He’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 fifth letter is He. 

     Because of the composer’s intense desire—“Behold I long for Your precepts” (v. 40)—this octave of praise contains eight fervent requests: “Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes…Give me understanding…Make me walk in the path of Your commandments…Incline my heart to your testimonies…Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things…revive me in Your way…Establish Your word to Your servant…Turn away my reproach which I dread” (vv. 33-39).

     These requests are coupled with three solemn resolutions: “I shall keep Your law…Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart…I shall keep it to the end” (vv. 34, 33).

     Liking God’s Word is different than loving it.  He’s tribute demonstrates what loving it looks like.

     “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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