Psalm 119: 25-32 – In Hardship, Trial, or Pain

Psalm 119:25-32 (NIV)

ד Daleth

25 I am laid low in the dust;
preserve my life according to your word.
26 I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.
27 Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,
that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, Lord;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.

Lessons

How appropriate that the passage of Psalm 119 on the anniversary of the horrific terrorist attacks that occurred on 9/11/01 would be an encouragement for us when we are in times of hardship, trial, or pain.

25. When we are discouraged or in hard times, our reliance should be on Scripture — we must lean into God’s promises.

26. Go to God with your troubles. In prayer, be intentional about telling Him what is going on. Let it be a personal conversation. “Recount your way” to Him. And then look to His Word for His answer — He will teach you from it!  We do not “recount our way” so that He will know it — He already knows!!!  But rather, so that we will be strengthened and encouraged when we see God’s goodness and faithfulness to us.

27. Come humbly before God, asking for His help to understand the Scriptures. But then, meditate on that understanding — let it sink deep down into your every thought.  Let it transform you in every way.

28. We should expect to be weary and sad at times. There will be hard seasons of life. Our source of strength is Scripture.

29. In times of sorrow, sadness, and trial, we are especially susceptible to sin. By God’s grace, He gives us His Word to protect us and strengthen us. Use it.

30. In these hard seasons, we must choose obedience. But our actions and attitudes begin in our heart, so we must first “set our heart” on Scripture.

31. Cling to Scripture.  Do not let go of it for anything!!!  Picture rock climbing and “clinging” to a hold. You can only cling to one place at a time! CLING to Scripture and nothing else! And then ask God to help you be obedient to it.

32. Be deliberate and determined in your obedience. Do not walk casually in obedience — RUN!!  Our difficult circumstances may continue, but our heart will no longer be weighed down!

Applications

25. When I am discouraged, do I look to Scripture for encouragement? Or somewhere else? What am I leaning on?

26. Do I “recount my ways” to God, looking to His Word for teaching for my life?

27. Am I asking God to help me understand His Word and then letting that understanding sink into every part of my heart, mind, and life so it will transform me?

28. When I am weary from hard times, am I seeking strength, endurance and renewal from Scripture? What does it mean to be spiritually renewed, yet physically and mentally exhausted? What is God teaching me by allowing this for me?

29. In times of trial, am I digging deeper into Scripture — not just for my encouragement and edification, but to keep myself from sin?

30. Have I “set my heart” on God’s Word? Is it possible to “set your heart” on more than one thing at a time?  What do I choose?  Do I choose the way of truth in all seasons of life? What does that look like practically?

31. Am I clinging to God’s Word?! And I admitting my natural weakness and asking God to help me be obedient?

32. Am I walking casually in obedience? Or am I running?! Am I “training” daily in Scripture to become stronger and to build endurance for life’s hard seasons?

Prayer

Oh Lord, how good and kind and gracious you are to have given us your Word. I am sorry for the times that I cling to anything other than your way. Please help me to seek only your Word and to be obedient to it.  Please help me to grow in understanding and application of your ways so that I might run a good race and be an encouragement to others along the way. 

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