Psalm 119: ו Vav

PSALM 119

תהילים

ו  Vav

Psalm 119: 41-48

41 May Thy lovingkindnesses also come to me, O LORD,
Thy salvation according to Thy word;

42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Thy word.

43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I wait for Thine ordinances.

44 So I will keep Thy law continually,
Forever and ever.

45 And I will walk at liberty,
For I seek Thy precepts.

46 I will also speak of Thy testimonies before kings
And shall not be ashamed.

47 I shall delight in Thy commandments,
Which I love.

48 And I shall lift up my hands to Thy commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on 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.

In Vav (pronounced “vaw”) the psalmist declares the heart that longs for the salvation of God that only comes from the word of God.  It is the accessibility, provision, and certainty of the Word of God that gives truth and provides an answer for those who would question the foundation of faith.  The psalmist declares his trust in God and that by keeping the Law…there is freedom.  This is why there is a delight in the Law, the Wisdom, The Prophecy, The History, The Doctrine, & The Gospel that the Scriptures give us.

It is quite the paradox that in submission to God’s Word, there is freedom for life.  But there it is.  God is able to make that which seems impossible, possible.  It is so important to remember that God did not reveal Himself to make bad people good…but dead people live and an enslaved people free.

By His Grace, Through His Gospel, For His Glory!

“Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount, I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.

Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Hither by Thy help I’m come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Interposed His precious blood.

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I’m constrained to be!
Let that grace now like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee.
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,
Seal it for Thy courts above.” -Robert Robinson, 1757

Psalm 119: ה He

PSALM 119

ה He

Psalm 119: 33-40

33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Thy law
And keep it with all my heart.

35 Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments,
For I delight in it.

36 Incline my heart to Thy testimonies
And not to dishonest gain.

37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Thy ways.

38 Establish Thy word to Thy servant,
As that which produces reverence for Thee.

39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Thine ordinances are good.

40 Behold, I long for Thy precepts;
Revive me through Thy righteousness.

[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 He (pronounced Hae)  the psalmist asks for God Himself to be his Teacher and the Word of the Lord to be the lessons that are shared with him.  The reason is simple… so “I shall observe it to the end.”  When it comes to knowing God, it is not merely knowledge about Him but knowledge of Him that is our goal.  Only being a person that has come to know God Himself will find the revival of our heart, mind, soul, and strength that the psalmist too is seeking.  This is because only in knowing God do we see our need for redemption and that our ultimate aim in life is to give glory to God.

It is through His righteousness that we are revived.  It is because of His glory that we live to declare His praise.

By His Grace, With His Gospel, For His Glory!

We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.

We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.

All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain

All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.

Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.

Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.”  – William P. McKay, 1863

Psalm 119: ד Daleth

PSALM 119

Psalm 119:    ד Daleth

25 My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Thy word.

26 I have told of my ways, and Thou hast answered me;
Teach me Thy statutes.

27 Make me understand the way of Thy precepts,
So I will meditate on Thy wonders.

28 My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Thy word.

29 Remove the false way from me,
And graciously grant me Thy law.

30 I have chosen the faithful way;
I have placed Thine ordinances before me.

31 I cleave to Thy testimonies;
O LORD, do not put me to shame!

32 I shall run the way of Thy commandments,
For Thou wilt enlarge my heart.

[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 Daleth, the psalmist declares his brokenness and lack of life with meaning without God.  He seeks the revival of his soul that can only come from knowing God and knowing the will of God.  Without a word from God our Creator, grief takes a cruel hold over this life and the tragedies of living.  Because of God’s word we can remove the ways of false promises and boldly by grace follow after the only way of true life.  It is a choice over the faithful way or the false way.  One leads to more grief, the other leads to grace that overflows with gratitude over the Gospel and for the Glory of God.  The psalmist no longer cleaves to the dust but to the testimony of God.  God enlarges the heart of those who chose to know Him.

I pray that God will help me to not cleave to dust, but to His testimony and that He will enlarge my heart.

“When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.”  -Horatio Spafford, 1873

Psalm 119: ג Gimel

PSALM 119

Psalm 119: ג Gimel

17 Deal bountifully with Thy servant,
That I may live and keep Thy word.

18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Thy law.

19 I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Thy commandments from me.

20 My soul is crushed with longing
After Thine ordinances at all times.

21 Thou dost rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,
Who wander from Thy commandments.

22  Take away reproach and contempt from me,
For I observe Thy testimonies.

23 Even though princes sit and talk against me,
Thy servant meditates on Thy statutes.

24 Thy testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors.

[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.

Gimel provides a deeper perspective on the  “devotion of a servant”.  Hard times may come but the heart that desires God also knows that there is joy, delight, and blessing in the pursuit of knowing God.  It is this devotion that opens the Word of God in seeking to know God Himself, not just facts about Him.

Discipline says, I need to.  Duty says, I ought to.  Devotion says, I want to” -Adrian Rogers

Psalm 119: ב Beth

PSALM 119

Psalm 119

ב Beth

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Thy word.

10 With all my heart I have sought Thee;
Do not let me wander from Thy commandments.

11 Thy word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against Thee.

12 Blessed art Thee, O Lord;
Teach me Thy statutes.

13 With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Thy mouth.

14 I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies,
As much as in all riches.

15  I will meditate on Thy precepts
And regard Thy ways.

16  I shall delight in Thy statutes;
I shall not forget Thy word.

[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.

Beth (pronounced Bae-th) asks the question of purity and integrity?  How is it possible to be a man of God…simply put…by following the will of God.  Being “healthy means increasingly reflecting God’s character as God’s character is revealed in God’s Word.” (Dever)  This is the pursuit of the psalmist to be the same consistent man of God whether alone or around others.

It is important to note that Integrity is not something that immediately occurs.  Righteousness is reckoned to us and along with healing and cleansing at the moment of placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  Integrity, however is cultivated over time as we embrace our Identity in Christ and continue our Intimacy with Christ.  Integrity that is cultivated is the revelation of the character that God desires from us through His word.  Then that Character of His righteousness will shine like the noonday sun whether alone or around others.

What you are alone is what you are.” –Adrian Rogers

Psalm 119: א Aleph

PSALM 119

Psalm 119

א Aleph

1 How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the LORD.

2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.

3 They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.

4 Thou hast ordained Thy precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.

5 Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Thy statutes!

6 Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Thy commandments.

7 I shall give thanks to Thee with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Thy righteous judgments.

8 I shall keep Thy statutes;
Do not forsake me utterly!

[NASB 1977]

Over the next 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.

All of that is interesting for those that would like to know more about Biblical language.  My heart is to let these words rest on my soul and become planted deeply as I seek to know the Living LORD my God in a more personal way.  In sharing this, I hope it will encourage your pursuit as well.

“Our concern must be to enlarge our acquaintance, not simply with the doctrine of God’s attributes, but with the living God whose attributes they are.” – J.I. Packer, Knowing God