More Than Gold (Psalm 119:121 – 128)

121 I have done justice and righteousness;

Do not leave me to my oppressors. 
122 Be surety for Your servant for good;

Do not let the proud oppress me.

123 My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation

And Your righteous word.

124 Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy,

And teach me Your statutes.

125 I am Your servant;

Give me understanding,

That I may know Your testimonies.

126 It is time for You to act, O Lord,

For they have regarded Your law as void.

127 Therefore I love Your commandments

More than gold, yes, than fine gold!

128 Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things

I consider to be right;

I hate every false way.

The psalmist moves into a section where he calls upon God for help in dealing with his oppressors in light of his righteousness.  He asks for mercy and understanding.  He aks for God to defend him, a man who knows and keeps the commandments, and to oppose those who have ignored God’s laws.  He then describes the word in glowing terms.  He says that he loves the commandments of God more than gold, yes, than fine gold.  He loves the precepts of God and considers them to be right, and hates every false way.  This attitude exhibited by the writer is admirable in some ways, and yet disconcerting in a few others.  First, it is noble that the psalmist loves God’s word and hates sin and injustice.  Christians shoud live in a way that reflects his or her respect and reverence for the word of God and its teachings.  Second, though, the writer pleads for God’s help on the basis of his own righteousness.  While that may be a proper Old Testament understanding under the law, it is not appropriate for believers today.  We should and are definitely called to obey God’s word, but our status with God is not dependent on our righteousness, but on the grace of God.  Without His grace, we cannot approach Him.  By His grace, we can come boldly before Him.  Stand on His grace, but yet strive for holiness in all things.  The precious, golden word will show you the way!

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