Daily Devotional: Psalms 119:41-48
Ps 119:41-48 Waw
41 May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; 42 then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43 Do not snatch the word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. 44 I will always obey your law, for ever and ever. 45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. 46 I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, 47 for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48 I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees.
16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
As a lad, David heard the taunts of Goliath against Israel, her army and against the God of heaven. He began to consider how he could go and destroy this enemy of God but his brothers rebuked him for even thinking such a thing. When he volunteered to go, King Saul offered all kinds of reasons why he should not attempt to do so. Then as he went out to battle, the giant hurled all kinds of verbal abuse at David and the army of God behind him. To each of these David replied that he would win the battle because he was going in the name of the Lord. He trusted God to give him the victory against his enemies.
When Saul of Tarsus was converted to Christ and began to preach, the abuse began. He was verbally abused, he was beaten, stoned and left for dead but he never wavered in his faith in his Lord. We hold him in high regard as the great apostle Paul but in his day his fellow Jews regarded him as a traitor; toward them, toward their religion and toward God. As an old man, he told the young preacher Timothy that he knew in whom he believed and was persuaded that he is able to keep all that he had committed to him until that final day. No matter what we face in life, we can always trust God and Jesus as our Lord.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness, your truthfulness and your love for me and others like me. Thank you for the physical blessings you have given me that are beyond what I ever imagined I would have. Thank you for the people you have put into my life as friends and as family. Thank you for my physical health that allows me to do so much. There are so many around me that are suffering with terrible pain, with grave sickness and some facing death and I ask your mercy and strength on them and on their loved ones. I pray in the name of Jesus.