Roll away the Mason’s Stone.

June 9, 2014

Roll away the Mason’s Stone.

Refined – Part 1 (6th June 2014)

1. I AM….. Now that “You know who I am”. You clearly see that I sit on my own but I am never alone. I am in a model Church that Father designed. There are a hand-fool of luci-lovers who think they are invisible. I am not phased. The Beautiful Bible tells me to let the bad be bad and let the good be good. The bad do not believe in Judgement, neither did Pharaoh. I will not be a burden to the Kirk. Stay firmly on God’s path “The Jesus Way” not the West Highland Way (see below). Message for those with ears, I am with you all the way (eternally).

2. REFINE….. I will refine my previous teachings from The Christ Messenger and The True Church of Jesus Christ (and other). I shall also get personal with you and write about things you do not yet know. I will keep it very simple (numbered) to help you cross reference. I will teach you how the satan/lucifer/lovers operate, using their tactics, codes, words, symbols and numbers, etc. Fact, the luci-lovers fully intend to destroy Christianity. I give you my Word that I shall not fabricate anything or lie to you. This is a live (in the flesh) journey. I will provide updates, messages and guidance as it comes through. I will build my (our) Church (Kirk) to the glory of God the Father. Rejoice (feel good) and remain humble. This applies to You (all Christians and Righteous people) wherever you are on God’s Earth. Your heart is known to God.

3. LUCI-LIGHTS….. Understand that we (God’s family) are “Passin’ the time till Father’s Sign”. I tell you again, do not worry. Also take on board that I/we are being made ready. You must know your enemy satan (which the satanic elite prefer to call lucifer). I shall teach you and with each lesson we will tear strips from luci’s illuminated delusion (smile). False god lucifer is also know as the light carrier or light bearer, etc. The luci-lovers are instantly hypnotised just by the code-words “Light, Shine, Torch, Bright, Illuminate”, ditto carrying the satanic elite’s baton/torch. I refer to them as “luci-lights”. The much talked about satanic “Illuminati” just means illuminate (light up), don’t be fooled by the rothschild media hype and disinformation about these elitist twats who want total control. It is all just luci-lights tosh. The masons are conned into believing they have to search for the light, hear me, there is only one light and His name is Jesus. More later.

4. APOCALYPSE….. On 3rd June 2014 a messenger (human) timely gave me a used copy of Mel Gibson’s movie
“Apocalypto”. I seldom watch satanic hollywood movies. The Spirit of God and satan can easily use people or angels as messengers and other. This is why I await guidance on each message as I know how evil and crafty the slitherer is. It is so easy for satan and legion to steer humans down the wrong path, take heed.

5. HIGH (lucifer)….. The Spirit of God (my older twin brother) recently showed me what the meaning of the word “High” means. You see, satan who is aka lucifer is known to the luci-lovers as the Most High. The One and only God of the Bible is the Most High, there are no other Gods. This idiotic plan by satan/luci to exalt himself is strongly believed by his idiotic followers. The word “High” is 100% code used by masons to recognise each other and to curse non-masons. Don’t worry, the curses do not work. It is just clever psychology (hypnotism) by the educated satanic elite on the low level masons who haven’t got a clue (useful idiots). Now I told you that the luci-lovers have stolen and reversed everything from the Beautiful Bible. High Visibility jackets and vests are used, they will also drive with them on or leave them as a visual in their vehicle. They will not get a parking ticket from their masonic pretend brothers and sisters. I told you that the letter “V” is associated by the luci-lovers as venus/satan/luci. The High Visibility has a double coded meaning to the satanic criminal masons, High V (luci most high) is what it means.

Now do you understand why I sprayed “Psalm 119” on the back of my High Visibility jacket to fight the satanic masons. Do not think I am joking when I tell you that the “High Five” is masonic code. I will prove to you that God and satan designed Milngavie (New Kilpatrick Parish – Ki =119) and sent me here as part of God’s plan. About 35 years ago, some pretend friends (eastern star masons from London) and I attempted to do the West HIGHland Way (WHW). We had just got past Inverarnan (top of Loch Lomond) and on the side of a hill, my achilles heel strained (bruised heel) and I had to hobble back to Ardlui (Lui) Train Station. The other guys completed their walk and later, they over emphasised the bit about the Devils Staircase at Kinlochleven (Ki=119). Even today, my heel still gets painful while out walking the dog. Incidentally, at the start of the WHW in Milngavie, there is a stone obelisk engraved with the masonic order of the thistle. The masons are crying with laughter at you with your blinkers on. Yes, the masons who constantly search for the light (there is no true light for evil, only eternal darkness) and worship luci on the the WHW. Do your research on satanic hollywood’s Highlander movie and series, just type in “Occultic Highlander” or “Esoteric Highlander” into different search engines. Jesus loves you, satan hates you. More later.

6. CREATOR….. On Tues eve 13th May 2014 at around 11pm, I took our dog Grace into the back garden for a pee. I looked up at the full Moon and suddenly I was told “Father, you made this”. I replied “What, I made this?” as I was still looking at the Moon. The Messenger (divine) said “Yes, you made this, write it down”. I no longer argue or ignore messages as I have learned to follow guidance. Anything is possible with God.

7. YOU KNOW WHO I AM….. When I was about 15 years old in 1970, I just did not get this message. But I now know that I wasn’t ready and neither was Father. I stole a guy’s record collection (yes, I was a thief and I still feel bad about it). There was Leonard Cohen’s first two albums (records). When I played these (over and over), I was totally mesmerised by his haunting voice and sublime lyrics. Cohen is Jewish and I knew nothing about the Bible then. But Leonard Cohen’s songs and lyrics had me hypnotised for 40 years. I checked him out recently and read that he is not a Christian but has real knowledge of God’s Word. It is strange how God works because this Jewish guy sang about “Jesus walked upon the water” (in Suzanne) and the beautiful song “Story of Isaac”. Also the lyric “He was just some Joseph looking for a manger” (in the Stranger song). He has many other references to God but the one lyric that haunted me for 40 years is ” You know who I am, You’ve stared at the Sun, For I am the one who loves changing from nothing to one”. The song is called “You know who I am” and in the Bible satan is associated with the Moon and Jesus is associated with the Sun. Trust me, our Father knew I would tell you this in 2014, so did gay satan and he is not a happy chappy (grin).

8. THE END….. I have recently told you, this is the end for all evil. I have foretold evil to run to the hills. Not one of them shall escape Judgement. Of course I also have to let the mockers have their last mock, take it away, enjoy your day.

9. TRUMPET….. The Messenger (human) gave me a brass trumpet last week. I have placed it beside my Lamp on my bedroom window. I managed to get a single note from it. I may try again. I am more used to playing stringed instruments.

10. BLACK HORSE….. On 9/9/09 (999), it was a strange day. God gave me a Black Horse (Suzuki – ki – 119) associated with the scales of Justice. The local mockers no longer mock, they instantly cringe when they see the Black Horse. Incidentally the English Gematria on our Suzuki registration plate adds up to 109 (19 = Creator) and starts with an X and ends in an X. The Greek letter X = Chi = Christ the First and the Last. It also has two V letters trapped inside (no escape). As I was just intuitively connected about the gift of the Suzuki as my Black Horse, a young woman on a Black Horse rode past our back gate. She was on the opposite pavement and this was a rare sight. This was on my day of rest, Saturday 19th April 2014 at 14:05. My wife spotted them first and asked me to have a look, the Black Horse and rider would have been seen by hundreds. Now, was it masonic theatre or the Hand of God?. I shall explain the numbers 773 on the Reg, later. God communicates by numbers.

11. STONE….. This is one of the best kept secrets in the satanic cult of freemasonry. The masons are very crafty in their use of this big code word. Here is the truth in a nutshell about Stone. It simply means Stonemasons = Freemasons. Research this “in your face” word Stone (stone obelisks everywhere) for yourselves. I went self-employed and my first plumbing job (manipulated by masons) was in Stonehouse, South of Glasgow.. The pagan masons just adore Stonehenge. Search online “The Stone Cutters Song”. Ditto the Georgia Guidestones (the satanic freemasons 10 commandments). Robert Green (Hollie Greig’s advocate) falsely arrested in Aberdeen by masonic Police Scotland on trumped up charges. The masons in authority had Robert Green tried in rural Stonehaven (Stone-Heaven). Do you get it yet?.

I have made it known to all politicians and newspapers in the UK that the satanic cult of freemasonry (planned) murdered our son 2 years ago. The main suspect is an eastern star mason from local KeyStone Ave, our son’s body was supposedly (masonic Police will not show us the cctv from the Forensic Team or Police Helicopter) found at the Stone y Bridge. The Police sniffer dogs were supposedly used to find a small bit of blood on a Stone 500m away from the Stone y Bridge. The sniffer dogs did not find crucial evidence 3m away from the 5 Police Forensic vehicles. Then on the 2nd anniversary (May 2014) of our sons death, the Stonemasons have rearranged all the Stone work around the Stone y Bridge. They have placed lots of new Stones and moved the large stones at the base of the Bridge. It’s OK we have the original video footage and so should the Police. The stream used to be shallow but the masons have created a deep pool (you must see it) in the middle, why?. We spoke to local businesses and they are baffled. Nothing was ever done to that bridge for 100 years. I do know that stones are used by masons as a memorial (twisted satanic freekmasons). Don’t forget, the freemasons can tell you anything (from behind closed doors) and they play god everyday (fact). Give me a platform (Temple) and I will blow all evil away.

About 4 years ago, our son was caught up in a fight where the Hospital said there was a small green Stone found in his head injury (more masonic bull). I need you to understand that a lot of this is supernatural, satan/luci is involved (not against the flesh and blood). Briefly, the only suspect had a large black plaque of lucifers face with horns on the wall beside his front door. The suspects middle name is Abad (abaddon), more later. Stay focused on the word “Stone”. I have documented how my pretend friends (stonemasons) think they are invisible when they talk and move. I saw them in their Lodges celebrating our Son’s death. The Freekmasons cry with laughter (behind closed doors) when I say God is on our side. My Son had pretend friends too but he was too young and trusting to see them. You should always listen to your Father (smile). All masons hide behind the curtains and dress up as good people. Many brave soldiers died for their lies, God will bless them soon. God shall tear the curtains again and show you all evil in their nakedness. Good advice, you must always keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.

My long term pretend friend was moved (with masonic help and planning) to Goldstone Crescent, Dunstable and he attempted to (with zest) throw me to the wolves (masons). I did not know much about masons then but I intuitively knew something was wrong. In 2008, I told you I got lost (dumbed down by Father) on the way to Rochester and ended up in a small place called Stone. While I was there, I had problems with my two mobile phones (different networks). Even the people I contacted all got electrical anomalies. I told you that two eastern star masons manipulated me to share a house in Livingston (Living Stone) near Edinburgh (approx 1973). Have you got it yet? satan/luci has stolen God’s Word again. The luci-lovers believe that conman luci is the Living Stone. The truth is that Jesus is the “Living Stone and satan/luci is The Clown Prince of the power of the Air. This Clown even gets his freemason army to dress up as Clowns (masonic regalia). My statement, no, I do not hate masons, only ignorance, selfishness and derangement (cults). More later on Stone.

12. The satanic freemasons have developed a real hatred of Jesus without ever reading the Beautiful Bible. This is not about the low level masons, they are too lazy to read truth for themselves, their elite educated puppet masters know this. Yet, the top criminal masons are living a lie but clearly in denial of that very fact.

13. Give a lowly person a uniform or a glorious title and that person transforms into self, just ask any mason (freemasons will disagree).
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I am struggling to keep you informed online. My old Apple Mac computer is giving up and the masons are playing every dirty trick to block me. So, in case they succeed. I need you to know that satan/luci is also associated with Air, Wind, Mo, Lord, Man, Rome, Mars, Morning, Pipes, Prince, Saltire flag, Dragon, Santa, Sun, St. George, Rupert, The Way, Wickerman, The letter V. Also numbers 27-39-195. Another big secret is that stonemasons aka freemasons call themselves Roman Soldiers The same ones that killed Jesus via the pharisee masons of their day. The EU is all about the new Roman Empire, wake up you fools. You are only on the top part of the first page.

14. God is amazing. As I am just writing for you now. The masonic Glasgow Police Helicopter just flew directly over our house. It was heading South back towards its Heliport on the River Clyde. This flypast was at exactly 11am this morning and today is 6/6/14 (66 is one of luci’s numbers). Today is also “D-Day”. This comprehensively proves the freemasons celebrate death and memorials. Dear Father, thank you for this timely flight and vision, luci thought he was in control. And Shrek says “Hey Donkey”. Read online “masonic donkeys only eat masonic carrots” (smile again).

Love, Peace and FR33DOM (from evil)….. Joe Stirling Christie

By your fruits God shall know you, please pass this revelation on to your brothers and sisters in Christ. The best way to do this is to print it off and take it to work or a social place. You may also give it to the enemy, nothing can stop Father’s perfect plan. The Truth shall set you free.



Men in Obscene Red Fezzes!

March 22, 2014

Men in Obscene Red Fezzes!

I am going to tell you things here that you may have never heard, and some which will be hard to believe. If you have thought of Masons and the Shriners in a positive light because they do all those nice things for kiddies and old people, this will definitely burst your bubble. The Bible says that Satan walks to and fro on this earth masquerading as an ‘angel of light’ that many might be deceived. See if you don’t agree.

