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. Teth’s is the 9th letter of the alphabet.
Its tribute focuses upon the blessings of trials, an inevitable part of life for a child of God (2 Timothy 3:12; James 1:2-4). Difficult circumstances can arise in one’s life because of disobedience—”before I was afflicted, I went astray” (v. 67); they also can arise in one’s life because of obedience and bring the blessing of spiritual improvement—“It is good for me that I have been afflicted that I may learn Your statutes” (v. 71).
Regardless of the reason for such trials, several wonderful blessings can be seen and enjoyed from such unpleasant circumstances:
- God’s faithfulness to His word. “You have dealt well with Your servant,O Lord, according to Your word” (v. 65).
- Wisdom (i.e. good judgment and knowledge). “Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe Your commandments” (v. 66).
- The importance of obedience. “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (v. 67).
- God’s goodness. “You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes” (v. 68).
- The proper esteem for and value of God’s Word. “The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver” (v. 72).
Difficult trials and afflictions may arise because of your enemies—the proud may forge a lie against you—but you can still be faithful to God and keep His precepts with your whole heart, delighting in His law (vv. 69-70). Imagine how difficult and brutal it would be to endure the trials and afflictions of life without the patience and comfort of the Scriptures to fuel your hope (Romans 15:4)!
“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).