Psalms 119:145-148 Peace Amidst Distress

engage in the “hard work” of prayer

Psalms 119:145-148 (KJV)
I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.

The Psalmist expresses what is often the case with the believer.

He cries with his whole heart. It may not be tears so much as distress. Read David’s life, and you will see a man who has a reason for distress.

He stayed awake at nights. The Psalmist claimed in other places that he would lay down and sleep[1] because he knew God was awake, caring for him. I don’t believe he was necessarily sleepless due to stress, but he remained awake to engage in the “hard work” of prayer[2] and the ministry of the Word.

Speaking of the Word, the Psalmist gives three “actions” relating to it:
He kept the Word.
He observed it, obeyed it, guarded it, preserved it, and did as it says.

He hoped in the Word.
He trusted the Word of God. In the middle of his trouble, despite all the reasons not to, he leaned upon the teachings and promises of the Bible.

He meditated upon the Word.
He pondered the Word of God. He not only read it but also came to know it, studied it, and thought about it.

[1] Psalms 4:8 (KJV)
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

[2] James 5:16 (KJV)
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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Psalms 119:145-148 Peace Amidst Distress

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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