Look on my suffering and deliver me,(Ps. 119:153-160 NIV)
for I have not forgotten your law.
Defend my cause and redeem me;
preserve my life according to your promise.
Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek out your decrees.
Your compassion, Lord, is great;
preserve my life according to your laws.
Many are the foes who persecute me,
but I have not turned from your statutes.
I look on the faithless with loathing,
for they do not obey your word.
See how I love your precepts;
preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
All your words are true;
all your righteous laws are eternal.
The Psalmist continues his veneration of God’ word. Here is a word that the Psalmist has not forgotten. The Psalmist knows that the Lord has promised to deliver him, and he waits in hope and trust that the Lord will come and deliver him from his suffering. The cause of the Psalmist is at one with the cause of the Lord because the Psalmist has habitually meditated upon the word. The Psalmist seeks for redemption. Our redemption happened when Christ died on the cross. We came into the good of that redemption when we were regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Day by day through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit we are drawn closer to Christ. We await that final application of redemption when the Lord comes back again. There are trials and burdens that the Lord in His sovereign will might save us out of, but there are other trials that will have to wait until either death or the Lord’s return before we will experience that final deliverance. We wait in hope, because we have learned from God’s word that the Lord is coming again.
Those who pursue the wicked path in life are very far from salvation, they have no desire to learn from God’s word. The Psalmist is on the pathway of salvation and has experienced the greatness of the Lord’s compassion. The Psalmist desires to be preserved on that pathway.
There have been many forces of opposition in the Psalmist’s life, but they have not deflected him from following God’s word. The Lord loathes those who do not obey His word, and the Psalmist too loathes their disobedience.
The Psalmist calls upon God to look upon his life so that the Lord can witness how much he loves God’s word. The basis of being able to ask God to preserve his life is to plead the great covenant love of God.
Whatever his trial, however long it lasts, the Psalmist knows that the word of the Lord is true and righteous. This is the eternal word of the Lord, and the Psalmist places his hope in an unchanging God.
Lord God how great is the love with which You have loved us. Our sins have been removed, You have adopted us into Your family, and You have promised that our Saviour will come again and take us to be with Him in glory. This hope fills us with a joy that is unspeakable, and we thank You that salvation has come into our lives. Receive our heartfelt thanks, in Jesus’ name. Amen.