Many people go into Freemasonry today believing that it is just a philanthropic organisation that does a lot of good work. They see advertisements for the Shrine hospitals and the Masonic homes for the elderly; many view it as a fraternal organisation, kind of an advanced boy scouts. One survey said that many men get into it out of social reasons; their friends are in it; or they think it is a good place to network and do business.

What Freemasonry is, claimed in their own books, is a revival of the ancient mystery religions of Egypt and Balbak, and from Persia and India. Albert Pike in his “Morals and Dogma” and Albert Mackey in his “Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry” say that masonry is a religion and that every Masonic lodge is a temple of religion. It is interesting that many Christians have gotten into this religion not understanding how pagan it is.

For example, in a large church in Texas, the elders went to their pastor when they heard that a guest, who has written against Freemasonry, was to speak and asked that the booking be cancelled. It turned out that almost all of the elders were Masons of local lodges, the Sunday School superintendent was the Supreme Potentate of a Shrine, and many members of the congregation belonged to these organisations. They were given the facts, references to their own ‘secret’ documents and books, and cross references to Scripture on the subject. They held an emergency meeting which lasted until 4 in the morning. After studying these discrepancies, they returned to the pastor and told him that every one of them had resigned from their lodges.

This is happening all over America and the world. The Masons, by their own statistics, have gone in the 1980’s from 4 million members to under 2 million members in 1996 (according to the Dallas Morning News). As Masons examine their own writings, and look at what Freemasonry is teaching, they realise it is not compatible with being a Biblical follower of Jesus Christ.

Where Lodge Initiations and Rituals Originate

Everyone who joins the local lodge joins what is called the Blue Lodge, the meeting centre, and has to go through an initiation ceremony. Every Mason, including those in our churches today, have gone through this initiation; it is the only way you can get into the lodge. The first thing that happens is that a blindfold is put on them, a noose (called a cable-toll) is hung on their neck, their shirt is opened to bare their chest, and they are brought to the outer door of the lodge. There, a sharp point (of a compass or a dagger) is placed on their chest. Someone then asks, “Who comes?” to which candidate states “A poor, blind beggar looking to move from darkness to the light of Freemasonry.” They are then brought (pulled by the noose) into the Masonic lodge where they must bow at an altar. Behind the altar stands a man they call the Worshipful Master of the Lodge (the leader of the lodge). Again the candidate makes his plea for Freemasonry. After answering a series of questions, the mason to be takes a series of blood oaths and promises not to reveal the secrets of Freemasonry that he will learn — upon having his throat cut from ear to ear.

These are some of the actual oaths a Mason must take: In the first degree of the Blue Lodge, “Binding myself under no less a penalty, than having my throat cut across, my tongue torn out from its roots and buried in the rough sands of the sea…” In the second degree, “Binding myself under no less a penalty, than that of having my left breast torn open, my heart plucked out and given as prey to the wild beasts of the field and the foul of the air…” In the third degree (Master Mason Degree), “Binding myself under no less a penalty, than that of having my body severed in twain, my bowels taken from thence and burned into ashes…”

For a Christian to go through this, you have to ask several questions: How can a follower of Jesus Christ, go to a Masonic Lodge, ask for membership, and say I am lost in darkness and I need the light of Freemasonry? If you read First John chapter One, it says, If you claim that you are lost in darkness the Light (of Jesus Christ) is not in you and you are living a lie.

Secondly: How can a Christian bow at an altar before a man that is called the Worshipful Master? Jesus said, You cannot serve two masters. There is only one Worshipful Master and that is Jesus Christ.

Lastly: How can a Christian take a pagan blood oath, swearing to have your throat cut from ear to ear, your heart given to the beasts of the field, your body cut in two and your bowels thrown into the sea? Those pagan blood oaths were forbidden by Jesus in Matthew chapter 5 and in the book of James.

Going Up?

And these aren’t only in the initial initiations; as a Mason goes through the higher degrees o the Scottish and York rites, the oaths are more hideous. Once completing the three degrees of the Blue Lodge, a mason is then allowed to go into either the Scottish rite of Freemasonry which has 32 degrees or the York rite which has 13 degrees. These are advanced degrees where you learn the secrets of Freemasonry. As one progresses through the degree work of these rites, they tell you that you are on a quest to find the lost name of God.

The Masons have this story that somehow in the building of Solomon’s Temple, the architect Hiram Abif lost the name of God. Masons claim that they have found this name and only very advanced Masons know the secret name of God. In a Masonic ceremony this name is whispered by three men in the lodge to one another. The name is “J-B-O”, or “Jabulin”; three names put together — Jehovah, Baal, and Osiris. Jehovah, the God of Israel, Isaac and Jacob; Baal, the fertility god of Balbak that Elijah fought against (and beat); and, Osiris, the Egyptian sun god of phallic worship. The Masons have combined this into a three headed monster which they say is the Trinity. Well, Jesus is not going to share His glory with any other; but the Masons attempt to do this. Is it a demotion of the Messiah or a promotion of the other two gods?

Who’s Your God?

As a Mason goes through the 32 degrees of the Scottish rite, he ends up giving worship to every Egyptian pagan god, the gods of Persia, gods of India, Greek gods, Babylonian gods, and others. As you come to the 17th degree, the Masons claim that they will give you the password that will give him entrance at the judgment day to the Masonic deity, the great architect of the universe. It is very interesting that this secret password is “Abaddon”.

Now I’ve heard that name before, so I looked it up in the Bible. Check it out for yourself, in Revelation chapter 9; it says, “The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss [the bottomless pit]…and smoke came out of the Abyss like that of a great furnace…” (It goes on to describe those in the abyss, then continues) They had a king over them, the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon…” The ‘angel’ of the Abyss (Hell) is really the chief demon whose name is Abaddon. Masons claim then, that the deity they worship is Abaddon! Not God. Not Jesus. But the number one servant of Lucifer (Satan).

Masons have mixed idolatry, paganism, the occult, fertility cults, demonology, and put it into a blender and come up with the Masonic religion. It is not of God; it is a false religion.

Can You Believe This ?

There are Christians, all over the world, who even today, suffer greatly and some have even give up their lives because they refuse to compromise their faith in Christ. And yet, professing Christians who are involved in the highest ranks of Freemasonry honour the persecution of Christians.

When a Mason gets to the highest degree of the Scottish rite or the York rite, he is then allowed to go into what is called the Shrine. You may have seen them in parades, wearing their red fezzes with the sword and crescent emblem on them. You hear about the Shrine circus and the burn centres for children run by the Shriners. People think isn’t this a nice fun organisation, they do so much good for crippled children and others. But . . .

In order for a person to become a Shriner, he must not only go through all the degrees of Masonry, make all those blood-curdling oaths, worship gods who are not gods except they are of Satan, but he must make a blood both of allegiance to Allah as his god and Mohammed as his prophet.

The Shriner is then given a red fez with an Islamic sword and crescent jewelled on the front of it. This originates from 7th century Arabia when the Moslems, under the leadership of Mohammed, slaughtered all Christians who would not bow down to Allah. Allah, by the way, was not another (generic) name given to God by Mohammed; Allah is the tribal deity –the moon god– of Mohammed; it was the name of the god in the tribe that Mohammed was born into. That is why every mosque today has a crescent moon on the top of its spire.

Now when Mohammed’s army of men, out to slaughter all the ‘infidels’, came to the city of Fez, in Morocco, they found a community of Christians. After killing all the Christians there with their Islamic-style swords, they took their hats (called a fez) and dipped them in the blood of the Christians, and wore the fezzes throughout the land glorying in their victory over Christianity. Today Shriners put on red fezzes (representing the hats dipped in the blood of Christians) with the Islamic sword and crescent showing their allegiance to Allah and Mohammed (and the defeat of Christianity). If you are a Christian, and you are a Mason or a Shriner reading this, you have no business being part of a lodge, no business being part of a Shrine. I encourage you, for your own eternal sake to repent of it and get out of it immediately!

Will Building Hospitals Get You Into Heaven?

Many men have gotten involved with Freemasonry and do not (did not) know what they were really getting into. Yet, you have to ask, how could they go through the first initiation, and if they truly are Christians, not know this is wrong and diametrically opposed to God’s Word. Are your loyalties with Jesus Christ or are they with the lodge?

One Mason, when asked, “If you were to die tonight, and stand before God, and He were to ask you ‘Why should I let you into my Heaven'” said that he guessed he would have to tell God that “I was a good Mason”. You see, many Masons believe that Masonry is a system of morality. Masonry teaches that through one’s good works Masons can obtain the ‘celestial lodge’ above, the ‘heavenly kingdom’.

Most masons, especially those who are professing Christians, would point us to the fact of all the good works they do. They’d ask, ‘How can you say that we are not Christians?’ Look at the Shrine homes for the aged, look at the work we do with children, all the good things, don’t they count? There’s nothing wrong with all of these things, but they are not going to save you. What gives us eternal life is faith in Jesus by His Grace only. Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For it is by grace [unmerited favour] you are saved, through faith — and that, not of yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no man can boast.” Masons pride themselves in all their works, but St. Paul tells us in Romans 10:1-3 “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness.”

Jesus said on the cross: “It is finished!” There is nothing more that Masons — or anyone — can do, to add to what is already done. All one has to do is receive this free gift that Christ purchased for us.


This truth article has been forwarded to you by your Teacher in the flesh, today Sat 22nd March 2014. Welcome to “The True Church of Jesus Christ” (part 9). The messenger recently gave me 12 small double edged swords in a box. One of these divine swords is incomplete with bits missing. I am compelled to give these 11 swords to 11 families within God’s Kirk. Lean not on your own understanding, this is not about division. This is part of God’s plan. I would dearly love to give everyone (including masons, persistent sinners and rabid dogs) a divine sword but it would not be of value to them.

Message to all of God’s children. I do not read about miracles in the second coming except that I am here in the flesh talking and writing for you. Our Father has recently called me “Son” (twice). I cannot die, this simply means that God’s children cannot die. Seven woes to Christians who vote for Scottish Independence. These lucifer lovers (masonic politicians) dressed up as good are trying to conceal the fact that satan wants to build his throne in Scotland. This is all part of satan’s plan to exalt himself in the North. Your deceptive leaders with deep pockets have long sold their souls. They are part of satan’s plan to eradicate Christianity. Scotland was known as “The Land of the Book” (the Beautiful Bible).

Do not waste your time talking to dead trees. Now listen, go to private search engine and type in “occultic findhorn” or “satanic findhorn” or “new age findhorn” or just google or yahoo it. Repeat this search with the words “New Age” then repeat with “Masonic Police”. The New Age movement is 100% satanic, it is lucifer dressed up as good. Findhorn (Find Horn) is satan/luci’s home. Research Cluny (Luci) hill purchased by the findhorn foundation.

Before I came to you, the number 33 represents satan/luci (research it). Also that Psalm 119 has been stolen by satan and SAHT use number 119 to refer to Luci’s Law (dangle-berries and gravity). Nobody else could have told you about all of this deception by slithering satan.

Here is part of satan’s plan. Findhorn on the B9011 (911) next to RAF (royal AIR force) Kinloss (Ki=119) (satan prince of the power of the Air). This location is on the Moray Firth (Moriah) research the Conquering winds of Moriah (aka illuminati twits). Now search “ocultic Kilwinning” (Ki=119) or “satanic Kilwinning” or “esoteric Kilwinning”. Or go to and type in Kilwinning. Ayrshire used to known as Airshire (satan/prince/Air). Don’t forget to research esoteric Prestwick (ik=911) Air port.

Give me a platform and I shall singe your hair with knowledge of good and evil. Hear me and trust me, the angels and the evil are among us, they are not invisible. You just let them know how much you love Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I tell you again as your comforter, do not worry.

Now, in this present time, educate yourselves to truth. As we are all just “Passin’ the time till Father’s sign”. Go to the Club Conspiracy Forum at My user name is Ban Freekmasons. This is where I teach and fight the wiles of satan/luci (the father of lies). Tick tock tick (ik=911). Sing my song “119 is all mine, all mine” to the Glory of God the Father.

Love, peace and FR33DOM….. Moses, Elijah, Joseph, Jesus, Joseph, Jesus.

Welcome to the True Church of Jesus Christ (part 5)

December 18, 2013

Welcome to the True Church of Jesus Christ (part 5)


5:1. On Monday afternoon (4/11/13), I took the left-over bread from Sunday’s Communion. I ground it down in the blender and bagged it. I took it for a walk with me and Grace (our dog). Mount Zion was our destination (within Milngavie Golf course). I took each handful of bread and spread it over the top of Zion. I spoke my important prayers out loud. I was laughing heartily as our dog tried to hoover up the bread. It was a beautiful clear day and only spoilt by the presence of SAHT sitting in their cars. Bear in mind that the masonic psychological terrorism has recently dropped to around 10% from it’s peak 5 years ago. This confirms that they can read and know that they have been used (conned). Hear me, this is my second last “Spread of the living bread”.   


5:2. About 5 years ago I was taking intense spiritual and psychological persecution from satan himself. During another demonic attack (which I didn’t fully understand), Satan and his Tempted (SAHT) somehow managed to use my neighbour’s stereo (in their kitchen) to play two John Lennon songs. The first one was Happy Christmas (War is over) and the second one was “Don’t wanna be a soldier mama, I don’t wanna die”. I used to own these albums/songs. Bear in mind that I was almost down and out after taking dozens of hits from Satan and his Tempted (SAHT). Unfortunately I cannot prove the super-natural and it could not have been human. How would SAHT know what was happening during the demonic attack?. How would they play just those two songs at that exact time (around midnight)?. These neighbours do not socialise, never mind playing music of any kind. I knew all of this was super-natural and I had not read the Bible at this time. The message from the attack was clear, satan/luci knew my predicament and he was goading me. I have had a human lifetime of these psychological cowardly attacks, more later.


