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A Look at Psalm 119:6

Posted by Emma on February 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Daily Thought,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” -Psalm 119:6

Being embarrassed or ashamed is never pleasant. No one likes to be in those situations. Wouldn’t it be nice to never be embarrassed or ashamed? Reading this verse would make it seem that having respect unto God’s commandments will keep you from being ashamed. But is that what it really means?

The first word in this verse is אז (az). This is an adverb meaning, at that time, then. It expresses logical sequences. In this verse it means after or then. If this follows after, something must of come before. That something is the previous verse. When our ways are directed to keep G-d’s statues, then we can look for the fulfillment of this verse.

לא (lo) means not, or no. This word is also an adverb; it is connected to the verb that follows. אבוש (evosh) comes from the root בוש which means be ashamed or feel shame. Feeling no shame or never being ashamed would be nice, but how does happen?

The next word is בהביטי which comes from the root נבט (navat). This is a verb meaning look. When followed by אל (el) it is figurative and means regard, consider, look upon. In this verse it is followed by אל (el) thus means look upon, consider.

I had trouble finding the exact definition of אל (el). The best that I could come up with is that it is a preposition denoting motion to or direction towards (whether physical or mental.) What are we headed towards?

כל (cal) is another word I had trouble coming up with a definition for. As best I can tell this word means all, the whole. The whole of what? That brings us to the last word. All the מצותיך (mitzivotechah). This word comes from the root מצוה (mitzvah). The plural is מצות (mitzvot) which means commandments, often the commands of God. Here it is talking about the commands that God has give us.

So what does this all mean? Well, when we direct are ways to keep God’s statues, then we will not be ashamed when we consider all of God’s commands. Yet it does not seem to just be considering them. It seems to also denote a movement towards them. Perhaps in someways it is considering them after we have done them or considering how we are doing them. It is always good to look over our lives and see how we are doing God’s commands and where we need to shape up and do better. When we are doing all of God’s commands and walking in the way of His statues we will not feel ashamed when we examine our lives. We will live with no regrets. We won’t be ashamed by of what others might think of us because we care about what Go thinks and we are doing what He thinks is right. Living in God’s commands and regard all of them is a wonderful thing.

How are you doing in your life? Do you regard all of God’s commands? Do you have regrets in your life? I know I do and I know it comes from the times I was not considering God’s commands as I lived my life. Consider God’s commands and live with no regrets!

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