Psalm 119: ס Samekh

תהילים

ס Samekh

Psalm 119: 113-120

113 “I hate those who are double-minded,

But I love Thy law.

114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield;

I wait for Thy word.

115 Depart from me, evildoers,

That I may observe the commandments of my God.

116  Sustain me according to Thy word, that I may live;

And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

117 Uphold me that I may be safe,

That I may have regard for Thy statutes continually.

118  Thou hast rejected all those who wander from Thy statutes,

For their deceitfulness is useless.

119  Thou hast removed all the wicked of the earth likedross;

Therefore I love Thy testimonies.

120  My flesh trembles for fear of Thee,

And I am afraid of Thy judgments.”

 
[NASB 1977]
 
PSALM 119

Over 22 postings on Psalm 119 it is my hope to soak in and meditate on these powerful words.  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.

It has been almost 2 whole months since I have posted on Psalm 119…my apologies.  But I am looking forward to finishing sharing some thoughts (not exhaustive) on this monument of truth and grace.  Let’s go!

In ס Samekh the psalmist continues with a heart and voice that expresses his painful view of a world that turns the back on the God who created and loves them.  He sees a disrespect and utter rebellion on the holiness of God…something we all struggle with. (Struggle meaning, sometimes we have pain seeing the world without God & at other times we struggle with our own obedience toward God).  We are in a desperate need for the grace and revelation of God Himself.

This prayer of the psalmist is centered on God in His provision of Himself by His grace & for His glory.  The prayer is this… “Sustain me according to Thy Word, that I may live (v. 116a)”  We are in need…thankfully, God gives…Himself.

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

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” – C.S. Lewis

 
 

“I need Thee every hour
Most gracious Lord
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford

I need Thee every hour
Stay Thou near by
Temptations lose their pow’r
When Thou art nigh

I need Thee every hour
In joy or pain
Come quickly and abide
Or life is vain

I need Thee every hour
Most Holy One
O make me Thine indeed
Thou blessed Son

I need Thee O I need Thee
Every hour I need Thee
O bless me now my Savior
I come to Thee” – Annie Sherwood Hawks, 1872

“Lord I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the one that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep, Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free

Holiness is Christ in me
Yes where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You” – Christy Nockels, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Maher, 2011

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