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Give me life according to your word!

25 My soul clings to the dust;
give me life according to your word!
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
teach me your statutes!
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word!
29 Put false ways far from me
and graciously teach me your law!
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I set your rules before me.
31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord;
let me not be put to shame!
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
when you enlarge my heart!
(Psalm 119 25:32)

 

In this section of Ps. 119 the author appears to be expressing a feeling of depression. My soul clings to the dust, My soul melts away for sorrow and a desperation to receive a blessing from God I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!  The beauty of what God reveals in the Bible is that it is so true to real life.  People tend to dismiss the Bible as being from another time and consequently miss the revelation of the heart of God towards us. God understands that we get depressed.  He knows we get angry and frustrated.  Many of the psalms display raw human emotions.  But the thing to remember is God is a God of compassion, mercy and grace.  He wants us to lean on Him and cast all our cares on Him because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).  In verse 25  My soul clings to the dust;  but give me life according to your word!  The promise of life, Jesus said I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except by me (John 14:6).  Abundant life is to be found in Jesus (John 10:10) as we draw close to Him, He draws close to us (James 4:8) When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!  I told you and you answered.  A close relationship with God. As His soul was melting with sorrow he asked God to be his strength through His word.  That is where our strength comes from, Our God (Exodus 15:2).  O how we need God to graciously teach us His Word.  To show us His paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3) so we can choose the way of faithfulness.  God wants us to be faithful but when we are not He is faithful (1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Timothy 2:13).  How the word of God can change a situation from us feeling depressed and oppressed to wanting to run because our heart has been enlarged with love for Him for what He has done for us.

 

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If you want to know more about how to enter a relationship with God, how to be forgiven of your sins and how to become a Christian please take a look at the Gospel section above or get in touch with me through the contact me page.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.