â€œMy soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?â€ (Psalm 119:81-82)
by Henry Morris, M.of Div.
hose who â€œlove the LORDâ€ with all their heart, soul, and might (Deuteronomy 6:5) and those who seek the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33) deeply long to â€œunderstand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of Godâ€ (Proverbs 2:5).
Yet in spite of such longing, the saints of God are often perplexed by the apparent success of the wicked. This psalmist is no exception:
â€œWhen wilt thou comfort me?â€ (Psalm 119:82).
â€œI am become like a bottle in the smokeâ€ (v. 83).
â€œWhen wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?â€ (v. 84).
â€œThe proud have digged pits for meâ€ (v. 85).
â€œThey persecute me wrongfullyâ€ (v. 86).
â€œThey had almost consumed me upon the earthâ€ (v. 87).
Among all the heartfelt complaints, however, is the continual reliance on the promises and principles of Godâ€™s Word. He promised not to forget the statutes, though he felt invisible to God (v. 83). And though he knew that his days are not guaranteed, he expected God to judge the wicked (v. 84). He knew the â€œcommandments are faithful,â€ and he promised the Lord that he would not forsake the precepts (vv. 86-87).
The final request should be ours as well: â€œQuicken me [enliven, revive] after thy lovingkindnessâ€ (v. 88). Even though God â€œhast shewed me great and sore troubles,â€ the confidence is that God â€œshalt quicken me againâ€ (Psalm 71:20). On the basis of that assurance, our response should be like this godly manâ€™s: â€œSo shall I keep the testimony of thy mouthâ€ (Psalm 119:88). HMM III