My heart trembles at your word.
No one, I think, can sit down and at one reading exhaust the depths of meaning contained in a single psalm. What I find in a certain psalm on a certain day may be very unlike what I will find in that same psalm on a different day, and there is not the slightest doubt in my mind that, were I to write this book a dozen times over the next twenty years, it would be substantially different each time. Nor, even then would I have begun to sound the depths of the Psalter.
—Patrick Henry Reardon, Christ in the Psalms
HOREB TREMBLED when the glory of God descended upon it. The depths convulsed. “Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved” (1 Chron. 16:30). “He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble” (Job 9:6). “Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob” (Ps. 114:7).
It is the seasoned believer who says, “my heart trembles at your word.” In that hope, say the following verses out loud:
161 Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.
162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.
To the Jew, shalom is not just the absence of strife. It denotes completion and wholeness, when all things are in their rightful place, when all measures are correct, when the levels have reached stillness. This is shalom of the Jew and of God.
The Hebrew word for joy, (simchah), begins with sin. Again, when you consider these elements here in the last days of Strategy 119, the rewards are evident. Not just peace, but a joyful peace, a joyful completion to the task undertaken.
The writer has surrendered at last, or at least surrender has worked so thoroughly within him that he has little strength to resist its redemptive force. He loves the law of the Lord. In these verses, there is none of the bargaining of the previous stanza. There is no hesitation in his voice, no wavering or staggering between two opinions.
Seven times a day he praises God.
He is now much more than a mere creature of habit. He is a truly submitted lover of God.
Prayer for Day 21:
That the Almighty would find residence in me. That he may find welcome here. My house has been swept clean and by his own hand. I am weak in myself, and yet reanimated by his labor in me.
In Christ, my Shalom, my Sabbath, my joy, and my Almighty God, amen.