“Put Our Hope in God’s Word for He Is Our Refuge and Shield 我們要仰望神的話，因祂是我們的避難所和盾牌“（Psalm 詩篇 119:113-120）
… You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I shall live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I shall be delivered; I shall always have regard for your decrees. … My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
A good hiding place (refuge) has strength, height, concealment and reliability. The hope the psalmist had in God’s word was founded on a relationship with and security in God Himself. He addressed the evildoers wanting his separation from them since he was committed to obedience, to keeping God’s commands. Without continual support from God setting his hope upon Him and His word/promise, the psalmist could not live, either physically or spiritually (further obeying Him). He did not celebrate over the judgment on the wicked; instead, it made him tremble (because of his life being not entirely righteous) in holy fear himself running to God for His atoning, covering sacrifice.
Prayer: Almighty Lord, your word/law is absolutely sure and certain in contrast to that of double-minded people who know about you but want the benefits of true religion and the world as well as are not fully determined to worship and serve you only. Thank you that Jesus Christ is our safe-room or panic-room. It is indeed good to know that when our hope is so set, we can ask you to protect and vindicate us. This constant prayer ‘Uphold me, and I shall be delivered’ will in fact keep us safe. Amen.