The Source of Biblical Discernment

“I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me.” Psalm 119.102 In this verse, as well as verse 101, the psalmist is extolling the value of biblical wisdom by specifically pointing to the discernment it gives. He focuses on how the word of God gives him wisdom to live uprightly in the world. Previously, he stated …

Guarding Our Feet with God’s Word

“I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.” Psalm 119.101 This section of Psalm 119 hails the discernment and wisdom to be found in the word of God. With this verse and the next, the psalmist shows the practical benefit of that discernment. Here, he states that benefit with a positive. The wisdom …

Divine Wisdom Over Human Experience

“I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts.” Psalm 119.100 Respect your elders! It’s one of the first precepts kids are taught—or at least, it should be. While it seems our culture is ever-abandoning respect for the aged, that’s not what the psalmist is doing here. The psalmist is not casting off the wisdom of his elders …

Divine Wisdom Over Earthly Education

“I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.” Psalm 119.99 In the verse that we considered yesterday, the psalmist noted the supremacy of Scripture’s wisdom in contrast to that of his enemies. Here, he offers a contrast with his teachers—with the finest human educators. He’s shown the supremacy of godly wisdom to a bad …

Wisdom from the Word

“Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me.” Psalm 119.98 Proverbs tells us that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Prov. 1.7). In psalm 119, the poet aligns with this profound truth and extols the word of God for providing that fear and the wisdom that flows out of it. …

Loving the Law

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” Psalm 119.97 Dwell on this verse for a minute, and simply ask yourself—is this true of me? This theme of delighting in and loving the law of God is seen throughout Psalm 119. The poet repeatedly exclaims his love or devotion to God’s word. He isn’t subtle. …

Unlimited Perfection

“I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.” Psalm 119.96 The psalmist has seen an end to everything’s perfection. He’s already lamented his sin in this psalm, revealing that he is not perfect. He’s certainly seen the end of the world’s perfection, as he’s spoken long about the world’s attacks against him. Everything he …

Fixed Devotion

“The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.” Psalm 119.95 Perhaps you’ve had those days when you feel like the whole of the universe is bent towards your destruction. The psalmist could certainly understand that feeling. Here, he speaks of the wicked lying in wait for him. They didn’t want to steal from him. They …

Salvation and Devotion

“I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts.” Psalm 119.94 The great Charles Spurgeon describes this verse as, “A comprehensive prayer with a prevailing argument. Consecration is a good plea for preservation.” He goes on to say, “If we are conscious that we are the Lord’s we may be confident that he will save us. We are …

No Turning Back

“I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life.” Psalm 119.93 The psalmist opened this stanza by singing of the eternal nature of God’s revelation (89). This eternal nature of Scripture—it’s stability—drives his devotion. Because God’s word is forever fixed in heaven, his commitment to God’s word is forever. Here, he exalts the life-giving nature …