Part VI: Free to Speak Psalm 119:41-48
This passage is a continuation of the psalmist declaring his commitment to keeping God’s law. It is a commitment to follow God’s Word, no matter the pressures that life puts on him. He makes the bold statement that he would speak of God’s testimonies before kings, and would not be ashamed.
Throughout the Bible we have many examples of God’s people being brought before kings, or those in authority, and called upon to give an answer for their faith.
1 Peter 3:15 (Christian Standard Bible)
15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defence to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.
It is inspiring when we see how the Apostle Paul preached of the testimonies of God before those who could have set him free if he would have denied the faith.
This is the evidence that a person has settled in their heart, the truth of God’s Word, and the faithfulness of God.
We often proclaim the truth of Gods Word when it is easy and when it’s comfortable to do so. Facebook updates, Instagram hashtags, even sermons behind a pulpit are considerably easier to do than proclaiming God’s Word in front of someone who holds your life and freedom in their hands.
Still, we are reminded of the truth Jesus spoke to Pilate in John 19:11a (English Standard Version)- 11 Jesus answered him; “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above.
This is the entire thought behind this passage. God and His Word are greater than all human authority. The psalmist was sure of this, and so made the commitment to both public and private obedience to God’s Word.
True freedom is found in following God’s Word and obeying it.
Sin is bondage; Obedience is freedom.
The language that the psalmist uses is like he is pleading with us that we might hear him, the world desperately needs to hear this.
It’s important to recognize that the psalmist is not carrying a heavy heart that sees all of this as an act of duty, but rather as an act of devotion. He wakes up in the morning and cries out to the heavens and the earth – ‘I get to worship God through His Word, that He has graciously given me, what a PRIVILEGE!’
He is truly happy with the life he has chosen.
He uses words, in verse 47, like delight, and love. He uses them in reference to God’s Word. In the final verse, he references the lifting up of his hands, a symbol of joy. He is happy to spend time in God’s Word. He delights to do God’s will. He loves to meditate on the Scriptures!
Perhaps this is the key to his decision to proclaim God’s Word before kings. He could not think of denying the God and His Word that he loves, and gave him such freedom and joy!
Is keeping God’s Word a burden to you, or a joy? Are we secretly embarrassed to proclaim the truth of Scripture before the others? Could it be that we are not actually enjoying our devotions? Perhaps it would be good to examine our hearts.
Psalm 139:23-24 (Christian Standard Bible)
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my concerns.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me;
lead me in the everlasting way.
God’s Word brings deliverance. God’s Word brings freedom to the captive soul.
The psalmist is telling us how to live the Christian life. You live it by faith in the Lord and in His Word, and by doing so, you will find freedom and boldness.
· What are those things in your life you find yourself running to, hoping to find freedom, but they never satisfy? (Be honest)
· When in your life or which area of your life do you find obeying Gods Word a duty, rather than a delight, a burden rather than a joy?
· Write down 5 people who you would love to share your faith to, within the next 60 days and share that list with someone, so they can commit to pray for you and them.
Father God, plant within my heart a love for your Word. I recognize, Lord, that Your Word is the truth and sets the captive free. I was once in bondage to sin, but through the salvation offered through Your Son, I have been set free. Help me, Lord, to delight in your Scriptures. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.