Psalms 119:121

Psalms 119:121-122, ďPsa 119:121AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors. Psa 119:122Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.Ē

The word oppress means to violate, to defraud, to use violence on. And these verses teach some very interesting and practical truths about situations where a person is oppressing you.

The first thing that is said is do what is right. Just because someone else is doing wrong donít let that influence you to do wrong. If you do what is right then you will have victory over your oppressors. You will have victory because you didnít allow them to influence you to do wrong. You will have victory because in the end you will have been a testimony for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

So when they lie about you donít lie about them. When they gossip about you donít gossip about them. When they threaten and slander you donít do what they do. Turn the other cheek. Remember a soft answer turneth away wrath. And remember vengeance is mine saith the Lord.

To be honest the best thing that you can ever do for those that oppress you is to pray for them. Pray that they will be saved. If they get saved then will have a change of heart and a change of ways. Pray that God helps you to love them.

Psalms 119:121-122, ďPsa 119:121AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors. Psa 119:122Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.Ē

Thereís a very interesting phrase here in verse 121 which says leave me not to my enemies. The idea is connected to the first part of the verse which talks about doing what is right. If you do what is right God will not let those that oppress you have victory over you. But if you do what is wrong God may very well use those that are oppressing you to chastise you. He did it to the nation of Israel time and time again when they did not repent of their sins. He used the wicked and ungodly heathen nations of the world around them to chastise them for their sins.

Itís not a good situation to be in, a situation where God lets your enemies have victory over you because of your sins. Such a situation is very grievous and results in great suffering and tribulation. 1 John 1:9, ď1Jn 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.Ē

Itís always better to do what is right and if you sin to confess your sins so that you donít have to face the chastisement of God.

Psalms 119:122,ďBe surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.Ē This is an interesting phrase. The word surety has to do with making a promise a pledge and sometimes it involves the use of money; like promising to pay someone a certain amount of money. Now the great promise and pledge that God made is found in Jesus Christ that Jesus would pay the sin debt.

There are some great verses in the bible that talk about Jesus paying the debt for our sins.

Romans 3:24 says, ďRom 3:24Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:Ē

1 Corinthians 7:23, ď1Co 7:23Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.Ē

1 Timothy 2:6, ď1Ti 2:6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.Ē

Psalms 119:121-122, ďPsa 119:121AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors. Psa 119:122Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.Ē

Notice also that in these verses those who oppose Godís children are called the proud. Those who oppose Godís children oppose God. It takes a lot of pride for a weak and sinful human being to think they are smarter and wiser and stronger than God and to oppose the things that God is doing and trying to do through His church, His children, His servants. You would have to be prideful and very blind to not recognize the love and mercy and compassion and grace and good works God does through Christians and to with a stubborn will oppose such things.

Sometimes the most prideful people in the world are the very people who call themselves Christians. Be careful, knowledge puffeth up. Donít make the mistake of opposing others just because they disagree with you.

Psalms 119:23-25 says, ďPsa 119:123Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. Psa 119:124Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. Psa 119:125I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.Ē

The writer of these verses is expressing his desire to learn Godís Word. God wants us to know His truth. That is why He carefully gave and revealed His word over several thousand years. God wants us to know His Word. That is why He miraculously has preserved His word without error from generation to generation. God wants us to know His word that is why He has allowed His word to be spread across the world and translated in to language after language despite the opposite of powerful governments and of satanic scholars.

But to know Godís Word takes more than Godís desire it takes your desire as well. You must have a sincere thirst for the truth. You must seek the truth. A person who is seeking the truth will not have a know it all attitude especially when it comes to the Bible. If they are wise, they will realize they know very little compared to what God knows and compared to what they could know about Godís Word. Thereís a lot of false doctrine out there. And most Christians fall prey to it. What are the odds that you have not fallen prey to some false doctrine in your life?

Psalms 119:26, ďPsa 119:126It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.Ē

To make void means to violate. What this verse is saying is that there comes a point in time when God must and will judge and punish people for their sins. There is a time and a season for everything. There is a time to live and to die. There is a time for love and a time for war. There is a time to repent of sins and there is a time that sin must be judged.

Many people make the mistake of not understanding this. God is merciful. God is patient. God is longsuffering. God gives opportunity after opportunity for people to repent of their sins. And of course He would. He loves the world. So what happens is some people look at life and they misinterpret this continuing opportunity of grace as though all things are going to just continue the way they are and nothing is going to change. And that is a great mistake for sinners to make.

There is a great passage in the Bible that talks about this. Itís in 2 Peter 3:3-9 and it uses several key phrases. It says of these people that they say ďwhere is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.Ē

All things continue as they were. This is an interesting phrase. In fact this phrase sounds a lot like a philosophy, a teaching, a theory that is very predominate in the world today, the theory of Evolution. Thatís what evolution says, all things continue as they were. Millions and billions of years have passed and man is slowly evolving and adapting. The Lord says a short work will He make upon the earth, a short work.

