Verses 9-16, THE DOMESTIC FILE: Each couplet in this file begins with the letter beth, which stands for house and represents the domestic life of the believer. Success in life begins at home.
Verse 9, The integrity entry: It presents the principle of soul purity, and of course, soul purity is the basis for sinless consistency.
1. How: This question inquires about the mechanics for soul purity; BY WHAT MEANS?
2. Can a young man: na`ar - he is a young man (vs. 99-100). This Psalm is an outline of Divine truth from his perspective.
3. keep pure: The verb is zAkAh as a piel imperfect. In the piel stem it means to MAKE clean or pure. In the Qal stem it means to BE clean or pure.
The idea of PURITY refers to
being conformed to Divine viewpoint standards, and thus has in mind the
development of integrity in the soul.
f. But the mechanics is by getting God’s word in your soul and using it.
4. By keeping it: The verb is shAmar as a qal infinitive + le. The verb means to guard or preserve, and this preposition, le, with the infinitive, indicates the means by which one can MAINTAIN a pure (overt) manner of life. Thus, BY keeping it.
5. according to your word: dAbhAr + the preposition, ke .
a. “ke” is the
preposition of standard or similarity.
6. Thus, the standard of Divine truth must be stored in the heart in order to purify the character of the believer, and that results in a purified overt life. And that manifests itself through sinless consistency.
a. The command of Isaiah
7. The goal of the home life IS to cultivate integrity in order to prepare for interaction within society as a representative of the Messianic promise; the standards of the kingdom of light.
8. The challenge to parents is
to teach by word and by example. The challenge to children is to listen and
follow. To the degree that there is success in cultivating spiritual and moral
standards within the home, to that degree individual societies and ultimately,
a nation, will endure.
Verse 10 - THE STUDY ENTRY
1. With all my heart: Undivided total dedication which does two things.
a. It recognizes
priority between value systems.
2. I have sought you: dArash -
follows the principle of verse 2
“And you shall love Yahweh your God with all your character (heart) and with all your emotion (soul) and with all your mentality (might).” BFT
3. do not let me wander: The
verb shAgan, means to stray, swerve or wander.
a. The verb is a hiphil
imperfect (with a 2nd masc. sing. Suffix), and means to CAUSE to
c. The idea of “YOU, do not let me wander,” does not suggest that God will cause wandering or DIRECTLY prevent wandering. Rather, it’s an appeal to the principle that God ministers in the life of the believer through REMINDER factors. This is the activity of bringing to remembrance various principles and truths that the believer has learned so that he will be able to choose either divine or human viewpoint when facing the various issues in life.
4. from your commandments: mitswAh, refers to God’s standards and guidelines for life.
5. Such a desire and such an
application begin in the home through whole family participation.
6. It is then perpetuated through collective activities within the believing community.
a. The congregation of
Israel: Psalm 107:32; 149:1
Verse 11 - The Fellowship entry
1. Your word:
’imrAh has an
emphasis on what is spoken as Divine revelation.
Thus, the idea is to STOCKPILE
or LOAD UP the heart with specific information.
3. in my heart: lābh
a. This is the place
where God's word settles in and builds a structure of divine viewpoint.
4. so that I may not sin: The
verb is chAtA, and mans to violate a standard or fall short of a personal or
accepted goal for one’s life.
5. Against you: WE are
reminded of a principle that reflects a spiritual axiom and also the attitude
of humility. All sin is actually against God. Psalm 51:4
6. Sin in the life breaks fellowship with God.
a. Isaiah 59:2-3
7. The danger of reversion or backsliding:
a. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 with
8. Therefore, protection and stability is vital for advance in the Christian way of life. Hebrews 6:1-20
9. This entry reflects the FOREVER ATTITUDE, that basically desires to never sin.
See Topic: The Forever Attitude
Verse 12 - The worship entry
1. Blessed: bArak means, praised be and not BLESSED. Blessed communicates the idea of HAPPINESS, but the idea here is one of PRAISE; thanksgiving for WHO and WHAT God is.
