41 Let your faithful love come to me, LORD, your salvation, as you promised. 42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word.43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth, for I hope in your judgments. 44 I will always obey your instruction, forever and ever. 45 I will walk freely in an open place because I study your precepts. 46 I will speak of your decrees before kings and not be ashamed. 47 I delight in your commands, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and will meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:41-48 (CSB)
God’s promise of salvation brings confidence.
God promises his people a faithful love, which is His salvation. This promise of salvation brings confidence. The Psalmist makes at least three statements that portray faith in this portion of Psalm 119. Let’s look at these verses closer.
First, the author writes, “Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word” (v. 42). After a person receives the promise, they have the words to reply to those who mock them. God’s salvation brings the boldness to respond to those who ridicule them for their faith in His word. How can mockers accuse God of being unconcerned, when they witness His unfailing love in action? God’s promise of salvation brings confidence to refute the nay-sayers.
Secondly, the writer declares, “I will walk freely in an open place because I study your precepts” (v.45). When a person knows what God has promised in the Scriptures, they do not need to cower and hide. Even if death came to them because of their allegiance to God, it would be the victory (see Philippians 1:21). God’s unfailing love increases confidence, so the person doesn’t have to hide.
Finally, the Psalmist writes, “I will speak of your decrees before kings and not be ashamed” (v. 46). God covenant of faithfulness makes a person as bold as a lion. Earthly kings have the power to imprison and execute those who offend them. However, the Spirit-filled herald will deliver the King of kings message with boldness. God’s covenantal love brings assurance amidst the mighty.
Do you lack confidence? Have you received the promised salvation? If so, are you feeding on the Word of God to know what God promises?
Suggestion for Prayer
Thank God for the confidence His salvation brings. Ask Him to fill you with the assurance, which only comes from knowing Him.
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