Before I Was Afflicted
Before I Was Afflicted
Our whole lives are a learning process. We are the students — and God is our teacher. It is only logical for a student to want to do well, so he can pass the grade and have the joy of being rewarded. And, of course, we love having a good teacher. So, Psalm 119:65-66 says,
You have dealt well with Your servant,
O LORD, according to Your word.
Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Your commandments.
The psalmist knows that God is a good teacher, and he wants to learn “good discernment and knowledge”. Frankly, like all of us, he has a good reason for wanting to learn “good discernment and knowledge”. He confesses — as we all should — in verses 67-68,
Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Your word.
You are good and do good;
Teach me Your statutes.
The psalmist is a very good student because he realizes that he had gone “astray”. But, when he saw how good and right God’s ways are, he wanted to follow God’s ways — and have God teach him more about what is right and good. We need to understand that God’s discipline really is for our eternal good. In much of life, we need to be “afflicted” to learn rightly the value of God’s ways. Eternity is what is most important in the end.
When we realize that, we will say with the psalmist in verses 71-72,
It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.
The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
There is great peace in knowing that our LORD is constantly teaching us the good things of eternal worth for our benefit.
Appreciating God as our Teacher, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for knowing us inside and out.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.