PSALM 119:169-176  


 

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PSALM 119:169-176

This is the DESTINY file.
Each verse begins with the letter taw. The letter refers to the end or completion of something; a signature. In our context, it speaks of destiny; the destiny of the believer who consistently loves and follows God and His word.

Verse 169, The Study Entry

1. Let my cry come before you O Yahweh: The word, rinnAh refers to a ringing cry of joy.
Here, it is the cry of faith-rest confidence that God will continue to provide insight into His word.

2. Give me understanding according to your word: The verb is biyn as a hiphil imperative.
Again we see the humility command of confidence that God will continue to provide wisdom and understanding. The standard for orientation to the character and plan of God is of course, His word (dAbhAr).

Verse 170, The Deliverance Entry
The faithful believer consistently trusts God and His word for deliverance from persecution.
1. Let my supplication come before you: the word is techinnAh and refers to further expression of faith-rest dependence on God for physical deliverance from the persecutors.

2. Deliver me according to your word: The deliverance is of course still based on Godís wisdom and timing as revealed in His word.
3. Let us remember that REPETITION is germane to learning Godís word and applying it consistently to our life.

Verse 171, The Worship Entry
1. Let my lips utter praise: The believer continues to praise God for the revelatory instruction that God provides.

2. because you teach me your statutes (choq): The verb is lAmadh as a  piel imperfect to express the reality of this believerís fellowship with God and the revelation he receives from Him.

Verse 172, The Celebration Entry
1. Let my tongue sing of your word (íimrAh): The verb is `AnAh as a qal imperfect to express personal desire to celebrate the greatness of Godís truth.

2. Because of all your commandments (mitswAh) are righteousness: He knows and accepts that Godís word is righteous and contains the greatest good and benefit for His people.

Verse 173, The Provision Entry

The provision of Godís assistance is a confident expectation for the believer who makes Godís word the most valuable thing in his life.
1. Let your hand be ready to help me: The verb, BE, is hAyAh in the imperative to further repeat his humility dependence on God as expressed in confident appeals to Godís justice.
To help me is the infinitive of `Azar and refers to everything this believer needs as he wanders throughout the land under the constant pursuit from the persecutors.

2. Because I have chosen your precepts (piqqudh): The verb is bAchar as a qal perfect to indicate both a past and present attitude. It further expresses the dedication to truth that characterizes this believerís life. When there is a challenge to his devotion to Godís character and word, this believer has consistently chosen to remain faithful to God.
This does not mean that he has been sinless, but as we have seen, his past failures have been met with grace-discipline from God and the proper response and recovery from his own soul.
(verse 67, 71, 75)

Verse 174, The Value (desire) Entry
1. I long for your deliverance: The verb is taíabh to indicate an intense desire to CONTINUE to experience Godís deliverance. This is not expressing that there has been none, but that God has been consistent in protecting him, and he continues to long for it because it will enable him to keep on pursuing truth; praising and serving God.

2. Because your law (torAh) is my delight: the word is sha`ashu`iym, and indicates something that is the source of great happiness and contentment. The most important thing; the most fulfilling thing, and the most pleasant thing to this believer, is Godís word.

Verse 175, The Service Entry
The faithful believer cherishes life so that he may worship and serve God.
1. Let my soul live: the verb is chAyAh again and refers to the preservation of physical life so he can continue to learn, praise and serve. It occurs as a qal imperfect that functions as in imperative because the subject is a third person (my soul).

2. That I may praise you: Clearly, the desire of this believer is to continue in his worship and service toward God.

3. And let your ordinances (mishpAt) help me: The verb is `Azar again to indicate everything and anything this believer needs that will fall within Godís plan for his life.

Verse 176, The Confidence Entry
1. I am a wanderer like a lost sheep: The translations that suggest STRAYING are not correct.
This believer does not end on a negative note, but with the focus on what has been one of his themes from the beginning. He is a wanderer, forced to flee his home because of those who persecute him for his stand on Godís viewpoint and policies for his nation and his fellow citizens of Israel.

2. Seek your servant: The verb is bAqash and refers to the Shepherd-like love and protection that God expresses toward the trusting believer. This does not mean that the believer is LOST or out of fellowship. It indicates that he is in a humanly helpless and hopeless situation and knows that his source for deliverance and the fulfillment of his service responsibilities is Godís word. Again, the imperative mood is the humility-command of dependence on God for eventual restoration to the place of PHYSICAL comfort and peace in this life.
It is the faith-rest attitude that depends on Godís wisdom and timing for this blessing.
But regardless of the details of Godís wisdom and timing, this believer remains a faithful and devoted servant, representing truth to the spiritual rebels of his nation.

3. for I do not forget your commandments: The key to inner stability and to consistent fulfillment of Godís obedience mandates, which accomplishes SERVICE to God, is the MAINTENANCE of Godís word in the soul; remembrance.

This is the key to sinless consistency. It is not enough to study and learn Godís word.
Godís word must continually be ACTIVE within the soul of the believer so that it can provide the guidance for making the right decisions and avoiding any violation of Godís standards.

This basically repeats the concept of verse 11, ďYour word I have stockpiled in my heart so that I might not sin against you.Ē

For any stockpile of truth to be beneficial Ė for it to energize itself (1Thes. 2:13) within the believer, it must be REMEMBERED and BELIEVED and FOLLOWED.


SUMMARY OF THE DESTINY FILE

Verse 169, The Study Entry
The trusting believer maintains a faith-rest confidence that God will continue to provide insight into His word.

Verse 170, The Deliverance Entry
The faithful believer consistently trusts God and His word for deliverance from persecution.

Verse 171, The Worship Entry
The Trusting believer continues to praise God for the revelatory instruction that God provides.

Verse 172, The Celebration Entry
The trusting believer continually celebrates the greatness of God as revealed in His word.

Verse 173, The Provision Entry
The provision of Godís assistance is a confident expectation for the believer who makes Godís word the most valuable thing in his life.

Verse 174, The Value Entry
The faithful believer longs for Godís continual protection because it will enable him to keep on pursuing truth; praising and serving God.

Verse 175, The Service Entry
The faithful believer cherishes life so that he may worship and serve God.

Verse 176, The Confidence Entry
Regardless of the details of Godís wisdom and timing, the faithful believer remains a devoted servant, representing truth to the spiritual rebels of his nation.

 
 

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