Psalm 119: Resh

Only three letters to go… approaching the end of Psalm 119… the twentieth serving… Resh (pronounced “raysh”)…

Read Psalm 119:153-160

Resh is for “look”… “see”…

Look upon my suffering and deliver me,
for I have not forgotten your law.
Psalm 119:153
The cry of the psalmist…
Look at me God… Do You see me…?
Don’t forget me… I have not forgotten You…
The cry of the faithful… following God’s Way… in a broken world… the world that promises trouble for those who follow… the world that provides the cross to carry… all the way to death…
Even this side of the cross… death defeated… Satan disarmed… Jesus sitting in the place of Supremacy… the righteous suffer… the road rocky… refinement… painful… in the midst of Good News
In putting everything under [the Son], God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him.
Hebrews 2:8
(emphasis mine)
A unique time in history… a time to live by faith… sure of what we cannot see
We cannot see the world subject to the Savior… we cannot see His absolute authority over evil… we cannot see how all works for good
So we cry with our Hebrew friend… Look at me… deliver me… defend me…
I look on the faithless with loathing,
for they do not obey your word.
See how I love your precepts;
preserve my life, O Lord, according to your love.
Psalm 119:158-159
(emphasis mine)
In pain… we look with loathing on the lost… we cry out… reminding God of His promise… of His Good News…
But His Word says… live by faith… not by what we see… look at His Word… with eyes of faith… look at the lost… with compassion…
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
2Peter 3:9
By faith… choose to see the Lord at work… by faith… choose to identify with Him in suffering… by faith… choose to continue to follow… a Savior whose reign we cannot see…
From our psalmist friend… we learn… experience… God’s patience… He can take our ranting… our complaining… we can come to Him with our heartache and pain… He calls us to
In the coming to Him… we take our eyes off self… and place them on Him… look…
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrew 12:2-3
(my emphasis)

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