We know that even in the Old Testament, people were justified before God by their faith, not adherence to the Law. (Though, those in the OT days who had faith desired to keep God’s law!)
I get asked occasionally, “What did faith look like in the Old Testament? If they didn’t have Christ, what did God want them to have faith in?”
I think that Psalm 119 in general, and these two lines from it specifically, reflect that kind of faith very well.
My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.
My eyes long for your promise; I ask, When will you comfort me?
We can still pray this today. We know that God’s Word and his promise IS Jesus! Psalm 119:81-82 would read something like this today:
My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in JESUS.
My eyes long to see Jesus, When will you comfort me?
This post originally appeared on the author’s personal site mattandnancy.org