When the Word of God is your authority and passion, your prayers will start to resemble King David’s in Psalm 119. The Word was never intended by God to be merely supplemental to the betterment of your life or just another resource that provides helpful guidance. The Word of God is everything to our understanding of God and how we approach all of life.
There were people that were out to get David, and that’s a scary place to live, especially when what they don’t like about you is your adherence to God, His Word, and His will. I believe that is why David coupled this prayer with, “Do not let me be ashamed of my hope.” Despite knowing that the truth is our life, there is a temptation at times to break from the truth when we know it will cost us. It doesn’t always feel safe to follow God’s Word, hence there is a temptation at times to break from the truth when we know it will cost us.
But we must redefine what safety means as a believer. Safety is not always physical protection, although at times it can provide that, but true safety is being united with God. As those who claim the truth, may we never be ashamed of the truth because it is our hope, it is our safety, it is our Savior (John 1:1-5,14).
Pastor Jason Witt