Look at my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.
Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.
Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do no seek out your decrees.
Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to your laws.
Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statues.
I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word.
See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.
What sticks out to me is the verse “I look on the faithless with loathing”. This feels very harsh to me. It seems wrong. I used to be the faithless, and I vowed to never forget where I once was. But I wonder. Do I unintentionally or subconsciously loath the faithless? Do I condemn in my mind those who don’t think like I do, who don’t know the Lord?
Another one of those days where I really need to meditate on the word and honestly ask myself a few questions. Are there areas I need to work on? Am I condemning people in my mind? I will ask God to reveal places where I may be doing that. This could be very interesting.
God, I ask you to search me. Reveal to me where I may be judgemental or condemning. Forgive me if this has been my heart, and I ask for your eyes when I look at people. Your heart when I encounter people this week. God help me to be the encourager, to speak words of life to others, to council those in need, to have compassion for the hurting, and patience to do all this. Thank you Jesus, amen.