Qoph’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.  Qoph is the nineteenth letter.

     Its tribute begins with a description of the intensity (“my whole heart”), purpose (to “keep Your testimonies”), and diligence (before dawn…through the night watches) with which the composer cultivates his relationship with God.  He writes, “I cry out with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord!  I will keep Your statutes.  I cry out to You; save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.  I rise before the dawning of the morning and cry for help; I hope in Your word.  My eyes are awake through the night watches that I may meditate on Your word.  Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice” (vv. 145-149).

     This pursuit of Jehovah inevitably results in opposition from evil—”They draw near who follow after wickedness; they are far from Your law” (v. 150)—and comfort from God—”You are near, O Lord, and all Your commandments are truth” (v. 151).  The author’s peace during such turbulent times comes from the enduring, eternal nature of the Scriptures.  “Concerning Your testimonies, I have known of old that You have founded them forever” (v. 152).

     God’s Word is both the nourishing food for the hungry soul and its steadfast and sure refuge when troubled.

     “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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