176 Words on 176 Verses
“Remove from me reproach and contempt;
For I have kept thy testimonies.”
There are those who would “live Godly in Christ Jesus” who shall suffer persecution, for this shall apply to all who would do so (2 Tim 3:12). There was a time past in our life that we “wrought the will of the gentiles”, that is, we lived life according to the same manner in which the world does, everything from all forms of lusts and drunkenness and revellings and idolatries. But now our heartfelt desire has been changed from within to keep the testimonies of the Lord, to the point at which Peter reminds us that “they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:” (1 Pet 4:4).
This is the reproach the psalmist identifies; this is the contempt he seeks the Lord will remove from him for doing nothing more than personally keeping the testimonies of the Lord. But we are also counted as “sheep for the slaughter“, and we are so, for the Lords sake (Rom 8:36). We are to be willing to stand alone, confident that if the world will see us fall, we will yet stand at the last day, for our hope is not in man, but in Christ.
Pr Edi Giudetti