Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
It is nice to be popular, influential, and well respected, isn 't it? Most of us would work very hard toward that goal. Even within the Church there are plenty of people who would like to "rise" to a "position of authority." We think that is "success."
The Psalmist sees success in a very different light In Psalm 119:137-144, the Psalmist considers himself small, unimportant. Who and what is great? God as revealed in his word is great. We may find trouble, we may face opposition, we may be rejected and despised. But God's Word is always solid. It will never fail.
What do we delight in? We delight in the Word of God which cleanses us, directs us, and brings us delight. We seek to understand the Word of God clearly. We ask how it works in our lives. We ask how we can live according to God's Word.
In these last days, Christians confess that Jesus, the living Word of God, has redeemed us from sin and death. He is able to bring us to eternity, without fail. He alone is worthy of our respect, our honor, our zeal.
When we face trouble, then, we turn to the Lord and His Word. He will take care of our opponents. We don't need to worry about that. He is able to do all things perfectly.
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