Ask and Purpose

Posted by Emma on March 27, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” -Psalm 119:34

The Psalmist continues on with statements that are challenging. As you read these verse really think about what they mean, the commitment that is being made. Could you make that commitment? The Psalmist is completely surrendering to the Lord. We all should take the same step of faith, but it is a hard step to take. We should ask God to bring us to a place where we could earnestly and truthfully pray Psalm 119 and we should work to get there.

The first word is הבינני (havineny) which means give understanding, make understand, teach. It is asking someone to give us understanding into an area. The Psalmist is asking God to give him understanding. We should ask God for understanding, after all He is all knowing. He can give us understanding.

The next word ואצרה (vi’etzirah) starts with a ו (vav) which expresses an intention, that or so that. The root of the word means to guard with fidelity, keep, observe. I have discussed this word before. It is doing God’s commands diligently, faithfully, and in such a way that we will not stain them.

תורתך (toratecha) means direction or instruction. It primarily refers to the instructions of God found throughout the Bible and especially in the first five books of the Bible. These are the things we should be doing and they are the things that tell us about who God is. We should treasure His instructions.

The word ואשמרנה (ni’eshimirenah) is made up of two parts. First is a ו (vav) which shows an intention, that or so that. The second part means keep, watch, preserve. Here it is talking about keeping God’s commands. Observing them to do them and preserving them through the doing of them so that we can pass them on to the next generation. We are the ones who are to be teaching the next generation what God has instructed us to do. We must do them and preserve them as holy for our children.

בכל (vichal) starts out with a ב (beit) which means with. The root of the word means the whole, all. All of what? The last word in this verse is לב (lav) which is the inner man, the mind, will, and heart. This is who you are, how you think, your emotions, your affections, your will. It is everything in you.

The Psalmist is asking God to give him understanding so that he can keep God’s instructions and commands, so that he can do them with everything he has. As Christians we should aspire to do the same. We should earnestly ask God to give us understanding into His word so that we will be able to do His instruction with everything we have. We are to be loving Him with our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Part of loving Him is obeying Him. How can we obey Him if we do not know what He wants us to do? Ask God to give you understand into His word and purpose to follow through and do what He instructs with everything you’ve got.

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