by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
If Thy law had not been my meditation,
then should I have perished in my humiliation.
Having explained that everything is subservient to the Lord, he passes over in silence his own intention “to walk in the will of God”.
And he only talks about the good consequences of that: “in humiliating circumstances only the study of God’s law has saved him from destruction”.
The psalmist then illustrates this with several examples: David and Saul; Joseph in Egypt; the children in Babylon; Job; martyrs.
I will never forget Thy statutes;
for in them Thou has quickened me.
Now he talks about the consequence of having experiences these “salutary effects” (just mentioned in v.92): his resolve, “I will never forget Thy statutes”.
“I will never forget, not only in memory and thought, but also in deed and life — I will not forget to walk in them, to carry them out.”
Theophan adds a comparison: it’s just like someone who recovers from a serious illness doesn’t forget the medicine that helped him.
It’s first a “quickening” of life.
“Finally, the fullness of life takes up its abode in the heart”. This occurs when the Lord comes with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and makes for Himself or habitation in the soul, for its long, constant and patient faithfulness to the commandments. (p.221)
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