Beth’s Tribute to God’s Word


     The exquisite uniqueness of Psalm 119 is that its composer uses each successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet to sing an octave of praise to God’s Word.  The second letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Beth (pronounced “bet” because the final letter is silent).  Its focus is upon the spiritual health and hygiene that God’s holy word offers to all who engraft it into their hearts and minds.

     The tribute begins with a question and its wonderful answer: “How can a young man cleanse his way?  By taking heed according to Your word” (v. 9).

     Because of the powerful spiritual antiseptic the Scriptures are, the writer states his actions and desire: “With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!” (v. 10).

     His commitment to holiness is genuine because “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against You” (v. 11).

     His praise is heartfelt and practically expressed.  “Blessed are You, O Lord!  Teach me Your statutes.  With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.  I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies as much as in all riches” (vv. 12-14).

     His determination to know and sanctify God’s word is expressed in these three resolutions: “I will meditate on Your precepts and contemplate Your ways.  I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word” (vv. 15-16).

     “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).

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