Category Archives: Psalm thoughts

Psalm 119:49-56/ Zayin

Remember the word to Thy servant,
In which Thou hast made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Thy word has revived me.
The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Thy Law.
Thy statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
O LORD, I remember Thy Name in the night,
And keep Thy Law.
This has become mine,

When in the course of our Christian walk, we are harassed by the worldly and selfish enemies of righteousness, we are to come to God in prayer for His strength. Don’t be afraid to plead with God in times of attack. Living in today’s world has it’s pitfalls and even though we may feel safe in our homes, remember those who are suffering percussions elsewhere. God’s promise is a permanent promise. He does not go back on what He has told us. His Hope is an eternal Hope, given through the end of time.

As followers of the Salvation of Jesus, we are equipped not only to withstand the trials of evil men, we are to teach and uplift others how to rely on God. Just look at Job, He was harassed even by His wife to forsake God. Job was told to curse God but did he do so? No! Job may have been angry with God for letting bad things happen, but he did not reject Him. So, we also must stay in the path of righteousness even though the world seems to turn against us. We are not to be persuaded by sad and regretful events to turn from God. Instead these are the times that we are to draw closer to Christ, to seek comfort in our sorrow and grief.

Psalm 119: 41-48/ Wau (Vav)

For, Yahweh, visited by your love
and saving help, as you have promised,
I can find an answer to the insults,
since I rely on your word.
Do not deprive me of that faithful word,
since my hope has always lain in your rulings.
Let me observe your Law unfailingly
for ever and ever.
So, having sought your precepts,
I shall walk in all freedom.
I shall proclaim your decrees to the kings
without fear of disgrace,
Your commandments fill me with delight,
I love them deeply.
I stretch out my hands to your beloved commandments,
I meditate on your statutes.
(TJB)

God’s Love is unfailing, proven by the sending of Jesus for our atonement. This committed love came to us as Salvation and His everlasting Promise first given to Abraham, confirmed to Moses and reassured by the prophets. David saw it in the times of exile while sought by Saul, Daniel revealed it in Babylon, and John the Baptist announced it from the Jordan River. God’s Grace visited mankind at the cross, bringing understanding to all who dare to see that God is Love. In this we can rejoice as the psalmist could never do. We can realize the Promise fulfilled.

Psalm 119: 33-40/He

Teach me. O LORD, the way of thy statutes,
And I shall observe it to the end.
Give me understanding, that I may observe Thy Law,
And keep it in my heart.
Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments,
For I delight in it.
Incline my heart to Thy testimonies,
And not to dishonest gain.
Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity,
And revive me in Thy ways.
Establish Thy word to Thy servant,
As that which produces reverence for Thee.
Turn away my reproach which I dread,
For Thine ordinances are good.
Behold, I long for Thy precept;
Revive me through Thy righteousness.
(NAS)

Teach me the WAY of Thy Statutes! Teach me How to obey. Show me the reasoning behind Your Law, and guide me into the love of obedience. Give us an understanding by the example of Jesus how to see that God’s Law is the Voice of Goodness and Mercy. Don’t let the world deceive us into thinking that we know what is best. Only God’s perfect will is worthy of our attention. Isaiah 30:18 reads; “For the LORD is a faithful God.. Blessed are those who wait for Him to Help them.” Satan doesn’t want us to follow God’s Heart. Isaiah 30:21; continues with; “And your ears will hear a word behind you saying ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or the left.” Temptation is trying to lead us away from God’s will. The Spirit of God says otherwise. Walk Christ’s way, turn neither to the right nor the left. Go straight with God’s grace and instruction. Proverbs 3:5-6 confirms this: “Turst in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”

Psalm 119:25-32/Daleth

I am laid low in the dust;
preserve my life according to your word.
I recounted my ways and you answered me;
teach me your decrees.
Let me understand the teachings of your precepts;
then I will meditate on your wonders.
My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your law.
Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me through your law.
I have chosen the way of the truth;
I have set my heart on your laws.
I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD;
do not let me be put to shame.
I run in the path of your commands,
for you have set my heart free.
(NIV)

Be revived in the way of God’s Word. Awaken yourselves to a full life according to the law that is set by God. We are dust compared to the might and wisdom of the Lord. Yet we still seek to be important in the eyes of the Almighty. Why is that? It is because it is the nature of man to be above everything else in the world and we forget that God is NOT OF THE WORLD, BUT THE CREATOR OF IT. We need to be “someone” yet we are still only dust.

