Today From Psalms
Everyone delights in something. Some find great delight and therefore satisfaction in their jobs. Some find exceeding delight and families. Most grandparents delight greatly in their grandchildren. There are many things in which we can find delight.
David speaks of delighting in God’s law. “Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.” Psalms 119:77
Prior to this, the writer has asked for God’s mercy. “Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort.” Psalms 119:76
The events and circumstances of life that trouble us are innumerable. They may not be daily, and they may not be long lasting but they are troublesome. In these times our heart yearns for comfort.
God has promised us, in His word, to be our source of comfort. David prays for God’s “merciful kindness” to be his comfort. He can do so because he has confidence and faith in God’s word.
These times of trouble can also take away our initiative and joy for living. We tend to want to just “give up” when times seem to be overwhelming or we face the same difficult issues or temptations again and again. David refers to this need when he says: “Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live.” We need to be able to go on in life with faith and vigor. This comes from God’s comfort which strengthens me and enables me to go on.
Troubles and the accompanying discouragement will come from time to time. The more we delight in the Word of God, the more it becomes our source of comfort and meditation to press on.