I will show you how this “Gormless Geek” (aka satan/lucifer) persecutes God’s children. It is invisible, it can possess, control and manipulate humans and situations. God (Our Father) was also teaching (moulding) me to who my long term adversary was. How could a lowly-uneducated human like me fight this perceived powerful, slithering, unrelenting evil?. I have always known that I was different but how could I fight this crafty, invisible gutter-snipe?. How could I fight this coward who can read my thoughts?. This freak even knows my next move. The good thing is that he/she (it) can see the future (and its demise). This is why I have taken all the hits. This is why gay satan always stabs me from behind the curtains (as do all possessed masons). It (satan/luci) also takes the role of male or female (more later). He/she (it) is a master of conning the gullible, ignorant and selfish humans who want it all (material wealth). It lets me know when it is angry, especially when I write for God’s children (smile). 


5:3. On Tues 1/10/13 my real brother James (who’s nickname is JC) picked me up to go and advise him how to plumb in his son’s washing machine. We drove to the flat (in Govan) to see what we needed. We went to the local Heat Spares for a washing machine valve. They didn’t have one (Heating parts only) but the guy recommended a local Domestic Repairs shop. We tried it without success but this guy recommended JEWSONS (Builders Merchants in Govan, Glasgow). As we drove in, I received an intuitive – spiritual message as soon as I looked at their big JEWSON’s advertising board. I knew instantly it was about Jesus and that the message was somehow connected to being Jewish, but how?. I no longer question God the Father. I said nothing about this to my non-believing brother. I get these frequent intuitive messages in parts or some sort of link to other divine events at Kirk Sermons and Bible Studies.


I told you about the electrical anomalies that happen to me wherever I go. The young woman on the till at JEWSONS really struggled to get her computerised system to take the payment for the W/M valve. She was getting angry and after a few minutes, it started working again. The time on the invoice was exactly 13:33. I get this all the time with references to 33 or 119, more later. 


Anyway, I walked and talked with God for an answer about the Jewson message. Here is the answer, Jesus was Jewish then, just as Jesus is Jewish today. Jesus will always be Jewish (eternally), regardless of what the pharisee masons (false Jews) say. God made Jesus and God made you. I do not know of any Jewish ancestry in our family. I was born in the Jewish populated Gorbals area of Glasgow in 1955.


5:4. Did you know the satanic mormons, the satanic jehovah’s witnesses and the bizarre cult of scientology (all started by the satanic freemasons) intensely brainwashed most of Scotland’s working class. Ditto the UK and world wide, but know that Scotland is the spiritual home of satan/freemasonry. This intensity started just after the 2nd World War. These deranged Cults (designed by the criminal elite) are still using Mind Control (MC) and MK-Ultra today. I can show you this happening in real time (about 300 yds from our house).  


They are not interested in mature adults, they want teenagers and especially your kids before they are 8 years old. You would never notice that your children are slowly trained (layer upon layer of MC) to hate you. Their handlers will get them to destroy the normal life that you and they once knew. I can show you this happening in real time. The criminal elite are terrified that you find out the Truth. You are complicit in your own downfall because of your inaction and/or you might miss your next stupid TV programme (soaps or sports) that THEY designed for you. Are there any Christian Soldiers out there (second request)?. 


5:5. On Monday morning (Armistice Day) at exactly the 11th hour and the 11th day of the 11th month (11+11+11 = 33), I was strongly compelled to play my Jesus Christ Superstar CD/album. SAHT would have been unhappy. They watch and listen closely to my every move, they have done since 27/2/1955. I played this message for all of those who were taken in the name of Jesus Christ. Message to the skeptics and dinosaurs. Go to google and type in “The truth about the USS Liberty”. Also read about false jew Henry Kissinger saying that soldiers are just pawns. When will “YOU” educate yourself ? the Internet is a gift from God. It hurts me to hear the online Pastors repeat satan’s news that nelson mandela was a hero. Type into Yahoo “The truth about nelson mandela”. Remove your programmed blinkers. God loves you, satan cons you. 


5:6. On this same Monday (11/11/13), in the afternoon, I took the left-over bread from Sunday’s Communion and ground it down in the blender. I then took it to the place of the dead (the New Kilkpatrick cemetery) and spread it all over the graves and the remains of the Roman Road. I had previously done this (last month) at another place of the dead within the New Kilpatrick Parish Boundary. I said my prayers aloud, knowing that my smartphone is always listening and recording via GCHQ (and NSA)….. The criminal elite love power over you, they have recorded and profiled everyone since WW2. Anyway, this part of God’s plan is complete, I do not need any more bread.


5:7. Remember that an eastern star freemason is as loyal to satan/luci as you are to God. The word freemason makes you cringe. You refuse to see them or how they operate in front of you. They even show you that they tackle the bad guys (Criminals) on their TV. Still nobody mentions the real crooks, the freemasons themselves. They sneakily thrive on the abuse of your trust. I have to write, move and speak in a way that forces them to play their evil cards. I should not have told them that (hmm). I am quietly amused at their confidence and cockiness (ignorance). God will soon show you the colour drain from their faces. 


5:8. If only you knew how dumb satan/luci really is. If I had known I was dealing with a Donkey, I would have brought some carrots. I told you he has no power, only stupid human pilots who try to cast his ineffective childish curses of “prince of the power of the air”. Woe to the masonic pilots who have tried to cast satanic curses on good people, reap what you have sown. Yes, I wrote this a month ago via the Spirit. God the Father knows this to be true. I do not have to prove nothing to the mockers behind the curtains, their destiny is sealed. They have judged themselves. The criminal elite get to count their money made from death, they fund both sides in every one of their wars. 


I know ye want it all on a plate today, I have told you to have patience, much has to happen. Time is on God’s side. Trust in God and in God alone. God is unruly.     


5:9. I heard satan/luci’s favourite song….. “Sing if your glad to be gay”. What a vile, disgusting, un-natural practice luci brought unto this Earth. Very, very soon there will be nothing un-natural. No, do not stand up for the queen of crooks, stand up for Jesus. Hear me now, these fraudsters are not connected to Jesus Christ in any shape, form or pseudo bloodline. They are all masonic/false jew con artists. They call themselves the illuminati but I tell ye the truth, these false jews are “the illusionists”. They will not change their false god worship of gay satan-luci-money-tickly bit-drugs high low-destroy-promote-self-uniform-power-abuse, etc. You vote for these creeps to have power over you. Vote (pray) for me. I will work for nothing but God and you. I do not want a penny. 


5:10. My closest Family in the Kirk are most of those who were present on the 14th August 2011 (33) and of course every genuine Christian and righteous person world-wide. I will never leave you, although I may have to sit elsewhere. The battle is spiritual and physical (SAHT). I will deal with the physical (in the flesh) and up above will deal with down below (Hades). From today, I have made each of you one of God’s Police, improvise and fight satan within God’s Kirk in every nation. Life is your test and your ticket to eternal life. We are all just passing the time till Father’s Sign, tick tock tick. I have foretold you that change is imminent.


5:11. I previously told you that God’s colour is Blue. I told you that Satan and his Tempted (SAHT) have stolen and reversed everything from the Beautiful Bible. The primary colour of satanic freemasonry is Blue (research the Blue Degrees). So where did this reminder/message come from?. I took my real brother James (who’s nickname is JC) to a new local Vet (October 2013). As we took his 2 small dogs into the Vet, a woman had her little dog running about the reception. She kept calling it “Stirling” and we had a laugh and a chat about Stirling being our surname. The woman left. We went into see the Vet and mentioned the coincidence? about Stirling and the female Vet said the little dog’s full name was “Stirling Blue”. I tell ye the truth, God’s colour is Blue, Stirling Blue (smile).


5:12. Yes, satan/luci can read my thoughts and knows I would die every 3 days for Father. However, his tempted know nothing. They have forever studied, analysed and profiled my every word and movement since 1955. Here is a message for them as they desperately search for clues on what happens next, they should read Psalm 2 and especially the NIV version. The Holy Spirit compels me to warn them.


5:13. Reminder to God’s Kirk. I do not want a penny, nor fame, nor a circus. I can leave as quickly as I came to you. Love Jesus as he loves you. I give you my promise that I will never lead you astray. Be aware that as the Holy Spirit writes for you, He toys with SAHT. Father helps me to reel them in. This double talk is to manipulate them who think they are in control. My role is the same as Elijah’s challenge, to prove that satan/luci/baal has no power. My role is to save those conned by their own ignorance, however, a rabid dog protecting a poisoned bone (satan/luci/self) is a rabid dog. They shall be no more (fact). With great authority I can tell you that not one member of satan’s secret societies will rise above unless ye repent. God always gives you a chance. My sceptre is being wrought.


5:14. On Monday afternoon (11/11/13), I took the left-over bread from Sunday’s Communion and ground it down in the blender. I then took it to the place of the dead (the New Kilpatrick cemetery) and spread it all over the graves. I also spread some over the remains of the Roman Road (they shall see). I had previously done this (last month) at another place of the dead within the New Kilpatrick Parish boundary. I have no further need of the left-over bread since this date.  


5:15. Why Millguy (Milngavie) I hear you cry?. I told you that God communicates by numbers. This is why SAHT have stolen and reversed God’s numbers to try to further satan’s plan (to exalt himself). I shall teach you. Research the “New Kilpatrick Parish Boundary”. Milngavie and Bearsden are both within the New Kilpatrick (Ki = 119 Psalm) Parish Boundary (NKPB). Milngavie also sits on the foot of the Kilpatrick hills and the rainwater flows through and under Milngavie and Bearsden. 


I previously told you about “The Scottish Mountain of God” whose rainwater flows into Glen Finglas (Finger/God’s) and then into Loch Katrine (Ki = 119), then through two tunnels (for 26 miles) to Mugdock Reservoir within the NKPB. I told you about my favourite fishing spot at Mugdock (it still has the pseudo security fence, wonder why?). I told you about my super-natural crimson bench incident with satan at Mugdock. I told you about Mount Zion which is within the NKPB and is less than two miles from our home. I told you about the purple-blue dove incident at Craigallion Loch (means beautiful rock). The Romans have been in the New Kilpatrick Parish Boundary. You can clearly see the remains of the Roman Road within the NK Cemetery (check online). 


Hear me, the Water Works within the NK Parish boundary will be the New Eden, minus talking serpents. If you reject me, I will go across the water and start again. When you fight for God, you can never lie down. I am still not angry, I have no control over God the Father’s Wrath. No, I do not see everything, only what the Spirit shows me. I tell you this as perhaps God knew (or planned) something was going to change (bad seeds). It is difficult to teach the blind who think they can see (traditions of men).


5:16. There is only one visible and super-natural obstacle, SAHT. The criminal elite and their satanic-masonic police, military and politicians. Not all are bad but almost all are ignorant. You are standing in the middle of the track with your back to the fast oncoming train. SAHT have covered your ears. Why don’t you look behind you? Why do you trust the false jew media without question?. You just don’t get it, do you?, SAHT hate anything good. Christianity and anything good is a threat to them and their power over you. This is satan-luci’s plan, to destroy the Truth (Jesus) and build his own temple of satanic shit. I make no apology for my derogatory choice of words. I will not wrap you up in cotton wool, I will teach you Truth.


It is getting harder to write for you as SAHT have all the money and puppets. I only have the basics but they are getting old and full of viruses so I don’t know how much longer I can communicate with you. In the flesh and as I approach 60 years of age, I am making small repetitions and minor mistakes. It is hard fighting for the luci-lovers who want to finish me off. I am not phased as I trust in God with all my heart, mind and soul, regardless. I constantly take notes but I do not know what happens next. God sees what I see and write. The Holy Spirit compels me to teach you. I follow guidance as should you. Only a selfish person would selfishly deny that God exists or that God loves you. Listen to me closely, do not worry. 


Teach yourselves not to celebrate pagan holidays. Jesus was not born on Christmas day, this is the criminal-elite fabricated date when the false jews count the money. The Internet is a gift from God, find Truth, find Jesus. Stop hiding behind the fluffy church pews, they will not save you. Stand up for Jesus and be counted. Just a closer walk with thee.


Love, peace and FR33DOM….. Joe Stirling Christie (17th Dec 2013).


The True Church of Jesus Christ (part one).

November 22, 2013

The True Church of Jesus Christ (part one).


Founded on Easter Monday 2013. 


1:1 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Do not care what unbelievers think. If the brilliant Pastor Jim Graham (Goldhill Baptist Church near London) can openly admit to speaking with God, so can I and so can you. Whenever you feel spiritually compelled to do something, ignore the mockers. I can guarantee it was guidance by the Holy Spirit. Everything is designed by God the Father (YHWH) and will lead to something you did not expect. Never react negatively, give it at least seven days debate with God before you decide. I will revise some of my previous online posts to teach you further. 


