Rulers persecute me without cause,
but my heart trembles at your word.
Even those who would control our lives have no ground – they envy the power of the Word. I tremble with bodily emotion – with a spiritual sense – of the power of God’s word. What a thing to say, if you could say ‘There’s only one thing that scares me – God’s Word!’
I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.
Yes! In Jesus we have such cause to be glad. Here is the treasure in the field, the pearl of great price, the only-real wealth – the true utterance of God, changing us to be more like his Son.
I hate and abhor falsehood
but I love your law.
This is the great spoil! This is the characteristic of the changed worshipper, finding themselves in love with the law of God.
Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.
A perfect and complete pattern of life is to worship him for the perfection and goodness of what he has decreed.
Great peace have they that love your law
and nothing can make them stumble.
Our feet can stand strong and steady, our hearts can be certain that this way is the good way.
I wait for your salvation, O Lord,
and I follow your commands.
Now in faith and not impatience – and this waiting accompanies obedience. This is sanctification – that we should have a heart to change and the willingness to wait or go and let him change us at his own timing.
I obey your statues,
for I love them greatly.
It has become very simple: we now obey out of love.
I obey your precepts and your statues
for all my ways are known to you.
This is all of my life – I’m only obeying your Word, not looking for a path of my own. I walk along paths that God himself knows and is fond of. Jesus likes this way, himself. Amen!