"Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize?...Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly;" 2 Cor 9:24-26

Hope in the Word

Posted by Emma on February 8, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:81

This verse begins the eleventh section of this Psalm. All the verse in this section will begin with the letter כ (caph).

The first word in this verse is כלתה (caletah) which is a verb meaning at an end, spent, accomplished. In this verse it carries a sense of wasting away, being exhausted. It is having done all and being at the end, worn out.

The next word is לתשועתך (litesu’atecha). The ל (lamend) at the beginning is the preposition for. The main word is a noun meaning deliverance, salvation. Here it is talking about salvation, spiritual salvation. This is God’s salvation that we are discussing.

The word נפשי (naphesee) means soul, life, a person. It is translated into English as soul in a lot of places but as life in some. Your soul is your life, you die when your soul leaves your body. Our bodies are mortal, are souls will be immortal. They will live on, either with God or in torment away from God. The psalmist wanted to be with God.

The nest word לדברך (lidevarecha) is a noun meaning thy word. This is God’s word. His divine communication to us, found throughout the Bible. Again, the ל (lamend) at the beginning of this word means for.

The final word in this verse is the verb יחלתי (yichalety) which means wait for or hope for. The different translations I have looked at all translate this word as hope in this verse.

The psalmist is exhausted, spent, for God’s salvation. His soul is tired, and he wants that salvation that God offers. But he knows where to find rest for his soul. He hopes for God’s word. God’s word can give us rest and bring salvation from many things.

Although, I think the psalmist is talking about God’s word literally here, I do not think it is far fetched to see the Messianic meaning to this verse. Jesus is called the Word in John. Jesus is the living word of God. He is the one who gives us salvation. We hope in Him for our salvation. When our souls are exhausted, Jesus, the living Word, can bring us salvation and restore our souls. We must trust in Him.

We also should hope in the written word of God, the Bible. There is much comfort to be found in that book. I know it has often comforted and given rest to my soul when it was tired, spent seeking God for salvation from a little problem. God gives us rest through the living Word and His written word. Hope in God’s word. Hope in God’s promises. Hope in Jesus.

How to Not Be Ashamed

Posted by Emma on February 3, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.” Psalm 119:80 (KJV)

“May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame!” Psalm 119:80 (ESV)

“My heart is perfect in Thy statutes, so that I am not ashamed.” Psalm 119:80 (YLT)

While studying this verse I looked at three different translations. All three read different and together give the most thorough understanding of the verse.

I could not find a meaning for the first word in this verse, יהי (yehi). The next word לבי (liby) is a noun meaning the heart, inner man, mind, or will. It is what makes you who you are, your emotions, thoughts, soul. All of that often gets merged together into one word, heart. The word תמים (tamim) means complete, sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. This word is an adjective describing the heart of the psalmist. Those words make me think of Christ and the heart washed by His blood.

The main part of the word בחקיך (bechukecha) means a statute or something prescribed. This is what God has given us to do. It is a synonym for His law and words in the Bible. The ב (beit) at the beginning means in.

למען (lema’an) is a conjunction meaning in order that. The word לא (lo) means not. The final word in this verse is אבוש (evosh), a verb meaning be ashamed. The Psalmist keeps His heart pure in order that he will not be ashamed.

The last part of this verse reflects verse 78 which states, “let the insolent be put to shame.” Those who rebel against God will be put to shame. Those who wholly follow Him will not be.

The Psalmist’s heart is pure, sound, complete, innocent in God’s statutes, His words. That is where our heart can also be pure, innocent, and complete. God sent His Son, the living Word, into the word to take away our sin if we believe in Him. He died on the cross and rose again for you. All you have to do is believe.

If you believe then your heart is complete, pure, and innocent in Christ, the living Word. However, we still live in our sinful bodies and so though our spirits are born new, our body is not. To keep our body and mind pure we must cleanse them daily with the Word of God. We should meditate on it, study it, and have it fill our being. That is how we will keep ourselves pure on earth.

So believe in the Living Word and cleanse your mind with God’s statutes. That will keep you from being ashamed. God is all the matters. Make Him your all!

A Definition of a Good Friend

Posted by Emma on February 2, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Friendship,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.” Psalm 119:79

The first word in this Psalm is ישובו (yasuvu) which is a verb meaning turn back, return. In this verse it is talking about human relations, returning to someone. The next word is לי (ly). I could not find a definition for this word. The word יראיך (yere’echa) is a verb meaning fear. In this verse it means to reverence or honor someone. It is a holy, proper fear.  The form of the word shows that means to fear You, that you being God. The word וידעו (veyade’u) is also a verb meaning know. The ו (vav) at the beginning of the word means and. The final word in this verse is עדתיך (edotecha) which means thy testimonies. These are God’s testimonies, His words in the Bible and those things He would have us do.

The Psalmist is asking that godly people return unto Him. I do not know why they had left him or if he is just asking for godly people to come to him for the first time. It is important for us to be surrounded by godly people. The people who are your friends, especially your close friends, will affect your character. It cannot be escaped. We must have good friends, godly friends who will build us up and push us closer to God. We should ask that these people come to us.

