Psalm 119: מ Mem

תהילים

מ Mem

Psalm 119: 97-104

97 O how I love Thy law!
It is my meditation all the day.

98 Thy commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Thy precepts.

101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Thy word.

102 I have not turned aside from Thine ordinances,
For Thou Thyself hast taught me.

103 How sweet are Thy words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 From Thy precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.

[NASB 1977]

PSALM 119Over 22 days (with a few Sabbath rests in the midst) it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God. Continue reading

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Psalm 119: ל Lamedh

PSALM 119

תהילים

ל Lamedh

Psalm 119: 89-96

89 Forever, O LORD,
Thy word is settled in heaven.

90 Thy faithfulness continues throughout all generations;
Thou didst establish the earth, and it stands.

91 They stand this day according to Your ordinances,
For all things are Thy servants.

92 If Thy law had not been my delight,
Then I would have perished in my affliction.

93 I will never forget Thy precepts,
For by them Thou hast revived me.

94 I am Thine, save me;
For I have sought Thy precepts.

95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me;
I shall diligently consider Thy testimonies.

96 I have seen a limit to all perfection;
Thy commandment is exceedingly broad.

[NASB 1977]

Over 22 days (with a few Sabbath rests in the midst) it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.

How long is forever?  It is infinite.  Until the end of time and beyond.  When God speaks a word it is always truth and it stands forever.  It is settled as a foundation and pillar, but it is also a catalyst that changes things forever.  At the word of the Lord light was made.  At the word of the Lord, life was established on the earth (which He also created at His very utterance of His word).  At the word of the LORD there is a place of perfect tranquility and trembling because of His faithful truth and because of His unyielding mission.

According to Isaiah 55, the Word of the Lord accomplishes much… in fact the truth of God’s word is that it will accomplish just what God has purposed it to accomplish.  His word is perfect in it’s holiness, declaration, and power.  This is what the psalmist declares in Lamedh (pronounced la-med) that God’s word is everlasting and perfect.

Do we understand how marvelous this is?  How wonderful it is that what God has said, and will say, through His word is perfect and forever.  It echoes over us and rushes through us…and all of creation is never the same.  In fact, all of eternity is never the same.

Now, just think about the power of Jesus words in His work of our redemption.  “It is finished.”

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory.

“I stand amazed in the presence 
Of Jesus the Nazarene 
And I wonder how He could love me, 
A sinner condemned, unclean. 

For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

He took my sins and my sorrows, 
He made them His very own; 
He bore the burden to Calvary, 
And suffered and died alone. 

When with the ransomed in glory 
His face I at last shall see, 
‘Twill be my joy through the ages, 
To sing of His love for me.

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!”  -Charles H. Gabriel, 1905

 

Psalm 119: כ Kaph

PSALM 119

תהילים

כ Kaph

Psalm 119: 81-88

81 My soul languishes for Thy salvation;
I wait for Your word.

82 My eyes fail with longing for Thy word,
While I say, “When wilt Thou comfort me?”

83 Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
I do not forget Thy statutes.

84 How many are the days of Thy servant?
When wilt Thou execute judgment on those who persecute me?

85 The arrogant have dug pits for me,
Men who are not in accord with Thy law.

86 All Thy commandments are faithful;
They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!

87 They almost destroyed me on earth,
But as for me, I did not forsake Thy precepts.

88 Revive me according to Thy lovingkindness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Thy mouth.

[NASB 1977]

Over 22 days (with a little Sabbath rest in the middle) it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.

Kaph is the 11th segment of Psalm 119.  We are halfway through this incredible Psalm, and ironically, halfway seems to be a such a breaking point for many.  It is that continental divide that separates the ascent upward from the descent downward.  It is at this point the psalmist uses the word “languish”.  When I go hiking, I languish with thirst.  Only the water can satisfy and quench my thirst.

The psalmist languishes for the thirst quencher of God’s salvation.  What a great craving and desire.  Jesus Christ when He walked this earth (Yes, the Living God walking this earth in the flesh, John 1:14) said that there was a blessing for those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they would be filled or satisfied.  (Matthew 5:6)  Such an amazing promise that we have been given and the psalmist declares his longing from his soul for this salvation to be made manifest to him.

Because of this languishing thirst and longing, the psalmist knows the source to find hope is the Word.  It is the revelation of God Himself.  It is the revelation of God’s will.  It is the revelation of Truth.  It is the revelation of the Gospel, the Grace, and the Glory of Jesus Christ.  This is the psalmist’s source of hope and knowledge of God, and it is not just seen as a textbook of facts (although it is authoritative in its facts), but it is a gift of God to be our provision from Him.

