89 Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
92 If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
94 Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts.
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.
96 To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. [NIV]
Learning how to be taught today from left to right:
“In the heavens Lord, your word stands firm and is eternal. You established the earth and it endures. Your faithfulness continues through all generations. All things serve you for your laws endure to this day. I would have perished in my affliction if your law had not been my delight. You have preserved my life by them and I will never forget your precepts. I have sought out you precepts; save me for I am yours. I will ponder your statutes but the wicked are waiting to destroy me. Your commands are boundless but to all perfection I see a limit.”
My challenge is trying to read and write about this section of Psalm 119 with fresh thinking. The Psalmist has focused his belief on the faithfulness of God enduring despite the risk of his own circumstances. Several things were clear to him. Endurance came packaged with correction and learning. His own endurance was dependent on God’s boundless laws, precepts and statutes even when faced with dramatic events that called into question his own security. The final clarity of truth the Psalmist’s grappled with, were his words that the Lord’s “commands are boundless, but to all perfection I see a limit.”
The circumstances we have seen with our own eyes this last week in the Capital of the United States have shown us how much we need to read and ponder these words of the Psalmist in a contemporary way. His clarity must become ours. As limited as perfection may be it never looks like an angry mob causing chaos, destruction and death. Lamedh is the powerful reminder the Psalmist has given us this week; every person of faith must deliberately make the choice every day to let God’s boundless laws, precepts and statutes teach them to be willing to learn.