Psalm 119

Psalm 119

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Your Word Is a Lamp to My Feet


119   Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the LORD!
  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart,
  who also do no wrong,
    but walk in his ways!
  You have commanded your precepts
    to be kept diligently.
  Oh that my ways may be steadfast
    in keeping your statutes!
  Then I shall not be put to shame,
    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
  I will praise you with an upright heart,
    when I learn your righteous rules.
  I will keep your statutes;
    do not utterly forsake me!


  How can a young man keep his way pure?
    By guarding it according to your word.
  With my whole heart I seek you;
    let me not wander from your commandments!
  I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.
  Blessed are you, O LORD;
    teach me your statutes!
  With my lips I declare
    all the rules of your mouth.
  In the way of your testimonies I delight
    as much as in all riches.
  I will meditate on your precepts
    and fix my eyes on your ways.
  I will delight in your statutes;
    I will not forget your word.


  Deal bountifully with your servant,
    that I may live and keep your word.
  Open my eyes, that I may behold
    wondrous things out of your law.
  I am a sojourner on the earth;
    hide not your commandments from me!
  My soul is consumed with longing
    for your rules at all times.
  You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
    who wander from your commandments.
  Take away from me scorn and contempt,
    for I have kept your testimonies.
  Even though princes sit plotting against me,
    your servant will meditate on your statutes.
  Your testimonies are my delight;
    they are my counselors.


  My soul clings to the dust;
    give me life according to your word!
  When I told of my ways, you answered me;
    teach me your statutes!
  Make me understand the way of your precepts,
    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
  My soul melts away for sorrow;
    strengthen me according to your word!
  Put false ways far from me
    and graciously teach me your law!
  I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I set your rules before me.
  I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;
    let me not be put to shame!
  I will run in the way of your commandments
    when you enlarge my heart!


  Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;
    and I will keep it to the end.
  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
    and observe it with my whole heart.
  Lead me in the path of your commandments,
    for I delight in it.
  Incline my heart to your testimonies,
    and not to selfish gain!
  Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
    and give me life in your ways.
  Confirm to your servant your promise,
    that you may be feared.
  Turn away the reproach that I dread,
    for your rules are good.
  Behold, I long for your precepts;
    in your righteousness give me life!


  Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,
    your salvation according to your promise;
  then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,
    for I trust in your word.
  And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
    for my hope is in your rules.
  I will keep your law continually,
    forever and ever,
  and I shall walk in a wide place,
    for I have sought your precepts.
  I will also speak of your testimonies before kings
    and shall not be put to shame,
  for I find my delight in your commandments,
    which I love.
  I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,
    and I will meditate on your statutes.


  Remember your word to your servant,
    in which you have made me hope.
  This is my comfort in my affliction,
    that your promise gives me life.
  The insolent utterly deride me,
    but I do not turn away from your law.
  When I think of your rules from of old,
    I take comfort, O LORD.
  Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
    who forsake your law.
  Your statutes have been my songs
    in the house of my sojourning.
  I remember your name in the night, O LORD,
    and keep your law.
  This blessing has fallen to me,
    that I have kept your precepts.


  The LORD is my portion;
    I promise to keep your words.
  I entreat your favor with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
  When I think on my ways,
    I turn my feet to your testimonies;
  I hasten and do not delay
    to keep your commandments.
  Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
    I do not forget your law.
  At midnight I rise to praise you,
    because of your righteous rules.
  I am a companion of all who fear you,
    of those who keep your precepts.
  The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
    teach me your statutes!


  You have dealt well with your servant,
    O LORD, according to your word.
  Teach me good judgment and knowledge,
    for I believe in your commandments.
  Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I keep your word.
  You are good and do good;
    teach me your statutes.
  The insolent smear me with lies,
    but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;
  their heart is unfeeling like fat,
    but I delight in your law.
  It is good for me that I was afflicted,
    that I might learn your statutes.
  The law of your mouth is better to me
    than thousands of gold and silver pieces.


  Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
  Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in your word.
  I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
  Let your steadfast love comfort me
    according to your promise to your servant.
  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
  Let the insolent be put to shame,
    because they have wronged me with falsehood;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
  Let those who fear you turn to me,
    that they may know your testimonies.
  May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
    that I may not be put to shame!


  My soul longs for your salvation;
    I hope in your word.
  My eyes long for your promise;
    I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
  For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke,
    yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
  How long must your servant endure?
    When will you judge those who persecute me?
  The insolent have dug pitfalls for me;
    they do not live according to your law.
  All your commandments are sure;
    they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
  They have almost made an end of me on earth,
    but I have not forsaken your precepts.
  In your steadfast love give me life,
    that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.


  Forever, O LORD, your word
    is firmly fixed in the heavens.
  Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
    you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
  By your appointment they stand this day,
    for all things are your servants.
  If your law had not been my delight,
    I would have perished in my affliction.
  I will never forget your precepts,
    for by them you have given me life.
  I am yours; save me,
    for I have sought your precepts.
  The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
    but I consider your testimonies.
  I have seen a limit to all perfection,
    but your commandment is exceedingly broad.


  Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day.
  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
  I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for your testimonies are my meditation.
  I understand more than the aged,
    for I keep your precepts.
  I hold back my feet from every evil way,
    in order to keep your word.
  I do not turn aside from your rules,
    for you have taught me.
  How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
  Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore I hate every false way.


  Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.
  I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
    to keep your righteous rules.
  I am severely afflicted;
    give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
  Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD,
    and teach me your rules.
  I hold my life in my hand continually,
    but I do not forget your law.
  The wicked have laid a snare for me,
    but I do not stray from your precepts.
  Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
    for they are the joy of my heart.
  I incline my heart to perform your statutes
    forever, to the end.


  I hate the double-minded,
    but I love your law.
  You are my hiding place and my shield;
    I hope in your word.
  Depart from me, you evildoers,
    that I may keep the commandments of my God.
  Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
    and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
  Hold me up, that I may be safe
    and have regard for your statutes continually!
  You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
    for their cunning is in vain.
  All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
    therefore I love your testimonies.
  My flesh trembles for fear of you,
    and I am afraid of your judgments.


  I have done what is just and right;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
  Give your servant a pledge of good;
    let not the insolent oppress me.
  My eyes long for your salvation
    and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
  Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
    and teach me your statutes.
  I am your servant; give me understanding,
    that I may know your testimonies!
  It is time for the LORD to act,
    for your law has been broken.
  Therefore I love your commandments
    above gold, above fine gold.
  Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
    I hate every false way.


  Your testimonies are wonderful;
    therefore my soul keeps them.
  The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it imparts understanding to the simple.
  I open my mouth and pant,
    because I long for your commandments.
  Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    as is your way with those who love your name.
  Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
    and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
  Redeem me from man’s oppression,
    that I may keep your precepts.
  Make your face shine upon your servant,
    and teach me your statutes.
  My eyes shed streams of tears,
    because people do not keep your law.


  Righteous are you, O LORD,
    and right are your rules.
  You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness
    and in all faithfulness.
  My zeal consumes me,
    because my foes forget your words.
  Your promise is well tried,
    and your servant loves it.
  I am small and despised,
    yet I do not forget your precepts.
  Your righteousness is righteous forever,
    and your law is true.
  Trouble and anguish have found me out,
    but your commandments are my delight.
  Your testimonies are righteous forever;
    give me understanding that I may live.


  With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD!
    I will keep your statutes.
  I call to you; save me,
    that I may observe your testimonies.
  I rise before dawn and cry for help;
    I hope in your words.
  My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
    that I may meditate on your promise.
  Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
    O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
  They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
    they are far from your law.
  But you are near, O LORD,
    and all your commandments are true.
  Long have I known from your testimonies
    that you have founded them forever.


