"I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies."
I am embarrassed to confess, my cry to the LORD for help tends to stop with "I call to you; save me." But David's cry for help is "Save me, so that I may obey your laws."
Lord God, forgive me for just wanting Your help forgetting Your desire for my obedience. I am no better than the Israelites in Hosea 6 who plead for You to heal them and bind up their wounds. You describe their love for You as the morning dew that goes away early. Holy Spirit, please quickly remind me when I seek my Father's help to follow my cry with a renewed commitment to obedience.
Hear my voice according to your steadfast love...Give me life according to your steadfast love. Psalm 119:149-159.
When reading Psalm 119, it is easy for me to go from verse to verse without noticing the continuity of the Psalm. When David wrote this Psalm, he did not place the Hebrew letter as a division after each eighth verse. For him, this is just one long poem. I realize the focus on the beauty and benefit of God's Law, but passages like this force me to stop and examine the depth of what David is saying.
Notice in this segment, four times David says "give me life" (Psalm 119:149, 154, 156, 159). In each segment, he gives the LORD another reason to "give me life." In verse 149 it is "according to your justice." In verse 154, "according to your promise!" In verse 156 it is "according to your rules,” and in verse 159, "according to your steadfast love." It is significant that David book-ends this segment with "according to your steadfast love."
The following verse says, "The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever." The sum of His Word is Truth because "all your commandments are true" according to verse 151. According to verse 152, His rules endure forever because "you founded them forever."
I love the continuity of all of Scripture. "Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD" (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4). Life comes from God's Word spoken as justice, promise, rule and love. No matter the subject, His Word produces life. "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17, Ephesians 5:26). God's true Word produces life and cleanses it. "The word of our God will stand forever" (Isaiah 40:8, 1 Peter 1:25).
According to the book-ends in Psalm 119:149-159 all that is true of the LORD's Word is based on "your steadfast love" which also endures forever. Ezra 3:11 and Jeremiah 33:11 say, "For he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever."
My prayer is Psalm 138:8, “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands."