Tau’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.  Tau is the twenty-second and final letter.

     Its tribute contains eight petitions: “Let my cry come before You, O Lord; give me understanding according to Your word.  Let my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word…Let Your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your precepts…Let my soul live, and it shall praise You, and let Your judgments help me.  I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments” (vv. 169-170, 173, 175-176).

     The author’s determination to wisely use his mouth is seen in verses 171 and 172.  Here, it is written, “My lips shall utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes.  My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.”

     Verse 174 describes the reason for these petitions and determination—”I long for Your salvation, O Lord, and Your law is my delight.”

     “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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