Samek’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.  Samek is the fifteenth letter.

      Its tribute begins with the composer’s emphatic declaration.  “I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law” (v. 113).  Loving God and His word inherently cause certain effects, especially in your attitude toward wickedness.

     The next verse explains an important spiritual cause and effect.  “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word” (v. 114).  To truly have God as a hiding place and shield you must trust and obey His Word.

     Verse 115 is addressed specifically to evildoers.  “Depart from me, you evildoers, for I will keep the commandments of my God!”

     Three passionate petitions of God follow: “Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.  Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually” (vv. 116-117).

     Two immutable truths about Jehovah explain the psalmist’s intense love of God’s Word.  “You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.  You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; therefore, I love Your testimonies” (vv. 118-119).

     A proper fear of God is essential to your spiritual health.  Samek’s tribute ends with a concise statement of this.  “My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments” (v. 120).  Fearing God and keeping His commandments is what life on earth is all about (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  Such is possible only because of the Holy Scriptures.

     “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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