  Look on my affliction and deliver me,
    for I do not forget your law.
  Plead my cause and redeem me;
    give me life according to your promise!
  Salvation is far from the wicked,
    for they do not seek your statutes.
  Great is your mercy, O LORD;
    give me life according to your rules.
  Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
    but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
  I look at the faithless with disgust,
    because they do not keep your commands.
  Consider how I love your precepts!
    Give me life according to your steadfast love.
  The sum of your word is truth,
    and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Sin and Shin

  Princes persecute me without cause,
    but my heart stands in awe of your words.
  I rejoice at your word
    like one who finds great spoil.
  I hate and abhor falsehood,
    but I love your law.
  Seven times a day I praise you
    for your righteous rules.
  Great peace have those who love your law;
    nothing can make them stumble.
  I hope for your salvation, O LORD,
    and I do your commandments.
  My soul keeps your testimonies;
    I love them exceedingly.
  I keep your precepts and testimonies,
    for all my ways are before you.


  Let my cry come before you, O LORD;
    give me understanding according to your word!
  Let my plea come before you;
    deliver me according to your word.
  My lips will pour forth praise,
    for you teach me your statutes.
  My tongue will sing of your word,
    for all your commandments are right.
  Let your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
  I long for your salvation, O LORD,
    and your law is my delight.
  Let my soul live and praise you,
    and let your rules help me.
  I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.


Psalm 119 Commentary

by Hank Workman

It is the longest psalm recorded.  It is also the longest chapter in all of Scripture.  The beauty of this Psalm is that it focuses solely on the Word of God, the benefits of having His Word in our hearts and how through God’s Word we are strengthened and given insight.  There are wonderful nuggets of truth found over and over throughout the verses and broken down sections.

Simply consider these few –

Open my eyes so that I may see wonderful things in your law.

My soul is weary with sorrow, strengthen me according to your Word.

I have chosen the way of truth, I have set my heart on your laws.

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.

Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.  My comfort in my suffering is this:  Your promise preserves my life.

Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Each of these statements alone inspire us toward the greater truth found in the Word of God and how by giving our time to it daily will help us with decisions we make, hardships we endure and direction provided.

There’s an interesting story that involves this psalm about Matthew Henry.  When he was a child, his father Philip told all of his children to take one verse of Psalm 119 every morning and read it over and over.  They were to meditate on what that one verse spoke and truth that was found.  As Philip said, “That will bring you to be in love with all the rest of the Scriptures.”

There is no doubt for Matthew who became a great 18th-century commentator did just this.  One verse per day would mean by the end of a calendar year they would have read Psalm 119 twice.  Matthew Henry fell in love with the Scriptures with his lifelong work showing it to be true.

Psalm 119 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

The original Hebrew version of this psalm is a complex acrostic. Each verse in a particular section begins with the same letter. Doing the math, this means that every 8 verses would begin with the same Hebrew letter. An example of this in English would be 8 verses beginning with “A”, 8 verses beginning with “B”, etc. So, in the end, there are 22 sections of 8 verses each totaling a massive 176 verses for the entire psalm.

At first, I thought that the different sections were different authors and their names were bolded in our Bible. However, these bold words are actually the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. This way, we can see where each of the 22 sections begins and ends. If you think in terms of what this would be like today, it’s quite a feat! Here is an example of what this might look like in our English language.

  1. A wonderful life is for those who walk in keeping with Yahweh’s Torah.
  2. A wonderful life is for those who comply with his terms.
  3. Avoiding what is wrong, they walk in the way he has shown.
  4. All their being is given to seeking him as they follow the ideal way.
  5. A firm adherence to the way of your laws is what I want, Yahweh, so that
  6. Ashamed I will not be when I consider all your commands.
  7. As I learn of your just decrees, I will sincerely thank you
  8. And keep your laws. Do not completely abandon me.

Just consider, this is only the letter “A”! The psalm itself is beautiful as it’s all about treasuring God’s Word. But, when also considering the details of how it was constructed, it becomes a beautiful artistic composition to the glory of God.

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