In the Way of Your Testimonies I Delight | Psalm 119:14

In the way of your testimonies I delightas much as in all riches. Psalm 119:14 ESV Continuing this stanza’s theme of how we are to guard our way with God’s Word that we may not wander from His commandments, the psalmist has declared his resolution to seek the LORD, to store up His Word within …

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I Declare All the Rules of Your Mouth | Psalm 119:13

With my lips I declareall the rules of your mouth. Psalm 119:13 ESV Moving into the second half of our present stanza, the psalmist continues the theme of obtaining purity through clinging to God’s Word, yet while verses 9-12 focused upon current resolve to seek the LORD through the Scriptures and upon the necessity of …

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I Have Stored Up Your Word | Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 ESV We come now to one of the verses for which Psalm 119 is best known. As we mentioned previously, the driving theme of this second stanza is the psalmist’s pursuit and quest for purity, which he notes …

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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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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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