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A Look at Psalm 119:7

Posted by Emma on February 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Daily Thought,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned they righteous judgements.” -Psalm 119:7

I can’t think of anything profound to open this, article/discourse/essay/whatever it is (I’m not sure what it would be classified as) with. Everything I have to say seems more like summary remarks than opening remarks. So I shall quit with this lame opening and jump into the matter at hand.

אודך comes from the root ידה (yadah). The form of this verb used here means to give thanks, laud, praise. It is particularly talking about worship. However, anytime we are genuinely praising God we are also worshiping Him. So this is not just talking about worship in the setting of a church. It is worship in our everyday lives as we praise God, give thanks to Him and laud His holy name.

The next word, בישר (beyosher), starts with a ב (beit) denoting the preposition, with. The root ישר (yosher) is a noun meaning uprightness of the moral walk. It is talking about how we live our lives. It is talking about the life that is lived in righteousness, in the straight and narrow way, the way of uprightness that leads upward and onward, drawing us ever closer to the Master.

לבב (livav) means inner man, mind, will heart; it refers to moral character: uprightness of heart. When we are walking with our Master everyday our hearts should be upright. We should work to make sure our hearts are upright, that our character is of the highest grade. We should purge the sin from our hearts and live wholly and purely for the Saviour our Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father.

There is another ב (beit) at the beginning of בלמדי (belamedy); this one is also a preposition. The actual word למדי (lamedy) is  a verb meaning learn, or exercise in. In the verb formed used here it is talking about learning something. To learn something you must study it. What is it that the Psalmist is talking about learning?

משפטי (mishipity) means judgements, ordinances. It is the divine law in general. The judgements refer to all of God’s rulings, laws and words. For us they are found throughout the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelations. We should study them all.

These judgements are not just any common judgements. They are God’s righteous judgements. The last word in this verse, צדקך (tzidikichah), means righteousness or rightness. Here it is talking about righteousness of law. These judgements are righteous. God is righteous and so are His words and laws. They are worth following as we should be walking in righteousness.

When we study God’s righteous judgements we will be left praising God in uprightness of heart. His judgements should cause us to praise HIm. They are wonderful. As we study the Word of God our lives will be conformed into the image of Christ, we will reflect what we are studying, what we are putting into our hearts and minds. Our hearts will be upright. Everything works together in these verses; when we do one part the other happens and as the other happens we do the first more. In this verse we see that pattern. When we study God’s righteous judgements our hearts become more upright and we will be praising God for them. As we are praising God for them and having upright hearts we will be more motivated to study God’s righteous judgements. It is a wonderful cycle to be trapped in. Studying God’s word is a wonderful thing. It is something every Christian should enjoy do and look forward to doing.

Are you studying God’s righteous judgements? Do you praise Him for them? Is your heart being purified and becoming upright? Spend sometime studying God’s word and praising Him for His righteous judgements. I’ve never heard of it hurting anyone.

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