119 Samekh

We are all tired of the evil stuff in this world.  We don’t want kids hurt nor people starved nor terrorism waged anymore.  We all want the wickedness to stop.  We’re sick of it.  We hate evil.  And we should.

I wonder what the writer of psalms 119 was going through when he wrote this next section.  What did he see?  What did he experience?  Clearly he was exhausted from people lying to him.  He was frustrated by all of the sin.  He was exasperated with those who worshiped silly statues to justify their fatal lifestyles.   

But one thing I find truly interesting in these verses.  As he thought of the evil around him, the writer of psalm 119 fell in love with God all that much more.  God is completely different than the sick stuff going on all around this world.  God’s words were a place of renewal, of encouragement for a depressed soul.  God’s commands were fresh and empowering.  God spoke loyalty and truthfulness.  God’s "definitions of life" were a lamp for his feet and a light for his path.  God’s words leaves him speechless. 

God’s words send shivers down our spines.  Greater than any festering disgust at evil, God’s words boom into our souls and stir up passion for doing right in this world.  Though evil may try to overwhelm, God’s powerful goodness is an unassailable ally.

Psalm 119:113-120 (The Message)

   I hate the two-faced,
      but I love your clear-cut revelation.
   You’re my place of quiet retreat;
      I wait for your Word to renew me.
   Get out of my life, evildoers,
      so I can keep my God’s commands.
   Take my side as you promised; I’ll live then for sure.
      Don’t disappoint all my grand hopes.
   Stick with me and I’ll be all right;
      I’ll give total allegiance to your definitions of life.
   Expose all who drift away from your sayings;
      their casual idolatry is lethal.
   You reject earth’s wicked as so much rubbish;
      therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say.
   I shiver in awe before you;
      your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.


  1. Thanks Dan, for the refreshing look at this passage. It’s humbling to think of the way these words could be reflected upon our own souls and thoughts and temptations. I really appreciate the challenge. Sincerely, thanks.

  2. I find this passage refreshingly honest. I often find myself looking into the mirror seeing two faces looking back. ” Expose all who drift away from your sayings; their casual idolatry is lethal.” Expose all who drift… expose the dark lusts, sins, painful wounds of “me.” That is hard, that is humbling. Get out of my life, evildoers.

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