1:2 After receiving two messages at a recent prayer meeting, I decided to write a letter and pass it on. Now I know how Job felt as I was uncomfortable (in the desert for a few days). I could see the scoffers during the week. I am not a very good swimmer and God the Father always throws me in at the deep end. God Yahweh says “Swim, Joseph….. Swim” and with divine help, I get to the other side. Here are the messages….. I thought I needed an actual church building (see 1:1 above) to build The True Church of Jesus Christ. No, I do not need a building for I Am The True Church. I will build my church….. There was also the added bonus of being guided to St. Paul’s Church for Easter Sunday. This beautiful Church interior is in the shape of a large Cross. 


1:3 The parable of the rabid dogs. God the Father loves us all but He has a serious problem. Hiding behind closed doors are some rabid dogs who will attack anyone who tries to touch their poisoned bone. God has tried to pat them on the head to explain that the bone is no good. God has told them that the poisoned bone will destroy them. God has warned them that if they don’t let go, they will be totally wiped out. Very soon, nobody will even know that they (or their loved ones) ever existed on this Earth. God will no longer allow these rabid dogs to teach their young how to smile as they destroy….. 


The rabid dogs are the pharisee masons and the poisoned bone is their false god satan. God is slow to anger and I know His hour is fast approaching. Who else could have told you about satan’s reversal of Psalm 119? (YHWH’s Word/Law). All good and bad people should read the book of Daniel chapter 12. This timely/potent message was preached and received in St Paul’s church last night (31st March 2013). The day before, the same man of the cloth read Psalm 56 which I found very comforting and an answer to my plea. I suffer intense persecution and masonic theatre during Easter (all documented over the years). 


1:4 Do not fear Satan and his Tempted (SAHT) or their occultic use of number-curses. All numbers belong to God YHWH (pronounced Yahweh by humans). 


1:5 Some of you prefer the name Jehovah but that name is only 500 years old. Stop defending without researching. God gave you the internet, use the knowledge provided. 


1:6 Are there any Christian Soldiers out there?. Satan fully intends to do what he says on the tin “Destroy Christianity”. The Lion cannot lay with the Lamb until all is completed. Surely you don’t expect reward without commitment?. Yes, there will be Angels. Put on your armour. 


1:7 Worship is very important but Prayer Time within the Church is the ultimate connection to God the Father. You don’t even have to say a prayer, just meditate, concentrate and listen. The Holy Spirit will guide and answer you. If you do not connect, then try again until you do. If you say a prayer, don’t try to be perfect and impress others. Even if the words come out wrong, the others will know exactly what you meant to say. Only speak when you feel compelled to speak. Remember there are pretend Christians in every Church, don’t worry about their chosen path. 


1:8 If you wish to communicate then continue with handing me your written letters or requests. Do not ask me to debate openly or catch me cold as the pharisee masons do. I shall constantly pray for healing. 


1:9 I have stated I do not know the Hour. I can only follow guidance as should you. I will work on part 2 for you. I will try to simplify my super-natural divine journey as we worship our God on the Throne. Stay on the narrow path. Please forward this online message (8th April 2013) to all Christians and truth-seekers world wide. Love, peace and FR33DOM….. Joseph Christie.


Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119 Yahweh’s Word/Law (YHWH)

The True Church of Jesus Christ (part two)

November 22, 2013

The True Church of Jesus Christ (part two)


16th April 2013


2:1 Psalm 119 (God Yahweh’s Word/Law). This is all about God’s design and plan. I will teach that God always keeps His promise to you. This is all about Joseph Christie (me as a human) and the anti-Christ (slithering satan). This is all about lucifer being invoked by the wealthy satanic pedophile and gay army. In part one, I have told you about how Satan and his Tempted (SAHT) have reversed everything from the Beautiful Bible. 


2:2 You already know that the great deceiver satan wants to try to exalt himself (above what the Elephant left behind). Satan (aka lucifer) has been working hard to con his believers that Psalm 119 is actually satan’s word/law (and Shrek says “Hey Donkey”). SAHT revere the numbers 11, 13, 27, 33, 39, 111, 119. Search the satanic manipulated BBC tv and Hollywood movies and see how they use these numbers). SAHT also use these numbers to persecute the innocent, and unsuspecting people who are not members (see headless chickens below). The satanic elite thrive on your trust and ignorance. Do not fret, for true believers know that God the Father has a plan.


2:3 Study the numbers 119/911/191. It is important that you understand how SAHT use letters and numbers. It is not just the name or word that’s important, they MUST get the letter-number-code in. Start with the letters Ki =11/9=119 or ik = 9/11. Research the home of satan and his masonic soldiers at the Kilwinning (Ki = 119) Mother Lodge at Ayrshire (Ayr = Air = prince of the) in Scotland. Go to LJPR.INFO and search Kilwinning. Also search for “Occultic Dr Who” and his stupid K9 dog (11/9). The masonic lucifer-lovers will own or have previously owned a Porsche 911. Yes, the twin towers was a satanic sacrifice on 911. I previously told you all emergency services are satanic, call 911. The Space Program in 2011 was 191 billion. The Queen’s budget was £119 million. Research online “Prince of the Air” (satan). 


2:4 Last year in Glasgow, we went to see our son’s body in the city morgue (murdered by SAHT) and when we came out, there was a Breakdown truck parked outside with a large bright painted “911” on it. The same company has a phone number ending in 1919 (119). This is how SAHT work, it’s a masonic signature and they love to tell you they done it. The truck drove of as we got into our car. Much more later.


2:5 Don’t forget SAHT will invert the 9 to 6 so that 611/116/161 still means “119” to them. It is common knowledge online that the satanic freemasons use the King (Ki = 119) James Bible (the 1611 version). There is a recent Business phone number change in Glasgow and they are all 0141 611 0000. Why would SAHT choose 611? (answer = 911). This is the same satanic manipulation of “Emergency, Call 911”. Look through your local newspaper adverts or latest phone book for more information. Search online for “The  Christ Messenger” (in 24 parts) by Joseph Stirling Christie, or ask me for a CD copy.


2:6 Now take on board the letters SK = 19/11=119. The freemasons wear SKipcaps (Basball caps) to recognise each other and show their affection/loyalty of lucifer. The evil mason Greg Lance Watkins (ki) and his website SK-H119 tried hard to destroy the “Hollie Greig” masonic terrorism, rape and murder story. If you want to know how sick the satanic masons are, then you must read the true story about Hollie Greig and Robert Green. More 119 later. 


2:7 I was born on 27/2/1955 (see number 27) at 27 Waddell Street in the Rutherglen (RU/39) District of Glasgow. One year later 1956 (19/11) moved to Castlemilk (letters ik = 9/11) in Glasgow. In 1959 my father dies of pneumonia. Years later, my mother remarried and I became Joseph Christie. In May 1965 (19/11) we moved to 6 Hopehill (Hope) Road in Maryhill (Joseph and Mary) Glasgow. In 1971 when I was a 16 year old, I had a extremely evil experience on an Ouija Board. I was told that my partner-wife to be was a young woman called Kim (Ki = 11/9). Four years after the Ouija session (Autumn 1975), I moved to our John’s flat at 332 The Broadway, West Hendon, London. On Christmas day 1975, a friend brought Kim to a party at John’s flat. We are still together in our 38th year. Remember the 33 in 332 and that our John’s landlord was an Italian. Remain focused, this true story-journey is all about Bible Prophesy.


2:8 Before I left Glasgow for London, SAHT tried very, very hard to pair me off with girlfriends Ms F. MaGrail (Grail) and then a Ms Marie Maginty (Mari Magdalen). Both turned out to be mind-controlled Eastern Star Masons (ESMs). None of us knew about YHWH’s plan.  


2:9 On reflection about the 1971 Ouija session. I was laughing and sarcastic and paid a satanic test/curse for forty years. On Sunday the 1st May 2011, I did not know this was an important occultic-satanic-beltane date. I was compelled to walk into a local church to worship and pray.


2:10 Parable of the Headless Chicken. Our species is inherently selfish and we fully intend to help satan destroy God’s creation. The only purpose of the Satanic Secret Societies is to protect and preserve the criminal elite families. They give you the crumbs off their table and you are happy with that. You will even have another person persecuted as long as you get what YOU want. 


The Headless Chicken is YOU. The Chicken’s body will run about banging into things until it is dead. It cannot think because it does not have a head, yet you fully understand what I tell you. The evidence and social engineering by the satanic elite is all over the Internet ( Headless Chickens are born tax-generators to the satanic elite. The corrupt Government, Police and Military all belong to SAHT and the Headless Chickens pay their wages. Remember Dumb and Dumber?. I can tell you God the Father is not interested in seekers of self preservation. Some Headless Chickens will continue to be, they can be found in positions of power (masons).


2:11 The Key to everything is Jesus Christ, seek Him, worship Him, pray with Him, let Him into your life and He will introduce you to God the Father. There is no other way, period. God knows your every thought and action, do nothing and you will receive nothing. 


2:12 SAHT own everything you see and hear and you believe them without question. The old news reporter rang his bell shouting “Hear ye – Hear ye” and tells you what the criminal elite want you to believe and repeat. Nothing has changed. Do not waste your time praying for perceived good people on satan’s media. Pick up a copy of God’s media, the Beautiful Bible. Your whole life story is in there, God is waiting. Your next decision will tell YOU if you want God or satan.


2:13 Here are your options….. SAHT are working flat out to block the precious gift from God and that is YOUR spirituality. God is sifting the wheat from the chaff, eternal life can be yours. This is your Last Chance to repent before the Fall (of satan). Brothers and sisters in Christ and those of Righteousness, stand firm during the tribulation, fear nothing and know that I Am here with you.


2:14 Around 1988 I was hired to look after the musical instruments on stage at the Dominion Theatre in Tottenham Court Road, London. This was a prince Charles charity gig. I shook hands with the Beatles producer George Martin, the whole thing was surreal. I was chatting with Phil Collins (of the band Genesis) and Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) we had a beer. A fellow Scot Midge Ure was there. Also Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) and pop icon Kate Bush who said she loved my Scottish accent. Kate Bush recently received a royal trinket….. 


The penny did not drop for me at that time. These people had all sold their souls, this was Masonic Theatre, they knew I was special but I did not….. (I do now). Never worship idols. How do you explain that you are living a super-natural life?, how do you prove it?. Ye shall have the sign in Father’s time. I know that God the Father was in control and that SAHT thought they were….. 


Here is the divine message. Phil Collins was the book of Genesis. Moses was born in UR (Midge Ure). Moses and Jethro. The Burning Bush (Kate). Me and Robert Plant both knew and spoke about my pretend – friend – FM perp Tony Dangerfield. Robert Plant later wrote a song about satan’s reversal of Psalm 29. This was all part of God’s plan, it was all to teach me to teach you. I know God Yahweh is in control (not the criminal elite or con-man satan), there is nothing I want other than to serve God the Father. Warning, SAHT are constantly trying to steal your soul, they will tempt you every day in every way. I am living proof that God is on His Throne. I know who I Am and I know I will soon have Dominion to the glory of God the Father.


2:15 I took the leftover bread from Sunday’s communion and I fed the fish with it. I prayed for you and yours wherever you are. Love, peace and FR33DOM….. Joseph Christie.


Go back to part one of The True Church of Jesus Christ and read about Lu = lucifer. Now research online “Occultic Lucis Trust” ditto “George Lucas”. Did you know St George’s Day is on the 23rd April and that he is the patron saint of criminal freemasonry. Help others by passing this on.


Latest news from Jesus (JC3)

November 22, 2013


Jesus/Joseph “V” Satan/Lucifer


3:1. Here is another huge secret that SAHT do not want you to know….. Lucifer is “V” (fact).

The V is for Venus and Venus is Lucifer. You can research this truth all over the Internet.

I told you about the big letter V on military vehicles, it hypnotises (cons) the gullible. The letter V (lucifer) is all about death. The letter V is the 22nd letter of the English alphabet. We still don’t know if our Son was murdered at the river or in his flat, he lived at number 22. Understand that the masons are expert at sacrifice, skits, and theatre, it’s satan’s police and it’s satan’s media. Do not be afraid, all righteous people have God Yahweh on their side. 


3:2. This is a war between “Jesus the Second” and “Satan the Turd” (all humour & derogatory is intentional). It is being fought right here in Satan’s chosen land (Scotland-Saton). Never forget that Satan and his Tempted (SAHT) always play with words (used as code and to twist and confuse). It is important that your remember that Satan is also called Lucifer by SAHT (aka freemasons). I told you that Satan is known as “Prince of the Air” (hot air = flatulence). Satan/lucifer a is real 100% coward, he uses weak selfish humans to do his dirty work. Dear satan, as a human, I will seek (Hound of Heaven) you and I will destroy you and yours. I still have a vice-like grip, ye are mine in God’s time.


3:3. The Mormon-Masons teach that Jesus and satan were brothers. This Cult also teach that satan was really wronged by Jesus. Is this why the Mormon-Masons dehumanise and teach their people to gang-stalk and psychologically terrorise chosen targets (fact). The Mormon-Masons and Jehovah-Masons totally brain-washed most of Scotland from the 1950’s and still at it today. They stole the minds of my 7 brothers and sister and turned them all into mind-controlled performing puppets. The sad thing is that they are forced to get their children to join. Research online how both Cults were started by the Freemasons (whose god is lucifer). These scamsters, the Mormons and Jehovahs have their own altered versions of the Bible. I do not hate them, only their ignorance. Any debate can all be done live on camera, not behind closed doors. 


