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 seventeenth letter is Pe.
The beginning verses of this tribute encapsulate the proper spirit from which all compliance to God’s Word should spring. “Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore, my soul keeps them…I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments” (vv. 129, 131).
The wonderful power and blessing of God’s Word are stated in verse 130. Here, it is written, “The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
The next four verses contain earnest requests of God.
- “Look upon me and be merciful to me, as Your custom is toward those who love Your name” (v. 132).
- “Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me” (v. 133).
- “Redeem me from the oppression of man that I may keep Your precepts” (v. 134).
- “Make Your face shine upon Your servant and teach me Your statutes” (v. 135).
Pe’s tribute concludes with: “Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law” (v. 136).
“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).