Psalm 119:121-128 ע Ayin – Eye
121 I have done what is righteous and just;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
looking for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your love
and teach me your decrees.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes.
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.
127 Because I love your commands
more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
I hate every wrong path.
I see a very human characteristic in this man of faith. He’s frustrated. Doesn’t God see the impact his oppressors have on his life? He’s done so much that’s right and yet in this moment his “eyes fail, looking for” how God is going to save him as promised. No wonder he’s thinking in terms of Ayin – eye. He’s focused on what he isn’t able to see.
Verse 124 is the amazing turn-about of this meditation; “Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.” The Psalmist has come to the realization it’s not what he sees or doesn’t see that makes him faithful. He’s a faithful servant because he knows God is willing to “deal” with him even though sometimes he’s short-sighted.