Ayin’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.  Ayin is the sixteenth letter; its tribute begins with the composer’s statement of how he has lived.  “I have done justice and righteousness” (v. 121).

     This is followed by three requests: “Do not leave me to my oppressors.  Be surety for Your servant for good; do not let the proud oppress me” (vv. 121-122).

     Next, there is a graphic declaration of the hunger and thirst the composer has for spiritual things, followed by another request.  “My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word.  Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy and teach me Your statutes” (vv. 123-124).

     The composer’s submissive spirit is the basis for his next entreaty.  “I am Your servant; give me understanding that I may know Your testimonies” (v. 125).

     The final three verses are premised upon the need for divine activity because of the utter disregard some had for God’s authoritative Word.  “It is time for You to act, O Lord, for they have regarded Your law as void.  Therefore, I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!  Therefore, all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right; I hate every false way” (vv. 126-128).

     “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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