The psalmist declares his struggles through life and those with his fellow mankind.  They make this languishing even deeper.  But end v. 88, the psalmist declares that Revival comes from the languishing for the Word and the satisfaction of God Himself in all His abundant lovingkindness.

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory.

“As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee

You’re my friend
And You are my brother
Even though You are a King
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything

I want You more than gold
Or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joygiver
And the apple of my eye

You alone are my strength my shield
To You alone may my spirit yield
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee.”  -Martin Nystrom, 1984

Psalm 119: י Yodh

PSALM 119

תהילים

י Yodh

Psalm 119:73-80

73  Thy hands made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Thy commandments.

74 May those who fear Thee see me and be glad, Because I wait for Thy word.

75 I know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are righteous,
And that in faithfulness Thou hast afflicted me.

76 O may Thy lovingkindness comfort me,
According to Thy word to Thy servant.

77 May Thy compassion come to me that I may live,
For Thy law is my delight.

78 May the arrogant be ashamed, for they subvert me with a lie;
But I shall meditate on Thy precepts.

79 May those who fear Thee turn to me,
Even those who know Thy testimonies.

80 May my heart be blameless in Thy statutes,
So that I will not be ashamed.

[NASB 1977]

Over 22 days (with a little Sabbath rest in the middle) it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.

When it comes to the segment of the psalmist writing known as Yodh, I am amazed and humbled by the writer’s words and heart.  If I could sum it up in one word…it would be the word “yield.”  The author knows that it is God (Yahweh) that created him and he seeks understanding to know the same God (and only God) that made him.  The desire that is emulated in these scripture describes a heart that is humbled by knowing God and confident in being known by God.

In v.74, this humble confidence of God’s servant shows the example of a God follower that hopes to encourage other God followers (or those seeking answers from God that have not yet followed).  This challenges my soul because I hope that others that love the Lord can look upon my life and be glad…because what I do shows that I know God and my utmost desire is to make what I know of Him to be known.

This is not only accomplished in my words and deeds, but according to v.75, in the midst of my circumstances.  The grace filled aspect after v.75 is v.76 which after knowing that God’s affliction and righteous judgement has been poured out over us…His comfort and His lovingkindness never ceases.

May those that follow Jesus Christ, the Living God, be encouraged to once again “Yield.”

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory.

“In Christ alone my hope is found

He is my light, my strength, my song 

This cornerstone, this solid ground 

Firm through the fiercest 
drought and storm 

What heights of love, 
what depths of peace 
When fears are stilled, 
when strivings cease 
My Comforter, my All in All 
Here in the love of Christ I stand 

In Christ Alone, who took on flesh 
Fullness of God in helpless babe 
This gift of love and righteousness 
Scorned by the ones He came to save 

‘Til on that cross as Jesus died 
The wrath of God was satisfied 
For every sin on Him was laid 
Here in the death of Christ I live 

There in the ground His body lay 
Light of the world by darkness slain 
Then bursting forth in glorious day 
Up from the grave He rose again 

And as He stands in victory 
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me 
For I am His and He is mine 
Bought with the precious blood of Christ 

No guilt in life, no fear in death 

This is the power of Christ in me 
From life’s first cry to final breath 
Jesus commands my destiny 

No power of hell, no scheme of man 
Can ever pluck me from His Hand 
’til He returns or calls me home 
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.” – Stuart Townend, 2001

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Psalm 119: ט Teth

PSALM 119

תהילים

ט Teth

Psalm 119:65-72

65 Thou hast dealt well with Thy servant,
O LORD, according to Thy word.

66 Teach me good discernment and knowledge,
For I believe in Thy commandments.

67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
But now I keep Thy word.

68 Thou art good and doest good;
Teach me Thy statutes.

69 The arrogant have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe Thy precepts.

70 Their heart is covered with fat,
But I delight in Thy law.

71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Thy statutes.

72 The law of Thy mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

[NASB 1977]

Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.

In Teth the psalmist is speaking that even when all does not seem to be well, even when the world tells us that we are afflicted…God has done great things for us.  God is the great King above us.  God is to be greatly remembered in all things through us.  Know Him as God and know the the way to follow God.  Ask for God Himself, by His grace to be your teacher of discernment and knowledge.

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory.

“Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee,
Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not,
As Thou hast been,Thou forever wilt be.

