I will keep thy statutes [H2706 – choq]: O forsake me not utterly.
Here we have the use of the word “choq” again.
More on the word “choq”: Psalm 119:5 – David’s Heart Cry
It’s almost like David knew that if he didn’t stay within the boundaries (“choq”) set before him, that there was the possibility of the Father forsaking him.
But do we have to fear that today? Since the Messiah came, died and was resurrected, has the Father changed His nature?
Has the “harsh, mean God” of the Old Testament become the Santa Claus in the sky of the New Testament? (Hat tip: Marcion)
I seem to remember Him saying somewhere that He never changes.
For I am the LORD, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
What about the promises?
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
These promises are very true . . . for a disciple.
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But a disciple is more than just a person who gives mental assent to the existence of Yeshua and His crucifixion and resurrection. Demons do that all the time!
You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble!
No, disciples work to pattern their lives after the one they are following. Otherwise, they are no longer disciples.
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master.
Like David, a true disciple does not treat the Father like a sugar-daddy, but attempts to rid his life of all things that would hinder him from becoming like the one he emulates.
…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
If there’s nothing to fear, you wouldn’t have anything to work out . . . but a true disciple knows this already. So he makes it his life’s goal to have the heart of David, staying within the boundaries laid out from the beginning.
True disciples know that if they no longer have this “godly fear,” then the promises no longer apply.