It’s Time for God to Work
Psalm 119:126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
Intro: This past week I had the privilege to preach in South Carolina at the National Intercessors Prayer Conference. On Wednesday night, my friend Pastor Barry Rackley preached from this passage. My heart has been stirred by this verse. I want to take the thought that he preached and share it this morning.
Back when we were in construction, we would stop at the Golden Pantry and grab a biscuit and a cup of coffee right before we got to the jobsite. We would climb out of the truck and stand around for a little while and talk and eat. When it was cold, we would build a fire in the fire barrel and throw the scraps of lumber in and get warm. We’d enjoy our coffee and fellowship, but after a while, I’d look at the guys and say, “It’s time to go to work.” We’d pull ourselves away from the fire barrel and the warmth and put on our tool belts and go to work.
I. David’s Heart
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses.
It is a chapter that speaks of the Word of God in every single verse.
However, it is also a prayer.
David starts out talking about the Lord in verses 1 through 3.
By the time we get to verse 4, David has stopped talking ABOUT the Lord and is talking TO Him.
He gets engulfed in this prayer to God about the importance of Scripture.
David is praying to God about the Word of God.
Notice David’s references to the Word of God:
- Word – 38 times
- Commandments – 22 times
- Statutes – 22 times
- Law – 25 times
- Precepts – 21 times
- Testimonies – 23 times
- Judgments – 22 times
This prayer is without question a window into the heart and soul of David.
We know that he was a man after God’s own heart.
But you can’t go far in this chapter without seeing the love that David had for God and His word.
Notice these verses:
- Psalms 119:97 MEM. O how love I thy law! it [is] my meditation all the day.
- Psalms 119:113 SAMECH. I hate [vain] thoughts: but thy law do I love.
- Psalms 119:119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth [like] dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
- Psalms 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
- Psalms 119:132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
- Psalms 119:159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
- Psalms 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: [but] thy law do I love.
- Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
- Psalms 119:167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
II. David’s Hurt – vs. 121
David is need of Divine reinforcements.
He is surrounded by heathens and those that hate him and hate God.
A. Oppression – vs. 121, 122
OPPRESSORS: oppress, violate, defraud, do violence, get deceitfully, wrong, extort, to press upon,
David was surrounded by pressure.
It was not pressure to do right, or to serve God, or to accomplish more for Him.
The oppression – the pressure – was to get him to stop; to quit; to give up; to walk away from God.
The pressure was designed to break down his morale and wear away at his commitment.
The pressure was intended to get him to get discouraged and disengage from his service to God.
The pressure was to get him to rethink his position; renegotiate his terms; reevaluate his choice.
The pressure was on him to turn his back on God and serve the gods of the heathens.
B. Pride – vs. 122 (Coming Out Day/Gay Pride)
David is hurting over the afflictions of the proud.
Notice how many times he refers to them in this prayer.
- Psalms 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
- Psalms 119:51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.
- Psalms 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.
- Psalms 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.
- Psalms 119:85 The proud have digged pits for me, which [are] not after thy law.
- Psalms 119:122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
C. Rebellion – vs. 126 “…they have made void thy law.”
This describes our day perfectly.
They – the oppressors; the proud – they have made void God’s law.
HAVE MADE VOID: to shatter; to break; to violate
The law that David has been praying about; praising; promoting; preaching; passionate about – that law.
The law that David said was perfect.
The law that David wept about when it was ignored.
- Psalms 119:136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
Imagine having a king that wept when the nation kept not the law of God!
David was hurting over the condition of his country.
And right in the middle of this prayer, David cried, “IT IS TIME FOR THEE
III. David’s Hope
David’s hope is in God working.
His hope is not in HIS own working.
No less than thirteen times in this chapter David refers to himself as a servant.
Three times in this section (vs. 122, 124, 125) he calls himself the servant of God.
A. David’s hope was based on God’s PAST working.
David wanted God to work because he had seen God work.
He wanted God to work because he had heard of how God worked.
He had written about the miracles of the past in numerous other Psalms.
- The pestilences against Egypt to deliver them from Pharaoh.
- The parting of the Red Sea
- The provision for the nation of Israel in the wilderness – (water/manna/quail)
- The protection from the uncircumcised heathen nations
- The pulling down of walled cities
- The prevailing against the giants of the land
God has a HISTORY of working; of moving; of performing the impossible.
D. David’s hope was based on God’s PRESENT working.
David was crystal clear – IT IS TIME FOR THE, LORD TO WORK.
David wasn’t content with God’s PAST WORKING.
David wasn’t satisfied to list God’s PAST ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
David wasn’t happy to write about God’s PAST PERFORMANCES.
David was in need of God to work NOW.
It is urgent – it is imperative – it is essential that God work, and that He work NOW!!!!
C. David’s hope was based on God’s POTENTIAL working.
When David prayed this prayer, he realized that it wasn’t too late for God to work.
He didn’t lament that it was past time; or too far gone.
He didn’t cry over the fact that things were too bad for God to fix.
He knew that no matter how bad things were, God could still work!
When addressing God in verse 126, David called him LORD.
- LORD: the existing one; Jehovah.
David knew the power of an OMNIPOTENT, OMNISCIENT, OMNIPRESENT God.
David prayed with confidence IT IS TIME FOR THEE LORD TO WORK because he knew God’s power!
David knew that it is NEVER TOO LATE for God to work!!
NO matter how bad the oppression; no matter how bad the pride; no matter how bad the rebellion!
God can work! God wants to work! God is able to work!
ILLUSTRATION: There are many references we could look at the power of God’s working, but look with me at Genesis 18.
In this story, Abraham is 99 and Sarah is 90 (Gen. 17:17).
The Lord appeared to Abram and told him he would have a son.
In Genesis 18:10, God told Abram that he would return “according to the time of life”.
Same word as Psalm 119:126.
Sarah laughed, and said, I AM OLD.
- OLD: Hebrew word BALAH which means “wore out and used up”
Humanly speaking, she was done; finished; there was nothing left.
Verse 11 says, “Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women.”
But that is when God likes to work!!
Notice God’s reaction to her laughing at the prospect of having a son:
- 13 And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old?
- 14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
Conclusion: God likes to work with nothing else will!
When all hope is gone, there is still hope!
When we look around and think it’s over, it’s just getting started.
When we’ve exhausted all our resources and all our solutions, we need to pray like David:
IT IS TIME FOR THEE, LORD, TO WORK!