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above;
Join with all nature in manifold witness,
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me!” -Thomas 0. Chisholm, 1923

Psalm 119: ח Heth

PSALM 119

תהילים

ח Heth

Psalm 119: 57-64

57 The LORD is my portion;
I have promised to keep Thy words.

58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;
Be gracious to me according to Your word.

59 I considered my ways
And turned my feet to Thy testimonies.

60 I hastened and did not delay
To keep Thy commandments.

61 The cords of the wicked have encircled me,
But I have not forgotten Thy law.

62 At midnight I shall rise to give thanks to Thee
Because of Thy righteous ordinances.

63 I am a companion of all those who fear Thee,
And of those who keep Thy precepts.

64 The earth is full of Thy lovingkindness, O LORD;
Teach me Thy statutes.

[NASB 1977]

Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.

Heth is again a time of remembrance by the psalmist that is provided by the grace of God and the Word of the Lord.  This remembrance is found in verse 57 as the psalmist is reminded that God is “his portion.”  In other words, God is the giver, savior, & sustainer and when it comes to obedience, this is the first factor of grace that we must remember.  Without remembrance of all that God is and all that God has done for us…obedience becomes shallow and rigid religion.  Because of “Who” God is we can know that obedience is worthy of Him in the strength of His faithful character.  Because of “What” God did to provide the the relationship that He has freely given us, obedience is out of desire to show love and gratitude back even though it can never repay His ultimate love.

The psalmist promises to keep the Words of the Lord and to pursue them with his heart.  But, he knows he will fail at this and the psalmist boldly declares the Grace of God that the Word has made known to us.  He remembers that obedience means intentionally considering God as well as asking God to help us consider our path so that we may choose the path of faithfulness and integrity.

The big ideal in this remembrance toward God and obedience to His Word is this.  God has revealed His lovingkindness to us and the freedom to live with and for God by His Grace.

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory.

I hear the Savior say,
Thy strength indeed is small;
Child of weakness, watch and pray,
Find in Me thine all in all.

For nothing good have I
Whereby Thy grace to claim;
I’ll wash my garments white
In the blood of Calvary’s Lamb.

And now complete in Him,
My robe, His righteousness,
Close sheltered beneath His side,
I am divinely blest.

Lord, now indeed I find
Thy power, and Thine alone,
Can change the leper’s spots
And melt the heart of stone

When from my dying bed
My ransomed soul shall rise,
Jesus died my soul to save,
Shall rend the vaulted skies.

And when before the throne
I stand in Him complete,
I’ll lay my trophies down,
All down at Jesus’ feet.”

Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow” –
Elvina M. Hall, 1865

O Praise the one who paid my debt
And raised this life up from the dead

Psalm 119: ז Zayin

PSALM 119

תהילים

ז Zayin

Psalm 119: 49-56

49 Remember the word to Thy servant,
In which Thou hast made me hope.

50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Thy word has revived me.

51 The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Thy law.

52 I have remembered Thine ordinances from of old, O LORD,
And comfort myself.

53 Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Thy law.

54 Thy statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.

55 O LORD, I remember Thy name in the night,
And keep Thy law.

56 This has become mine,
That I observe Thy precepts.

[NASB 1977]

Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119.  This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections.  Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet.  In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.

In  ז Zayin, the psalmist describes a feeling that most of us have shared…pain.  This pain comes from anguish, suffering, or anger and it is all too familiar.  What are we today when pain comes our way?  Pain has a way of distracting us from anything else and making us focus on the problem causing the pain.  But pain can teach us about dependence.

Pain tells us about shortcomings and failures and loss.  Which is good news…even though we fall short (Romans 3:23) of the glory of God…Jesus doesn’t.  He is pretty good at being God.  In fact He’s the only one that can be God.  He gives us Himself and Himself is our hope.

His provision of the word is a comfort in our troubles.  It is a provision of His hope and a sure foundation though waves may crash against us.  It is our sure path though the prideful and the wicked stray.  It is our source of joy and praise when the storm or the night comes.  And devotion to the Lord is devotion to his word. (Luke 6:46-48).  That kind of devotion is something that we call our own that we are able by the grace of Jesus to give back to Jesus. He is our sure foundation.  He is worthy of our devotion.

By His Grace.  Through His Gospel.  For His Glory.

We need never shout across the spaces to an absent God. He is nearer than our own soul, closer than our most secret thoughts.” – A.W. Tozer

I have not suffered a lot for Christ, but I want to tell you that those times that I have suffered and I knew it was for Jesus, have been some of the happiest times of my entire life. I cannot tell you the indescribable joy that has come into my heart and my life.” -Adrian Rogers