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In Psalm 119 the Psalmist has filled stanza after stanza with expressions of praise to God for His Law. Of all people, surely this godly poet is committed to God’s Word. He longs for the Word. What is the startling statement in this week’s selection? It’s in verse 176. “I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments” (ESV).
Though the Psalmist praises God’s commands and testifies to keeping them and remembering them, at the same time he acknowledges that he has gone astray and needs God to come find him. That’s a description of every person who values God’s Word and assesses himself honestly. We stray from the truth. We wander or scurry away. Once that is done, we can’t even figure out where God is, or maybe we are too scared to face His displeasure, so we run the opposite direction.
We need God to come rescue us, to drag us kicking and screaming back to His words of comfort and forgiveness. This is our hope. Do you love God and His Word? Know that He is still there to rescue you also. he is the living Word of God who reconciles his people with the majestic, triune God. He does it himself. Nobody else will.
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