Others Rejoice because He Hopes?

Posted by Emma on January 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Filed under:Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

It’s been awhile since I studied Psalm 119. However, I have been wanting to finish what I started. Hopefully over the next few months I will be able to post by thoughts as I go through the rest of the verses of this incredibly rich Psalm.

“They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.” Psalm 119:74

The first word in this verse is יראיך which means fear. Here it is talking about the fear of the Lord, or reverence, honor for the Lord. The next word is the verb יראוני which means see. וישמחו means rejoice, be glad. A conjunction כי indicates that the next few words will tell us the reason we are rejoicing. כי means that, for, because, or when. The word לדברך begins with the preposition ל which means, for, to, or in regards to. The second part of the word means speech or word. Here it is talking about the word of God. The final word in this verse is יחלתי which is a verb meaning wait for or hope for.

The Psalms is saying that those who fear the Lord see him and are glad or rejoice because he has hoped in God’s word. That seems like an odd thing to say. Why would people be glad because someone else hopes in the word of God? When you start thinking about it, it does not seem so odd. Those who really fear God will be glad when they see that someone else is hoping on God and His word, when they see that they are relying on Him. They will rejoice when they see people whose hope is somewhere besides the things of this world and the people of this world. If we fear the Lord we should want to see people hoping on God’s word and rejoice when we see that. We should hope on God’s word ourselves.

A question to ponder: would God fearing people rejoice when they see you because you are hoping in the Word of God? Do you rejoice when you see others hope in the word of God? Are you really hoping in the word of God?

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