â€œConsider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.â€ (Psalm 119:153-154)
Much of the Old Testament records Godâ€™s intervention into the affairs of men, often in huge victories on the battlefield. The great military king David wrote frequently of his deliverance amid slaughter, and certainly there is an overtone of physical deliverance felt in these verses.
The key to this prayer, however, is in verse 158: â€œI beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.â€ Although the psalmist spoke of his many â€œpersecutors and . . . enemiesâ€ (v. 157), his desire was fixed directly on the faithfulness of Godâ€™s promises. Note the constant reliance on the truth of what God has said:
- â€œI do not forget thy lawâ€ (v. 153). God spoke of the opposite condition through Hosea: â€œMy people are destroyed for lack of knowledgeâ€ (Hosea 4:6).
- â€œQuicken me according to thy wordâ€ (v. 154), for the â€œwicked . . . seek not thy statutesâ€ (v. 155).
- Even though there are many enemies who persecuted him â€œwithout causeâ€ (Psalm 35:7), this godly man would not â€œdecline from thy testimoniesâ€ (Psalm 119:157).
- â€œI beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy wordâ€ (v. 158). Jesus felt the same righteous emotion when He â€œlooked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their heartsâ€ (Mark 3:5).
Hearts not stirred with the Holy Spiritâ€™s indignation at the wicked culture and flagrant violators of Godâ€™s Word should â€œgive diligence to make your calling and election sureâ€ (2Â Peter 1:10). Those who love Godâ€™s holiness also love Godâ€™s Word. HMM III