Psalm 119:23

Princes also did sit and speak against me:
but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

~ Psalm 119:23

The Psalmist was not subject to idle slanders. He was not facing mere neighborhood gossip. He was plotted against by princes. In other words, his conspirators had the authority and wherewithal to carry out their evil designs against him. He was humanly powerless to prevent them.

The second phrase reveals his response to their evil plots. He could be gripped by fear for what they could possibly do to him. He could spend his time trying to defend himself. He could counter-plot revenge against them. He could do many things in response to this persecution.

He chose rather to meditate in God’s statutes. He chose rather to immerse himself in the truths of God’s Word than the lies of men. When slandered and spoken against, we are sorely tempted to distraction from God’s Word. We need the discerning spirit of Nehemiah when responding distractions.

And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
– Nehemiah 6:3

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