Lamed’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.  Lamed’s tribute is found in verses 89 to 96.

     Its praise of God’s Word begins with the eternal (and thus, enduring) nature of divine revelation.  “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.  Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides.  They continue this day according to Your ordinances, for all are Your servants” (vv. 89-91).

     The practical value of the Holy Scriptures is addressed in verses 92 and 95.  Here, it is written, “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction…The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies”.”

     In addition, the incredible power of the written word to provide spiritual life and salvation from sin is eulogized.  “I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life.  I am Yours, save me, for I have sought Your precepts” (vv. 93-94).

     Lamed’s tribute concludes with this observation: “I have seen the consummation of all perfection, but Your commandment is exceedingly broad” (v. 96).  Clearly the composer of this incredible ode to God’s Word did not find His commandments burdensome.

     “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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