God's Word is timeless, it's an Emergency Kit addressing all our spiritual needs. I smiled as I read this section of Psalm 119. In these verses the author, hangs on to these words for dear life, they rejuvenate him, he watches for God's "ancient landmark words." I do too. When I pray I watch for His answer- sometimes it's yes, no, or later. But He always answers. The author thinks about God's Word at night, he sings it. Like us he lived in a time of confusion, and derision. Today Christians are sometimes misunderstood, and blamed for the strangest things. There were a few months, that if a Politician's idea wasn't accepted, he'd say it was the Christians. We shouldn't lose heart though, blame gets passed around in our society- next it was the Republicans and so on... The author found counsel in the Word. I love it when we sing songs from the Bible. In college, we'd fill the auditorium with the most beautiful choruses, with a simple guitar or no instruments at all. It was beautiful.
49 Remember what you said to me, your servant —
I hang on to these words for dear life!
50 These words hold me up in bad times;
yes, your promises rejuvenate me.
51 The insolent ridicule me without mercy,
but I don't budge from your revelation.
52 I watch for your ancient landmark words,
and know I'm on the right track.
53 But when I see the wicked ignore your directions,
I'm beside myself with anger.
54 I set your instructions to music
and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way.
55 I meditate on your name all night, God,
treasuring your revelation, O God.
56 Still, I walk through a rain of derision
because I live by your Word and counsel.
Here's a few of my favorite emergency verses I've memorized.
When I'm thinking about the past too much-
18 Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
When I'm confused as to what to do-
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding (to me this is worries);
6 in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.