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Keeping His Precepts in the Face of Falsehoods

Posted by Emma on May 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.” Psalm 119:69 (KJV)

“The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep thy precepts;” Psalm 119:69 (ESV)

When we are living God’s way, we should expect persecution and rejection. After all they rejected and persecuted the Master, should we expect any less? If we are following in His footsteps, we will be rejected and persecuted because we are not of this world. “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:14. We should not expect easy sailing, but when hard times come we must be faithful and keep doing what God has commanded.

The first word in this verse is טפלו (taphelu) a verb meaning smear or plaster. This is followed by עלי (alay) a preposition meaning, upon, on, or against. The word  שקר (sheker) means deception or falsehood. As it is used in this verse it is talking about an injurious falsehood, something that will injury the character of another. You can see this type of falsehood all over the world today. People often try to discredit the righteous and believers by spreading false rumors about them in hopes of injuring their character. If someone is spreading falsehoods about us, we must keep living faithfully.

The word זדים (zeedim) means, insolent, presumptions. It is often translated into English as haughty or proud. These are godless, rebellious people. An insolent person is someone who is haughty and contemptuous or brutal in behavior or language, they can be rude, disrespectful and domineering. These are character traits that should never be attached to Christians. We must live above reproach.

אני (ani) is the pronoun I. The Psalmist is now making a statement about what he indents to do in the face of these falsehoods and insolent men.

The word  בכל (becal) begins with a ב (beit) which means with. The main word means the whole, all. It is followed by the word לב (leev) which is the inner man, the comprehending mind, affections, and will. It is the soul of a person, who you are and what makes you be you.

אצר (etzor) is a verb meaning watch, guard, keep. It is to guard with fidelity, to keep and observe. We should be careful to faithfully be doing God’s commands and guarding them from harm or harmful labels being attached to them. People’s view of who God is will be affected by how will we do what God has commanded us to do.

The final word in this verse is פקודיך (phikydecha) which means thy precepts. These are the things God has given us to do. They are found in the Bible. We must be faithful to observe them.

The Lexcion in commenting on this verse says, “Insolent men have plastered falsehood over me, making his real character unrecognizable.” I liked the way that was put. People will try to plaster false information over our true character to make us appear as something we are not, especially if they hate how we appear. But plaster cannot hide things forever, eventually it crumples away revealing what is really underneath. We must live faithful lives and leave the time for our true character to be revealed in God’s hands. We must keep God’s precepts faithfully, people will notice. No matter how much trouble and opposition you face, keep God’s precepts. Even if everyone is attacking your character, keep God’s precepts. When all seems helplessly loss, keep God’s precepts. It will pay off in the end and you will be rewarded for your faithfulness. You may not get that reward until heaven, but God notices how you live and is a rewarder of those who are diligently seeking Him and living as He has command. Do not let what men say get to you. Keep your eyes on the Master and obey Him. That is all that counts in life.

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