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Psalms 119:1 – 24

Psalm 119

Introduction

King James Version (KJV)

The Law of Moses

Many teach that we must keep the commandments, and by that they mean the Ten Commandments only.

Many make a huge error is in holding a distinction between the Law which God gave to Moses and the New Covenant, which they claim requires the Ten Commandments only.

Be on guard for this deception!

In fact Moses NEVER imagined a body of law and rules which he placed on the people as their leader.  Moses only taught the people all that God had taught him! The term Law of Moses comes from the fact that Moses was the mediator who passed God’s Law on to the people.

Indeed the laws of God were NOT a part of the Mosaic Covenant, which Covenant was only obedience by the people in exchange for care and blessings from God.  The people agreed to live by every Word of God (Mat 4:4) and after that Marriage Covenant God revealed how God [not Moses] wanted the people to live.

God thundered out the Ten Commandments from Sinai and wrote them out on a stone [representative of the stony hearts of the people] giving them directly to the people; however GOD also gave all the other laws, statutes, ordinances, precepts and judgments to Moses to be taught to the people!

Deuteronomy 5:30-31 “Go say to them, Get you into your tents again. But as for thee, stand thou here by me, and I will speak unto thee all the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which thou shalt teach them, that they may do [them] in the land which I give them to possess it.”

Notice also the concluding verse of the book of Leviticus which says:

Leviticus 27:34These [are] the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.”

Obviously the book of Leviticus talks about a lot more than just “THE TEN,” and all these instructions are also called God’s commandments.

There is no such thing as any Law of Moses, separate from the Law of God: Moses taught the people the Law of God, which God gave to him to be kept by God’s people!

This is why Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

We are to keep everything that is written in scripture and that includes the so called: Law of Moses! Because ALL of Holy Scripture was inspired by God and represents the WILL of God regarding what God wants us to do! 

Jesus taught:

Matthew 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

ALL of Holy Scripture was inspired by God and represents the WILL of God for us.

The Law of Moses IS the Law of God!

Beware of this falsehood of placing a difference between the God’s laws, to deceive men into rejecting a major part of God’s law by simply labeling some of God’s laws as the Law of Moses and then rejecting it.

Paul writes to Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

What scriptures existed when Timothy was a child? Genesis to Malachi, but not the New Testament!

Continuing Paul says:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture [the entire “Old Testament” including the Law of Moses, to which the New Testament was canonized and added many years AFTER this letter to Timothy] is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem in the Hebrew

This means that the first eight verses begin with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet “Aleph”, and the next eight verses begin with the second letter of the alphabet, and so on, right to the last eight verses which begin with the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Psalm 119 (Greek numbering: Psalm 118) is the longest psalm as well as the longest chapter in the Bible. It is referred to in Hebrew by its opening words, “Ashrei temimei derech” (“happy are those whose way is perfect”). It is the prayer of a true faithful Called Out person who delights in and lives by every Word of God.

Psalm 119 has 176 verses which are divided into twenty-two stanzas, one stanza for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet; within each stanza, each of the eight verses begins (in Hebrew) with that letter. The name of God (YHVH) appears twenty-four times.

I will add the English lettering of the Hebrrew alphabet letter to each stanza.

Employed in almost (but not quite) every verse of the Psalms is a synonym for the Holy Scriptures, such as dabar (“word, promise”) mishpatim (“rulings”), etc.

Psalm 119 is intended to present man’s complete duty to God as declared in: 

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Now just imagine the temple service with a group of Levites thousands strong, singing out a verse and then another choir on the other side of the temple, singing out the next verse. Can you imaging the teaching effect as the words of a Psalm thunder over the people on the Feast of Pentecost, or some other High Day when all the people are to be assembled at the temple?

The lyrical nature of the psalms in the Hebrew, has been somewhat diluted by translation.

The psalms are a teaching tool, as well as praise.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Psalm 119

Aleph

Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled [those not defiled by sin] in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.

119:2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies [example of godliness], and that seek him [seek to be like God through living by every Word of God] with the whole heart [fully and enthusiastically].

119:3 They also do no iniquity [sin]: they walk in his ways [living by every Word of God].

119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts [the teachings of God] diligently.

We should long for the wisdom to keep every detail of God’s Word.

119:5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! [to live by every Word of God, even the points some might consider less important]

If we live by every Word of God right down to the smallest points including the spirit and  the intent of the Law, we shall not be ashamed in the day of judgment when God will chose his faithful.  But those who teach tolerance for sin and lukewarmness to live by every Word of God shall indeed be ashamed.

119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

119:7 I will praise thee with uprightness [sincerity] of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments [judgments are about how to apply the law in various circumstances].

119:8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

How can we be cleansed from sin? By sincerely repenting of all PAST sin and committing to STOP sinning in future,  and becoming passionately zealous to live by every Word of God.

 

Beth

119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

To be righteous one must seek God with a complete total passionate wholehearted love for living by every Word of God, which defines God’s very nature.

We are to take every Word of God to heart and love it exceedingly so that we may avoid sin.

119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

We are to diligently seek to learn every Word of God and we are to live accordingly, and also teach others the wisdom of God’s Word.

119:12 Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.

119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

The deeds of Abraham, Noah and Elijah are testimonies for our instruction, as are the deeds of Christ in bringing Israel out of Egypt and his many other deeds. The testimonies of God are the words of scripture recorded for our example and instruction. That is why the scripture is called the testament of God.

119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies [the scriptural examples recorded for our instruction], as much as in all riches.

119:15 I will meditate in thy precepts [teachings], and have respect unto thy ways [Word].

119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes [statutes are regulations]: I will not forget thy word.

Right now Satan hates and persecutes the zealous for God and his Word; yet Christ will soon give us total victory over the spiritual god-king of this society when he raises us up our of the Sea of Death to be rewarded bountifully in eternal life at peace with God.

 

Gimel

119:17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.

We should appeal to God for understanding with a deep desire to understand and live by the wisdom of God.

119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

The lovers of God are like strangers to today’s wicked world, in but not part of this evil society, passing through it on the way to a better place.

119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

119:20 My soul breaketh [the godly long for every Word of God] for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

It is pride that brings many to exalt their own ways against the Word of God; all those who compromise with God’s Word will be corrected by God.

119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

God will save all those who diligently live by every Word of God  and learn from his testimonies [the scriptural examples recorded for our instruction].

119:22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.

God’s Word, and even the least of God’s laws are far greater than all the rulers of this earth or of any corporate church organization: they are the DELIGHT of the true and faithful godly.

119:23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.

119:24 Thy testimonies [are instructional examples of righteousness, and examples of false ways to be avoided] also are my delight and my counselors [teachers].

 

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