מג וְאַל-תַּצֵּל מִפִּי דְבַר-אֱמֶת עַד-מְאֹד: כִּי לְמִשְׁפָּטֶךָ, יִחָלְתִּי. This was very much the spirit of Jesus when He steadfastly resisted the devil when tempted in the wilderness Matthew 4. Yet here, the phrasing is more passionate. · He recognized that salvation was not in Himself. It is that of complete abandonment to the will of God… even unto the end. I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life.
All his commandments are truth. The Bible tells us how covetousness has ruined many people. When we enjoy the sweetness of God's precepts, it will make us long for more acquaintance with them. It was Divine grace in his heart, that enabled the psalmist to receive these instructions. We must ever be mindful of God's statutes. Wondrous things from Your law: There are wondrous things in Scripture; but they can only be seen when the eyes are opened by God. Those who were quickened by his Spirit and grace, when they were dead in trespasses and sins, often need to have the work of grace revived in them, according to the word of promise.
Commentary on Psalm 119:25-32 Read While the souls of the children of this world cleave to the earth as their portion, the children of light are greatly burdened, because of the remains of carnal affections in their hearts. Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Even if they should exhibit some repulsive features of character, they bear the image of him, whom we profess to love. This wonderful companionship is the testimony of countless Christians, who experience warm fellowship across the lines of race, class, nationality, and education. סג חָבֵר אָנִי, לְכָל-אֲשֶׁר יְרֵאוּךָ; וּלְשֹׁמְרֵי, פִּקּוּדֶיךָ. There are 190 chapters in his work, more than one chapter for each verse. The penitent melts in sorrow for sin: even the patient spirit may melt in the sense of affliction, it is then its interest to pour out its soul before God.
It is possible to walk the path of life not knowing where our steps fall. The surest token of God's good-will toward us, is his good work in us. סא חֶבְלֵי רְשָׁעִים עִוְּדֻנִי; תּוֹרָתְךָ, לֹא שָׁכָחְתִּי. But it has not pleased God to give us a body of divinity; let us receive it as he has given it, each truth in its own proportion, — each doctrine in harmony with its fellow, — each precept carefully carried out into practice, and each promise to be believed, and by-and-by received. It is a way of acknowledging that suffering is common to human beings.
We must never be ashamed or afraid to own our religion. צד לְךָ-אֲנִי, הוֹשִׁיעֵנִי: כִּי פִקּוּדֶיךָ דָרָשְׁתִּי. Commentary on Psalm 119:73-80 Read God made us to serve him, and enjoy him; but by sin we have made ourselves unfit to serve him, and to enjoy him. This was of much better result; and he was close to the source of comfort and restoration when he did fail. Those that would have the love of God rooted in them, must get the love of the world rooted out; for the friendship of the world is enmity with God. קסד שֶׁבַע בַּיּוֹם, הִלַּלְתִּיךָ-- עַל, מִשְׁפְּטֵי צִדְקֶךָ. No muscles in his neck to turn the head? The testimony of Your mouth: The Psalmist rightly understood that the word of God actually came from the mouth of God.
The desire was for a no sense of inward shame because one was right with God, and without a sense of public shame before the eyes of others. But Your commandment is exceedingly broad: Despite all the great and beautiful things of this world, something is greater still — the commandment of God, His revealed word to us. It is not limited as the things, even the great things of this earth are. Causeless reproach does not hurt, and should not move us. · The lack of life wisdom.
כו דְּרָכַי סִפַּרְתִּי, וַתַּעֲנֵנִי; לַמְּדֵנִי חֻקֶּיךָ. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. Of course, it is not only the young man who has these challenges; older men and women of every age have their own challenges to pure living. He confessed fully and freely before God. Redeem me from the oppression of man, That I may keep Your precepts.
קא מִכָּל-אֹרַח רָע, כָּלִאתִי רַגְלָי-- לְמַעַן, אֶשְׁמֹר דְּבָרֶךָ. It is my meditation all the day. Commentary on Psalm 119:137-144 Read God never did, and never can do wrong to any. Commentary on Psalm 119:145-152 Read Supplications with the whole heart are presented only by those who desire God's salvation, and who love his commandments. He would cling to it in good times and in bad times.
Every sanctified soul hungers after the word of God, as food which there is no living without. The pride of despair is truly terrible. Our love to the word of God is evidence of our love to God, because it is designed to make us partake his holiness. So we are comforted and strengthened in hope as we remember how God has dealt with men and circumstances in the past. For this should be done, not only at our first coming to him, but continually throughout the whole of our life. Here we behold his face. See 1 Samuel 21:2, 8, where he roundly telleth three or four lies; and the like he did, 1 Samuel 27:8, 10: this evil he saw by himself, and here prayeth against it.