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A View From Psalm 119

A Reflection of Psalm 119

Rev. Dr. Judy Baumgartner

 

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. Its verses are packed with insight into discipleship. The psalmist’s understanding of God’s training process is comforting. This song reveals passion, wisdom, hope, faith, and ultimately, a love for God.

 

“Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” (Psa. 119:66-68, NIV)

 

The psalmist recognizes that affliction is all part of the discipleship process. He has learned to rejoice in his suffering. He is not a masochist, but rather one who celebrates accomplishments. Although the psalmist’s road was arduous, he ultimately tastes sweet victory.

 

Graduation day is a wonderful celebration. It is a fantastic opportunity for the whole family to celebrate the student’s accomplishments. The same hands that grasp the diploma are the ones that cramped during tests, taking notes, and typing. How hollow it would be to receive such a prize without earning it.

 

God’s discipleship process is tailored for each of us. The lessons we learn, and the order in which we experience them, are vastly different for each individual. God’s graduation-day type celebration occurs in the next life rather than this one. Therefore, let us choose to be diligent students who desire to please our Teacher.

 

         “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Praise be to you, O LORD; teach me your decrees.” (Psa. 119:10-12, NIV)

 

         Father, help us to live our lives as pleasing to You. May we learn under Your guidance. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!