Week 9 Teth Psalm 119:65-72
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Many of us are well acquainted with the misery that affliction brings, but how often do we consider the blessings of it? Affliction cannot smother the eternal goodness of God. God is infinitely good, even in the midst of the wildest storms in life that threaten to blow out our fires. One of the ways God demonstrates His goodness in the midst of our afflictions is by teaching us something through them. There are many lessons that we can learn during any season in life, but some we will never learn unless we face a season of affliction.
The Psalmist demonstrates this mindset throughout this Psalm. In the opening verse of this stanza, the Psalmist begins with, “You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD, according to Your word” (vs 65). If we pause and think about what God has done according to His word, I believe we will enter this Psalm with thanksgiving and be reminded of His goodness despite our bad seasons. We will remember that no matter our circumstance, He rescued us from darkness and placed us in His kingdom (Colossians 1:13). Our trials will not last because His Word promises that He is coming back for us. In turn, our hearts will burn with an unquenchable fire for the Lord. In the next verse he writes, “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments” (vs 66).We have talked a lot about being “teachable” throughout this study and I think this is a good place to pause and ask ourselves if we are teachable when faced with affliction. A teachable heart asks, “Father, what are you teaching me through this?” Or, “ Father, what qualities of myself are you refining in me by exposing me to the hurt of this person? Father I know whatever hurt I face or trial I go through, you will teach me something through it. Please help to have eyes to see what you are teaching me.” I have found adopting this mindset allows me to view affliction with an attitude that is seeking growth instead of defensiveness and destruction. He goes on to say, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word” (vs 67). When we grow in spiritual maturity, we have different eyes toward affliction. Another blessing of affliction is that it has a way of getting us back on track. There are many lessons that I have learned through my seasons of affliction. I am almost certain that had I not faced certain situations, my feet would still be running towards destruction instead of life. As the Psalmist says, “before I was afflicted I went astray,” I can confidently say I have turned my feet and am now striving to keep His word. Next he writes, “You are good and do good; teach me your statutes” (vs 68). Here the Psalmist seems to be praising God for who He is (You are good) and what He does (and do good). Praising God for who He is and what He does, helps us when we face hurtful situations. The Psalmist demonstrates this in the next verse when he writes, “The proud have forged a lie against me, But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart”(vs 69). Knowing that God is good despite the hurtful things people say and do, helps us overcome the hurt brought on by others. The Psalmist was dealing with someone forging a lie against him. Despite being lied about, he stays loyal to the Lord. What an amazing example for us to follow. When I am lied about, I get down and discouraged. But the Psalmist doesn’t do that. He continues saying that he will keep God’s precepts with His whole heart. A lot of hurt and affliction is caused by prideful people with sick hearts. The Psalmist writes in the next verse, “Their heart is as fat as grease, But I delight in Your law”(vs 70). When I think of a fat heart, I think of fatty heart disease. This is often caused by a poor diet. I think we could apply this to our spiritual lives and make sure we pay attention to what we are ingesting. A fat heart is a heart obsessed with indulgence. Often proud people have sick hearts that do not delight in the Law, but delight in sin. Their consciences have been seared (1 Timothy 4:2) and untouched by the Word of God generally due to what they are feeding their hearts and mind. It is so vital that we feast on the Word instead of indulge in the junk of the world. Fatty heart disease is a killer, but spiritual fatty heart disease is even more dangerous One way that God keeps our hearts healthy, I believe, is again, through affliction. The Psalmist seems to demonstrate this in the next verse as he writes, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes”(vs 71). Suffering/affliction can be fruitful, although so painful. It can purify our hearts when dealt with appropriately. Often it is hard for us to see the lessons and beauty of affliction until we look back at it through the eternal filter of wisdom and guidance of the Word of God. I can personally say, the affliction I have gone through has helped me learn deep spiritual truths that I am not sure I would have known if life was always sunshine and rainbows. Those seasons of affliction have also softened my heart and better equipped me to help others with what they are going through. The Psalmist closes this stanza by writing, “The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver” (vs 72). This reminds me of Matthew 6:24 which states “No one can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other, you cannot serve God and mammon. The Psalmist treasured God’s word above riches. He found comfort in affliction. He learned from the seasons of affliction he went through and he kept his heart pure. Can we say the same? Today, we get to choose what our focus will be. Will we respond to our afflictions with frustration and doubt, or will we use them to redirect our steps back to Christ. Will we lash out in anger when faced with a difficult person or situation or will we beg God to give us pure hearts bent towards obedience? Sisters, I pray that we do not let the pain of affliction blind us from experiencing the incredible blessings available to us in Christ. I pray that our hearts are not hardened by the spiritual fattiness of sin. Let us be women with healthy hearts who learn from affliction. And let us pray to have hearts bent towards storing up treasures in heaven “where moth and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matt. 6:20). As a result, I believe our lives and attitudes will encourage others to value God’s Word and way of living above any wordily possession or treasure. I pray this post blesses you!
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