Confident Devotion

“Hear my voice according to your steadfast love; O Lord, according to your justice give me life.” Psalm 119.149 The psalmist has sung of his urgency in prayer (147) and his urgency in meditating upon the Word of God (148). His devotion is zealous, rising early to commune with God. In this verse, he explains the reason for his urgency, …

Urgent Meditation

“My eyes awake before the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promise.” Psalm 119.148 In the previous verse, the psalmist spoke of his urgent prayers, rising early in the morning to cry out unto the Lord (147). Here, he expands on his urgent display of devotion. He rises early to pray and to meditate on the …

Urgent Prayer

“I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.” Psalm 119.147 This verse sings of the psalmist’s urgency in prayer and devotion. He has shown his devotion in prayer, praying from his whole heart (145). He has shown the content of his prayer, his desperation for salvation (146). Now, he demonstrates his urgency. He rises early, …

Devoted Prayer

“I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.” Psalm 119.146 The inspired poet continues this section, one that is filled with prayers of devotion, by highlighting the most basic prayer of the believer. This prayer may seem simple, but it has profound truth. First, this prayer reveals the one he prays to, and the one we …

Pure Desperation

“With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O Lord! I will keep your statutes.” Psalm 119.145 Few things picture desperation like the cry of an infant. Incapable of doing anything else—unable to give even the slightest effort in providing for himself—the baby cries out for its mother. It’s one of the sweetest sounds in the world, the cry of pure longing that …

Righteous Forever

“Your testimonies are righteous forever; give me understanding that I may live.” Psalm 119.144 This verse brings to a close the current stanza. Remember, this stanza opened with singing of God’s righteousness (137). Here, the poet drives the point home that God’s perfect, unending righteousness necessarily means that his Word is righteous. The psalmist makes the point here that the …

Anguish and Delight

“Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.” Psalm 119.143 The psalmist often makes his point by using stark contrast. It’s a common tactic of Hebrew poetry, which relies heavily on various forms of parallelism. This verse is a prime example of the technique. The poet contrasts the trouble and anguish he receives from the world …

True Righteousness

“Your righteousness is righteous forever, and your law is true.” Psalm 119.142 One of the greatest lies man has ever convinced himself of is that truth is relative. Many a man has foolishly accepted the notion that truth and righteousness are determined by time, context, culture, or a host of other societal pressures. That thinking is not only flawed. It’s …

Small and Despised

“I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.” Psalm 119.141 Following the Word of God is not a path to fame, popularity, and vast worldly influence. Rather, it is likely a way to pain, derision, and persecution. The world has rejected the ways of God. Scripture, to them, is foolishness and vain myths. That means that …

Well Tried

“Your promise is well tried, and your servant loves it.” Psalm 119.140 The psalmist continues this stanza that sings of the righteousness of God’s Word. Here, he points to the fact that the promises of God are well tried—that is they have been tested. They have been put through the fire of the ages and come out pure, undefiled in …