113 I hate double-minded people,
but I love your law.
114 You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
115 Away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.
117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
I will always have regard for your decrees.
118 You reject all who stray from your decrees,
for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;
therefore I love your statutes.
120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;
I stand in awe of your laws
Someone observed regarding Ps.119:118 that it is ‘a recognition that God cannot bless where His word is deserted.’
It may have been the same person who noted: ‘Nothing opens a window into the Old Testament view of the law of God more than the word ‘love’ (113; cf.v.97)…This love was all -absorbing, utterly excluding the double-mind…’
Twice, in this section, the psalmist writes about his ”love” for God’s Word (113 & 119). I firmly believe God wants us to be in the place where we ”live” on every word that proceeds from God’s mouth. We love the Bible for many reasons, including this one that it ‘sustains’ us
Hudson Taylor wanted missionaries for China who would totally trust God’s promises and look to Him alone for the supply of all their needs. He wrote:
‘Our Father is a very experienced One. He knows very well that His children wake up with a good appetite every morning, and He always provides breakfast for them, and does not send them supperless to bed at night. ‘Thy bread shall be given thee, and thy water shall be sure.’ He sustained three million Israelites in the wilderness for forty years. We do not expect He will send three million missionaries to China; but if He did, He would have ample means to sustain them all. Let us see that we keep God before our eyes; that we walk in His ways and seek to please and glorify Him in everything, great and small. Depend upon it, GOD’s work done in GOD’s way will never lack GOD’s supplies.’ (‘The growth of a work of God’, p.42).
PRAYER: Lord please give to me a simple, practical trust in your Word.