On the one hand so much of Psalm 119 seems like David is constantly repeating himself. Of course when we are IN love, don’t we quite frequently express our love to the object of our affection over and over in the same ways? I do … and it would appear David does as well. That said … every day of this study and every stanza seems to bring new insights and revelations to me. So let’s see what day 6 holds …
— Ayin —
121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me.
David is looking for a pledge, an assurance, a guarantee of good … perhaps salvation based on the next verse. According to the new covenant, that guarantee is found in the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Read 1 Samuel 16:6-13 paying close attention to verse 13 …
123 My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
I wonder what promise David was expecting to be fulfilled … perhaps the everlasting covenant God made with Abraham in Genesis 17?
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.
125 I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies!
Perhaps it has been there throughout the first 125 verses, but suddenly my eyes are opened to seeing David refer to himself as God’s servant …
126 It is time for the LORD to act, for your law has been broken.
Telling God when He needs to do something is probably not a good idea … being transparent with God and openly confessing your heart regardless of whether it will be pleasing to God is probably an excellent idea … after all, He already knows your heart … we deceive ourselves if we think we can hide anything from God!
127 Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.
David treasured God’s commandments at this point in his life above fine gold … Do I treasure God’s word above mammon?
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.
— Pe —
129 Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.
I love this verse … so insightful. You don’t need to be smart and complex to understand the words of God. Consider 1 Corinthians 1:18-31. ‘Unfolding’ is such a revealing word. There is so much spiritual wisdom packing into or folded into each passage of Scripture. My experience is that through the years, through maturing, by the Holy Spirit and at the direction of God; Scripture is indeed ever-unfolding as God opens the hearts and eyes of believers to ever greater and greater understanding and wisdom regarding His words … David so gets it!
131 I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.
Pant means to desire strongly or persistently …
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name.
Grace and love is indeed the way of God to all those who love His name.
133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Jesus said ‘Follow Me.’ David says ‘Lead me.’ I can’t help but also think of this passage where Jesus speaks of His yoke … Matthew 11:28-30 … I can’t help but think that taking on the yoke of Jesus with Jesus will steady one’s step and ensure you are following Him …
134 Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
Do I ever cry because I see someone breaking God’s law and commandments? Do I ever cry when I disobey and do not keep the commandments of Jesus?
— Tsadhe —
137 Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.
139 My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.
Sometimes as believers, we tend to puff up in pride rather than realized our place in humility …
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.
That wraps up this little journaling / blogging exercise for today.
Abide IN Christ Jesus and His words my friends!