Lamedh (Psalm 119:89-96)
Your word, O Lord, is eternal;
it stands firm in the heavens.
Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
you established the earth, and it endures.
Your laws endure to this day,
for all things serve you.
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.
Save me, for I am yours;
I have sought out your precepts.
The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
but I will ponder your statutes.
To all perfection I see a limit;
but your commands are boundless.
As I read this passage, I am drawn to verse 92, “If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.” This verse is one I cling to, and have for some time. Not because I want to “follow rules” – but because the very word of God is what makes my heart beat. As one’s heart beats when they find new love, or when they see a loved one they haven’t seen in ages – or some times as one who suddenly realizes they are in the presence of the living God….. And his interest is in me and my affairs…..
The verse is a promise that while without you I certainly would be gone by now – with you NOTHING can separate me from your love. I’ve fallen, many times. I still do. But I won’t let the devil use that to keep me down. I am your child, and I know the truth. It’s moved from my head to my heart, and I am thankful for that. And for you, Lord…..