In Psalm 119, King David is praising his Lord and finding the Word to be his only recourse and refuge from life’s troubles. His varied terms for the Scriptures point us to their unceasing relevance. The entire psaltery, in fact, reveals how infinitely suitable God’s words are for us in every moment of life. In every season, God’s Word speaks to us. Such is what David is learning in the second stanza of the longest of psalm. He’s learning to make the Lord’s testimonies his life’s treasure.
It is, indeed, a huge understatement to say that the life of King David was one that was full of trial and suffering and hardship. David’s own testimony in the Psalms, let alone the historical accounts of his life, bear this out in vivid fashion. The man after God’s own heart was also a man of war, of conflict, and of struggle. Such is why the Psalms are, perhaps, the most relatable book in all the Bible, seeing as its lines were written during some of life’s most intense griefs and struggles. They contain David’s (and others’) most heartfelt, honest cries for mercy in the midst of life’s severest trials.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. It serves as King David’s magnum opus as he eloquently describes the incredible refuge God’s Word is for him. It isn’t certain what occasion in David’s life inspired these words, but whatever it was it must have been a truly terrifying circumstance to galvanize the kind of resolve on display here to trust in God’s Word alone. But the ending of Psalm 119 is the most telling, the most intriguing part as this glorious psalm seemingly ends with a fizzle.