The devil goes around like a roaring lion, trying to create anxiety and fear in the heart of the Christian. We must learn to ignore the sounds of his roars, whether distant or near, and instead quietly keep our minds on the laws of God. The Psalmist was determined to ‘quietly keep his mind on the laws of God,’ even though he was in a dangerous situation. The first part of this verse explains:
“Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me.” (119:95a)
Though the wicked were trying to kill him, he was determined to keep calm and focus on words from the holy writings of his time, which are part of our Bible today. Different translations use synonyms for the word ‘laws’: testimonies, decrees, teaching, precepts or instructions. These may help to throw new light on what we are meant to focus on.
For example, the word ‘testimony’ might help us to remember how God has helped others in the past. It will encourage us to quietly reflect on how other Christians were supported in times of crisis. It is often good to remember the testimonies we have heard at church and how others have found help in similar circumstances to our own.
The word ‘instruction’ suggests keeping our mind fixed on something God has said to us. A verse from the Bible that has lived for you or a line from a hymn can give strength. Instruction can be a source of encouragement if we take it positively. It might be a whisper to be strong. You quietly keep your mind on this instruction and find the keeping power of God through the valley of difficulty.
Hasn’t our Lord always got the right word at the right moment for us? It’s our job to remember this word and cling to it. It will be our lifebuoy even when tossed in the sea of affliction. It will hold us above the rough waves and bring us safely to shore.
Fix your mind on the instructions of the Lord. Consider the testimonies of others, and believe that He can present you faultless before the Father’s glory.
“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.” Jude 1:24 NLT