The next stanza shows the Psalmist in a challenged state of mind.
Note his status.
As in previous stanzas the Psalmist speaks of the Word in various ways.
Note what the Word does for him.
My soul languishes for Your salvation;
I wait for Your word.
My eyes fail with longing for Your word,
While I say, “When will You comfort me?”
Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget Your statutes.
How many are the days of Your servant?
When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?
The arrogant have dug pits for me,
Men who are not in accord with Your law.
All Your commandments are faithful;
They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!
They almost destroyed me on earth,
But as for me, I did not forsake Your precepts.
Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.
The state of the Psalmist?
What did the Psalmist desire?
- My soul languishes…for Your salvation
- My eyes fail…with longing for Your Word
- He spoke…when will You comfort me?
- Like a wineskin in the smoke
- Questioned the number of his days
- Questioned when the Lord would execute judgment upon persecutors
- Undergoing persecution
- Almost destroyed by the enemy
How did the Psalmist respond?
- Requested reviving by the Lord
- Did not forsake the Lord’s precepts
- Called for help from the Lord
The Word…as we have seen…
What does/will the Lord do?
- Execute judgment
Are you listening to what the Lord is saying to you in Psalm 119?
Life will change if we will…