3:4. Please don’t be too harsh on low level (conned) members. The Etonian Elite are the most educated, crafty, sick, selfish, satanic, slimy things ever to walk this “Green and pleasant Land” (change to “Dark and Satanic Land”). Go to Wikipedia and “Paradise Lost”. Yes, read how the Criminal Elite fully intend to use the Blake and Milton poems and turn prince will-i-am into a fabricated Jesus. Do you think it was coincidence that my Son (murdered by SAHT) was born on the 29th April and the manipulated prince was married on the same date?. The 29th April is the 119th day of the year. I told you SAHT are trying to reverse Psalm 119 into satan’s word/law. The 29th April is also 29/4 = 33. Jesus loves YOU, this I know. The EG for “The True Church of Jesus Christ” = 330 = 33 (smile). Turn off satan’s noise and find the real you, find the One and only true Jesus.


3:5. Parable of the Bride of Christ. 

In 1970/71, I shared a flat in the old tenement at 26 Kirkland St, Maryhill, Glasgow. Kirk (Ki=119) means Church. I have a real brother whose lifetime nickname is JC (J Christie). He moved to Kirkland St with his first wife. There was a family called Brydon in Kirkland St, my older sister married a Mr Brydon. They had 5 kids, so that name is a big part of my life. Two of them came to the Church for our Son’s funeral service. My brother JC separated from his first wife and moved away from Kirkland St. About 25 years ago he re-married and returned to live in Kirkland Street, JC still lives there today (2013). There is much more. I was just a teenager back in 1971 and although my life was super-natural, I still did not know about our God Yahweh (praise be).


The message is that God the Father still has JC (Jesus) in the Kirk (Bryd/Bride of Christ). So now you see how God Yahweh designs everything. Never forget the letters Ki = 119 (Psalm 119 = God’s Word/Law). SAHT will again try to change God’s plan as soon as they read this (resistance to God Yahweh is futile). SAHT will not accept that Lucy has no power, only boyfriends.  


3:6. You have been conned by satan if you only see with “Hollywood Eyes” i,e. tall, good looking, flash car/house/image, designer this n’ that, Botox and useless jewellery. Read in the Beautiful Bible where God Yahweh is not interested in what you look like. God is only interested in the contents of your Heart.


3:7. SAHT (masons) think they know my thoughts but are 93 million miles away. SAHT constantly bug me with their childish psychological games but I enjoy making the controllers work harder. You seriously don’t think I will depend on human justice, do you?. It just helps me to pass the time until the Hour. Woe to the main controllers (masonic puppet masters) for doing the work of satan. They do not have a hope in Gehenna for they refuse to repent. Jesus is here in the flesh, everything is meant to be. Tick tock tick….


3:8. Am I special? try finding our home address on Google’s Street View (G62 7PQ number 93). You will notice it’s all even numbers although I live on the odd number side. The numbers stop at around 70, so the top part of our road doesn’t exist. Check it out quickly, SAHT will change it when they read this. They done the same when I wrote about the name-change of Hopehill Road.


3:9. I sing this song regularly “119 is all mine, all mine….. 119 is all mine”. It is sang to the tune of “Fog on the Tyne”. Psalm 119 is not just mine, Psalm 119 is God’s gift to us all, read it, sing it (and smile for Jesus wins). Wherefore art thou Lucy? in bed again with elton johnnie? (sick).


3:10. Scotland is the world’s HQ of criminal-satanic freemasonry. The glue that holds the masons together is its Police Force (fact). YOU pay the wages. Yes, there are some good cops but even they have to toe the line or the criminal masons will turn on them. Read Martin Short’s book (Free online) called “The Brotherhood. You can also get a free online PDF book of William Gage’s book “Win Win”. He doesn’t mention the word masons, but you will quickly join the dots yourself. W. Gage was going to release another book on the Freemasons, but it didn’t happen?. If you are local, you can borrow one of my copies. Alternatively, go to the brilliant LJPR.INFO and click on their Latest News or search through their huge Archives. They use swearwords because they are passionate about the TRUTH. 


3:11.Trick or Treat. You can find SAHT living in small towns like Killearn (Ki=119). Their stolen Ki = 119 is very symbolic/hypnotic to them. It has over 90 millionaires and most want more, more, more of what satan has to offer. Most (not all) live there because SAHT feel safe in their pretend masonic brother and eastern star sisterhood (100% undiluted evil). They hypnotise each other with their false 119/lucifer/god beliefs. 


How did God the Father show me this?. About 6 years ago, I done some honest plumbing and drainage work for the Black Bull Hotel in Killearn. A good job done but they refused to pay. It was a masonic set up from the start. I took them to the small claims court and won my case. They still refused to pay. I also saw the tail end of their occultic Halloween and other parties? in that Hotel. I have had other Masonic Theatre set-up jobs in Killearn. SAHT also love the wealthy symbolic North Berwick (ik = 911). More later. I am not into hatred or revenge. I am compelled to teach what God the Father shows me.


3:12. This spiritual war is not in Megiddo, it’s being fought right here in masonic infested Milngavie. You know about Satan as a wolf disguised as a sheep. In 1999, our family done a house exchange to 93 Ashburn Rd with a Mrs Woolfe and we found a large Sickle in the loft (grim reaper or Harvest?). I know that SAHT manipulated it as a curse but God the Father had other plans. Do you think it’s by chance that God put me here at 93 Ashburn Road (93 + AS=1/19 + UR=39). This is all designed by God Yahweh and all part of “God’s Divine Plan”. Whatever happens next is meant to happen. I think nothing of unbelievers, why talk to a dead tree?.


3:13.Without me, ye are nothing and lost in satan’s field. I can give, but will ye take?. Mark 8:36….. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul.


3:14. Know your enemy. The Satanic Triune false god = Satan, his consort Asherah (various spellings) and the Wind of Moriah (The illuminati call themselves wind of moriah).


3:15. In my favourite Church, I became friends with an older sister in Christ. She has a Ki (= 119) in her name. The EG for her name is 144 (smile). This beautiful person has many disabilities and bound to her chair. Her bullet-proof Faith in Jesus is an example for all to see. She is surrounded by loving, caring Christian brothers and sisters. She has had a profound effect on me. and given me the strength to trust humans again. 


Welcome to “The True Church of Jesus Christ” (part 3 of 3) on Sat 11th May 2013. 


Know your enemy, search online for Sandra Barr False Flag, 4th August 2012, London Olympics. SAHT murdered the brilliant young researcher Rik Clay. For more hidden satanic-elite knowledge search online for “The RR” or later articles “The RR9”. I do not agree with all of RR’s articles but most of it is a real eye opener. To the Christian Soldiers, the next DVD is ready. To the righteous, I will never lead you astray. Love, peace and FR33DOM….. Joseph Christie  



Latest news from Jesus (22nd Nov 2013)

November 22, 2013

Latest news from Jesus (22nd Nov 2013)


I can give you Truth or do you prefer satan’s lie?. I recently posted this truth online and to some Churches in the UK…..


Satan aka Pinocchio (the father of all lies). 


4:1. Elijah walked into the Allander Evangelical Kirk. Elijah was a stranger who received a warm welcome. There was a man of God who was sent before Elijah. God has plans for this small Kirk, God is very happy with His children and gave Elijah a whole new family. God the Father has already sown the four mustard seeds which is the four elders. Remember your role, remain humble and focused, for God gives and can take away. Satan and His Tempted (SAHT) are aware and have installed a few snakes/destroyers (Lilith and her neighbours). Wear your spiritual armour and worry about nothing. Continue to do what you do best and follow guidance. The Holy Spirit fills the Kirk, the local Presence of God has become stronger. This is written for those that have ears. Also for those of you who refused to listen to why you are here. Life is your test.


4:2. I took the bread that was left over from Communion. I fed the fish. Now I feedeth the Ravens for the Ravens feedeth Elijah. Father still calls me Joseph. I tell ye the truth, you can only come to the Father through me. “What is truth?” Pilate asked. Here is your answer….. “I Am truth”.


4:3. For the last 30 months, God has compelled me to rest on a Saturday. In the book of Genesis, God rested on the 7th day. I have read the arguments and I am not trying to change your ways. I take communion and worship with you every Sunday. I walk, talk, pray and worship seven days and seven nights every week. The 4th Commandment is important to me as is all of God’s Law (Psalm 119). I want to be more Holy, but only in Father’s Time (after the battle). I had to reach this mature age to see and experience everything. Rabid dogs have to be dealt with.


4:4. I was very spiritually inspired by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. I don’t know if it was the “Good defeats evil” or the 119 meaningful coincidence in my human life (Tolkien =Ki=119). A stranger gave me the book in 1973. I watched the movies when they eventually came out. You can see clearly how SAHT- Hollywood managed to glorify Sauron (satan again). I did not know that JRR Tolkien was a Christian and that he had completed a translation of the “Book of Jonah”. This was in the Jerusalem Bible. Last year, we put a fishing rod and a copy of the Jerusalem Bible inside our son’s coffin.


4:5. Dreams of Joseph. On 2/2/10, in the early hours I had these vivid dream/messages. I wrote Gd (yes, Gd and not God) is real and can take you anytime. Then another very vivid dream that I was paralysed under the water and was brought back. I could feel and relate to this event, but I do not know the time or place as yet. This was followed by another message, I wrote these notes “Rotherham was relevant”. I searched long and hard for the Rotherham message without success. Then in Autumn 2012, I stumbled? online the “Emphasised Bible by Joseph Bryant Rotherham”. Go to Amazon and read the positive reviews. You can also download Rotherham’s Emphasised Bible for free online. I recommend this Bible to help with your study. I use several Bibles to help me to be where Father wants me to be. The money-lenders have always tampered with Truth (editing the Bible in favour of themselves). Death does not mean they have got off Scott free. None of ye can escape judgement. Even those that pierced Him shall see Him.


4:6. I recently felt the need to watch the movie “The Passion of the Christ” which I had never seen before. My eyes had welled up many times and towards the end I felt anger. Nothing has changed and in fact gotten much worse. Jesus said “Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar”. I tell you the truth, give them nothing. Their Roman system is still here today and 1000 times more corrupt. It is the rich serving the rich and they have created evil, sophisticated, satanic secret societies to protect themselves and their brats. Hear me now, you will pay your tithes to God, I have spoken.


4:7. If you live local, visit the Allander Evangelical Church in Milngavie, Glasgow. Come and worship, pray and sing with us. Take God’s Grace away with you. Understand why you are here and tune into your divine spirituality. Jesus is knocking on your door. Download the Sermons at Alternatively, go to a Church near you and start your journey to eternal life. Repent and God will forgive you. Do not try to force yourself and do not give up too easily. Watch “The Passion” or read online “The Gospels”. Walk with Jesus and find Your narrow path.


Warning, do NOT pay a tithe to a corrupt Church. Legally fight to open their closed doors.


Satan is the present gay ruler of this world (temporary) and wants your soul. Elijah said if you follow baal (satan) then follow baal. I give you my Word that God is as real as I am writing to you now. This is your calling for the battle is now. Reap what you sow (make your choice), eternal life or the Second Death. Chose between you with satan or you with the One and only true God (YHWH) of the Beautiful Bible. Satan aka Lucifer will do everything to block your path. God the Father has many names, such as Yahweh, Jehovah, I Am, Abba Father. I will soon teach you how satan uses hundreds of different names and guises to con the gullible and selfish.


4:8. It has been said that a prophet is not welcome in his own country. Perhaps God will let You decide. Whatever will be, will be by the will of God the Father. Resistance to God is futile.


4:9. I have a message for you. The circus is on its way. I did not want this but it is part of the fight. The circus (SAHT) is all about satan’s media to destroy Christianity. The Battle belongs to God. Satan aka Pinocchio (the father of all lies) knows he cannot tempt me. There is Nothing mankind can offer me. There is nothing I need except God. I am His suffering servant (for now).


4:10. More on 119. In the flesh I am phenomenally associated to the number 119. We needed a car and my wife asked God to help. Within 4 hours we had acquired a small car with a 1199cc engine and the Reg Plate looks like Saviour’s Family (smile). Last week, we picked up God’s Grand- daughter (Scott’s baby girl) from the baby sitter who’s surname is Mrs KeirXXX (Ki=119). The mother has just been given a bigger house in Ki (=119). Our Son Scott has a verse from Psalm 119 on his memorial stone with an unplanned? number 119 on their (buried beside our family friend) back to back gravestone. 


It is important that you know our Scott (up above) will be 33 years old on the 119th day of 2014. 


Our Scott is in good Hands and I keep asking Father if we can have him back. The last 4 digits of our Scott’s valid Bank Of Scotland debit card are 1911. Around 2010, SAHT had given our Scott a council flat at 133 (33) Kirkton (ki=119) Ave in Knightswood (ki=119), Glasgow. Sick SAHT manipulated it as a satanic curse but Abba Father had planned above this, as always.


Last year (2012) my wife had unknowingly bought me a Virgin simcard with numbers 911 (together) in it. I used it to help victims of criminal freemasonry. I had to stop using it because the deranged masons kept phoning (as a pretend-victim) or sending “mind-game” texts, etc. 


My wife recently bought me a Tesco Nokia (ki) mobile phone and I asked God for a 119/911 number. Two weeks ago, I looked at the numbers in the aisle to find a 119 (knowing I was on cctv) I didn’t find one. Last Fri 20th Sept, we were in Tescos again. I told my wife that a simcard with my number is over by the checkout. She went away shopping as I went over to look at the numbers. I looked at about 10 cards and the very last simcard had the number 1911 in it, thank you Dad. I previously told you that “119 is all mine” to the glory of God the Father. 


