Here is the Elevation Worship song mentioned in my Psalm 119 post about the unfailing and unchanging nature of God. The reason that we can trust in Him and rely on Him like we can never do without disappointment in people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gXrJtvpJXM
CAPH Despite not seeing an end to his suffering in sight "How many are my days?" (v.84) i.e., How long will I live like this. The psalmist is able to keep trust in the Lord, knowing that He is faithful, and will not provide greater challenge than we can face.
TETH The psalmist tells us that the negative situations he is facing are a good thing, they have given him the chance to learn about the grace and goodness of God. He is thankful that ill had befallen him – how many people outside of God can say the same? I love that God gives us situations that we can learn from.
ZAIN Despite, or perhaps because of negative things afflicting the psalmist, he turns his trust and hope towards God's word. The word of God brings him comfort and life when the world aims to deride and hurt him. There is a lot of emphasis being put on how we can look to God when trouble seeks us out, and not only find answers in his law, but comfort and life no matter what we are facing.
HE We see the psalmist again asking for understanding and showing his whole-hearted approach to God's word. There is a contrast to how the psalmist must feel when living off of God's path, as it is shown when he is on the right path he delights in it.
GIMEL Previously the psalmist meditated in God's precepts, here we see him meditating in God's statutes, and taking delight in doing God's will. He is counseled by God's testimony, meaning he uses the word of God as guidance for his life and takes joy in doing so, yet he is asking God to take this feeling further! He wants to look on God's word with a sense of wonder despite the hardships he has faced (v.23).
ALEPH 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.
Psalm 119 is a chapter of instruction of what to do with God's word. It is formatted in poetry in acrostic form in 22 stanzas, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The writer is unknown, but believed to be King David.
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