Studies in Psalm 119

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Desire

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Charles Spurgeon in his introduction to Psalm 119 in The Treasury of David comments on the distain some have for this psalm, saying: “Many superficial readers have imagined that it harps upon one string, and abounds in pious repetitions and redundancies; but this arises from the shal-lowness of the reader’s own mind: those who have […]

Tzaddi: God’s Word Everlastingly Righteous

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Righteousness is the theme of this section, being used six times in eight verses. One of the synonyms for God’s Word is tsedeq which means righteousness. God’s Word is called His righteousness because it is all holy, just, and good, and the rule and standard for righteous living. Hebrews also calls God’s Word “the word […]

Pe: God’s Word, the Source of Wonder

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The psalmist was filled with admiration, amazement, and awe when he considered God’s testimonies. He marveled at its excellence and was engrossed with keeping it. It seems that those who know them best, wonder at them most. Psalms 119:129,130 [PE]: Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130 The entrance of thy […]

GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING

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The psalmist had chosen truth as the foundation for his life. He wanted his life established upon God’s truth. Therefore, he secured his attitude tenaciously to it. We can do the same if we are willing to confess the same. Psalms 119:38: Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Psalms […]

AIN: UPHELD BY GOD’S WORD

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Deliverance is a major need in life and is the theme of this section. So the psalmist asked God to deliver him from arrogant oppressors and to deal with him in justice and love. He sought to motivate God to respond to his loyalty as a servant, imploring Him to work on his behalf. Though […]

DELIGHT THYSELF IN HIS STATUTES

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God’s Word was designed to be a delight to our souls. However, that doesn’t happen automatically. We have to cause ourselves to respond to the Word of God in that manner. In Psalms 119:16 the psalmist declares, “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.” It’s reflexive; if we do […]

SAMACH: GOD’S WORD, OUR REFUGE

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In this section we will see the psalmist taking refuge in God. We will see him relying on God. We will see him continuing to respect God’s Word and reject those that err from His statutes. The section closes with him declaring his continuing reverence for God and His judgments. “Thou art my hiding place […]

THY WORD IS LIGHT

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There are two verses in Psalm 119 that refer to “light.” One uses the noun and the other uses the verb. They show both the nature of the Word of God, and God’s intention in giving it to the world. Psalms 119:105 [NUN]: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light [owr, […]

NUN: GOD’S WORD ILLUMINATES

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The nun section begins with one of the most recognizable verses of Psalm 119: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Typical of Hebrew poetry, it has a parallel structure where the thought is repeated in similar words. “A lamp unto my feet” is an expression similar to […]

MEM GOD’S WORD GIVES WISDOM

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Loving God’s Word is correlated with meditation on the scriptures. As verse 97 states “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” “All the day” does not mean to imply he thought of nothing else. Obviously, he thought about other matters. “All the day” intends to imply that there was […]