Two Questions

Posted by Emma on February 11, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Filed under:Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“How many are the days of thy servant? When wilt thou execute judgement on them that persecute me?” Psalm 119:84

The psalmist has sounded down and tired in the last few verse, it continues in this verse. The first word in this verse is כמה (camah) which means how. The next word, ימי (yema), means my days. עבדך (avedecha) means thy servant. The word מתי (mata) means when. תעשה (ta’aseh) is a verb meaning do, make, execute. The word ברדפי means persecute or persecution. The final word in this verse is משפט (mishephat) which means judgement.

The psalmist ask two questions in this verse. At some point in our lives, most of us also ask these two questions. The first is how long will I live? How many are my days? When things are rough it is easy to wonder how long is life, how long do I have left. Even though the psalmist is going through some really rough times he does not lose sight of who he is. At the end of his first question are the words “thy servant.” He is God’s servant, no matter how hard things are or how down He is, He is and always will be God’s servant. We should live and know that we are always God’s servant. If that knowledge if constantly with you you should act as the servant of the most high God. In the roughest times, when you wonder how long your life can be remember you are God’s servant.

The second question in this verse is when will you execute judgement on those who are persecuting me? Most of us do not know what real persecution is. We have not been told to deny our faith or go to jail or die. But we can be persecuted in little ways and by individual people. It could be someone you work with, go to school with, live with, your neighbor, or some random person who persecutes you for being a Christian. At these times we do wonder, when is God going to bring judgement on them? God’s timing is not our timing and we must trust His timing to be perfect.

The answers to these questions are not found in this verse, but will get answered in the psalmist’s life. If you stick to God and ever remember that you are God’s servant, when these questions come to your mind, you will find an answer.

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