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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You Rebuke the Insolent | Psalm 119:21

You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,who wander from your commandments. Psalm 119:21 ESV The LORD rebukes the insolent, accursed ones. The fact that they are accursed implies that this rebuke is not merely corrective. God rebukes and disciplines His people as an earthly father does with his children. Yet His rebukes lead to life. They …

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My Soul Is Consumed with Longing | Psalm 119:20

My soul is consumed with longingfor your rules at all times. Psalm 119:20 ESV Because each of Psalm 119's twenty-two stanzas contains eight verses, we conclude the first half of gimel with our meditation upon this verse. The relationship between the two lines of this verse is much more immediate than many of the ones …

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I Am a Sojourner on the Earth | Psalm 119:19

I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me! Psalm 119:19 ESV Having already referred to himself as God’s servant, the psalmist now calls himself a sojourner. In the ancient world, a sojourner was quite different from being a modern-day tourist. Today, we are able to go to the other side of …

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