Keep Me From My Enemies (Psalm 119:81–88)


כ‍ Kaph

81 My soul faints for Your salvation,
But I hope in Your word.
82 My eyes fail from searching Your word,
Saying, “When will You comfort me?”
83 For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,
Yet I do not forget Your statutes.
84 How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
85 The proud have dug pits for me,
Which is not according to Your law.
86 All Your commandments are faithful;
They persecute me wrongfully;
Help me!
87 They almost made an end of me on earth,
But I did not forsake Your precepts.
88 Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

The psalmist writes of his plight as a persecuted person in light of his dependence upon the word.  He declares that he is near fainting, and his eyes fail, and he is nearing the end of his days.  Yet, hoping in God’s word and searching for his word bring him a calm assurance.  He asked for the Lord to execute judgment upon his enemies, who persecute him wrongfully and try to make and end of him.  Finally, he asks for the Lord to revive him.

When enemies come against you, it is easy to become discouraged and weary.  Your weary soul may seem irretrievable, but the power of the word will lift you and give you strength.  When life is desperate, turn to the word for answers, for comfort, and for inspiration.  The word will help you weather opposition and live to fight another day!

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