God’s Word Protects From Oppressors

Christians in Romania relate that during the government oppression they had endured for years, ... More


For the first time the word “Oppressors” (v. 121) and “oppress” (v. 122) appear in this psalm. The word means taking advantage of the underprivileged. The Jews were commanded not to oppress one another (Lev. 25:14, 17). In most generations God’s people suffer oppression while the guilty go free. When this happens, we need to remember the Lord and what He does for us. (1) The Lord is our rewarder (v. 121). The psalmist was not bragging but telling the Lord he was not guilty of anything that deserved punishment. (2) The Lord is our surety (v. 122). To become “surety” for a friend’s debts is forbidden in Scripture, lest you end up with a burden greater than you can handle (Prov. 11:15; 22:26-27). But the Son of God became surety for those who have trusted Him! (Heb. 7:22). Our surety is secure in Him, and we remain in the family of God. (3) The Lord is our master (vv. 123-125). Whenever people attack us, they also attack the Lord, for we belong to Him. He does not always prevent us from being oppressed, but He always has a good reason for allowing it to happen. (4) The Lord is our hope (vv. 126-128). God’s ways and times are not always the way we think, but the day will come when the truth will be revealed, and sin will be judged. 

There is nothing more satisfying than getting to know God’s Word (vv. 129-131). God’s word is wonderful (v. 129), enlightening (v. 130), and satisfying (v. 131). There is nothing more liberating than getting to know God’s blessings (vv. 132-135). In these verses: God’s grace is required (v. 132), God’s direction is sought (v. 133a), God’s protection is requested (v. 133b), God’s deliverance is desired (v. 134), and God’s teaching of the commandments is needed (v. 135). Finally, there is nothing more tragic than ignoring God’s Law (v. 136). 


My desire is to constantly be building my relationship with God by getting to know His Word better and in experiencing His blessing as outlined in this passage. The only way this can be accomplished is by spending time with Him.

Psalms 119:121-136 (English Standard Version)

Warning: MagpieRSS: Failed to parse RSS file. (Space required at line 39, column 24) in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/magpie6-1/rss_fetch.inc on line 230

Warning: array_slice() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/familytimes/includes/rss/esvLookup.php on line 15

View this passage in NIV (Bible Gateway) »