Meditation on Psalm 119:41-42
Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord, your salvation according to your promise; then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
The Psalmist reminds us something we need to remember. Salvation is of the LORD. We need to remember that we must rely on the mercy of God through his steadfast love for our salvation. The Psalmist correctly puts the order of events in terms of cause and effect. The cause of our salvation is God’s gracious steadfast love. We are not the cause. The cause is God.
To illustrate this point let’s think back on Creation. How was the world created? Was it created on its own? Did a ball of energy for some unknown reason spontaneously explode on a Thursday at 4PM without a cause? No, God created the heavens and the earth through his effectual command. God said let there be light and there was light. The cause of creation was God. The effect was creation itself.
The beauty of creation is that it is used many times to convey specific points in scripture. For instance, Paul uses it in 2 Corinthians 4 when he is explaining the power of the Gospel and how one comes to see the beauty that is Christ. How does he explain this? He refers his audience back to Creation. In verse 4 we read, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” In the same sense that God is the cause of creation, Paul correlates the call of God in our life through the preaching of the Gospel as the cause of our salvation. Like the Psalmist, and other writers of the Bible (like Paul), we need to acknowledge that there would be no salvation apart from the gracious steadfast love that has been bestowed upon us by the pure mercy of God. Though the Psalmist undoubtedly desires salvation from the Lord, he completely puts his trust in God alone. He does not mention his merits, his righteousness, or his good works as the cause. Rather he boasts in God alone as the cause.
Upon relying on Gods steadfast love, the Psalmist then has something to boast about. He boasts in his only and best defense against the many calamities we have as Christians. He boasts in the Word of God. I could only speculate at the calamities he was going through, so I won’t. But I do believe that the greatest accusation that can be brought upon a believer is not someone yelling at you or bringing charges against you. The greatest accusation would be from the accuser himself who is Satan (Revelation 12). An accusation of sin, rebellion, shame, doubt and condemnation.
Shall the word of God provide an answer to him? I say yes!
For we KNOW we have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).
For we KNOW that there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).
For we KNOW And he (Abraham) believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness (Gen 15:6).
For we KNOW therefore since we havebeen justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1).
For we KNOW that everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith (1 John 5:4).
For we KNOW who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies (Romans 8:33).
And lastly let us remember this beautiful section of God’s Word. “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the LOVE of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
Which brings us back to the starting point of God’s steadfast love: cause and effect. May God cause you to abide in, delight in, and obey His Word.