Devotional thought from Psalm 119:132-136
132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me,
As thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
133 Order my steps in thy word:
And let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Deliver me from the oppression of man:
So will I keep thy precepts.
135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant;
And teach me thy statutes.
136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes,
Because they keep not thy law.
“Look at me like you used to do”, that is what verse 132 seems to say doesn’t it?
My mind wanders to imagine an unappreciated wife who longs to once more catch a glimpse of real love for her in the eyes of her husband or a man who yearns for looks of appreciation and admiration from his family. A casual reading may cause someone to think that the Psalmist is begging the Lord to look at him the way he used to do, but that is not the case. The Psalmist is asking to feel the warmth of the look of God’s favor but he is not implying that he no longer looks his way. The Psalmist is trusting that beyond the clouds that conceal God’s face there is a look of love that he can not see. What gives him this hope? It is what he “usest to do”(vs. 132), in other words, it has been God’s practice in the past. When the clouds conceal the sunshine of God’s favor upon you then you must remember how his character has been revealed through what he has done before. What has he done before? The eternal one that sent his Son has not changed his mind, he still loves and blesses those that are his. Trust that behind the clouds, the face of the Son still shines! He has not changed, he still looks at you like he used to do.