Today will conclude my 7 day journaling exercise through Psalm 119 as we take a look at verses 145-176 … no doubt in these last 32 verses we will find a great deal of duplication of what David has already written in the first 144 verses. That doesn’t make it any less powerful … it just means I will be offering fewer comments on these verses.
— Qoph —
145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD! I will keep your statutes.
Today our hearts are so divided in our affections and devotions … David’s statement ‘With my whole heart’ speaks volumes regarding his devotion and commitment to God’s word.
146 I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.
The ‘save me’ request and others similar to it become more prevalent as this Psalm draws to a close.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.
David is rising before the dawn … much like Jesus … to pray to the Father and meditate on His words.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
151 But you are near, O LORD, and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.
Before the foundations of the earth … and into eternity.
— Resh —
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
Deliver me from my affliction … deliver me from my sin. But it is not only about what you are delivered from but also what you are delivered to … life.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me; give me life according to your promise!
Redeem me and give me life according to Your promise Lord! (Redeem and deliver of synonyms of each other.)
155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek your statutes.
156 Great is your mercy, O LORD; give me life according to your rules.
Without God’s mercy, we are without hope. Personally, I see mercy as ‘not getting what you deserve’ while grace is ‘getting what you do not deserve’. The wages of sin is death … due to God’s mercy the born-again believer does not receive those wages. Due to God’s grace, he or she is reconciled to God and receives eternal life instead.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at the faithless with disgust, because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I love your precepts! Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160 The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
— Sin and Shin —
161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
162 I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil.
Oh Lord, when was the last time I rejoiced at your words? Give me a heart that rejoices in your testimonies, your commandments and your promises.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
Not only is David up before the dawn, he is also praising God 7 times a day for His righteous rules. Committed and devoted to the Lord he is!
165 Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
Yes, a peace beyond understanding!
166 I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments.
‘I hope for your salvation, O LORD.’ Shouldn’t we all? Sometimes we tend to see the fact that we have accepted Christ as the end game. And yet salvation is so multidimensional … Salvation is the person of Christ Jesus. Salvation has a start. Salvation is a journey. Salvation has a finish line. My hope is in all of those … not simply the starting line.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.
— Taw —
169 Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word!
170 Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.
171 My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.
172 My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.
173 Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live and praise you, and let your rules help me.
Interesting, isn’t it? In this verse David reveals the aspect of man that will live forever … the soul.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commandments.
WOW! What a closing verse! At times in this Psalm it would seem that based on his devotion to God’s word he is somehow justifying himself before God then suddenly … ‘I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant.’ Remind anyone of a parable? Especially with David’s emphasis on deliverance, redemption and salvation.
Thanks for being apart of this short journey with me.
May you and yours be found abiding IN Christ Jesus!!!