The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. This acrostic psalm exalts God’s law. It uses many synonyms — word, precept, testimony, commandment, etc. — to describe its greatness. It is not by chance that the psalm begins with a blessing upon those who obey it.
How blessed are those whose actions are blameless,
who obey the law of the Lord.
Psalm 119.1 NET
Moses understood how great was the blessing of the people of Israel, contained in the divine law. “And what other great nation has statutes and ordinances as just as this whole law that I am about to share with you today? Deuteronomy 4.8. The law was a sign of God’s blessing, and not (as many denominations insist) a burden. Only when the people tried to make the law a proof of their goodness before God did it become an unbearable weight, as Peter said in Acts 15.10-11.
Earlier today, I read a tweet announcing that new annotated Bible is out, something along the lines of “You Can Get Through It Bible.” Notes by a famous writer. The idea seems good at first glace, but it’s woefully inadequate. Seems moderns are wimps. Saints must do more than just get through their personal crises. They must use them for the kingdom.
So the article on Preacher’s Files, also published today, comes closer: “Praising God in Times of Adversity.” Based on Psa 57, Tom Moore writes, “Let we all strive to follow the biblical example of praising God in adversity, remembering how we benefit from such, and how others can benefit from the good example we set.”
And not only from the good example we set, but from what God can do and what he can produce from the depths of our suffering.
A much better perspective, one that follows Christ.
A nation’s people often are deeply divided when its leaders go into war. Rare is that conflict when the entire country is in favor of military action. But the Messiah’s followers fight without reservation.
When you go to war,
your people will serve you willingly.
You are arrayed in holy garments,
and your strength will be renewed each day like the morning dew.
Psalm 110.3 NLT
This psalm is messianic and is fulfilled ultimately in Christ. Gill says that Christians will “cheerfully fight his battles” Continue reading →