The Psalmist here is an interesting position. To many his self-debasing dust dwelling is contemptible, for he is obviously having a bad day, needing, perhaps a vacation and some time of entertainment. To others who have had tasted this dust, we can identify with the faithful saint.
Our writer does not ask for a vacation, a movie, a nap, or any other temporal refreshment, instead he cries with earnest zeal for the irrigating springs of divine truth! “My soul clings to the dust, revive me according to your word” (119.25).
Entertainment is not bad and is not fundamentally opposed to godliness. However, our saint here is longing with the insatiable longings for the streams of life! He has a particular need (refreshment & revival) and there is a particular remedy (the word of God!)
I love this providential peek into the confessional of the Psalmist.
Notice his dialogue with God:
(v. 26) I have told…you have answered
(v. 27) make me understand the way…so I can meditate!
(v.28) my soul weeps…strengthen me according to your word
(v. 29) Remove every false way…give me your law…
(v.30) I have chosen…the faithful way…
(v.30) I have placed….your ordinances before me
(v.31) I cling to….your testimonies
(v.32) I shall run the way….of your commandments
Can you pray like this? This is hard. It deals with my soul! This guy saw his soul, and so therefore his neediness. It is in this light that he sees God’s goodness in providing the all sufficient word.
And isn’t this always the problem for us? We do not esteem the word of God because we too highly esteem ourselves?! We are too busy declaring self-sufficiency to “cling to” the divine testimonies. There is no question about it; we neglect the word when we attend to our flesh, even feeding its desires of self-sovereignty and self-sufficiency. But it is in this self-worship that we hijack sanctification, and usurp our mission as believers to exalt and magnify the glory of God, drawing attention to his power and grace in giving us the all sufficient word.
Dust is good. It is good to see the dust (v.25) so that we can see the thirst. Cling to the word of God (v.31), drink heartily from its fountains, and run the way of his commandments (v.32), even being lavished in heavenly delight through the meditation of the divine wonders (v.27).
[As a church we are reading through the book of Psalms each Sunday morning during. As a result Thursday postings will be geared toward a devotional look at the respective Psalm for each week in effort to kindle genuine affections in heart of the child of God through the word of God to the glory of God.]