I Will Lift Up My Hands | Psalm 119:48

In order to attempt to do justice to chapter 2 of Calvin's Little Book on the Christian Life, that post will come on Friday this week rather than today. In exchange, I leave you with what was intended to be Friday's post. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,and I …

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I Find My Delight in Your Commandments | Psalm 119:47

for I find my delight in your commandments,which I love. Psalm 119:47 ESV As is common to stanza waw, this verse is a continuation of the previous verse, in which the psalmist declared that he would speak of the testimonies of God before kings without shame. Of course, that verse too was rooted particularly in …

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I Will Also Speak of Your Testimonies Before Kings | Psalm 119:46

I will also speak of your testimonies before kingsand shall not be put to shame, Psalm 119:46 ESV Even though the ESV breaks this verse into a new sentence (unlike verses 41-42 and 44-45), this verse is still very much building upon those before it, which is evidenced by the word also. The psalmist is, …

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I Shall Walk in a Wide Place | Psalm 119:45

And I shall walk in a wide place,for I have sought your precepts. Psalm 119:45 ESV Given that this verse begins with the word and, we would do well to set it within the context of the previous verse: “I will keep your law continually, forever and ever” (v. 44). Having made that his intention, …

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I Will Keep Your Law Continually | Psalm 119:44

I will keep your law continually,forever and ever, Psalm 119:44 ESV After the twofold petition that the psalmist made in verses 41-43 (first for salvation, then for God’s Word not to be taken from him), the psalmist now moves into a series of declarations that will last the remainder of stanza waw. He begins with …

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Take Not the Word of Truth Utterly Out of My Mouth | Psalm 119:43

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,for my hope is in your rules. Psalm 119:43 ESV Again, this verse is bound to the one before it for a proper understanding. So far in our present stanza, Waw, the psalmist has cried out for God’s steadfast love and salvation to come …

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An Answer for Him Who Taunts Me | Psalm 119:42

then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,for I trust in your word. Psalm 119:42 ESV This verse builds directly upon the thought expressed in verse 41; it is a continuation of that verse. After praying for God’s steadfast love and salvation to come to him according to God’s promise, the psalmist …

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Let Your Steadfast Love Come to Me | Psalm 119:41

Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,your salvation according to your promise; Psalm 119:41 ESV With this verse, we enter into the sixth stanza of the Psalm 119 in which each verse begins with the Hebrew letter Waw. The overall structure of the stanza sees the psalmist petitioning the LORD in verses 41-43 …

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Behold, I Long for Your Precepts | Psalm 119:40

Behold, I long for your precepts;in your righteousness give me life! Psalm 119:40 ESV To conclude the He stanza, the psalmist cries out to the LORD, behold, I long for your precepts. This is no new idea to Psalm 119. In verse 20, he declared, “My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at …

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Turn Away the Reproach That I Dread | Psalm 119:39

Turn away the reproach that I dread,for your rules are good. Psalm 119:39 ESV After praying to behold the confirmation of God’s promise with the Scriptures, the psalmist now prays for the LORD to turn away the reproach that I dread. The most natural question to ask is: What kind of reproach does he dread? …

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