Psalm 119:25-32 (New International Version)
25 I am laid low in the dust;
preserve my life according to your word.
26 I recounted my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.
27 Let me understand the teaching of your precepts;
then I will meditate on your wonders.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me through your law.
30 I have chosen the way of truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
Psalm 119:25-32 (The Message)
25-32 I'm feeling terrible—I couldn't feel worse!
Get me on my feet again. You promised, remember?
When I told my story, you responded;
train me well in your deep wisdom.
Help me understand these things inside and out
so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.
My sad life's dilapidated, a falling-down barn;
build me up again by your Word.
Barricade the road that goes Nowhere;
grace me with your clear revelation.
I choose the true road to Somewhere,
I post your road signs at every curve and corner.
I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me;
God, don't let me down!
I'll run the course you lay out for me
if you'll just show me how.
As a follower of Christ we will encounter ridicule, slander and persecution from others. It is a promise that Jesus gave us(John 15:18-25) and one that brings us closer to the suffering of Jesus. When we faced with this, and the world weighs in on you, what are you to do? How do you overcome in the face of the overwhelming?
As we study further this acrostic poem from this faithful priest, we can "hear" his heart as he writes this suffering plea. He brings us into his circumstances as he calls out to God for help. How is he determined to overcome in his trouble? He clings closer by getting deeper into the word of God and calling out in confidence in prayer to God. He shows trust in whatever God chooses for him, and he surrenders his will to the direction and discipline that he is given.
If you are overwhelmed by persecution, or you are searching for a way to overcome, get into the Bible and seek God in confident prayer. Trust in Him and He will help you determine the way out.
Psalm 119 is a devotional poem from a very pious priest. This is the only psalm in The Psalms written by this author. This psalm is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This Israelite priest sought to pass on godly instruction in his devotional study of the word of God.