113 I hate double-minded people, but I love your law.
114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
115 Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.
117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.
118 You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.
120 My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
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I love your law but I hate double-minded people. I have put my hope in your word; you are my refuge and my shield. May the commands of my God keep me away from you evildoers. According to your promise, I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Sustain me, my God. I will always have regard for your decrees. Uphold me and I will be delivered. Their delusions come to nothing. You reject all who stray from your decrees. I love your statutes, all the wicked of the earth you discard like dross. I stand in awe of your laws, my flesh trembles in fear of you.
Props and supports are for the crippled. Sometimes things have been broken so badly only medical traction can help. “Medical traction is the use of a pulling force to treat muscle and skeleton disorders. Traction is usually applied to the arms and legs, the neck, the backbone, or the pelvis. It is used to treat fractures, dislocations, and long-duration muscle spasms, and to prevent or correct deformities.”
This prayer the Psalmist wrote centuries ago sounds way too familiar to the reality of life at this moment doesn’t it? I’m looking for the “ס Samekh” he’s revealed that can support and prop us up against double-minded people, evildoers, dashed hopes, delusions and the wicked of the earth…today. Right now our nation is badly crippled by political violence, racial unrest and a pandemic raging around the world. In one small word, “ס Samekh,” the revelation of God has shown the Psalmist the law is more than a pair of crutches or a wheelchair. God’s law is spiritual traction for a broken body.
The Psalmist has told us the love of God’s law is a force that can pull the muscle of the heart back into order. He’s recorded what God taught him through the law. God is a refuge and shield that can correct the skeletal disorders of a body fractured, dislocated and having spasms that will surely lead to permanent deformity. We are a body in need of spiritual traction.
God’s law is the spiritual traction necessary to sustain us and yet we are unable to set it up for ourself. Jesus is the “promise” of God [v116] and the fulfillment of His law. He is God’s “ס Samekh” that will provide the spiritual traction God has prescribed for the complete healing of His body in the midst of double-minded people, evildoers, dashed hopes, delusions and the wicked of the earth. Amen