No one who lives by the word of God is put to shame
April 01, 2020
Psalm 119.6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
The psalmist assume that his prayer in the previous verse is being answered and in this verse we find a bold assurance of faith. Then, - when God answers the longing of our hearts and makes our steps firm so that we obey His ordinances, then we will not be put to shame. Then we will not be disappointed. Then we will not become discouraged. God is faithful. He watches over his word. He does what he promised. The blessings are countless when we do God's will. No one who looks to the Lord and walks on his path will be ashamed. For the Lord takes care of us and will bring us to glory at the time.
We can face resistance and adversity. We can be mocked and ridiculed. We can be laughed at and made fun of. We can get scolded and talked badly about. But all this is temporary. It will come a day when we will see everything in a new light. It will be an accounting day for all people. The day will come when God will pay every man according to his deeds. That day we will not be ashamed if we keep God's commandments.
Now the psalmist brings forth the sixth phrase of the Word of God: your commandments. It is the Hebrew word mitzvah used here and it simply means commandment. The word is used about the ten commandments (Exodus 24:12) and the commandments that the teacher gave to his disciple (Proverbs 2: 1, 3,1).
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; he commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19: 8-11).
He who loves God keeps his commandments (Deuteronomy 11: 1; Jn 14:15). This is how we show fear of the Lord and can live in communion with Him. God shows us His faithful love (hesed) when we obey Him and successfully repent (Exodus 8: 6; 13: 4; Jn 14:21).
"Having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.” It means being alert to and conscience of the Word of God in such a way that we successfully live and obey them.
Again, I would like to emphasize that the psalmist states that the Word of God is his commandments. We must take this seriously. God required us to live the way He commands.
Notice that he says: all your commandments. It is not so that we can pick out a few commandments that we like and look away from those we do not like. No, we must have the desire and holy intention to live in accordance with all the Word of God.
Our responsibility is to hear and receive the Word. We must accept in faith and trust to be able to obey the word. We must also seek to understand the commandment in light of the One, who is the Word, who became human and lived the will of God on earth.
“Then I will never be ashamed,l for I take strength from all your commandments.” (TPT)