Psalm 119 – ALEPH, BETH
Verses 1-3 are general statements, whereas 4-8 are directed at the Lord. The psalmist states that those who follow God’s word are blessed, and so he wants to become more diligent in doing so. I see there being a way to misinterpret this as a means to personal gain. Following God’s word in an attempt to be rewarded by God. The ultimate reward, though is entry into His kingdom. I feel reminded that “He must increase, I must decrease” John 3:30. Our goal is to worship God in all His glory, to lead by example in order that others may know Him.
To stay pure in the eyes of God we must reflect on and remember the commandments of His Word. To know His Word we must seek it, to seek it we must be committed ourselves with our whole heart. It is also interesting that a “young” man is specified, it makes this a lifestyle choice and not a last ditch effort. What I feel I need to take from this is to always “keep my eyes on the prize” as it is said. Diversions will come up and may seem important, tempting me to wander from the path God has set for me.
The psalmist delights in the will of God in a way that the riches of the world / earthly treasures are no longer a priority that hold power over him. He promises to take the time to meditate (in this context to think deeply and carefully) on God’s orders, to be able to properly appreciate them and handle them with due respect. I need to make sure that I keep prioritizing God first in my life as He has commanded, over all other worldly treasures (Mar 12:30-31) Ensuring that my primary relationship is with Him. God should be given our firstfruits, the first day of our week, and the first hour of our days.
Psalm 119:1-16ALEPH.1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! 6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.BETH.9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. 13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. 16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.