Not only does the soul of man seek to compare itself to God, but mankind clings to the dust of the world, like mites in the dust, feeding on the corruption of the flesh. God’s Wisdom and Grace lifts us out of the corruption and the decay of the world and places us into life eternal. God lifts us out of the flesh and into the perfect life that is Christ. Rebuke that which is folly and temporal in our lives, chastise the weakness, the reckless and the wickedness that is our lives. Humble ourselves that we are removed from the desires of self and let us learn to love His law.

Psalm 119:17-24/Gimel

Be good to your servant and I shall live,
I shall observe your word.
Open my eyes: I shall concentrate
on the marvels of your Law.
Exile though I am on earth,
do not hide your commandments from me.
My soul is overcome
with an incessant longing for your rulings.
You reprove the arrogant, the accursed
who stray from your commandments.
Avert their insults and contempt from me,
since I respect your decrees.
Though princes put me on trial,
your servant will meditate on your statutes,
since your decrees are my delight,
your statutes, are my counsellors.
(TJB)

Most of us feel like rules restrict us. But the psalmist delights in them. How can that be? When we acknowledge that we owe our existence to God and his Mercy, His graciousness gives us life and all the supports and comforts we ought to spend our lives in loving service to God’s Law.

Psalm 119:9-16/Beth

Psalm 119:9-18 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. With all my heart I have sought Thee: Do not let me wander from thy commandments. Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou. O LORD; Teach me your statutes. With my lips I have told of all the ordinates of Thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in riches. I will meditate on Thy precepts, and regard Thy ways. I shall delight in Thy statutes; I shall not forget Thy word.”

Young men are seeking to be cleansed, they are concerned with the ways of the world and how they can remain pure of the lusts of the flesh and the guiles of the world. How can a young man keep pure? By following the example of Jesus. God so loved us that he sent his Son that we could have the knowledge to learn what the sons of man had not been able to understand. By putting ourselves in the lifestyle of Jesus, we are a reflection of the Godly and holy purpose. What can we gain if we look first to God before we act or speak? We can achieve great and blessed lives.

Psalm 119 introduction/Aleph

For those who are not familiar with Psalm 119, it is the longest of the psalms in the Bible. There are twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each making it 176 vs long. Each of the twenty-two stanza are named after a letter in the Hebrew alphabet. The author is believed to be Ezra and that is probably correct because of the style of prose used.

Although it was written for the restored people of Jerusalem and the Jewish returning from captivity, it applies itself to the Christian church of today. The theme of the text is to stay obedient to God’s Law and to the covenant of Faith that guides us in our walk. WE are to stay in the will and purpose of God even as the world is tearing at each others throats. Only in God’s law can we find true and complete happiness. Only God’s will is real happiness. The word blessing actually means happiness. We just cant comprehend the happiness that God imagines for us so we use blessings instead. to differentiate the worldly happiness and God’s Happiness.

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Arron’s beard. down on the collar of his robes. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forever. (NIV)

I dream of the day when all who claim Jesus as their God and Redeemer can stand together without fear or condemnation. Martin Luther King had a dream. My dream is that all Christians can live with peach and love for each other. When I heard a pastor of a Holiness church mock the theology of a Calvinist church that was destroyed in a recent fire, I was sickened. This was not the brotherly unity that David cried for. This is not the Holiness that Christ called us to. This was and will forever been the voice of Satan dividing us so as to lead us into false expectations of self righteousness.

Psalm 32

This is the most important Psalm in my life. When Christ reveled His purpose in my life, it was this Psalm as repeated by Paul in Romans 4 that allowed me to accept Jesus as my redeemer.

“How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,

How blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit.” NAS