Devoted to the End

“I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.” Psalm 119.112 With this verse, the poet brings another stanza of this amazing psalm to a close. This section has focused on the way God’s word serves as a guide to him, keeping his path lit in the midst of a dark world. With the word of God …

Our Joyous Heritage

“Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” Psalm 119.111 The word of God is the eternal heritage of the faithful. It has come down to us by the sovereign revelation of the Father. Scripture has been preserved through the centuries, treasured by the saints of old, protected by the blood of martyrs, preserved …

Our Sure Defense

“The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.” Psalm 119.110 This verse gives a parallel to the previous verse. The psalmist is continually having to defend his life (109) because the wicked have laid a snare for him (110). In response to these enemies, he commits himself to remembering the law of …

Arming Yourself

“I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.” Psalm 119.109 Here, the psalmist returns to a common theme of this amazing psalm—acknowledging the dangers he faces. His enemies have come up several times (21-23; 39; 42; 50-53; 61; 69-71; 78; 84-88; 95; 98). In this verse, the poet again lays out the extent …

Joyous Praise

“Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules.” Psalm 119.108 In the previous verse, the psalmist sang of the life-giving power of God’s word. Having received that life from the Lord, the poet offers his praise. Notice that his praise is offered freely, even joyously. His praise is not out of obligation, though he is …

Give Me Life, O Lord

“I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!” Psalm 119.107 Having seen the word’s ability to light his path (105) and committed himself to God’s righteous rules (106), the poet returns to a repeated theme of this amazing psalm. He reaffirms his dependence on God. The poet understands well the benefits of God’s word, having …

Allegiance to the Word

“I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.” Psalm 119.106 In a helpful illustration, Charles Spurgeon likened this verse to an oath of enlistment in the military. In essence the psalmist, understanding the illuminating capacity of God’s word (105) declares his allegiance to the word. I’ll never forget the day that I swore in as …

Light in Darkness

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119.105 In a world filled with street lights, big cities, and seemingly inescapable light pollution, it may be difficult for us to understand the depth of the poet’s illustration. In the ancient world, walking at night would surely lead to stumbling without the aid of …

Divine Wisdom and Hate

“Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.” Psalm 119.104 With this verse, the psalmist brings to a close this stanza, a section that highlights the wisdom and discernment produced by meditating deeply on biblical truth. He reaffirms the truth that God’s word produces understanding. As we’ve seen throughout this stanza, this discernment exceeds everything the …

The Sweet Word

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119.103 The word of God is sweet nourishment for the soul. The psalmist sings that truth in this amazing, well-known verse. But, don’t let familiarity with this verse keep you from spending a little more time dwelling on its truth. The word is sweet to …