114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. It is a song about taking delight in God’s Word and experiencing the fullness of His promises by trusting in Him.
Though we are not sure who wrote this Psalm, it was certainly someone who had gone through hardship, loss and pain, and yet still believed God’s Word would not fail. When the writer declared that God was his hiding place and shield, he was demonstrating his faith that God would guard and guide him through his life.
In the context of the New Covenant, Jesus is our hiding place and shield and we can trust Him to protect us and keep us safe from sin’s guilt and condemnation. Once we are in Christ, we are made righteous and sin has no power over us. However, if we are honest with ourselves, we still sin and still fail in many ways. But don’t let the feelings of guilt and condemnation keep you from believing Jesus is still your Saviour and He lives to intercede for you.
The only way to stop sinning is to start looking at Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus doesn’t say to us, “Stop sinning and I will save you.” Rather, He said, “I saved you so that you can stop sinning!” As we can see from the four gospels, when people start moving closer to Jesus, He starts dealing with the sin issues of their lives. Instead of punishing them for their sins, Jesus healed them from their sins.
Our inability to stop sinning has nothing to do with being weak or not faithful enough. Rather, it is our ignorance to think we can stop sinning by ourselves. It is only by trusting Jesus with our problem of sin that we are set free from it. Jesus protects and shields us from sin by enabling us to die to sin and live for righteousness.
If you are struggling with any sin, the fight is not yours to win, for your victory was won for you through Christ’s finished work on the Cross. Only believe that God’s Word is true and His promises in Christ are sure and amen.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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