Put False Ways Far from Me | Psalm 119:29

Put false ways far from meand graciously teach me your law! Psalm 119:29 ESV As we now move into the second half of stanza daleth, the fourth eight-verse section of Psalm 119, the psalmist moves away from his cause of lament and toward resolutions of faithfulness. This verse is a twofold petition to God for …

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My Soul Melts Away for Sorrow | Psalm 119:28

My soul melts away for sorrow;strengthen me according to your word! Psalm 119:28 ESV As we continue stanza daleth of Psalm 119, it continues the theme of lamentation before the LORD; although line two, the psalmist petitions God in prayer for strength in the midst of his sorrow. This verse presents us with a much-needed …

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I Will Meditate on Your Wondrous Works | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Although we discussed the overall structure and content of this verse last week, I found myself this week unable to move on to verse 28. I will meditate on your wondrous works latched itself onto my mind …

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Make Me Understand | Psalm 119:27

Make me understand the way of your precepts,and I will meditate on your wondrous works. Psalm 119:27 ESV Continuing the stanza of Psalm 119 which corresponds to the Hebrew letter daleth, we come now to verse 27 which very much piggybacks onto verse 26. In the previous verse, the psalmist laid his ways before the …

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You Answered Me | Psalm 119:26

When I told of my ways, you answered me;teach me your statutes! Psalm 119:26 ESV Beginning the stanza of daleth, the psalmist confessed to being in a lowly state (“My soul clings to the dust”), and he prayed for renewed life from God’s Word (“give me life according to your word”). Our present verse runs …

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My Soul Clings to the Dust | Psalm 119:25

My soul clings to the dust;give me life according to your word! Psalm 119:25 ESV As we enter into Psalm 119’s fourth stanza, in which each verse begins with the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet daleth, we find the psalmist in a different place than in gimel. In that previous stanza, the psalmist began …

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They Are My Counselors | Psalm 119:24

Your testimonies are my delight;they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24 ESV We conclude stanza gimel with the second half of verse 24: they are my counselors. As the first line revealed, Scripture as the testimonies of God is the subject of this verse. Now after declaring God’s self-revelation to be the psalmist’s delight, he exults …

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Your Testimonies Are My Delight | Psalm 119:24

Your testimonies are my delight;they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24 ESV Through his cries as a sojourner, his lamentation of being held in scorn and contempt by the insolent, and his remaining firmly committed to God’s Word even when princes are arrayed against him, the psalmist now concludes stanza gimel with this simple statement of …

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Even Though Princes Sit Plotting Against Me | Psalm 119:23

Even though princes sit plotting against me,your servant will meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:23 ESV As is so often the case, this verse continues the train of thought of verse 22. That verse was a prayer for deliverance from those who were treating the psalmist with scorn and contempt; now, however, we have a …

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Take Away from Me Scorn & Contempt | Psalm 119:22

Take away from me scorn and contempt,for I have kept your testimonies. Psalm 119:22 ESV This verse seems to be a natural follow-up to the previous one. Having remembered that God rightly rebukes the insolent ones who bring the LORD’s curse upon themselves by wandering from His commandments, the psalmist now pleads for a different, …

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