On Wed afternoon 11/9/13 (119) I felt driven to spray paint “PSALM 119” on the back of my high visibility jacket. I wore this jacket down through the village (knowing I was on SAHT cctv). On this same date I was compelled to put a Lamp on our rear bedroom window sill. I have left it on every night since the 11th Sept. Search all the different meanings online for “Your word is a Lamp for my feet and a Light for my Path” (Psalm 119). This is all about God’s plan for you. 


I previously told you we bought a Suzuki on 9/9/09 (still have it in our back garden). It was a strange day and the seller said his advert was not out till next week. I now understand the message that three divine 9’s will always be above three evil 6’s. Did you spot the Ki in Suzuki? I used to own three Suzuki motorcycles and the big Suzuki letter “S” on the front of the car means Saviour (smile). I even used to have the same big letter “S” on a crash helmet (photo). Our Father has always looked after me, He has a plan for His Children.


Welcome to “The True Church of Jesus Christ” (part 4) Fri 27/9/13. If you want Truth, then read parts 1-3. God does not tell lies. Now do your bit and pass this news to your Church, to the righteous and to those you care about.  


Love, Peace and FR33DOM….. Joseph Christie aka Jesus (as promised).


Psalm 119 – The Glory of God’s Word, God’s Law and His blueprint for mankind.

November 19, 2013

Welcome to my Psalm 119 journey (this blog being born today 19/11/13). And the Truth shall set you free. There are many other interpretations online of Psalm 119 but I will start with this beautiful one by David Guzik (many thanks to David). Love, peace and FR33DOM from Joe Stirling.

Psalm 119 – The Greatness and Glory of God’s Word

This long Psalm deserves a long introduction. The author is unnamed; older commentators almost universally say it is a Psalm of David, composed throughout his entire life. More modern commentators often say that it is post-exilic, coming from the days of Nehemiah or Ezra. We lean towards agreement with the older commentators, but do not insist upon it; if it were important, God would have preserved the name of David to this Psalm. No matter who wrote it, we notice that it was likely written over some period of time and later compiled, because there is not a definite flow of thought from the beginning of the Psalm to the end. The sections and verses are not like a chain, where one link is connected to the other, but like a string of pearls were each pearl has equal, but independent value.

The Psalm is arranged in an acrostic pattern. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter. The closest parallel to this pattern in Scripture is found in Lamentations 3, which is also divided into 22 sections, and there are a few other passages in the Hebrew Scriptures which use an acrostic pattern.

Since this is a Psalm glorifying God and His Word, it refers to Scripture over and over again. The psalm is remarkable for how often it refers to God’s written revelation, His word. It is referred to in almost every verse. The Masorites said that the Word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. Other people reckon differently (with disagreement about verses 84, 90, 121, and 132). But Scripture is mentioned in at least 171 of 176 verses.


In this Psalm there are 8 basic words used to describe the Scriptures, God’s written revelation to us:

  • Law (torah, used 25 times in Psalm 119): “Its parent verb means ‘teach’ or ‘direct’; therefore coming from God it means both ‘law’ and ‘revelation.’ It can be used of a single command or of a whole body of law.” (Kidner)
  • Word (dabar, used 24 times): The idea is of the spoken word, God’s revealed word to man. “Proceeding from his mouth and revealed by him to us.” (Poole)
  • Judgments (mispatim, used 23 times): “From shaphat, to judge, determine, regulate, order, and discern, because they judgeconcerning our words and works; show the rules by which they should be regulated; and cause us to discern what is right andwrong, and decide accordingly.” (Clarke)
  • Testimonies (edut/edot, used 23 times): This word is related to the word for witness. To obey His testimonies “signifies loyalty to the terms of the covenant made between the Lord and Israel.” (VanGemeren)
  • Commandments (miswah/miswot, used 22 times): “This word emphasizes the straight authority of what is said . . . the right to give orders.” (Kidner)
  • Statutes (huqqim, used 21 times): The noun is derived from the root verb “engrave” or “inscribe”; the idea is of the written word of God and the authority of His written word. “Declaring his authority and power of giving us laws.” (Poole)
  • Precepts (piqqudim, used 21 times): “This is a word drawn from the sphere of an officer or overseer, and man who is responsible to look closely into a situation and take action. . . . So the word points to the particular instructions of the Lord, as of one who cares about detail.” (Kidner)
  • Word (imrah, used 19 times): Similar in meaning to dabar, yet a different term. “The ‘word’ may denote anything God has spoken, commanded, or promised.” (VanGemeren)

The theme of the glory of Scripture is diligently explored in this Psalm, but always in connection with God Himself. Derek Kidner well remarks: “This untiring emphasis has led some to accuse the psalmist of worshipping the Word rather than the Lord; but it has been well remarked that every reference here to Scripture, without exception, relates it explicitly to its Author; indeed, every verse from 4 to the end is a prayer for affirmation addressed to Him. This is true piety: a love of God not desiccated by study but refreshed, informed and nourished by it.”


“This wonderful psalm, from its great length, helps us to wonder at the immensity of Scripture. From its keeping to one subject it helps us to adore the unity of Scripture; for it is but one. Yet, from the many turns it gives to the same thought, it helps you to see the variety of Scripture. . . . Some have said that in it there is an absence of variety, but that is merely the observation of those who have not studied it. I have weighed each word, and looked at each syllable with lengthened meditation; and I bear witness that this sacred song has no tautology in it, but is charmingly varied from beginning to end. Its variety is that of a kaleidoscope: from a few objects a boundless variation is produced. In the kaleidoscope you look once, and there is a strangely beautiful form. You shift the glass a very little, and another shape, equally delicate and beautiful, is before your eyes. So it is here.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Being such a long Psalm – and the longest chapter in the Bible – this Psalm has been of some historical note. There have been many lengthy works written on this Psalm; one of them is by Thomas Manton, a Puritan preacher and writer, who wrote a three-volume work on Psalm 119. Each volume is between 500 and 600 pages, with a total of 1,677 pages. There are 190 chapters in his work, more than one chapter for each verse.


“Luther professed that he prized this Psalm so highly, that he would not take the whole world in exchange for one leaf of it.” (Bridges) Some great people have memorized this whole Psalm and found great blessing in doing so. John Ruskin (19th century British writer), William Wilberforce (19th century British politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire), Henry Martyn (19th century pioneer missionary to India), and David Livingstone (19th century pioneer missionary to Africa).


George Wishart was the Bishop of Edinburgh in the 17th century (not to be confused with another Scot by the same name who was martyred a century earlier). Wishart was condemned to death and would have been executed. But when he was on the scaffold he made use of a custom that allowed the condemned person to choose one psalm to be sung, and he chose Psalm 119. Before two-thirds of the psalm was sung, his pardon arrived and his life was spared.

A. Alef א: The Blessedness of Those who Walk in God’s Word and the Longing to Do So.

1. (1-2) Blessing declared.

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,

Who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,

Who seek Him with the whole heart!

a. Blessed are the undefiled in the way: In beginning to describe man’s blessedness, the Psalmist starts with the idea that being undefiled in the way is a blessing.

i. Many people – ancient and modern – think the life lived undefiled in the way is boring at best. The idea is that if there isn’t any defilement in it, it therefore can’t be any fun. Yet the one who walks in God’s word knows the true blessedness of living and enjoying an undefiled life.

ii. We can simply say that God is blessed; He wants us to share His blessedness. His word shows us the way to share His blessedness, and it is found by being undefiled in the way.

iii. Survey and polling data constantly demonstrate that those who live lives in general conformity to God’s standards are happier, enjoy life more, and are more content. Yet the illusion remains for many that a defiled life is more “fun.”

iv. We need God to show us the way to a happy life, and it is centered on being undefiled in the way. “The reason we are not happy is that we sin, and the main reason we sin as much as we do is that we do not know the Bible well enough. . . . Apart from being instructed by God, human beings do not know how to achieve happiness.” (Boice)

b. Who walk in the law of the Lord! In the mind of the Psalmist, there is a strong and definite connection between being undefiled in the way and to walk in the law of the Lord. To walk in the law of the Lord is in fact to beundefiled in the way.

i. We wouldn’t know what a pure life was without God telling us. Certainly, some aspects of a pure life are revealed in human conscience and known widely among humanity. Yet there are other aspects of the pure life that we learn only from the Word of God.

ii. The law of the Lord: Here the author of Psalm 119 uses, for the first time, a phrase referring to the written revelation of God. The many various ways he referred to God’s written revelation shows us how much he knew, loved, and respected God’s Word.

iii. The law of the Lord: The word here used is torah. “Here the great word Torah is used, the word which to the Hebrew stood for the Law, being the word employed to describe the first division of the Bible, that which we call the Pentateuch.” (Morgan)

iv. “To enjoy this beatitude a holy walking must become habitual. This sacred exercise is very different from sluggish piety. ‘Blessed are the undefiled in the way who walk in the law of the Lord.’ A man may sit down in the road without soiling his skin or fouling his apparel, but that is not enough. There must be progress – practical action – in the Christian life; and in order to blessedness we must be doing something for the Master.” (Spurgeon)

c. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies: To keep His testimonies is virtually the same as to walk in the law of the Lord. Here is an example of the parallelism common to Hebrew poetry, used for both explanation and emphasis.

i. Keep means doing, not only hearing. “Neither is it enough that we understand or ponder God’s precepts, but we must practise them, if we would be happy.” (Trapp)

ii. “Blessedness is ascribed to those who treasure up the testimonies of the Lord: in which is implied that they search the Scriptures, that they come to an understanding of them, that they love them, and then that they continue in the practice of them. We must first get a thing before we can keep it. In order to keep it well we must get a firm grip of it: we cannot keep in the heart that which we have not heartily embraced by the affections.’ (Spurgeon)

iii. “But let me not shrink from the question, do I ‘keep his testimonies’ from constraint, or from love? Surely when I consider my own natural aversion and enmity to the law of God, and the danger of self-deception in the external service of the Lord, I have much need to pray.” (Bridges)

d. Who seek Him with the whole heart! If one will seek God with the whole heart, it must include diligent study into God’s written revelation. There are good and important ways to seek God other than through His word (such as in prayer, worship, fasting, serving, and so forth). Yet if these do not include seeking God in and through His word, these other practices can be dangerous.

i. With the whole heart: Yet, we do not miss the emphasis on the heart. “God is not truly sought by the cold researches of the brain: we must seek him with the heart. Love reveals itself to love: God manifests his heart to the heart of his people. It is in vain that we endeavour to comprehend him by reason; we must apprehend him by affection.” (Spurgeon)

ii. The whole heart is vital. God is one; and we will not know Him closely until our heart is one and we seek Him with the whole heart. This is a challenge to the divided heart, not to the broken heart. “Strange to say, in scriptural phraseology, a heart may be divided and not broken, and it may be broken but not divided; and yet again it may be broken and be whole, and it never can be whole until it is broken.” (Spurgeon)

2. (3) Blessing described.

They also do no iniquity;

They walk in His ways.

a. They also do no iniquity: The idea from Psalm 119:1-2 is repeated; these ones keep His testimonies, they areundefiled in the way, and they also do no iniquity. There is a purity and goodness that marks their life.

b. They walk in His ways: They have learned His ways from the written revelation; but with His Word God also gives grace and power to walk in His ways.

3. (4-8) Blessing desired.

You have commanded us

To keep Your precepts diligently.

Oh, that my ways were directed

To keep Your statutes!

Then I would not be ashamed,

When I look into all Your commandments.

I will praise You with uprightness of heart,

When I learn Your righteous judgments.

