Psalm 119:61-64 (NIV) 61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. 62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. 63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. 64 The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.
Who is Binding You With Ropes…
Do you have some wicked people who bind you with ropes?
I think we all do.
Not the physical kind, of course. Maybe they aren’t as much “wicked” as they are selfish. But let’s be honest. Selfishness can be pretty wicked. It can be excruciatingly painful. Sin is wicked. Selfishness is wicked. So lets just use that word.
Who is your wicked person?
Or…are you that wicked person? Do you lash out in the moment when you feel inconvenienced? Do you hurt others repeatedly by justifying your behavior? Do you lie to yourself and to them in order not to take responsibility for your own actions?
If you have a wicked person who is binding you with ropes…are you taking on the discipline of remembering God’s word…His comfort…His faithfulness? Or are you defaulting to despair repeatedly throughout your day. We are going to despair! We are going to hurt!
But…at midnight, when you and I are awake being tortured, being bound by that person’s hurtful and wicked ways…we must practice grabbing onto thoughts of God’s faithfulness. Let’s keep something encouraging on our nightstand where we can easily look at it when we are in so much pain that we can’t remember anything about His faithfulness.
Perhaps this little passage will be one of the ones you place near your bed, in your car or on your bathroom mirror. Remember…during those midnights, “rise” (in your spirit if not in your body) to give Him thanks for His righteousness and for the fact that any (every) blessing here on this earth is a gift from Him.
That person who is causing you such pain is but one of the people in your life. He or she can certainly cover you in such pain that it is hard to see or feel the other amazing gifts God has given you. We must be intentional.
At those midnight times and then again at 10 am, 1 pm, 5 pm, and 9pm…whatever times the painful things hit, we must intentionally rise and give thanks and go over the wondrous protection of His law. In other words, give thanks for Him…for who He is and for His faithful gifts of love that surround you.
That flower you planted that actually grew. The surprising hug your little one or your spouse gave you this morning. They way you laughed so hard with your closest friend (or even a new acquaintance) this morning, when you weren’t expecting to laugh at all. The simple kindness someone showed you when you dropped your wallet from your too-full hands and she quickly picked it up, met your eyes with understanding and gave you a warm smile.
As you lay your head on the pillow, if you feel you have nothing sweet to rehearse…ask God to help you remember.
Keep giving the person who binds you to God. Each time something new and hurtful comes up, ask Him how (if) you should respond. Then…respond in the way His peace leads you.
All of this takes intentionality, practice and often, a good amount of time (sigh) but remember…
His peace is on the way!