Psalms of Honesty and Truth
We all hate them. It seems they come at times when we are all ready late to our destination. It happens when we least expect them. We are forced, at times to drive roads we had not planned. Our destination is compromised at best by going where we did not intend to go. Taking them in the dark is the worse thing of all because we cannot see what lies ahead and may be driving into danger. In a life of little margin, where time is precious, that sign that says “DETOUR AHEAD” strikes fear and anger in our beings.
In our next passage of Psalm 119, the writer “despises every deceitful detour” that takes God’s children away from doing all that His Word tells us to be and do. He wants justice with no detours, no lost time. In our impatience, we sometimes want God to work immediately and set everything right, but His ways and times are not always the same as ours. Faith and patience go together (Heb. 6:12), and God’s delays are not God’s denials.
The day will come when the truth will be revealed and sin will be judged; meanwhile, instead of complaining about what we have paid or lost, let us rejoice in the wealth that we have in God’s Word, wealth that can never be taken from us.
All of God’s commands are always right, so we can depend on the Scriptures and have the guidance that we need. If we love the Word, we will hate the wrong paths of sinners (detours) and stay away from them.
Psalm 119:121-128, The Message
I stood up for justice and the right;
don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors.
Take the side of your servant, good God;
don’t let the godless take advantage of me.
I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, waiting for you
to keep your promise to set everything right.
Let your love dictate how you deal with me;
teach me from your textbook on life.
I’m your servant—help me understand what that means,
the inner meaning of your instructions.
It’s time to act, God;
they’ve made a shambles of your revelation!
Yea-Saying God, I love what you command,
I love it better than gold and gemstones;
Yea-Saying God, I honor everything you tell me,
I despise every deceitful detour.
And Jesus said…
13-14 “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.
(Matthew 7:13-14, The Message on Being and Doing)
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to avoid deceitful detours in life that deter us from becoming more and more like You. Nudge, direct and guide us to stay on the straight and narrow path that leads to life forever. NO detours! In Your time, in Your way for Your glory.
In Jesus Name, Amen