Letís read this passage 2 Peter 3:3-9 says, ď2Pe 3:3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 2Pe 3:4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2Pe 3:5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 2Pe 3:6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 2Pe 3:7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 2Pe 3:8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2Pe 3:9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.Ē

If you think you can live your life in sin and just continue and continue in it and they will not reap as a result the judgment of God, youíre dead wrong. Psalms 119:26, ďPsa 119:126It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.Ē

Itís a great mystery isnít it. What makes God decide in the life of an individual or in the life of a nation that enough is enough? I think itís one of the greatest mysteries to understand about God. Because sometimes we desire to see the judgment of God against sin and it doesnít happen. Sometime we desire and pray that God will continue to shed mercy and grace and instead He decides to judge and to punish. We know that God is love and that God is merciful. And we know that God judges sin. Perhaps one day when we get to heaven will explain all those decisions that He made to us and we will have a better understanding of the gospel.

But the important thing to remember is this. You never know when you have crossed that final line and gone to far in Godís eyes. It could be one sin or it could be a thousand sins that result in God deciding to work a work of judgment. It has happened both ways to human beings. Either way God is just. Either way God is merciful. Either way God knows and understands infinitely so much more than we ever will. And so we trust in Him and we keep a certain fearful looking of firey indignation to admonish us to not far into sin and to admonish us to be quick to repent of those sins if we do fail.

Psalms 119:127-131, ďPsa 119:127Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Psa 119:128Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Psa 119:129PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. Psa 119:130The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psa 119:131I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.Ē

These verses start out with the word therefore. So they are referring back to the previous verse which talks about God judging sin. These verses are talking about loving, valuing, appreciating the word of God and how beneficial Godís Word is. I think as we look out at the world around us and we see how God judges sin and punishes the wicked it helps us to appreciate and to love His Word more.

The enacting of justice has a good effect on people. It helps to heal them of their wounds and to encourage them to see the fairness and Holiness of God. And according to these verses it helps to love His Word more.

Psalms 119:32, ďPsa 119:132Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.Ē

There are verses in the Bible that talk about how God remembers. God does think about and remember certain things. For example He remembers what Jesus did on the cross. There are other things that God remembers too. He looks back on the past and remembers certain people who had faith in Him because faith pleases God. He remembers certain people those who really loved His name with a great love. And I think when He remembers those times that certain people like Abraham or Noah or Daniel or Joseph or the Apostle Paul and other people mentioned in the bible, walked the earth it bring Him great redolence of joy.

So a great prayer to pray to Jesus is Lord give me the faith of Abraham, test me like Job was tested, or let me serve you in the gospel the way Paul the Apostle served. These things are special to God.

It works just like it does with a human being. Some times we meet a person in life who reminds us of someone we knew a long time ago and maybe that person was someone we loved greatly and we remember the moments we shared with that. That happens to God too. And I think He responds to that by shedding His mercy and grace upon such an individual.

You see you can be a typical Christian, an average Christian or you can strive to be the apple of Godís eye. You can be someone who reminds God of special times and moments past and people whoís faith greatly pleased God. You can be someone who greatly moves God with your prayers and with your life. You can be someone whom God decides to entrust with His precious gospel

Psalms 17:8 says, ďPsa 17:8Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.Ē

Song of Solomon 2:3 says, ďSon 2:3As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste

O to be the apple of Godís eye. To be the cream of the crop. To be the Christian that God looks at among all the Christians of the world and says That one! That jewel That one is my favorite. I love the way that one shines and reflects the light and therefore Iím going to come and fellowship with this person and do great things for them through them. You see God is doing a work in this world across the plains of Human History. Itís the gospel. Sometimes we get fascinated with Hollywood and the Hollywood actors. There always on tv. They get the attention. They get talked about. There in the lime light in a certain way. Now Shakespeare said all the worldís a stage. And it is. What is going on is that God and all of those in heaven are looking down at the earth and those that dwell on the earth. Itís a special time and a special opportunity because this life is limited by nature and what happens in this life effects all eternity. So itís a special and great opportunity to be alive on the earth to serve God.

And as Christians we should desire to be in the right place at the right time with God eyes focused on us because of our faith in Him. Habakkuk 1:5 says, ďHab 1:5Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.Ē

Donít you want to be the one who is that place where God is moving where God is working in circumstances and in hearts and doing great and glorious things? Donít you want to be caught up in the rivers of time as they flow towards Christ. When your in that place life is different. Life is magical and romantic. Life is a quest and a journey. And you go through each moment knowing you are very special to God, the amazing and glorious and majestic Creator of all things. There is no better place to be than the apple of Godís eye.

And you can be there if you are not. If you donít know Jesus Christ as your Saviour you can repent of your sins and turn to Him for Salvation. He loves you with everlasting love. He died for you and rose again. Simply trust in him and He will give you eternal life. Jesus has a great plan for your life. He wantís to do great things with youíre life things that will done in human history and be remembered for all eternity.

Psalms 119:32, ďPsa 119:132Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.Ē



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