by Mike Vestal
Psalm 119:57-64 is an excellent explanation of Philippians 4:11-12 and what it means to be “content in whatever state” we find ourselves.
What are the keys to contentment seen in this passage?
1. Being Satisfied with the Lord (v. 57). “The Lord is my portion.’ Stop and think about this — we’ve got the Lord! And that’s what counts the most. Because his lovingkindness is better than life (Psalm 63:3), we can be satisfied that he will always do what is best.
2. Seeking God’s Favor (vv. 58-60). “I sought Your favor with all my heart.” To seek God’s favor involves “considering” our ways, “turning” to God’s will, and “hastening” to do what is right. This does not mean that we earn God’s grace or favor, but it does mean we respond to it with humility, action and love.
3. Not Panicking under Pressure (v. 61). “The cords of the wicked have encircled me, but I have not forgotten Your law.” Sometimes we feel overwhelmed, that we are engulfed by problems and by problem people. How we need to not panic, and to look to the Lord! (cf. Ephesians 6:10-13).
4. Always Giving Thanks (v. 62). “At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to You.” Grateful people naturally tend to be more contented. Grumbling and complaining is not only a sign of lack of contentment, but of lack of faith.
5. Enjoying the Fellowship of Other Believers (v. 63). “I am a companion of all those who fear You.” We ought to enjoy being in the company of people who will help strengthen us in the Lord.
6. Seeing God’s Love Everywhere (v. 64). “The earth is full of Your lovingkindness.” This thinking is “Philippians 4:8” in action!
Mike preaches with the Westside church in Midland, Tex.
by Mike Vestal