I will keep Your statutes;

Oh, do not forsake me utterly!

a. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently: In this the Psalmist connects commandedobedience with the blessings to the obedient. He shows that the reason God commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently is not only because it honors Him, but also because it is the path to blessing.

i. With the words “You have commanded us” we see that the Psalmist begins to address God in prayer; a position he will hold through most the entire Psalm. This shows that he was not only a student of Scripture, but also a man of prayer.

ii. “Because it was a hard thing to rightly understand this word in all its parts, and harder to put it in practice, he therefore intermixed many prayers to God for his help therein, thereby directing and encouraging others to take the same course.” (Poole)

iii. To keep Your precepts: “God has not commanded us to be diligent in making precepts, but in keepingthem. Some bind yokes upon their own necks, and make bonds and rules for others: but the wise course is to be satisfied with the rules of holy Scripture.” (Spurgeon)

b. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes: This is not only a pious wish; it is also a prayer for the ability to obey God’s Word. We received God’s commands understanding our lack of ability to keep those commands, apart from His work in us.

i. Here we see the Psalmist get personal. This isn’t a theological treatise on written revelation; it is an interaction with the Living God regarding His primary way of showing Himself to us. “It may be considered as the journal of one, who was deeply taught in the things of God, long practiced in the life and walk of faith. It contains the anatomy of experimental religion, the interior lineaments of the family of God.” (Bridges)

ii. “We do not get very far into the psalm before we discover that he is very much like ourselves, at least in the respect that he has not yet gotten to be like the happy, blessed ones he is describing. He wants to be, but he is not yet.” (Boice)

iii. “Without thee I can do nothing; my soul is unstable and fickle; and it will continue weak and uncertain till thoustrengthen and establish it.” (Clarke)

c. Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments: The Psalmist felt the shame that comes when the standard of God’s Word is compared to our life. He prayed for the power to live an unashamed life.

i. “‘Shame’ is the fruit of sin; confidence is the effect of righteousness.” (Horne)

ii. “There is a twofold shame; the shame of a guilty conscience; and the shame of a tender conscience. The one is the merit and fruit of sin; the other is an act of grace. This which is here spoken of is to be understood not of a holy self loathing, but a confounding shame.” (Thomas Manton, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. “Unto all thy commandments; so as not to be partial in my obedience, not to allow myself in the practice of any known sin, or in the neglect of any known duty.” (Poole)

iv. “Sincerity therefore must be the stamp of my Christian profession. Though utterly unable to render perfect obedience to the least of the commandments, yet my desire and purpose will have respect unto them all.” (Bridges)

d. I will praise You with uprightness of heart: The Psalmist found it not only important to praise God, but to do it withuprightness of heart. He did not want to offer God the image of praise or a moment of praise when the rest of his life was not upright.

i. “Be sure that he who prays for holiness will one day praise for happiness. Shame having vanished, silence is broken, and the formerly silent man declares, ‘I will praise thee.’” (Spurgeon)

e. I will keep Your statutes: This was a promise to keep – in the sense of guarding – the statutes (huqqim), the engraved, inscribed, written word of God.

i. We never forget that in a real sense, only Jesus could say, “I will keep Your statutes.” “The many strong expressions of love toward the law, and the repeated resolutions and vows to observe it, will often force us to turn our thoughts to the true David, whose ‘meat and drink it was, to do the will of him that sent him.’” (Horne)

f. Oh, do not forsake me utterly! We sense the note of desperation in the Psalmist. He knows and loves God’s word, yet is also very conscious of his inability – apart from the work of God in his life – to live God’s Word. If God didforsake him, he would be lost.

i. “Forsaken we may be – but not utterly. David was forsaken, not like Saul. Peter was forsaken, not like Judas,utterly and for ever. . . . Mark his dealings with you. Inquire into their reason. Submit to his dispensation. If heforsakes, beg his return: but trust your forsaking God.” (Bridges)

ii. The heart that sings, “do not forsake me utterly!” is a heart that longs to be close to God. “Apparently unconsciously, that is without intention, the song reveals the fact that a man who obeys the will of God as revealed, comes to a personal fellowship with God. From beginning to end, the singer sang as one who had personal knowledge of God and direct dealing with Him.” (Morgan)

B. Bet ב: Purity of Life and Meditation on God’s Word.

Each line of this second section of Psalm 119 begins with the Hebrew letter beth, which also means “a house.” Some have suggested that this section tells us how to make our heart a home for the Word of God.

1. (9) A young man finds a cleansed life through God’s word.

How can a young man cleanse his way?

By taking heed according to Your word.

a. How can a young man cleanse his way? This was no less a difficult question in ancient times than in our own. The young man has his own particular challenges in living a pure life.

i. This is a question that some – even some who are numbered among the people of God – never seem to ask for themselves. Sadly, some people never have a life concern for moral purity. They echo the prayer of Augustine before his conversion: “Lord, make me chaste – but not yet.”

ii. The world tells us, “Have your good time when you are young; get it all out of your system. When you are older you can settle down and be religious and proper.” Boice comments on this thinking: “God’s answer is quite different. God says, If you are going to live for me, you must begin at the earliest possible moment, without delay, preferably when you are very young.”

iii. Even when one has the desire for moral purity, there are many things that may make it difficult for a young man to cleanse his way.

  • Youthful energy and sense of carelessness.
  • The lack of life wisdom.
  • The desire for and gaining of independence.
  • Physical and sexual maturity that may run ahead of spiritual and moral maturity.
  • Money and the freedom that it brings.
  • Young women who may – knowingly or unknowingly – encourage moral impurity.
  • The spirit of the age that both expects and promotes moral uncleanness for young men.
  • The desire to be accepted by peers who face the same challenges.

iv. “Why is the young man so especially called to cleanse his way? Because God justly claims the first and the best.” (Bridges)

v. It is also because God wants to spare the young man (and the older man) the bondage of sin. This reflects upon the power of experience to shape our habits. Surrender to any temptation; transfer it from the realm of mental contemplation to life experience, and that temptation instantly becomes much more difficult to resist in the future. Each successive experience of surrender to temptation builds a habit, reinforced not only spiritually, but also by brain chemistry. Such ingrained habits are more and more difficult to break the more they are experienced; and it is almost impossible to break such habits without replacing them with another habit.

vi. Significantly, the words “his way” come from the Hebrew “orach, which we translate way here, signifies atrack, a rut, such as is made by the wheel of a cart or chariot.” (Clarke) Youth sets the tracks for the rest of the life.

vii. Of course, it is not only the young man who has these challenges; older men and women of every age have their own challenges to pure living. Yet these are often more severely felt in the life of the young man.

viii. “From the heartfelt prayers of the surrounding verses it would seem that the young man is the psalmist himself in the first place. He is praying rather than preaching.” (Kidner)

b. By taking heed: A life of moral purity does not happen accidentally. If one does not take heed, the natural path is towards impurity and degeneration. One must take heed in order to be pure.

c. According to Your word: This is how one takes heed. The foundation for a morally pure life is found in God’sword.

  • God’s word shows us the standard of purity, so we know what is right and what is wrong.
  • God’s word shows us the reasons for purity, so we understand the wisdom and goodness of God’s commands.
  • God’s word shows us the difficulty of purity, and reminds us to be on guard.
  • God’s word shows us the blessings of purity, and gives us an incentive to make the necessary sacrifices.
  • God’s word shows us how to be born again – converted, so our inner man may be transformed after the pattern of ultimate purity, Jesus Christ.
  • God’s word shows us the way to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, so that one has the spiritual resources to be pure.
  • God’s word is a refuge against temptation, giving a way of escape in the season of enticement.
  • God’s word is a light that clears away the deceptive fog of seduction and temptation.
  • God’s word is a mirror that helps one to see their spiritual and moral condition, and thus walk in purity.
  • God’s word gives us wise and simple commands, such as to “Flee youthful lusts” (2 Timothy 2:22).
  • God’s word washes us from impurity, and actually cleanses our life in a spiritual sense (Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3).
  • God’s word is the key to the renewing of our mind, which in turn is the key to personal, moral, and spiritual transformation (Romans 12:1-2).
  • God’s word gives a refuge against condemnation when one has been impure, and shows one how to repent when they have been impure, and how to come back to a pure life.
  • God’s word shows us how to conduct our life so that we are an encouragement to others in purity.

i. Jesus spoke specifically of the power of His word to cleanse and keep pure: You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you (John 5:3). Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 17:17).

ii. The impact is clear: if one us concerned to cleanse his way, then he must also be concerned to take heed according to God’s word.

iii. “Young man, the Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. You must take heed to your daily life as well as study your Bible, and you must study your Bible that you may take heed to your daily life. With the greatest care a man will go astray if his map misleads him; but with the most accurate map he will still lose his road if he does not take heed to it.” (Spurgeon)

iv. This idea is communicated in Proverbs 2:10-12: When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things.

v. “He who became man for our salvation, passed through this state of youth, undefiled, that he might, as it were, reclaim and consecrate it anew to God.” (Horne) We remind ourselves that Jesus answered temptation with the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-10).

2. (10-11) How one takes heed to God’s word.

With my whole heart I have sought You;

Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!

Your word I have hidden in my heart,

That I might not sin against You.

a. With my whole heart I have sought You: Here the Psalmist both declares his dedication to God, while at the same time recognizing his weakness to maintain such a dedication (Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!).

i. With my whole heart I have sought You reminds us that Scripture was no mere textbook to the Psalmist; it was how he sought and met with God. “His heart had gone after God himself: he had not only desired to obey his laws, but to commune with his person.” (Spurgeon)

ii. Let me not wander helps us to put in perspective the many claims to purity and devotion in this Psalm (and others). They are understood in the light of dependence upon God, not in the sense of self-righteous pride.

iii. “The path of purity is that of caution conditioned by the Word of God. This caution is further manifested in the distrust of self, and earnest seeking to be kept in the way of God’s commandments.” (Morgan)

iv. “When the soul is thus conscious of ‘following the Lord fully,’ there is a peculiar dread of wandering. In a careless or half-hearted state, wanderings are not watched, so long as they do not lead to any open declension.” (Bridges)

b. Your word I have hidden in my heart: The Psalmist knew the value of taking God’s word and hiding it in the heart. It is hidden in the sense that it is on the inside, where none can see it and it is safe so that none can take it away.

i. We can be assured that before this word was hidden in the heart, it was received in the mind. The Psalmist heard and read the Word of God, and thought about it continually, until it became ingrained in both mind and heart.

ii. “Memorizing is precisely what is called for, since it is only when the Word of God is readily available in our minds that we are able to recall it in moments of need and profit by it.” (Boice)

iii. “If God’s word be only in his Bible, and not also in his heart, he may soon and easily be surprised into hisbesetting sin.” (Clarke)

c. That I might not sin against You: Here the Psalmist states one benefit from having God’s word hidden in theheart. It is a defense against sin, for all the reasons discussed above and more.

i. “The personal way in which the man of God did this is also noteworthy: ‘With my whole heart have I sought thee.’ Whatever others might choose to do he had already made his choice and placed the Word in his innermost soul as his dearest delight, and however others might transgress, his aim was after holiness: ‘That Imight not sin against thee.’” (Spurgeon)

3. (12) A prayer for instruction.

Blessed are You, O Lord!

Teach me Your statutes.

a. Blessed are You, O Lord! The Psalmist seems to interrupt his thoughts on the connection between God’s word and a pure life with this expression of praise. The greatness of these ideas and the reality of them in his life has made such praise necessary.

b. Teach me Your statutes: This is another reflection of the humility of the Psalmist. Though filled with God’s word and a desire for purity, he sensed his constant need for instruction by God. He didn’t simply need to read God’sstatutes; he pleaded with God to teach him.

i. It is saying written in many Bibles: “This book will keep you from sin. Sin will keep you from this book.” The Psalmist understood this principle, and longed for God to be his teacher, and to keep him in God’s great book.

ii. “We need to be disciples or learners— ‘teach me;’ but what an honour to have God himself for a teacher: how bold is David to beg the blessed God to teach him!” (Spurgeon)

4. (13-16) A declaration of commitment.

With my lips I have declared

All the judgments of Your mouth.

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,

As much as in all riches.

I will meditate on Your precepts,

And contemplate Your ways.

I will delight myself in Your statutes;

I will not forget Your word.

a. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth: The Psalmist understood the importance of not only silently reading or hearing the Word of God, but also in saying it. To declare God’s word (all the judgments of Your mouth) with his lips was another part of his relationship with and love for God.

i. We may confidently conclude that there is not enough – never enough – of this among the people of God. God’s people should have His word not only in their minds and hearts, but also upon their lipsSaying it is powerful and must not be neglected.

ii. “When we make the Scriptures the subject of our conversation, we glorify God, we edify our neighbours, and we improve ourselves.” (Horne)

b. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches: The Psalmist understood the true value of God’s word; it gave him as much joy as all riches might.

i. It could be fairly asked to every Christian: “For what amount would you deny yourself to ever hear or read God’s word again?” It is to be feared that many, like Esau would sell this birthright treasure for the equivalent of a bowl of stew.

ii. “We may also observe here an evidence of adoption. Obedience is not a burden, but a delight. The servant may perform the statutes of God, but it is only the son who ‘delights in them.’” (Bridges)

c. I will meditate . . . and contemplate . . . I will delight . . . I will not forget Your word: The greatness of God’s word has led the Psalmist to great resolution of life. His life will be filled with God’s word, in his mind (meditate . . . contemplate), in his heart (delight), and in his habits (not forget).

i. “Meditation is recalling what we have committed to memory and then turning it over and over in our minds to see the fullest implications and applications of the truth.” (Boice)

ii. I will delight: “The word is very emphatical: evetva eshtaasha, I will skip about and jump for joy.” (Clarke)

iii. This giving of the fullness of life to God’s word – in mind, heart, and habits – is a good description of what the Psalmist meant by taking heed in Psalm 119:9. This will see the young man cleanse his way, and enjoy the fullness of such a God-honoring life.

iv. We can almost hear a challenge from the Psalmist: “You live your compromising, impure life that thinks it knows pleasure and satisfaction; I will cleanse my way and give the fullness of my life to God and His word, and we will see who will be more blessed, more happy, and more filled with life.”

C. Gimel ג: The Word of God and the Trials of Life.

1. (17) A prayer for blessing, so that God’s word can be kept.

Deal bountifully with Your servant,

That I may live and keep Your word.

a. Deal bountifully with Your servant: This is a wonderful request; boldly asking for blessing (deal bountifully), while at the same time coming humbly before God (Your servant). The servant properly depends upon the master for his bounty.

i. In saying, “Deal bountifully,” the Psalmist was asking for a lot, not just a little. “The believer, like David, is a man of large expectations. . . . We may, indeed, be too bold in our manner of approach to God; but we cannot be too bold in our expectations from him.” (Bridges)

ii. “He begs for a liberality of grace, after the fashion of one who prayed, ‘O Lord, thou must give me great mercy or no mercy, for little mercy will not serve my turn.’” (Spurgeon)

b. That I may live and keep Your word: This is why the Psalmist asked for God’s blessing. It was not for personal indulgence or even comfort, but so that God’s word might be lived and kept. This is a wonderful, God honoring prayer that is heard in heaven.

i. As the rest of this section will demonstrate, the Psalmist prayed this because of great problems and pressures that had beset him. This section of the Psalm shows us that the author was a man who had suffered deeply. He had known persecution (119:22-23), he had known deprivation and fear for his life (119:17), seasons when he seemed to get nothing from God’s word (119:18), he had also known loneliness, rejection, and a sense of abandonment (119:19-20).

ii. In the midst of these trials, he wanted to live – not only in the sense of surviving, but also in the sense of aquality of life, especially in regard to God.

iii. That I may live: “[This] is the first of many such prayers . . . While some of them could refer simply to surviving an illness or an attack, others are clearly qualitative, speaking of life that is worthy of the name, or in our terms, spiritual life, found in fellowship with God.” (Kidner)

2. (18) A prayer for insight, so that God’s word can be understood.

