This section of Psalm 119 sounds a familiar melody. There are notes of selfishness and opposition and affliction, notes we all have heard or are hearing within our own hearts in these uncertain days, but over and over again, the note that resonates the loudest and the longest is faith in the God who speaks.
When the enticing notes of selfish gain sound, the psalmist sings in verse 36, “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” We need God to work in our hearts through His word not just so that we know what He wants but also so that we want what He wants.
When the sound of those who oppose the Lord is deafening, the psalmist sings in verse 39, “Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.” When everything seems like it’s going wrong, we need to remember that following God’s way is always right and good!
When the sour notes of struggle strike, the psalmist sings in verse 50, “This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.” In the moments when we are weak, God’s promises stand as strong as ever.
What comes through loud and clear at every point is the psalmist’s faith in the Lord and love for His word. Whatever notes we’re hearing today, we can sing as the psalmist does because God’s word is powerful. We can sing because God keeps His promises. We can sing because God’s statutes are our songs.