Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Psalm 119:153

By Dr. Ronnie Wolfe

In the first part of this verse we see three important characteristics of God: His omniscience, His omnipresence, and His omnipotence.

In God's omniscience, He knows that we have afflictions, and not one of them goes by without His attention, even though we may feel that he has removed himself far away from us.

In God's omnipresence, He is ever present with us in our afflictions as in our peace and tranquility, as in our worship and praise and joy.

In God's omnipotence, He is able to deliver his saints from any and all afflictions, and he does so in one way or another: .2 Timothy 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what perse- cutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.

It seems the psalmist is tending to think that God is not aware of his afflictions, so he asks God to consider his afflictions, but God is ever present in his afflictions; and, even though he may have known that, he desired to reassure himself of that very fact.

God's omnipotence is displayed in his faithful deliverance from these afflictions. God is not only able but is also willing to deliver his people from their afflictions.

The basis for David's willingness to ask God for deliverance was that he does not forget God's law, or his doctrine. He follows God's law and trusts God's law. He claims the promises of God's law (God's word) and depends upon it for instruction, correction, and comfort and peace.

Thus, David begs the Lord to consider his afflictions and deliver him from them. So God will do according to His own will and promise.

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