PSALM 119:145-152  


 

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PSALM 119:145-152

The qoph file: Every verse in this file begins with the letter qoph, which is an axe. It represents attack and violence, and speaks of crisis in general. In this context, the crisis and violence comes from persecution. This is the PERSECUTION FILE.

The spiritual battle is waged primarily IN THE SOUL with a consistent attitude of faith-rest.
The shield of faith of Ephesians 6:16, which wards off the darts of evil.

Verse 145, The Study Entry

This label is based on the meaning of the verb, nAtsar, which emphasizes the conintued EXAMINATION of Godís word; and verse 146, where the verb, shAmar, emphasizes devotion to through continued keeping or DOING of the word.

1. I called with all my heart: The verb, qAríA as a qal perfect represents past and present prayer access.  The phrase, ďall my heartĒ communicates total dedication in a fellowship context, via the attitude of faith-rest.

2. Answer me: The verb is ĎAnAh as an imperative, and further expresses the humility command of dependence on divine wisdom and timing.

3. I will observe your statutes (choq): the verb is nAtsar as a qal imperfect. It means to watch over, examine (pursue). It carries the idea of investigation and study and refers to the continued pursuit of truth as provided through Godís revelation.

The preservation of physical life allows for the continued pursuit of truth.

Verse 146, The Obedience Entry
The preservation of physical life allows for the continued application of truth.
1. I cried to you: qAríA, again to indicate consistent prayer access with faith-rest, as above.

2. save (deliver) me: the verb is yAsh`a as an imperative. The command indicates humility confidence in Godís character and timing for physical deliverance from the persecutors.

3. and I shall keep your testimonies (`ā dAh): The verb is shAmar to indicate the continued promotion of Godís word through obedience and proclamation.

Verse 147, The Faith-Rest Entry
The trusting believer begins his day with the attitude of faith-rest in Godís word.
1. I rise before dawn: The verb is qAdam as a piel perfect, which indicates both a past and continued, habitual practice. It means to go or come before as in physical presence Ė to meet.
I have met or, I have arrived before dawn. The preposition BE (in or at) + nesheph, to indicate a time of wakening early in the morning; at twilight or at the dawn.

2. and cry for help: The verb is shAw`a as a piel imperfect/consecutive, which is the device that continues the COMPLETED ACTION idea of the previous verb. It means to actually call for help and indicates a faith-rest attitude that specifies both the need and the crisis through prayer.

3. I wait for your word (dAbhAr): The verb is yAchal as a qal imperfect, which expresses the present attitude of faith-rest in the provision and protection that is revealed IN and based ON the word of God.

Verse 148, The Meditation Entry

Faith-rest is perpetuated in the late hours of the night through meditation on Godís word.
1. My eyes anticipate the night watches: The mention of eyes, emphasizes wakefulness. The verb is qAdam as a qal perfect, and means to meet. The perfect tense speaks of both past and present action; my eyes have met the night watches. It does not mean ďto anticipate,Ē but to actually BE AWAKE at these early hours, and it is actually his INTENT so that he might deal with the pressures by maintaining his focus on Godís character and plan.
(notice the difference between the qal here and the piel in verse 147).

2. so that I may meditate on your word (íimrAh): The verb is siyach as a qal infinitive with the preposition, LE, to indicate purpose, ďin order to meditate.Ē
This precedes the attitude of verse 147, where we see him rising early and waiting for the provisions and resources of Godís word to be realized as the day begins. First, the believer mediates on truth so that it is internalized. Then he WAITS Ė practices faith-rest for the VALUE FACTORS to be vindicated as he continues to live his life from day to day.

3. Meditation in Psalm 119 occurs in 7 files, but 8 times.
A. Verse 15, Study context
B. Verse 23, Persecution context
C. Verse 27, Perception of truth context
D. Verse 48, Love of truth context
E. Verse 78, Persecution context
F. Verse 97, Love for the word context
G. Verse 99, Resultant insight context
H. Verse 148, Faith rest context


Verse 149, The Protection Entry
1. Hear my voice: This is the same idea as in verse 145, ďanswer me,Ē and refers to having prayer access. It is the command that comes from a humility confidence in Godís character and plan.

2. According to your grace provision (chesed): The standard for prayer access is the provision from Godís resources; His plan as revealed in His word. It involves the mechanics and terms for success in prayer, which is primarily sinless consistency as seen at Psalm 66:18.

3. keep me alive according to your justice standards: The verb is chAyAh again, as a piel imperative and expresses humility dependence on God for preservation of physical life in the face of violent persecution. The basis for this physical protection is divine justice (mishpAt).
The trusting believer depends on Godís grace provision and justice for protection from violent persecution.


Verse 150, The Persecution Entry
The reason why this believer continues to address God in his trust for deliverance is because the persecutors are ever at hand.

1. Those who follow after wickedness: The verb is rAdaph as a qal participle, and means to follow or pursue as a way of life. Wickedness, is zimmAh, from the verb, zAmam, which means to consider or devise. The noun, then, is a pre-conceived, thought-out scheme, which always occurs in a bad sense except at Job 17:11. The PLAN then becomes actions of wickedness; murder, fornication, incest, adultery, harlotry. These things result from rejection of Godís word, and there are many of these rejectors who are actively seeking the destruction of the functional believer.
2. draw near: the verb is qAraph as a qal perfect to indicate past and present action. It simply indicates that the persecutors are ever active in seeking this believer.
3. they are far from your law (torAh): as the noun above indicates (zimmAh), their character and activity are totally contrary to Godís viewpoint and policy.


Verse 151, The Fellowship Entry
 The believerís stability comes from his fellowship reality and the fact that Godís word is truth.
1. You are near O Yahweh: This is the adjective, qArobh, which comes from the verb of above.

It indicates that God is presently NEAR, indeed, at the side of this trusting believer, and he depends on that fellowship reality to comfort and stabilize him.
The wicked draw near to destroy, but Yahweh is near for fellowship and protection.
2. and all your commandments (mitswAh) are truth: Statement of fact concerning the VALUE FACTOR of truth. Godís word is truth.

Verse 152, The Eternity Entry
Godís word is established as reliable for all eternity.

1. Of old I have known from your testimonies (`ā dAh): He has learned FROM the word that the word has a particular value factor.

2. that you have established them forever: The verb is yAsadh as  a qal perfect and indicates permanence and reliability.
A. Reliability:  Isaiah 55:11 and Jeremiah 1:12, and Hebrews 4:12 and Romans 12:2
B. Permanence: Psalm 119:89; Isaiah 40:3-8;  1 Peter 1:22-25


SUMMARY OF THE PERSECUTION FILE

Verse 145, The Study Entry
The preservation of physical life allows for the continued pursuit of truth.

Verse 146, The obedience Entry
The preservation of physical life allows for the continued application of truth.

Verse 147, The Faith-Rest Entry
The trusting believer begins his day with the attitude of faith-rest in Godís word.

Verse 148, The Meditation Entry
Faith-rest is perpetuated in the late hours of the night through meditation on Godís word.

Verse 149, The Protection Entry
The trusting believer depends on Godís grace provision and justice for protection from violent persecution.

Verse 150, The Persecution Entry
The reason why this believer continues to address God in his trust for deliverance is because the persecutors are ever at hand.

Verse 151, The Fellowship Entry
The believerís stability comes from his fellowship reality and the fact that Godís word is truth.

Verse 152, The Eternity Entry
Godís word is established as reliable for all eternity.

 

 
 

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