I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Without this continual support from God, he could not live — either physically or spiritually. God visits his people with affliction, that they may learn his statutes. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed: This is an example of the liberty just mentioned. I have weighed each word, and looked at each syllable with lengthened meditation; and I bear witness that this sacred song has no tautology in it, but is charmingly varied from beginning to end. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. But only the spiritual man loves it; they live as if they could not live without it. The superficial Christian may read and understand and even, in an outward sense, obey the word of God. · When the Bible tells us of God, it is right and true; it reveals to us what the nature and heart and mind of God is, as much as we can comprehend. · That He, as our designer, knows what is best for us. As the butcher carries the beast to the slaughter, sometime bound by all the four feet, and sometime by one only; so it is with Satan. All his commandments are truth.
I opened my mouth and panted, For I longed for Your commandments. We must also study the Bible carefully. The Romish leaders saw with terror to what a pitch had risen the feeling against them. The modern age, with its widespread denial of a Creator God, has a much lower sense of obligation to God as Creator. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. But when he was on the scaffold he made use of a custom that allowed the condemned person to choose one psalm to be sung, and he chose Psalm 119. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
God puts his Spirit within us, causing us to walk in his statutes. · Youthful energy and sense of carelessness. Perhaps the proud ones boasted that they were wiser or more educated than the writer of the Psalm. May we live the life of faith and grace here, and be removed to the life of glory hereafter. That I may not be ashamed: This is a valid desire. This sense of personal need is and remains a greater motivation for diligent study than theological curiosity. For centuries it was translated with words like mercy, kindness, and love.
Worse yet, they often lead others to do the same. You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. They walk in His ways: They have learned His ways from the written revelation; but with His Word God also gives grace and power to walk in His ways. The earth and all of creation began with a word from God Genesis 1 ; it is no surprise that they are also sustained and endure according to the word of God.
I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. We know this because of the value the Psalmist places on having more understanding. This idea is communicated in Proverbs 2:10-12: When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things. You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes. · He showed great reverence to God even in secret devotion, by rising up to praise Him.
And significantly, he hated every false way, not just some of them. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end: The theme is once again emphasized. God knows what we need and what is good for us, and will quicken us. Seek me, that is, Find me; for God never seeks in vain. There were others who feared God, and he could find companionship with them. Be surety for Your servant for good: The Psalmist asked God to defend and stand up for him. He has no inherent obligation to teach us; yet out of the merciful impulse of His heart He does so.
I have done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors. I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly! There are delights in the word of God, which the saints often most sweetly enjoy when in trouble and anguish. He must have his heart enlarged; that is, made bigger and stronger and better and more steadfast. They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion. He was committed to obedience, to keeping the commandments of God.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. We must ever be mindful of God's statutes. Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Jesus spoke specifically of the power of His word to cleanse and keep pure: You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you John 5:3. My comfort… my affliction: In the midst of an affliction suited to the individual, the believer can also enjoy a comfort specifically suited to them.
There are ten words by which Divine revelation is called in this psalm, and each expresses what God expects from us, and what we may expect from him. How does he seek it? Those who fear You will be glad when they see me: The Psalmist considered that his right life would be an encouragement to others who also feared God. To have the boldness and ability to speak freely of God and His great word before kings and the great men of this earth shows true liberty. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. It is referred to in almost every verse. The psalmist had seen the fulness of the word of God, and its sufficiency. · The Bible is the declaration of our liberty, our freedom from slavery.