Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in Your word. I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
- Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant.
- Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight.
- Let the proud be ashamed, for they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; but I will meditate on Your precepts.
- Let those who fear You turn to me, those who know Your testimonies.
- Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, that I may not be ashamed.
A Psalm Of Letting
The word of God is a powerful tool in the hands of one who lives a model life of the principles of righteousness and truth. No man is perfect and the example of a devoted life is the examination of the motives of a good heart seeking the favor of the Father. Every effort should be made to let others see the love of God living in the heart. Hope springs eternal in the minds of those who believe in the power of the Lord to guide, instruct and fashion their lives after the commandments, words, judgments and laws of truth. The psalmist seeks the favor of the Lord to bless his life so that others can see the glory of God and know the grace of salvation. As a created being, there is nothing more basic than trusting in the word of God as a purpose in life. Understanding comes from the word of God by learning the commandments of the Lord. Knowledge is the conduit of salvation. A life governed by the laws of righteousness will fear the Lord and become an example for others to live by. Only in the word of God will lasting hope be found. The wisdom of man is shallow and hopeless but abiding in the meditation of the judgments of the Lord will bring lasting peace. When affliction comes the heart will not be removed from the presence of the mercy of God because there is security in the presence of God. The faithfulness of the Father is unwavering.
With the psalmist declaring his loyalty to the Lord and steadfast hope in His promises, he turns to five pleas for God to fulfill in his life. He wants his life to help others find the truth of the word of the Lord. His first request is for personal blessings from the kindness of the Lord. He wants others to see what the Father will do for him so they will also desire to receive these blessings. God promises in His word to bless His children. These blessings are lights of proof to those who do not know the Lord. The prayer of the righteous is for their life to shine as a light on a hill for others to see the righteousness of God living in them. Further, the psalmist pleads for the tender mercies of God to comfort him as he delights in the word. One of the great tools to bring people to the Lord is the example of change that takes place in the life of those moved by the word of God. It is not possible to spend time in the word of God and the heart not be changed or lives transformed by its message. In a simple plea to the Father, the psalmist is asking for the impact of the law to move his life to holiness and in that message strike a responsive chord in those who need to obey the will of God.
There will be those who proudly stand against the teaching of the will of the Lord and persecute the righteous. With great faith the psalmist pleads for strength to stand against those who wrongfully accuse the children of God with falsehood. Resting upon the word of God there will be no fear or trepidation from those who oppose the commandments of the Lord. Meditating on the precepts of truth and holiness, the faithful will bring to naught the attacks of those who do not believe. The power of example is a mighty bastion of courage to destroy the arguments of the unrighteous. Asking for the blessings of God to fill the heart of the psalmist, he pleads for those who are righteous to imitate his life as he imitates the word of God. This takes great courage to live in such a manner that others can know the commandments of the Lord through the life of another. He wants his life to be an open book for the world to see how God has changed his life. His final plea is to let that example be blameless regarding the statues of the law of God and no fear of contradiction can be found in the life of the servant of the Lord. It is difficult to live before others in holiness but the psalmist puts his life on the line to let others see that God is real, He is powerful and without the commandments of the Lord there is nothing to live for in life. As servants of Jesus Christ our greatest task is to let others see Christ living (really living) in us.