The verse that grabbed my attention in Ps 119:121-128 is verse 126:
126 It is time for you to act, LORD;
your law is being broken.
There are many possible reactions we might have to the ungodliness we see in society, ranging from indifference or isolation, to anger and condemnation, to positive campaigning and working for change. But this verse shows that the Psalmist has recognised the heart of the issue – we need God to break in and move if things are really to change.
If God’s laws are being broken the ultimate solution will not be found in stricter rules and more police, but in transformed hearts. As much as I believe the church has a crucial role to play in hands-on social and political action, our first instinct must be to cry out to God to move in revival power. If we don’t, it is likely we are either guilty of self-reliance (attempting to fix society in our own strength), or self-absorption (not being troubled by the evils in society so long as they don’t affect me).
The Old Testament prophets understood this. They didn’t just speak out against evil and call God’s people to action, they called God himself to action:
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you! (Isa 64:1)
LORD, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, LORD.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy. (Hab 3:2)
You who call on the LORD,
give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem
and makes her the praise of the earth. (Isa 62:7-8)