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

In Christ alone will I glory

“Though I could pride myselfYiled sign
In battles won
For I’ve been blessed beyond measure
And by His strength alone, I overcome
Oh, I could stop and count successes
Like diamonds in my hands
But these trophies could not equal
To the grace, by which I stand

In Christ alone will I glory
For only by His grace
I am redeemed
And only His tender mercy
Could reach beyond my weakness
To my need
Now I seek no greater honor
Than just to know Him more
And to count my gains but losses
And to the glory of my Lord

In Christ alone
I place my trust
And find my glory 
In the power of the cross
In every victory
Let it be said of me
My source of strength
My source of hope
Is Christ alone” – Koch & Craig, 1991

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