Sunday: Psalm 119.113-128 & Deuteronomy 10.12-22

From Ryan Ruffing

Psalm 119:113-128: In this section of Psalm 119, the psalmist continues his praise for the laws of God.  In the first set of verses (113-120) God’s judgment features prominently.  One of the reasons that the psalmist loves God’s law is because he knows that spurning God’s way will end in divine rejection – “you reject all who stray from your decrees” (vs. 118).  While this is certainly not the only reason that the psalmist notes for considering and loving God’s commands, it is part of his considerations.

In the second set of verses (121-128) the psalmist entreats God to be true to his promises.  He is looking for God’s “righteous promise,” (vs. 123) but he is wearied and his “eyes fail” (vs. 123).  It is clear that the psalmist hopes for God’s action in the here and now of his immediate circumstances, but his obedience and love for God’s way is not contingent on God rescuing him from his difficulty.  On the contrary, the psalmist sees the inherent worth of God’s way – “I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold” (vs. 127).

Deuteronomy 10.12-22:  Listen to today’s sermon.