Mem’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.  Mem is the thirteenth letter.

    Its tribute has a most interesting beginning and ending—“Oh, how I love Your law!…Therefore, I hate every false way.”

     The first half of this letter’s chorus of praise focuses upon the extraordinary blessings of wisdom and understanding that result from a love of God’s word and daily meditation upon It.  “Oh, how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.  You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies; for they are ever with me.  I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.  I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts” (vv. 97-100).

     The second half describes the purity of life and the glorious peace and joy that God’s Word gives to those who love and obey it.  “I have restrained my feet from every evil way that I may keep Your word.  I have not departed from Your judgments for You Yourself have taught me.  How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!  Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way” (vv. 101-104).

     God’s Word is able to make you wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15).

     “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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