Psalm 119:73-80 (Yodh)

You made me; you created me.
Now give me the sense to follow your commands
May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy.
for I have put my hope in your Word.
I know, O LORD, that your decisions are fair;
You discipline me because I needed it.
Now let your unfailing Love comfort me.
just as You promised me, your servant.
Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live,
for Your law is my delight.
Bring disgrace upon the the arrogant people who lied about me;
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.
Let me be reconciled
with all who fear You and know Your decrees.
May I be blameless in keeping your principles;
then I will never have to be ashamed.
(NLT)

Every person is the work of God’s hands, the creation of his desires. God has raised us up from the dust of the earth for His Great Pleasure, for the enjoyment of His Heart. He has set us apart from the other creatures of the world by giving to us the ability to comprehend that He Is, God of creation and that we where made for His purpose. We are given the ability to understand that we are of God will. We can reason the existence of God and we can understand He has a purpose for us. We can understand the why and the how of His Law. We can comprehend the purpose of His commandments.

Those who stive to live in God’s will and purpose have an awesome fear, a fear that is tendered by love and not timidness. These can rejoice in His Law and not tremble, they have the Hope of Salvation, the Joy of the Word living in Christ Jesus. They rejoice in an glorious and loving fear that is not one of shame but one that recognizes the awesome and glorious power that created us. Those are the ones who strive and yearn to live in obedience of the Law of Love that is in Christ Jesus and who seek to serve God, their Father in all things. Not because they are in dread of Him but because they love Him. Those are the ones who desire with all their hearts to adhear to the Word of God because it is the Nature of the New Creation that is in Christ’s Salvation. We seek and have a passion for the Law because it was given to us as a gift from God. We live by the rule of God’s Mercy and Love and we seek correction when we are wrong.

We are infected with a grace of understanding and a grace of intent to cling to the will of the law. We have been invaded with the faithfulness of God’s will in our lives, a will that is the grace of Love. His Grace that permeates our lives and our will as a sweet fragrance. His Lovingkindness overwhelmes us and comforts our souls when we are troubled or when those who refuse God’s will rebel and rebuke us. His Love and His Law comfort us as a warm blanket against the winds of degradation and rejection. This was promised of old and fulfilled with Christ Jesus, the source of our santification and Grace.

But even as we are weak and slid into the pits of the world, the Mercy of the Father comes by the Son and with the Spirit of Forgiveness and correction, we are made whole again. By the Mercy of the Father, the Gift of the Spirit the Blessing of the Son, we delight in the righteousness of God and the law of His Word. Even as we are unfaithful to God, He is always faithful to us and His desire is for us to live with Him; Christ in us. That is our prayer, one of praise and thanksgiving; for God is great and His law is merciful.

These very verses (73-77) are spoken as a prayer of praise but the verses that follow are the rebuke of the shameful. The call of judgment upon those who use lies and deceit against the believer. Those who are mockers of the Truth and the Will of God. The Psalm says that the even while they mock and lie, he will not listen but will meditate on the Word of God. He will search the world so that there can be no wrong finding with how he lives and worships God. They can find that in the Love of the Law is righteousness and worthiness. The Law does not save, obedience ion the law is the path of the saved.

We need to remember that we are the servants of God as Christ served us. We are to minister to others as Christ ministered to us. We are to seek how to live in Christ’s law as the Children of the Cross, redeemed and released to do good works in His Love. As we struggle with the temptations of the world, we deal out mercy and kindness just as God dealt with us. In that way we can take delight in the Word as to not cause injury or harm to anyone. We who delight in Christ have even more reason to delight in the Law of God’s Love. By the very mercy given to us, we are to take joy in seeing mercy given in God’s Name for others.

As God fashioned us by His Hands, we are to fashion our lives by the law of Christ, given freely to us who deserve nothing. As the Children of Israel where the Chosen of the Father, to be the messengers of the the Law, we are chosen of Christ Jesus to be the messengers of God’s mercy. By the election of the Holy Spirit, we are to live holy and blameless in the Law of Love. We are to be acceptable to the Father so that others may find acceptance in Christ. Through Christ we see the effect of God’s mercy and kindness. We can see how to live and why God gave us the Law, the Word of Life. We are not bound to the Law by despair, but are joined to the Law by the Blood and the Love of Christ. We can live in the spirit of the Law because we can understand the purpose of the law. We can comprehend the Love of the Father and see that it is within our means to love, not fear, God in all His Mighty Glory. We can see that to love one another is to be in union with God, for he loves us so much that He gave His All for us.

Those who walk in the flesh, will be envious of the love that God showers on us, they will stand in awe of the Mercy given to us. They will be shamed and and they will seek us out. Our love will be heaped upon them like burning coals, scorching their hearts and they will seek forgiveness. They will burn with desire but they will not understand. And as they have wronged us, they have wronged God. They shall be be made weak, and they shall shed their vanities and be humbled before God.

But let us not boast, for even as we are still of the flesh, we are weak. Even as we still sin and fall short of righteousness, we must always seek to be right with God. We need the discipline of God in our ways. We need to accept that God corrects us with harshness not because He is angry, but because He loves us. We are not rejected from His love but are guided by the rod of Righteousness. We should not be crying out “Why me, O LORD?” but need to examine that which is in our lives that rivals against God and His Loving Grace. reads: “It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom the father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who discipline us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they discipline us for a short time as it seems best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.” (ESV)

But even as we are mocked, we will not be weakened, but will draw strength from the Word of God. As we meditate on the Word and the Will of the Father of Life, we show resolve in the Law. We see the Love of God and His purpose, His Will and His Love. And as they see our lives, working in harmony as one body (in Christ), they will turn form their ways and listen to our testimonies of service to God’s will. Let us therefore, be content with the Law, let us be constant in our Faith and our resolve to God and His statutes. Let our religion be pure and unblemished sacrifices of honor and obedience to God. In that there is no shame nor blame. May we boldly go to the Temple of His Love, enter into the sanctuary of Christ and bow before the throne of God, through Christ Jesus, and proclaim our love. May we be found Holy and Blameless before the King of kings, the LORD of Lords. May we pride in the observance of the Love of God, given to us by the Law of the Word.


Listen

73 Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
because I have hoped in your word.
75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 Let your steadfast love comfort me
according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
for your law is my delight.
78 Let the insolent be put to shame,
because they have wronged me with falsehood;
as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me,
that they may know your testimonies.
80 May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
that I may not be put to shame! (ESV)


Listen

It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. 11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (ESV)

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