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Where is God Kindness?

Posted by Emma on May 1, 2010 | Filed under: Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119:64 (KJV)

“Of thy kindness, O Jehovah, the earth is full, thy statutes teach thou me!” Psalm 119:64 (YLT)

This verse starts out in praise and acknowledgment of who the Lord is. It ends with a request. The more we really know who God is, the more we will want Him to be teaching us and directing our every action.

The first word in this verse is  חסדך (chasedeicha) which means thy kindness or thy goodness. This is talking of God’s kindness. He shows His kindness to us any many ways, one of the biggest ways is His lovingkindness in condescending to the needs of His creatures. He would not have to take care of us or be concerned about our lives, but He is. He did not have to send Jesus to make atonement for us, but He did. He does not have to answer our prayers and guide our ways, but He does. He is wonderful and His kindnesses are everywhere.

The next word is יהוה (yud-hey-vav-hey), the proper name of the God of Israel. A name that is above all other names and exceedingly holy. The word  (necessary) מלאה (male’ah) follows this word. מלאה (male’ah) is a verb meaning be full, fill. What is full? The earth.  הארץ (cha’aretz) means earth. This is the planet on which we live. Everywhere on earth you will find God’s kindness. Just like His presences, it is inescapable.

חקיך  (chukecha) is something prescribed, a statute or due. These are the statutes, the things God has laid out for us to do. We are privilege to be told what He wants us doing. The final word in this verse is למדני (lamedeeni) a verb meaning teach someone something. The Psalmist is asking God to teach His statutes to him. We should request the same thing.

Everywhere on earth you will find God’s kindness. The earth is full of it. Sometimes you see it in small ways, sometimes in the big ways but if you have your eyes open you will see His kindness. As we experience His kindnesses, especially His greatest kindness in giving us the gift of salvation through His son, our heartfelt request should be, Lord teach me thy statutes so that I can do what you would have me do and show my gratitude to you. We do not do God’s statutes because we have to for salvation. We do them because we have salvation and we want to please the One who has saved us. Recognized God’s kindness in the earth. Ask God to teach you His statutes. When He does obey and always be praising Him.


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