A Word about the WordFebruary 13, 2013 at 11:24 am | Posted in Selected Psalms | 2 Comments
Tags: cleanliness, commentary on Psalms, commentary on the Bible, hope, joy, peace, Psalm 119, Sunday School lessons on Psalms, The Bible, ways of God
We are not sure which human instrument the Holy Spirit used to write Psalm 119. The consensus seems to be that it was David, but I have also seen it argued that it was Jeremiah. The psalm itself is about God’s Word. Like Psalm 112, it is in the form of an acrostic, but with eight lines for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Almost every line is a meditation on Scripture.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
It is not enough to have God’s Word in our hands, in our homes, and in our heads. We must have it in our hearts!
BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Psalm 119:14 (emphasis added)
Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
Psalm 119:111 (emphasis added)
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
Psalm 119:162 (emphasis added)
The Bible gives us joy.
Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
Psalm 119:24 (emphasis added)
HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
Psalm 119:33-35 (emphasis added)
NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:105 (emphasis added)
The Bible gives us guidance.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
Psalm 119:37 (emphasis added)
The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psalm 119:72 (emphasis added)
How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103 (emphasis added)
Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Psalm 119:148 (emphasis added)
The Bible tells us what is valuable.
I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.
Psalm 119:58 (emphasis added)
The Bible tells us how to pray.
ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
Psalm 119:49 (emphasis added)
The Bible gives us hope.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
The Bible gives us peace.
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
Psalm 119:45 (emphasis added)
Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 119:133 (emphasis added)
The Bible sets us free.
JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
Psalm 119:73 (emphasis added)
The Bible tells us what God wants us to do, and how to do it.
They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.
Psalm 119:74 (emphasis added)
Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.
Psalm 119:79 (emphasis added)
The Bible tells us how to pick our friends.
VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
We must pray the Word, answer with the Word, and speak the Word consistently. The Bible gives us strength.
DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
Psalm 119:25 (emphasis added)
Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
Psalm 119:40 (emphasis added)
Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
Psalm 119:88 (emphasis added)
Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
Psalm 119:149 (emphasis added)
The Bible revives us.
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
Praise is good preparation for Bible study.
They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Psalm 119:3-5 (emphasis added)
The Bible shows us the difference between our ways and God’s ways.