PSALM 119:89-96  


 

PSALM 119:89-96
The lAmedh file
This letter is an ox goad and represents motivation.

THE MOTIVATION FILE

Verse 89, Godís Word Entry

1. Forever, O Yawheh: The prepositional phrase is le `olAm and indicates perpetuity based on the eternal character of God.
ĒFrom everlasting to everlasting, You are God,Ē (Psalm 90:2), and accordingly His word would have the same eternal character.
Matthew 24:35, ďheaven and earth shall pass away, but  my words shall not pass away.Ē

2. Your word (dAbhAr) is settled in the heavens:  It refers to the general revelation from God about His glory and plan. It includes the scope and reliability of Godís word.
The verb, settled, is nAtsabh as a niphal particple (passive action). The verb means to stand or take a stand. The passive idea here (niphal stem) is therefore, TO RECEIVE A STANDING; thus to be established or settled.
The physical universe is the EVIDENCE of the power and reliability of Godís word.
Psalm 33:6-9; 148:3-6
The scope and reliability of Godís word is established by the FACT of the existence of the universe. And although the physical universe is under the curse of entropy, the word of God will never fade or fail.

 

Verse 90, Godís Faithfulness Entry

1. Your faithfulness is stationed unto all generations:
The word, íemunAh, refers to the dependability of Godís character and plan. God will never violate his own essence. He will never break his promises or operate contrary to the established principles found in His written revelation.
The verb, established, is not present, but it is implied from the connection to the previous verse. The extent and applicability of Godís word and the faithfulness of God is unto ALL GENERATIONS. It is not only FOR all, but is universally applicable, USABLE and pertinent for all generations of mankind.

2. You established the earth and it stands: The verb is kun as a polel (the intensive stem) perfect, and indicates the dependability of manís earthly home. 
The verb, and it stands, is `Amadh to indicate the constancy of planet earth as Godís designed dwelling place for the human race. This is stated as an example of Godís faithfulness. The oriented believer can KNOW and have confidence that the earth will continue to exist in a FUNCTIONAL state until such time as Godís perfect wisdom and timing brings it to an end.  Genesis 9:9-17

Verse 91, The Servant Entry

1. They stand this day: This is a reference to both the heavens and the earth as sustained by the power of Jesus Christ according to Colossians 1:17, ďand by Him all things stand.Ē

2. According to your ordinances: The preposition + mishpAt refers to Godís standards of justice as the basis for waging and resolving the angelic conflict. The stability of the physical universe attests to Godís faithfulness and vindicates His character to the fallen angels.

3. For all things are your servants: everything in the universe is designed to promote His glory.

   A. Created FOR Him: Col. 1:16; Romans 16:36

   B. Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:19-20

   C. Signs:  Genesis 1:14 (Psalm 65:8; Jer. 10:2)

See Topic:  The Testimony of the Universe

 

Verse 92, The Protection Entry

1. If your law had not been my delight:  TorAh, again refers to Godís instruction for living in the way He has designed for His people. The word for delight, is sha`ashu`iym, and indicates an attitude of contentment and confidence in something; Godís law in this case.

2. I would have perished in my affliction:
There are three aspects to AFFLICTION.

  1. It can refer to the PERSONAL affliction of divine discipline that the believer has endured and responded to as at verse 71 and 75.
  2. It can refer to the PERSECUTION affliction from the spiritual rebels, which threatens his physical life.
  3. It can refer to the general pressure of hardship in his wandering without a home.

In all three cases, it is the PLEASURE attitude toward Godís word that keeps this believer focused on Godís character and plan, and maintains both abundant life and physical life status.

There are two aspects to PERISH.
A. The loss of physical life through maximum persecution affliction. But since this believer trusts in Godís word; His character and plan, he maintains sinless consistency and avoids the discipline that would result in physical death. As we have seen, this believer has failed and been disciplined by God, but has responded properly to the discipline so that God is able to continue using him as a powerful testimony in the face of the persecutors.

This is the PRIMARY focus in this Psalm and in this specific context as can be seen at verses 94-95. The issue is preservation of physical life.

B. The second aspect would be his QUALITY of life. If he had not continued to focus on Godís word, then the pressure of persecution and hardship would destroy his inner peace and joy. Only through total trust in Godís character and plan can the believer remain stable and at peace in the face of all the afflictions of this worldís antagonism.

The negative response to pressure is seen at Psalm 6:6-7.
The positive response to pressure is seen at Psalm 63:1-11.

