Delight and Devotion

“If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” Psalm 119.92 God’s word is life-giving and life-protecting. The psalmist has given much attention to this truth in Psalm 119. It’s one of his most oft-repeated themes. He is a sojourner in this world. As such, he faces many trials, temptations, and the derision of …

By Divine Appointment

“By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants.” Psalm 119.91 This beautiful stanza continues the poets praise of the Lord’s reliability and the reliability of his word. He continues to point the reader to the creative work of God. In the previous verse, he pointed out that God has created the earth and that it …

To All Generations

“Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.” Psalm 119.90 As the psalmist continues to extol the reliability of God’s word, he continues to direct his thoughts to the reliability of Scripture’s author. It is God’s faithfulness that gives him hope in the faithfulness of God’s word and promises. Here, he points out …

God’s Eternal Word

“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.” Psalm 119.89 In this verse, the psalmist transitions to the second half of this amazing psalm. The theme of this stanza is the stability and sufficiency of the word of God. The poet brings the theme of stability to the forefront with this opening verse of the stanza. This …

Steadfast Love in the Battle

“In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.” Psalm 119.88 We must keep this prayer in context, lest we miss the true meaning of it. This prayer would surely be beneficial to ponder and affirm in any time. Still, when we realize that this prayer comes at the end of a stanza …

Hope for the Battle-Weary

“They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.” Psalm 119.87 This verse gives us another glimpse of the depth of the psalmist’s devotion to God’s word. As we’ve seen many times in Psalm 119, his devotion is often set forth in contrast with the darkness of the world. Here, the poet …

Help Me!

“All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!” Psalm 119.86 There is much to be learned from the prayers recorded in Scripture. We can be greatly helped by simply reading, meditating on, and making these prayers our own. That is certainly true of the last two words of this verse. “Help me!” What a pure and …

Watchfulness

“The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.” Psalm 119.85 Watchfulness. It’s one of the most under-valued disciplines of the Christian life. We must guard ourselves against the traps and snares of the world, against the deceptive dangers of sin and temptation. In this verse, the psalmist laments the traps set for him …

When Despair Deepens

“How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me?” Psalm 119.84 As the psalmist sinks further into his dismay, he sinks further into his dependence on the Lord for vindication. He expressed this dependence in the previous stanza (78), and he deepens that expression here. He’s unsure how much longer he can make it win …

Wine Skins and the Word

“For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.” Psalm 119.83 The historic, cultural understanding of the psalmist in this verse is explained well by Spurgeon: “This skins used for containing wine, when emptied, were hung up in a tent, and when the place reeked with smoke the skins grew black and …