In the Night

The LORD awakened me tonight to do business with me. As I sought to hear his voice this song by Andrew Peterson came to mind.

 

I am weary with the pain of Jacob’s wrestling
In the darkness with the Fear, in the darkness with the Fear
But he met the morning wounded with a blessing
So in the night my hope lives on

When Elisha woke surrounded by the forces
Of the enemies of God, the enemies of God
He saw the hills aflame with angels on their horses
So in the night my hope lives on

I see the slave that toils beneath the yoke unyielding
And I can hear the captive groan, hear the captive groan
For some hand to stay the whip his foe is wielding
Still in the night my hope lives on

I see the armies of the enemy approaching
And the people driven, trembling, to the shore
But a doorway through the waters now is opening
So in the night my hope lives on

Like the son who thought he’d gone beyond forgiveness,
Too ashamed to lift his head–but if he could lift his head
He would see his father running from a distance
In the night my hope lives on

I can see the crowd of men retreating
As he stands between the woman and their stones
And if mercy in his holy heart is beating
Then in the night my hope lives on

I remember how they scorned the son of Mary
He was gentle as a lamb, gentle as a lamb
He was beaten, he was crucified, and buried
And in the night, my hope was gone

But the rulers of earth could not control Him
They did not take his life–he laid it down
All the chains of death could never hope to hold Him
So in the night my hope lives on

I can see the Son of Man descending
And the sword He swings is brighter than the dawn
And the gates of Hell will never stand against Him
So in the night my hope lives on

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Psalm 119:1-8 אַשְׁרֵי תְמִימֵי-דָרֶךְ

ALEPH

1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,

who walk in the law of the Lord!

2. Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,

who seek him with their whole heart,

3 who also do no wrong,

but walk in his ways!

4 You have commanded your precepts

to be kept diligently.

5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast

in keeping your statutes!

6 Then I shall not be put to shame,

having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

7 I will praise you with an upright heart,

when I learn your righteous rules.

8 I will keep your statutes;

do not utterly forsake me!

Psalm 119 celebrates the gift of God’s word to us. It is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. Here we see a man who has been transformed by the truth and power of God’s word. I have made it a habit to pray through this Psalm regularly in an effort to delight in and long for God’s word as the Psalmist does.

There are wonderful consequences for those who give themselves to diligently study God’s word and live it out. ‘Walking in the Law of the LORD’ is the true path to happiness. Those ‘who seek him with their whole heart’ are those who are truly and eternally happy and blessed.

Question: What is it that you are truly seeking with all of your heart? Is there anything at all that you are seeking in this way or are you walking through this life apathetically just taking life as it comes?

Here we see that those whose ways are blameless; who walk in the ways of the LORD are those who are truly happy.

Verse 4 declares the LORD’s intention for the proper response to his word. God’s expectation for us is that we would be diligent in obeying his word. He does not speak because he likes the sound of his own voice. He speaks so that we will be happy through diligent obedience to all of his commands.

Verse 5 reveals the cry of the Psalmists heart and the goal of this Psalm is that we would share in this deep longing for the things of God. The cry is that we would be ‘steadfast’ in our obedience to God’s word. Without God’s word we are left to wander aimlessly throughout this life stumbling because of our foolish, sinful choices.

The result of obedience is that we will not be put to shame. There is a great lack of shame over our sins in our culture because there is a great ignorance of God’s Word. Furthermore, we will have a heart that longs to praise God as we experience his grace. We will do so with an upright heart.

The first step is learning the LORD’s righteous rules. Many of us sin in ignorance because we do not know what the LORD has said regarding the way we are to live our lives. This section of the Psalm ends with a pledge on the part of the author to keep the statutes of LORD and a request that the LORD not forsake him.

So what about you and I? Will be make the same pledge? Will we seek the LORD with our whole heart?

I know what I am going to do. I am going to engage in a passionate pursuit of intimacy with the Almighty. I am going to feast on his word and walk in the path of true happiness.

Are you with me? I would love to hear your thoughts and comments about this Scripture.