Psalm 119:169-176

The True Law
Kate Hogenson

Read Psalm 119

Let my cry come before you, O Lord; 
    give me understanding according to your word.

I have been thinking and indeed worrying about the law in our land these past few years. Before the pandemic, I was both shaken and stirred by my time on a grand jury — shaken by the evidence of evil in the testimony presented and stirred by seeing the legal process work towards restoration of justice. What I have read and studied of more recent legal proceedings in our government and courts has been far less reassuring. I have also seen where the indictments we signed did not result in justice being carried out or that one person stopped from corruption can be replaced by a different person who is even more devious at taking advantage of the system.  

My tongue will sing of your promise, 
    for all your commandments are right. Psalm119:172

In the above context, the final verses of Psalm 119 are quite literally a godsend to read. They are a call to remember that God created the law that governs our world. “Your commandments are right” is a reassurance. 

I long for your salvation, O Lord; 
and your law is my delight.  Psalm 119:174

O Lord, your Word is the true law of the land. May we always remember your commandment to love and support our neighbors here and around the world. In the words of Kind David, “Let me live that I may praise you and let your ordinances help me.” By the power of the Holy Spirit, preserve us in the justice of your ways. Amen.

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