Psalms 119:129-136

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” (v.136)

When was the last time you cried over the state of our nation? How about the last time you wept for lost souls? “Rivers of waters” ought to run down our eyes for these things, because they keep not God’s law. If we would desire to be like Christ, we must be “weepers”; not cry-babies who whine about everything, but men and women who are not afraid to show emotion. We so often seek to live so much by principle, that we forget to feel emotion. When we live, and guide our lives only by principle, we become heartless machines, and not loving servants; on the other hand, we cannot live solely by emotion, lest we have no “substance” I have said it before, and no doubt will say it again, but I would rather see a compassionate man than a faithful man, as far as the church is concerned. We all know people who are very faithful to every service, but have no heart for souls, or even for their brethren! It takes a certain kind of character to be faithful, but it takes a work of God in our hearts to be compassionate. Please don’t get me wrong, we ought to be faithful to the work of the Lord, but not to leave the other undone either! I can almost see the tears as Jesus looked over Jerusalem and exclaimed, (Mat 23:37) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Can you not see the compassion, and hear the voice of frustration as Jesus spoke these words? Then there is that famous verse that children like to memorize, “Jesus wept”. It is amazing that the King of Glory wept openly, and unashamedly over the death of Lazarus, one of His own sheep.

Perhaps this one great attribute is what made David the man that he was. He cried because God’s law was spurned, and rejected, not only for the lost man who rejected it. We would do well to love the Word of God to that extent. Too often our attitude is, “Well, if they don’t listen, let them perish in hell then!” We ought to weep that the Word of God seemed as though it was nothing to them.

2 comments:

Anders said...

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” (v.136)

And in Hebrew the word for law is Torah – Instructions.
And first century historical man Ribi Yehoshua (ha-Mashiakh, The Messiah) from Nazareth had the same opinion as David about Torah: A logical analysis of the historical documents and archaeology shows what Ribi Yehoshua taught and how to follow him.

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Anders Branderud
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JTR said...

The yoke of the law which was only a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ has been fulfilled in the man, Jesus Christ. We no longer have to live under the condemnation of the Law, but we have liberty and life in the finished work of redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord.