‘’In affliction the psalmist himself reaped benefit.., but now we find that he is concerned so to live in affliction that the benefit can touch others also. The same human agents of affliction reappear (78, cf.69) but he prays to bear with their hostility in such a way that those who fear you may experience joy through his steadfastness of hope (74) and gather to him in fellowship (79).’’ J.A. Motyer: ‘New Bible Commentary’, pp.568/569.
‘’…in faithfulness you have afflicted me.’’ (75b).
Previously we have read:
‘’Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.’’ (67); and
‘’It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.’’ (71).
He recognised God’s faithfulness behind His troubles. He came into a deeper relationship with his Bible because of them. So in today’s passage we see him:
- Pinning his hopes in God’s Word (74b);
- Claiming God’s promises (76);
- Delighting in the Word (77);
- Meditating on the Scriptures (78);
- Seeking to live the Word (80);
- Praying for more understanding (73b).
His suffering caused him to cling more tightly to his Bible, and to the God who wrote it. See how his heart’s desire was that in his sufferings he would be a blessing to others (74, 79). Today he is to us!
Prayer: Help me to live in such a way, Lord, that in my troubles I may bless others.