Yod’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 tenth and smallest letter is yod.  It probably is the “jot” that Jesus refers to in Matthew 5:18.

     Yod’s tribute begins with a statement of fact followed by a request.  “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments” (v. 73).  Nothing is more sensible than seeking and learning thoroughly the instructions published by an inventor concerning his invention.

     After this, there is a desire for fellowship with like-minded individuals: “Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in Your word” (v. 74).

     The next note played in this chorus of praise is a distinct expression of love and trust.  “I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me” (v. 75).

     The tribute concludes with five earnest petitions:

  • “Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant” (v. 76).
  • “Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight” (v. 77).
  • “Let the proud be ashamed, for they treated me wrongfully with falsehood;but I will meditate on Your precepts” (v. 78).
  • “Let those who fear You turn to me, those who know Your testimonies” (v. 79).
  • “Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, that I may not be ashamed” (v. 80).

     Living faithfully to God when afflicted and treated wrongfully is possible if you cling tenaciously to His word during such ordeals.

     “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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