God protects both physically and functionally the believer who remains occupied with His word.

Verse 93, The Life Entry

1. I will never forget your precepts: There are two negatives here. One with the verb (lo), ďI will not forget,Ē and then the phrase, le `olAm, which means, ďunto perpetuity.Ē
Remembrance is the maintenance of orientation to Godís truth, which is the only thing that will perpetuate oneís quality of spiritual life.
The word precepts is piqqudh again, and indicates the truths that God has appointed and gathered together as standards for Christian living.

2. for by them you have revived me: The verb is chAyAh as a piel perfect.
It can refer to the preservation of physical life or the maintenance of oneís quality of life.
The NASB translation, ďrevive,Ē and the KJV translation, ďhath quickened,Ē express the latter. In this case, the idea would be, ďyou have maintained my quality of life.Ē However, the context of verse 94, ďsave me,Ē and verse 95, ďthe wicked wait for me to destroy me,Ē indicates a physical life issue. Accordingly, from this perspective, the translation would be, ďyou have kept me alive.Ē
In reality, BOTH ideas are true and it is certainly possible that this believer has both in view.
The idea of ďby them,Ē indicates that through knowledge and application of Godís word the believer remains functioning WITHIN the plan of God for him, maintaining his spiritual quality of life, and ensures divine protection according to Godís wisdom and timing.

Godís protection through His Word, motivates the believer to continue following His word.

Verse 94, The Deliverance Entry

1. I am yours: This is a statement of dedication to the divine priority for the believerís life.
2. Deliver me: The imperative of yAsh`a to indicate humility dependence on God for preservation of his physical life in the face of violent persecution.
3. I have sought your precepts (piqqudh): The qal perfect expresses his past pursuit of Godís word, and his continued focus on the value of the word for stability in life.

The trusting believer maintains his humility dependence on God for physical protection.

Verse 95, The Persecution Entry

1. The wicked wait for me to destroy me: The wicked, rAsh`A, as we have seen at verse 85, are those who are rebels against God; Godís word and Godís policies for life. Accordingly, they are actively involved in persecuting those who are faithful to God. They WAIT, that is, they are actively LOOKING for opportunities to persecute and destroy the righteous.
2. I shall diligently consider your testimonies: The verb is biyn as a hithpael imperfect. It means to seek understanding. It expresses his continuous intent to increase his knowledge of the word of God, for it is ONLY that preserves the soul and maintains spiritual stability in the face of ANY adversity in life Ė especially the attack of violent persecution.
In the face of violent persecution, the trusting believer relies on Godís word for maintaining his spiritual and physical life status.


Verse 96, The Provision Entry

1. I have seen a limit to all perfection: The word, seen, refers to all aspects of human perception used to discern the various realities of life.
The word, limit, is qātz and means END. Here, it refers to the limit or ultimate reality of all aspects of earthly life. The word, perfection, is tiklAh, and indicates the QUALITY of that reality. This believer has observed all the perfections of nature and human accomplishments, and yet finds them all OUT-DONE by the perfection of Godís word.
2. Your commandment is exceeding broad: the word, meíodh (very), and rAchabh (wide), go together to express something that surpasses the item just mentioned. In this case, all the ďrelativeĒ perfections of this earthly reality are set up in contrast to the wondrous provisions that are available through Godís word.
The word of God provides what the believer needs to deal with any and every circumstance in life, and surpasses ANYTHING that can be found in the human realm.

SUMMARY OF THE MOTIVATION FILE

Verse 89, Godís Word Entry
The scope and reliability of Godís word is established by the FACT of the existence of the universe.

Verse 90, Godís Faithfulness Entry
The extent and applicability of Godís word and the faithfulness of God is unto ALL GENERATIONS.

Verse 91, The Servant Entry
Everything in the universe is designed to serve and glorify God.

Verse 92, The Protection Entry
God protects both physically and functionally the believer who remains occupied with His word.

Verse 93, The Life Entry
Godís protection through His Word, motivates the believer to continue following His word.

Verse 94, The Deliverance Entry
The trusting believer maintains his humility dependence on God for physical protection.

Verse 95, The Persecution Entry
In the face of violent persecution, the trusting believer relies on Godís word for maintaining his spiritual and physical life status.

Verse 96, The Provision Entry
The word of God provides what the believer needs to deal with any and every circumstance in life, and surpasses ANYTHING that can be found in the human realm.

 

 
 

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