Righteous Zeal

“My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.” Psalm 119.139 What motivates your zeal for the Lord? The psalmist here speaks of his zeal. He is consumed, as though engulfed in flame, with zeal for the word of God. This is in contrast with the world, with his foes who dismiss God’s Word. This is easy to see …

Righteous and Sure

“You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.” Psalm 119.138 Every word of God is true. All of his promises are sure. This is true because God’s Word flows from his righteous character. The psalmist dwells on this truth in the verse we’re looking at today, an extension of the thoughts we began to look at yesterday. …

God’s Righteous Word

“Righteous are you, O Lord, and right are your rules.” Psalm 119.137 This verse opens a new stanza of the psalm, one that extols the righteousness of God’s Word. Scripture is righteous because the Lord is righteous. That is the straight-forward truth conveyed in this verse. It’s not difficult to understand the truth the psalmist puts forward here. Still, it’s …

Weeping Over Sin

“My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.” Psalm 119.136 When you turn on the news and see all of the horror around you—when you consider society’s rapidly increasing decline into debauchery—what is your response? The psalmist models the faithful response for us in this verse. He has lamented and prayed for deliverance from evil …

Seeking Favor

“Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach me your statutes.” Psalm 119.135 The poet sang of his need for guidance and protection from iniquity (133). He then sang of his need for deliverance from worldly oppression (134). Here, he sings of his need for teaching for the Lord. He longs for communion, for the Lord’s face to shine …

Protection from Oppression

“Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.” Psalm 119.134 The first half of this stanza contains the psalmist’s praise for how the Word of God guides his obedience (129-132). In the second half, he songs the praises of God’s protection from disobedience (133-136). That began in the verse we looked at yesterday, where the psalmist considered …

Promises and Prayer

“Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.” Psalm 119.133 Previously, the poet appealed for God to deal with him graciously, because he knew of God’s—through God’s Word—of how God deals with those who love him (132). Here, he prays for protection, for the Lord to steady his steps and guard him …

Meditating on Grace

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with those who love your name.” Psalm 119.132 The psalmist has been singing of the value of God’s Word. He has dwelt on the testimonies of God. He has meditated on the precepts of the Lord. Because of this, he knows the ways of the Lord; he knows …

Gasping for Life

“I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.” Psalm 119.131 What an exaltation of the value of God’s Word! The psalmist’s praise is building here. He began this stanza singing of the wonders of God’s testimonies (129). Then, he sang of Scripture’s ability to give light and understanding to the simple (130). Knowing these truths, he …

We’re All Simple

“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” Psalm 119.130 Here, the psalmist celebrates one of the most profound and universal truths of Scripture. That the author of Scripture is God necessarily means that it contains wisdom high above the highest of earthly wisdom. In comparison to the word of God, every person is simple. …