that leads to obedience. We can have head knowledge of the truth of something and yet not understand that truth enough to teach it to someone else. The psalmist is wanting a deep understanding of God’s word that can only come from God Himself. We should plead and pray as the Psalmist does throughout this Psalm for understanding and obedience to God’s statutes. I found this quote from D. H. Mollerus to be a beautiful summary of these 8 verses:

Ver. 33-40. In this Octonarius, now and again, the same prayer is repeated, of which several times mention has before been made. For he prays that he may be divinely taught, governed, strengthened, and defended against the calumnies, reproaches, and threatenings of his enemies. And the prayer is full of the most ardent longings, which is manifest from the same resolve being so frequently repeated. For the more he knows the ignorance, obscurity, doubts, and the imbecility of the human mind, and sees how men are impelled by a slight momentum, so that they fall away from the truth and embrace errors repugnant to the divine word, or fall into great sins, the more ardently and strongly does he ask in prayer that he may be divinely taught, governed, and strengthened, lest he should cast away acknowledged truth, or plunge himself into wickedness. And by his example he teaches that we, also, against blindness born with us, and the imbecility of our flesh, and also against the snares and madness of devils should fortify ourselves with those weapons; namely, with the right study and knowledge of the divine Word, and with constant prayer. For if so great a man, who had made such preeminent attainments, prayed for this, how much more ought they to do so, who are but novices and ignorant beginners. This is the sum of this Octonarius. D. H. Mollerus

It is my prayer for us brethren that we pray repeatedly to be divinely taught, governed, strengthened, and defended by the God of all creation. That He would keep us from the follies and distractions of this world. That He would instill within us a deep rooted desire to love His word. I pray that the Lord would cause me to overcome the laziness and indifference of the old man within me and strengthen the will of the new man He has created in me. May we be a people known for our love of Christ our Savior, for our dependence on the Holy Spirit our Keeper, and our reverence for God the Father. The triune God of creation has stooped down to us and redeemed us from the pit of sin and despair. Let us find our joy in the truths the Lord reveals to us in His word. I pray that we grow in our dependence upon this God and His word.

1 Kings 3:9-10

9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” 10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this.

Written by: Calvin Patrick


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