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What Wonderful Words!

Posted by Emma on May 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Filed under:Bible,Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.” Psalm 119:68

A realization of who God truly is will lead to a desire to know Him more. One of the ways we can know Him is by learning about what He wants us to do. His statutes tell us about His character.

The first word of this verse is טוב (tov), which means good. It is followed by the pronoun אתה (ata), which means thou or you. God is truly good. In fact, He is the only one who is good. “And Jesus said unto him, ‘Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God.'” Mark 10:18

The word ומטיב (vumetiv) begins with a ו (vav) which means and. The main word is a verb meaning do good, do well. Not only is God good, He also does good to us. In fact we know from Romans 8:28, “That all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” God works things out for good for us. That is a wonderful truth to cling to and remember.

למדני (lamedeeni) is a verb meaning teach someone something. The final word in this verse is  חקיך (chukacha) which means thy statutes. The Psalmist ask God, the master teacher, to teach His statutes to him. We should want to learn God’s statutes. They tell us about who God is and what He wants us to do. When we do them, we please God.

As we come to realize what the first part of this verse really means, we will want to ask the second part. If God is really good and does good, why would we not want to do what He has said? If God is good and does good, which He is, His statues will also be good, and they are. Living in the center of God’s will, doing what what He has commanded, is the best place to live. God will work things out for good in your life, if you are doing what God has commanded you to do. It is a great comfort to know that fact, to be able to say when things are going rough, God is good and does good. Ask God to teach you His statutes so that you know what to do. Let God run your life and watch the good that He does. Learn how good He really is and comfort yourself with the knowledge that God is good and does good.

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