There are two characteristics that make up the people the psalmist wants around him. First, they fear God. To fear God is to honor and reverence Him. It is to be in relationship with Him and have HIm above all else. Much as been written about the fear of God and much is said about it in the Bible. It is being focused on God and always remembering that He is the highest authority and treating HIm as such. The second characteristic of these people is that they know God’s testimonies. If they know them and fear God, we can assume they are doing them. It does little good to have a mental knowledge of God’s testimonies. If we do not have experiential knowledge and heart knowledge they are next to worthless to us. We must do God’s testimonies, study His words and know what they mean so that we can really know God. As you do what God tells you, you better understand the character of God.

This verse defines what a good friend looks like. There is a lot more to a good friend then what is addressed in this verse, but fearing God and knowing His words is the basis for a good friend. It is important to have God-fearing people who know God’s testimonies around you, but it is also important that you are that type of person for others. Know God’s testimonies. Fear God. Encourage others.

A Warning and a Charge

Posted by Emma on February 1, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.” Psalm 119:78

This verse starts out with the word יבשו (yevoshu) which is a verb meaning be ashamed. The next word is זדים  (zeedim) which means insolent, haughty. In the King James Version it is translated as proud. The Psalmist wants these people to be ashamed. But who are these זדים  (zeedim), insolent ones? This word has appeared three times before in this Psalm. In verse 21 the write says that they are cursed and have erred from God’s commandments. In verse 51 we are informed that they had the Psalmist in great derision, and in verse 61 we are told that they have forged a lie against the Psalmist. These proud, haughty, insolent people are not afraid of God. They are not afraid to live in direct disobedience to God and to attack those who follow God. These are ungodly people to be avoided.

The next word in this verse is a conjunction, כי (ci), which means that or for. The Psalmist is about to give the reason that these insolent people should be ashamed. The word שקר (seker) means deception or falsehood. Here it seems to mean deceit, fraud, wrong. They have deceived the Psalmist and acted wrongly towards him.

The word עותוני (yutuny) is a verb meaning be bent, crooked. It is to deprive of justice, falsify, make crooked. These insolent ones have acted falsely and crookedly toward the Psalmist.

The word אני (ani) is a pronoun meaning I. The Psalmist is about to make a statement regarding himself, his intentions. The word אשיח (ashicha) is a verb meaning muse, meditate upon, study. What is the Psalmist going to mediate on? בפקודיך (bephikudecha) means thy precepts. These are God’s precepts. The Psalmist states that he will meditate on God’s precepts.

In a lot of ways this verse is very similar to verse 69, “The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.” The proud, haughty, insolent people are creating falsehood against the psalmist but the psalmist is keeping and meditating on God’s precepts. This verse goes farther than the other one and states a consequence to come upon these insolent ones. The psalmist says, let them be ashamed. Shame is not something any human wants to experience. When someone is ashamed they are often humiliated or at least knocked down a few pegs in the perspective of others. It is not something that we want to have happen to us.

This verse carries a warning for us and a charge. The warning is to not be like the insolent ones who will be ashamed, but rather to trust and follow the Lord. We should not deceive others or wrong them with falsehoods. We should be known for the truth. To be known as a person of truth, you have to stay far away from lies or anything that is not true. Often falsehood sneaks in on us under the disguise of fun, teasing, sarcasm, and joking, but it is still lies and untruths and should be avoid. Be known as a person of truth and avoid insolent, untruthful folks.

The charge is to meditate on God’s precepts. When you fill your mind with the words and commands of God it is a lot easier to stay clear of falsehood and live a life to a higher purpose. We should follow God and fill our minds with His word, meditating and musing on it always. It will help us, save us, and protect us. Determine as the psalmist did to meditate on God’s precepts!

Delighting and Compassion

Posted by Emma on January 27, 2011 | Filed under: Christianity,Psalm 119,Studying the Word

“Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.” Psalm 119:77

The first word in this verse is יבאוני (yevo’uny) which means come. The next word is רחמיך (rachamecha) which means thy compassion, talking about God’s compassion. The word ואחיה (ve’acheyeh) starts with a ו (vav) which means and. The root of the word is a verb meaning live.

The conjunction כי (cy) means that, for or when. The word following it is תורתך(toratecha) which means thy direction, instruction, or law. These are God’s directions, His instructions for us. These are the things that we are suppose to do and they make up the whole Bible. The final word in this verse is  שעשעי (sa’asu’a) which means delight.

The Psalmist is asking God to let His compassion come on Him. We all need God’s compassion on us, without we shall end up a failure and spending eternity in hell. God allows His compassion to come on us through the person of His Son, but even after salvation, we should ask God each day to send His compassion on us. We need it every hour of every day.

The Psalmist feels he can make this request of God because he delights in God’s law, His instructions. The word delights means a high degree of gratification of mind; an extreme satisfaction; joy. The Psalmist is satisfied by God’s law and has joy in it. Are you satisfied in God’s law? Do take joy in the direction God has given us in the Bible? How do you show God that you are thankful for His compassion? We do not delight in God’s word to become worthy of God’s compassion, nothing we do could make us worthy, it is only through Christ that we can dare ask for it. We delight in God’s words and instruction to show our appreciate for God’s compassion which He has given us in the form of salvation and countless other blessings.

Do delight in God’s law as a way of showing Him thanks?

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