Meditations on Psalm 119:61-62
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law. At midnight I rise to praise you, because of your righteous rules.
First things first. Did you know that narrative (stories) comprise 40% of the entire Bible. And poetry comprise 30%. That is a whopping 70% of the entire Bible. So understanding Biblical poetry and narrative helps us to understand a big chunk of God’s word. Both genres are treated differently. We cannot apply the rules of each genre interchangeably. But of course, the most important part of understanding the Bible is only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The cords of the wicked can mean deceptive plots of the enemy. The verse (61) means that in spite of the deception of the enemy, they could not ensnare the free mind; thereby, not forgetting God’s law.
(62) Midnight is the end of a day, and it is also the beginning of a day. I like the observation of a Bible commentator. According to him, for the Psalmist to “rise and give thanks is a happy combination. As for the season, it was quiet, lonely, and such as proved his zeal. At midnight he would be unobserved and undisturbed; it was his own time which he saved from his sleep, and so he would be free from the charge of sacrificing public duties to private devotions.”
So verses 61-62 tell us that God’s righteous rules cannot be forgotten and it is praiseworthy. But there has to be a sense of a deeper level of relationship with God to be zealous, devoted and loving. There is delight when conversing to God and obeying His law.
What a way to express our love and devotion to God. He deserves all the glory and honor. At the same time, we have to realize our undeserving state before Him.
I think we would not be able to sustain such attitudes of love and devotion to our God if we do not delight in His words. May I suggest asking ourselves this question: Do I delight in Him in my moments of prayer and studying His words? Is there excitement and anticipation that my heart will be humbled once I encounter Him?