Psalm 119:49-64

Laws

51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, LORD, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.

54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, LORD, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.

57 You are my portion, LORD;
I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;

60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.

What do you think about laws and rules? Are they restricting? Are the penalties too unjust? Do they take the fun out of things?

The author here seem to delight in God’s law. Time after time he sings of God’s decrees. He wakes up in the middle of the night to give thanks for His righteous laws! I only wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

Why is this so? This chapter may explain it further as we read along.

Here, we get glimpses of why he embraces God’s laws.

50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life
.

He takes comfort in God’s promises, that it would preserve his life.

57 You are my portion, LORD

God is his portion.  When someone or something is a part of you, you treasure it.

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