2. are you 0 Yaweh: This recognizes him as the source. True worship stems from true humility that recognizes our place in the plan of God as both creatures and family members with the purpose of serving Him and representing LIGHT standards in this world which is ENEMY ENVIRONMENT.
3. Teach me: lAmadh as a piel imperative indicates the humility attitude of teachability.
a. The need is seen at verse 9.
b. The teacher IN GENERAL is any of God’s communicators.
1. The Levites: Deut. 33.10; Mal. 2.6-7
2. The prophets: Jer. 23.21-22; 35.15;
3. Church age: Eph.
4:11 (pre and post canon).
\/erse 13 - The service entry
1. With my lips I have told: This is sAphar
as a piel perfect. (In the qal stem, it means to count)
2. Your judgments: mishpAt,
refers to the principles of Divine justice.
3. This is the natura1 follow through from a soul which fulfil1s the attitude of teachability.
4. DOCTRINE OF SERVING GOD
Verse 14 - The priority entry
Priority has to do with orienting to true value in this antagonistic environment.
1. I have rejoiced: sus, as a
qal perfect, expresses happiness (It occurs also at verse 162)
4. As much as in all riches:
principle of equal value to communicate priority.
5. The issue of priorities in life must be established on the domestic front in order to keep the other areas of 1ife controlled and balanced.
6. CF Psalm 119.162 in the
7. Thus the happiness expressed is an indication of true inner peace and joy.
Verse 15 - The meditation entry
1. I will meditate: The verb
is siyach as a qal imperfect. This is the natural follow through from a soul
that is ordered by the priority of truth.
4. Your ways: The noun is ’orach, and refers to the OVERT action of one’s life. Here it is the application of verse 9; the overt behavior that God requires of His people for fellowship and testimony.
a. Psalm 25:10
5. The right attitude toward
truth and error is based on occupation with Divine standards.
Verse 16- the pleasure entry
1. I shall delight: The verb, shA`a, means to take delight in something ; to take pleasure or sport.
It means to have a great time
2. in your statutes: chuqqAh is a feminine noun, which means the same as choq; the decrees of God for proper living as a participant in His plan.
a. This word occurs only
here in Ps. 119 but 104 times in the Old Testament. .
3. What we have here is a believer having fun in the pursuit and application of God's policies for life. Ps. 119:70, delight in your law (torAh).
4. The noun form of the verb "shA`a"
is sha`ashu`iym, which is an intensive plural.
a. It occurs 9 times: 5
times in Psalm 119; verses 24, 77, 92, 143, and 174.
5. I shall not forget: This is shAkach as a qal imperfect. The key to success is consistent occupation with truth; no neglect; no memory loss; no displacement.
6. your word: dAbhAr refers to God’s revealed truth with emphasis on what He has said; that is, the focus is on God AS THE SOURCE of the information. The focus is on SOURCE rather than content, although when God is the source, the content is certainly validated as both applicable to my life and reliable or dependable as pertaining to my life.
Like at Romans 12:2. The WILL of God (His revealed truth) is “intrinsically good, and pleasingly good, and sufficiently complete.”
7. This man continues to hold truth in his soul because it is enjoyable. It’s FUN.
8. Learning truth and meditating on truth and LIVING truth is pleasurable.
It starts in the home and from there, has impact in every area of life. Deuteronomy 6:6-9
9. It does not displace normal human sources of moral and recreational pleasure. But the study of God’s character and plan is an additional and indeed, SUPERIOR source for genuine pleasure in life.
SUMMARY OF THE DOMESTIC FILE
1. THE INTEGRITY ENTRY: Verse
2. THE STUDY ENTRY: Verse10
3. THE FELLOWSHIP ENTRY: Verse
4. THE WORSHIP ENTRY: Verse 12
5. THE SERVICE ENTRV: Verse 13
6. THE PRIORITY ENTRY: Verse
7. THE MEDITATION ENTRY: Verse
8. THE PLEASURE ENTRY: Verse
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