Let Me Not Wander | Psalm 119:10

With my whole heart I seek you;let me not wander from your commandments! Psalm 119:10 ESV Having addressed the nature of this second stanza in its introductory verse (i.e. obtaining purity through guarding oneself with God’s Word), the psalmist proceeds to describe this process. He begins in this verse with a prayer of his intention …

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How Can a Young Man Keep Pure? | Psalm 119:9

How can a young man keep his way pure?By guarding it according to your word. Psalm 119:9 ESV Psalm 119, as we have seen, is a unique poem. First, it is the longest chapter in the Bible (longer than many entire books in the Bible, in fact). Second, the entire poem is built around one theme: …

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Do Not Forsake Me! | Psalm 119:8

I will keep your statutes;do not utterly forsake me! Psalm 119:8 ESV This verse concludes the first stanza of Psalm 119 in which every verse begins with the Hebrew letter, aleph. It immediately also concludes the two part pledge of action that began in verse 7, but it further parallels verse 4, which began his …

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I Will Praise You | Psalm 119:7

I will praise you with an upright heart,when I learn your righteous rules! Psalm 119:7 ESV The overall pattern of this first stanza of the psalm continues to unfold before us. Verses 1-4 form a unit wherein the psalmist first utter two beatitudes describing the person who walks according to the law of the LORD …

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Not Be Put to Shame | Psalm 119:6

Then I shall not be put to shame,having my eyes fixed on all your commandments! Psalm 119:6 ESV This verse piggybacks directly upon the previous one, which is evident through the word then. Although that verse was a hopeful yearning for the psalmist’s ways to be steadfast in keeping the statutes of the LORD, this …

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Oh That My Ways May Be Steadfast!

Oh that my ways may be steadfastin keeping your statutes! Psalm 119:5 ESV The blessed, those whom God favors, walk in God’s ways, keeping His testimonies and remaining blameless in all things. Because God desires us to keep to this path of blessedness, the psalmist acknowledged to the LORD, “You have commanded your precepts to …

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Kept Diligently | Psalm 119:4

You have commanded your preceptsto be kept diligently. Psalm 119:4 ESV The psalmist has already pronounced to us that a defining quality of the blessed is that keeping the LORD’s testimonies, which are the revelations that He has made regarding Himself. Now after three verses of beatitudes describing the person who walks in the way …

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Blessed Are Those (III) | Psalm 119:3

who also do no wrong,but who walk in his ways! Psalm 119:3 ESV The word also reminds us that we are continuing the thought of verse 2: Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart. To keep the LORD’s testimonies, to hold onto them with all one’s might, seeking …

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Blessed Are Those (II) | Psalm 119:2

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,who seek him with their whole heart, Psalm 119:2 ESV Blessed are those who both keep and seek. Both actions are decidedly fixed upon the LORD Himself. His testimonies are what He has testified to us about Himself. He is the God who speaks, who reveals Himself to His …

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Blessed Are Those (I) | Psalm 119:1

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,who walk in the law of the LORD. Psalm 119:1 ESV Verses 1-3 are the preamble to this magnificent and glorious psalm, while the remaining 173 verses are a long-form plea to God for this blessed description to become a reality within our hearts and lives. Blessed is the …

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