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Psalm 119: 145-152: Love for the Lord’s Word

by | Jun 28, 2024

Psalm 119: 145-152

This section of Psalm 119 is given up to memories of prayer. The Psalmist describes the time and the manner of his devotions, and he pleads with God for deliverance from his troubles. He who has been with God in the prayer-closet will also find God with him in the furnace of affliction. If we have cried, we shall be answered. Delayed answers may drive us to be even more persistent, but we do not need to fear the ultimate result; for God’s promises are not uncertain, but are “founded for ever.” The verses in this octave shows us how David prayed (verse 145), what he prayed for (verse 146), when he prayed (verse 147), how long he prayed (verse 148), what he pleaded (verse 149), what happened (verse 150), and how he was rescued (verse 151). Finally, in verse 152, he gives his testimony about the whole matter.

“I cried with my whole heart,” he tells us, in verse 145. His prayer was a sincere, plaintive, painful, natural utterance – like that of a person in pain. We cannot tell whether he prayed with his voice when he thus cried; but we are informed of something which is of much greater importance, which is the fact that he cried with his heart. Heart-cries are the essence of true prayer. David’s whole soul pleaded with the Lord. His entire affections and his united desires all went out towards the living God. It is good when a person can say this concerning their prayers; it is to be feared that many have never cried to God with their whole heart in all their lives! There may be no beauty of articulation about such prayers, no length of expression, no depth of doctrine, and no accuracy of diction; but if the whole heart is in them, they will find their way to the heart of God!

“Hear me, O Lord!” David desires Jehovah to listen to his cries, so that they may not die upon thin air. True supplicants are not satisfied with the exercise itself; they have a purpose and an objective in praying, and they look to see it fulfilled. Thanks be to God that He does hear our prayers, or else we would pray in vain! It is true that the Lord hears every sound that is made upon earth, and that He knows every desire of every heart; but David meant much more than this. He desired a kindly, sympathetic hearing – such as that which a mother gives to her daughter when she tells her pitiful story. The Psalmist asked that the Lord would draw near and listen with friendly ear to the voice of his complaint, and that He would pity and help him. Observe that his whole-hearted prayer goes to the Lord alone; he has no second hope or help. “Hear me, O Lord!” – that is the full range of his petition and expectation.

“I will keep thy statutes,” David resolves (verse 145). He could not expect the Lord to hear him, if he himself would not hear the Lord; neither would it be true that he prayed with his whole heart, unless it was plain to see that he labored with all his might to be obedient to the Divine will. His objective in seeking deliverance was so that he might be free to worship his God and carry out every one of His ordinances. He desired to be a free man so that he might be at liberty to serve the Lord. Here we learn that a holy resolution goes well with an unrelenting supplication. David was determined to be holy; and his whole heart goes with that resolution, as well as with his prayers. He resolved to keep God’s statutes in his memory, in his affections, and in his actions. He would not willfully neglect or violate any of the Divine laws.

Lord, we repent of times when our prayers to You have been sluggish and half-hearted. We pray for grace to imitate the Psalmist, and to pour out our whole heart and soul when we plead before Your throne of grace! Amen.

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