We all have some familiarity with it. It comes and it goes. Some people live in a constant state of hopelessness. One could ask why we have so much despair when we have so much. This affluence is no comfort to us, however, when the darkness closes in. How do we combat this? For some of you, this means you should seek professional help. There are many things that we need to combat despair, but we are going to look at the pathway the psalmist uses to get his strength.
Psalm 119:25-32 (CSB)25 My life is down in the dust;
give me life through your word.
26 I told you about my life,
and you answered me;
teach me your statutes.
27 Help me understand
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders.
28 I am weary from grief;
strengthen me through your word.
29 Keep me from the way of deceit
and graciously give me your instruction.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set your ordinances before me.
31 I cling to your decrees;
Lord, do not put me to shame.
32 I pursue the way of your commands,
for you broaden my understanding.
We see language that gives us a hint as to the mental well-being of the author of this Psalm. His life is down in the dust. He is weary from grief. He wants to be kept from deceit. What is it the Psalmist is asking for? What is it that the word will do for him?
He asks for the following things.Give me life through your word.Teach me your statues.Help me understand the meaning of your precepts.Strengthen me through your word.Keep me from deceitGive me your instruction.
Is this your response to despair? I have to confess, it is rarely my response. I want to whine and cry. I want someone to alleviate it. I want God to ease my angst. Do I seek life and strength from God? Do we cling to Him and His ways? Do I run to the Word and immerse myself in it? Not usually. Why not?
The Psalmist has chosen the way of truth. The pursuit of God's commands broadens his understanding. The pursuit of God's Word is very rewarding. By it we are encouraged, we learn about God, we can see how He has been and will be faithful. But, it can sometimes be a daunting task. It is hard to dig in when we are overwhelmed. I would encourage you to study His Word during the good times. Understand it, memorize it, meditate on it. Use the remembrance and understanding gained during good times as a source to draw on when you are struggling. Make His Word part of you.
Will you pray this stanza of Psalm 119 as a prayer today?