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I Know. Do You Know?

Posted by Emma on January 25, 2011 at 10:42 am | Filed under:Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“I know, O Lord, that thy judgements are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75

The first word in this verse is ידעתי (yada’ity) which is a verb meaning know. The Psalmist is saying I know. He has knowledge about what he is going to speak of and it sounds like experiential knowledge. He knows these facts for himself, personally, not just because someone else told him.

The next word is יהוה (yud-hey-vah-hey), the holy name of God. You may remember that the pronunciation of the name of God was lost with the second temple. The Jews felt God’s name was so holy and they were so careful not to desecrate it that it was never said outside the temple. Are we that careful with the name of God today?

כי (ciy) is a conjunction meaning that, for, or when. In this verse it seems to mean that. It is followed by the word צדק (tzedek) which means righteous or righteousness. The word משפטיך (mmishephatecha) means thy judgements. These are God’s judgements, his ordinances or rules that we are to live by. They are righteous as the Psalmist says.

The word ואמונה (ve’emunah) starts with a ו (vav) which means and. The main word means faithfulness, steadfastness. God is faithful. The final word in this verse is עניתני (ineetany) which means afflicted.

The Psalmist is stating two facts he knows about God, two things in which he is confident. As we live each day seeking to draw closer to the Father we will also know these things to be true. We will know them from our experiences and not have to rely on the Psalmist to tell us.

The first fact is that God’s judgements or rules are righteous. There is nothing bad in all of what God has told us to do in the Bible, it is all right. As we live in Christ and do what God tells us we will show the world that God is righteous.

The second fact is that God in faithfulness afflicts us. Revelations 3:19 says “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent.” God sometimes afflicts us to bring us back to Him. He is faithful when He afflicts us and does it to draw us closer to Him. I know this from experience. Recently, God afflicted me. I went through some really rough times but I came out of it closer to God and with a greater desire to know Him. God was faithful in afflicting me and during that affliction.

Do you know these two facts to be true? I do. I know that God’s way is righteous. I know that obeying Him and the guidelines He has laid out in the Bible is the only right way to walk. I know this from experience. I also know that God is faithful when He afflicts me and does it out of love. Often times I am afflict to bring me back to the righteous way of God. Next time you are afflicted, ponder where you might have stray. You are not always afflicted because you are sinning, but often that is the case. For whatever reason you are being afflicted seek God during that time and know that He is faithful.

One Response to “I Know. Do You Know?”

  1. Deanna Says:

    I definitely knew about nearly all of this, but with that in mind, I still believed it turned out beneficial. Fine job!