Your Compassion Is Great, O Lord

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Consider my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten Your instruction. Defend my cause, and redeem me; give me life, as You promised. Salvation is far from the wicked because they do not seek Your statutes. Your compassions are many, Lord; give me life, according to Your judgments. My persecutors and foes are many. I have not turned from Your decrees. I have seen the disloyal and feel disgust because they do not keep Your word. Consider how I love Your precepts; Lord, give me life, according to Your faithful love. The entirety of Your word is truth, and all Your righteous judgments endure forever (Psalm 119 vv. 153-160).

How prone we human beings are to panic when the pressure builds. Our faith shrinks and were even tempted to avoid unpleasant confrontations at all costs—in other words, to run in the other direction!

The ancient songwriter must have known that trapped feeling. Three times he reminds the Lord of his promise to renew and preserve life: “Give me life, as You promised” (v. 154). “Give me life, according to Your judgments” (v. 156). “Give me life, according to Your faithful love” (v. 159).

Suddenly the theme of this song sounds above the discord of defeat like the clear, sweet note of a lark: “Your compassions are many, Lord!” (v. 156). The Lord not only knows the feelings of our infirmities and sympathizes with us, but he desires to alleviate the pain or remove it’s cause altogether!

I can’t begin to comprehend the love and compassion of the Lord. Under intense emotional pressure, I either abandon it or forget it. Yet he is faithful to supply his mercies in rich abundance if I follow the example of my ancient counterpart and ask for it!

Personal Prayer

O Lord, I thank you for your great love and compassion. Revive my life on the basis of your truth today!

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