The world we live in has always be hostile to the ways of God and the gospel. We live in predominately Christian worldview culture that is changing. Despite the fact that we live in this western culture, it has been predominately hostile to those who desire to live out godly lives centered around Biblical precepts. We see God's promises and we feel that we don't experience victory in the way we expect.
Psalm 119:121-128 (CSB)121 I have done what is just and right;do not leave me to my oppressors.122 Guarantee your servant’s well-being;do not let the arrogant oppress me.123 My eyes grow weary looking for your salvationand for your righteous promise.124 Deal with your servant based on your faithful love;teach me your statutes.125 I am your servant; give me understandingso that I may know your decrees.126 It is time for the Lord to act,for they have violated your instruction.127 Since I love your commandsmore than gold, even the purest gold,128 I carefully follow all your preceptsand hate every false way.
Look at what the Psalmist is expressing. He does what is right. He is being oppressed. He is growing weary and knows what God promised. He knows He is a God of faithful love. His well-being is not adequate.
So, what then does he cry for? "It is time for the Lord to act."
Can you relate? We often grow weary of the oppression we are experiencing. We do not understand why God does not intervene. We want action. Life can be overwhelming, and we often feel that we are not getting a fair deal. How can we deal with the lack of justice we feel?
First of all, we may not be as right as we think we are. I would encourage you the let the Holy Spirit inform you on who you are and what He wants you to be. Perhaps we should look at ourselves and see if change can be productive. Second, we need to be sure we are not being self-righteous. God does not owe us anything. This is a difficult battle. God loves us; therefore, we feel that as we pursue Him, our suffering and opposition should abate. This is not so. A look at the lives of the New Testament writers should give us a glimpse of the affliction that is present in those making an impact with the gospel. Thirdly, He has and will act. We must learn to see His hand at work. It may not live up to our expectation, but it is the better way.
Ultimately, we must come to the conclusion that we love His commands more than gold. We must purpose, willfully and joyfully, to follow His precepts and hate every false way. God knows and is with us. We will always be in opposition with the world. He is preparing a place for us where all will be set right.
Will you purpose to love His ways and walk in these ways regardless?
Will you pray this stanza of Psalm 119 as a prayer today?