Studies in Psalm 119

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Tau: Confidence to Approach God

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We have now come to the final section of Psalm 119. We have journeyed with the psalmist through a wide variety of his personal experiences. He has focused on the Word of God and stressed his desire to obey it. With the alphabet exhausted, the psalmist fills his concluding strophe with repeated cries for help. […]

Schin: The Awesome Word

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In this section the psalmist declares his awe for the Word of God he had come to love. It doesn’t matter what people do or what the circumstances are, nothing should alter our reverence for God and His Word. While most people stand in awe of powerful people, our heart is awed by God’s Word. […]

Make God’s Word Your Daily Companion

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Psalm 119 is about meditation in the Word of God and the fruits of that meditation as the Word of God is internalized and made the pattern for a man’s thoughts.  That comes to pass through constant reading and reflection on the Word of God, the application of it in one’s mind to the daily […]

Resh: The Basis of Victory

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In the resh strophe the psalmist asks God three times to “quicken” him, and twice he asks God to “deliver” him. He also pleads for God to plead his cause in the manner of an advocate in a court of law. (Compare 1 Samuel 24:15; Psalms 35:1; 43:1). His adversaries’ case against him was without […]

Delight to Remember

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Our attitude toward God’s Word is important. The psalmist did not see God’s Word as restricting or irksome. Rather, it was a source of joy and rejoicing. Because they were the rejoicing of his heart, he took God’s testimonies as a heritage forever (111). He rejoiced in the way of God’s testimonies as much as […]

Koph: God’s Word, Basis of Passionate Prayer

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In this section we find passionate prayer as its first three verses record his cries to God. Passion in prayer isn’t captured heaping up grand-sounding words and phrases. Jesus reminds us that we will not be heard for our many words (Matthew 6:7). Rather, passionate prayer is built on permanent promises. The psalmist rose before […]

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 […]