We Should Meditate Upon God’s Law Day and Night
17 Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
The psalmist recognizes that it is much easier to obey God’s law when we are experiencing the goodness of God. When we are in the midst of trials, being tormented by our enemies, and trying to deal with our emotions, it takes a significant amount of concentration, control, and effort to react appropriately. It is especially difficult when we are being tested, and the awareness of the presence of God about us seems to have disappeared. God has not forsaken us, but is showing us what is really within us as He watches at a short distance, just like a teacher who is observing the student take a test.
There is nothing wrong with asking God to reveal His presence and peace to us during trials. But in order to grow, God must take the training wheels off of our bicycle, and we need to put more effort into it to learn our lessons. It is especially difficult when God does the opposite of what you request as you seek to honor and glorify His name.
Sin clouds our perceptions and judgments. We need God to remove the blinders from us so that we can see clearly. When our blinders are removed, God can show us wonderful new things in His law. As we are more obedient to the revealed truth of God, He entrusts us with more of Himself.
We will be judged not for how much we know, but for what we did with the truth that was revealed to us and that we understood. As we are faithful in observing God’s laws and statutes, the blinders of sin will begin to fall away. The psalmist greatly desires to know more of God’s character and insight. We should do the same.
The Earth is not our home. We need God to reveal Himself and His truth to us so that we can live faithfully for Him. We cannot live faithfully for God if He conceals His truth from us. The psalmist knows that if God hides His face from him, he will not know the truth. And since we are not yet with Him in Heaven, we need Him to show Himself to us as we patiently await the glorious day when His Son, Jesus Christ, returns in Glory, and we will know Him as we are fully known.
As we are yielding ourselves to the Holy Spirit, He will put an ever-increasing desire to know God’s character and to live it out within us. The desire to live righteously and to see righteousness be done will increase greatly. We will become so driven that the desire to live righteously will consume us. We will long for it as the pants for the water.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask ourselves a question: Is the desire to live righteously for God a consuming desire in our heart?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, Your love for me is amazing. You greatly desire that I be consumed with You. As the desire of my heart is increasing for You, You have said that You will give me the desire of my heart. Please do not hide Your face from me, but rather, help me to know Your holy character and live it out in faith. Strengthen me as I am being tested, and keep me from stumbling. Father, place such a great desire in my heart to know You and to live righteously that I will be consumed with it. For Your Son has said that if we love You we will obey Your commands. Reveal them to me, and help me to be faithful in following all of them, regardless of my circumstances. This I ask in Jesus’ Name, Amen.