Psalm 119 is filled with some extremely powerful prayers and spiritual insights. Here is an example of one that we recently prayed over in the prayer room:

   May your unfailing love come to me, O Lord,
   Your salvation according to your promise;
   Then I will answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in Your Word. (v. 41-42)

The reality of life is that we all face pressure and stressful situations and circumstances. Hardly a week goes by when something doesn't come up, often unexpectedly. When those challenges and pressures come, we want to be able to stand and prevail in the midst of them, rather than compromise and wilt under the weight of life.

We don't know exactly who wrote Psalm 119. While some believe that King David wrote it, the author is not specifically identified. Regardless of who the author was, they were facing some major challenges from other people; there were voices of taunting and discouragement. We too can relate to this: whether there be literal people who are discouraging us or making fun of us, or whether we sense the voice of the enemy of our soul whispering to us in a taunting way, we all face the pressure of these situations.

The Psalmist prays and gives insight into how our hearts can withstand these daily and weekly pressures: meditation and encounter with the reality of God's unfailing and steadfast love for us. The Psalmist prays for a fresh revelation of God's unfailing love and says "then I will answer the one who taunts me...".

One of the central themes of Psalm 119 is the power of prayerful meditation on God's Word and His promises. We are invited to a regular, fresh encounter with God's sustaining, faithful love for us, simply through times of intentional, prayerful meditation and reflection. Since God's love is unfailing and steadfast, we can pray with confidence that He will renew and restore our hearts and enable us to stand in the midst of pressures and challenges.

As you navigate through the daily and weekly realities of life, in times of great victory and in times of significant pressure, you can be greatly sustained by taking time to focus on God's faithful love and pray for a renewed touch by that love. Believe it and take time to act on it through prayer!

Blessings to you this summer,
Jim