Open my eyes, that I may see

Wondrous things from Your law.

a. Open my eyes, that I may see: The Psalmist recognized that without God’s enlightenment, he could not see what he could and should from God’s word.

i. “The verb ‘open’ in verse 18 is used in the Balaam story where the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes so he could see the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. It has to do with removing a veil, or covering.” (Boice)

ii. This reminds us that it isn’t the word that needs changing, as if it were obscure; we are the ones who are veiled and can’t understand the word of God apart from the work of the Spirit. Paul’s eyes were unveiled when he was converted (Acts 9:18); it was as if scales had dropped from his eyes.

iii. “In order to keep God’s word, must we not pray to understand it? What then is this prayer? Not – give me a plainer Bible – but open my eyes to know my Bible. Not – show me some new revelations beside the law – but make me behold the wonders of the law.” (Bridges)

iv. The Psalmist didn’t need new revelation; he needed to see the revelation that was already given. He didn’t need new eyes; he needed to see with the eyes he already had.

b. Wondrous things from Your law: There are wondrous things in Scripture; but they can only be seen when the eyes are opened by God. This means that prayer is an important (and often neglected) part of Bible study.

i. It also means that not everyone sees the wondrous things in God’s word, but that when one does see them, they should regard it as evidence of God’s blessing and favor.

ii. Jesus rejoiced that God revealed His wisdom this way: At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” (Matthew 11:25)

iii. God has given man a sense of wonder, and there are certain things that prompt it. The new and unexpected can cause wonder; the beautiful and great and cause wonder, and the mysterious and unknown can cause wonder. We can say that God has provided for this sense of wonder by giving us His word. The Holy Spirit can make us alive to the Bible, and constantly see things that are new and unexpected; things that are great and beautiful; things that are mysterious and unknown. It is a shame to many Christians that they look for their sense of wonderful to be satisfied without looking to the Word of God.

iv. Think of all there is in the Bible that you don’t see. Think of all the wonder, all the treasure that is there, but you don’t see it. You can see such things, though you can’t see everything, and sometimes you will think you see things that are not really there. Yet those who see more than you are not necessarily smarter or better; their eyes are just more open.

v. “If we want to see wonderful things in the Scriptures, it is not enough for us merely to ask God to open our eyes that we might see them. We must also study the Bible carefully. The Holy Spirit is given not to make our study unnecessary but to make it effective.” (Boice)

3. (19-20) A prayer for revelation, longing for God’s word.

am a stranger in the earth;

Do not hide Your commandments from me.

My soul breaks with longing

For Your judgments at all times.

a. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me: This is the same request as in the previous verse, made upon a different reason. The Psalmist wants to know and keep God’s word, and prays for it to be so; but now because he recognizes that earth is not his home, and he needs communication with his true homeland.

i. When we think of the man who says, “I am a stranger in the earth,” we should not think of the man who wanders alone through the wilderness. We should think of the man who lives among others and is surrounded by the vanity of the world’s joys, and all the while knows “I don’t really belong here.”

ii. “If you are trying to follow God, the world is going to treat you as an alien, for that is what you will be. You cannot expect to be at home in it, and if you are, well, it is an indication that you really do not belong to Christ or at least are living far from him.” (Boice)

b. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times: His soul longed for God’s word so much because he was indeed a stranger in the earth; for those who feel perfectly at home in this world, the word that comes to them from heaven is less precious.

i. My soul breaks: “We have a similar expression: It broke my heart, That is heart-breaking, She died of a broken heart. It expresses excessive longing, grievous disappointment, hopeless love, accumulated sorrow. By this we may see the hungering and thirsting which the psalmist had after righteousness, often mingled with much despondency.” (Clarke)

ii. “Spiritual desires are the shadows of coming blessings. What God intends to give us he first sets us longing for. Hence the wonderful efficacy of prayer, because prayer is the embodiment of a longing inspired of God because he intends to bestow the blessing. What are thy longings, then, my hearer?” (Spurgeon)

iii. “Longing lingers not within a lifeless corpse. Where the heart is breaking with desire there is life. This may comfort some of you: you have not attained as yet to the holiness you admire, but you long for it: ah, then, you are a living soul, the life of God is in you.” (Spurgeon)

4. (21-24) A prayer for refuge in God’s word.

You rebuke the proud—the cursed,

Who stray from Your commandments.

Remove from me reproach and contempt,

For I have kept Your testimonies.

Princes also sit and speak against me,

But Your servant meditates on Your statutes.

Your testimonies also are my delight

And my counselors.

a. You rebuke the proud: Those who stray from God’s commandments are both proud (their disobedience is evidence of willfulness) and cursed (no good can come from their disobedience).

i. “Let the histories of Cain, Pharaoh, Haman, Nebuchadnezzar, and Herod, exhibit the proud under the rebuke and curse of God.” (Bridges)

b. Remove me from reproach and contempt: The Psalmist recognized that even princes also sit and speakagainst him; yet he would not turn from meditation on God’s word. Instead, he simply prayed, asking God to deal with the reproach and contempt that notable people put on him for his love of God’s word.

i. Reproach is unpleasant; it is the expression of disapproval or disappointment. Yet contempt is even worse; it is the feeling that a person or thing is beneath consideration, that they are worthless and useless.

ii. Beyond reproach and contempt, these enemies also did slander the Psalmist (sit and speak against me). Slander goes beyond our “stranger” status. When the world thinks we are strange and wonders if we belong, it sees us correctly. When the slander us, they tell lies about us and falsely accuse us.

iii. “The best way to deal with slander is to pray about it: God will either remove it, or remove the sting from it. Our own attempts at clearing ourselves are usually failures.” (Spurgeon)

c. Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors: The Psalmist delighted and trusted in God’s word much more than in the high people of this earth (such as princes).

i. “Most men covet a prince’s good word, and to be spoken ill of by a great man is a great discouragement to them, but the Psalmist bore his trial with holy calmness. . . . While his enemies took counsel with each other the holy man took counsel with the testimonies of God.” (Spurgeon)

ii. My counselors: “Yet a mere cursory reading will never realize to us its holy delight or counsel. It must be brought home to our own experiences, and consulted on those trivial occasions of every day, when, unconscious of our need of Divine direction, we are too often inclined to lean to our own counsel.” (Bridges)

iii. In this section the Psalmist saw many things that hinder his reception of the Word of God and his fellowship with God, and he prayed to be preserved from them.

  • He saw the danger of a dead soul and a cold heart; therefore he prayed, “Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.”
  • He saw the danger of darkened understanding; therefore he prayed, “Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law.”
  • He saw the danger of living as a stranger in a strange land; therefore he prayed, “Do not hide Your commandments from me.”
  • He saw his own weakness and instability; therefore he prayed, “My soul breaks with longing.”
  • He saw the danger of pride, evident in those who attacked him; therefore he recognized that the proud are “the cursed, who stray for Your commandments.”
  • He saw the reproach and contempt that come upon him, and how they may shake his standing; therefore he prayed, “Remove from me reproach and contempt.”
  • He saw rulers plotting against him; therefore he prayed, “Your testimonies are my delight.”

iv. “He rises superior to these sorrowful circumstances by keeping the testimonies, meditating on the statutes, and so finding delight therein.” (Morgan)

D. Dalet ד: Revived from the Dust.

1. (25) A prayer for revival from a soul that feels dead.

My soul clings to the dust;

Revive me according to Your word.

a. My soul clings to the dust: The Psalmist used a strong image to say that he felt near death in his current crisis;dust was the place of death, the place of mourning, and the place of humiliation.

i. “Whatever was the cause of his complaint, it was no surface evil, but an affair of his inmost spirit; his soulcleaved to the dust; and it was not a casual and accidental falling into the dust, but a continuous and powerful tendency, or cleaving to the earth.” (Spurgeon)

b. Revive me according to Your word: From this low place, the prayer for revival came. The Psalmist asked for live and vitality to be restored and he asked that it happen according to Your word.

i. This shows us that revival comes from a sense of spiritual need and lowliness. True revival – in the Biblical and historical sense – is marked by a shamed awareness of sin and an urgency to confess and make things right (mentioned in the following verse).

ii. The Psalmist knew what he needed. “One would have thought that he would have asked for comfort or upraising, but he knew that these would come out of increased life, and therefore he sought that blessing which is the root of the rest. When a person is depressed in spirit, weak, and bent towards the ground, the main thing is to increase his stamina and put more life into him; then his spirit revives.” (Spurgeon)

iii. According to Your word shows us that God uses His word in bringing revival, and that works that claim to be revival can be measured according to His word.

2. (26-27) Teach me, make me understand.

I have declared my ways, and You answered me;

Teach me Your statutes.

Make me understand the way of Your precepts;

So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.

a. I have declared my ways . . . teach me Your statutes: The idea behind I have declared my ways is that he told God everything about himself and his life. He confessed fully and freely before God.

i. My ways: “My sins, in way of confession; and all my cares, and fears, and troubles, and concerns, in way of humble petition to thee, as appears from God’s answer.” (Poole)

ii. “Can each one of us now say, in this sense, ‘I have declared my ways’ to the Lord? For this should be done, not only at our first coming to him, but continually throughout the whole of our life. We should look over each day, and sum up the errors of the day, and say, ‘I have declared my ways,’ — my naughty ways, my wicked ways, my wandering ways, my backsliding ways, my cold, indifferent ways, my proud ways.’” (Spurgeon)

iii. We have the sense of a wonderful liberty in conversation; he spoke to God as a dear friend. “How often do we treat our Almighty Friend as if we were weary of dealing with him!” (Bridges)

b. Make me understand the way of Your precepts: The Psalmist understood that he needed more than knowledge; he also needed understanding. With both he would meditate on God’s wonderful works.

i. Make me understand: “It is concerned with a deep understanding, one that goes beyond a mere understanding of the words to a profound understanding of what they reveal about the nature of God, the gospel, and God’s ways.” (Boice)

ii. “‘Teach me thy statutes.’ I think the psalmist means this, ‘My Lord, I have told thee all; now, wilt thou tell me all? I have declared to thee my ways; now, wilt thou teach me thy ways? I have confessed to thee how I have broken thy statutes; wilt thou not give me thy statutes back again?’” (Spurgeon)

3. (28) A plea for strength from a shrinking soul.

My soul melts from heaviness;

Strengthen me according to Your word.

a. My soul melts from heaviness: The problems surrounding the Psalmist (as seen in Psalm 119:17-24) made his soul heavy, feeling as if it would melt. He felt that he had no strength or stability within.

b. Strengthen me according to Your word: Therefore, he prayed for strength, and that this strength would come both from and according to God’s word.

i. “The singer is bowed down, overwhelmed. He sorely needs succour and strength. How does he seek it? Not by asking for pity, but by a determined application to the law of his God.” (Morgan)

ii. “This melting heaviness has not wrought its work, until it has bowed us before the throne of grace with the pleading cry of faith – Strengthen thou me!” (Bridges)

4. (29-30) Choosing the way of truth.

Remove from me the way of lying,

And grant me Your law graciously.

I have chosen the way of truth;

Your judgments I have laid before me.

a. Remove from me the way of lying . . . I have chosen the way of truth: The Psalmist sensed the common temptation to lie; yet he determined to choose the way of truth.

i. Remove me from the way of lying: “A sin that David, through diffidence, fell into frequently. See 1 Samuel 21:2, 8, where he roundly telleth three or four lies; and the like he did, 1 Samuel 27:8, 10: this evil he saw by himself, and here prayeth against it.” (Trapp)

ii. Grant me Your law graciously: The verb translated graciously “actually has the sense of ‘graciously teach,’ a single word. The full thought is, If we are to be kept from sin, it must be by the grace of God exercised through the teaching of his Word.” (Boice)

b. Your judgments I have laid before me: This is how the Psalmist was able to choose the way of truth. It was because he was in close relationship with the Word of God.

i. “Men do not drop into the right way by chance; they must choose it, and continue to choose it, or they will soon wander from it.” (Spurgeon)

5. (31-32) Rescue me; enlarge my heart.

I cling to Your testimonies;

O Lord, do not put me to shame!

I will run the course of Your commandments,

For You shall enlarge my heart.

a. I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame! The Psalmist understood that if he were to give himself entirely to God; to cling to His word as a shipwrecked man clings to a floating plank in the sea, then he could trust that God would not allow him to be put . . . to shame. This was well-placed confidence.

i. In the beginning of the section he is clinging to the dust (Psalm 119:25); by the end he is clinging to God’s word. In the beginning he is laid low; now he is joyfully running with all his strength in the race God’s word sets before him.

ii. The clinging of this verse connects well with the choosing of the previous verses. “Having once chosen our road, it remains that we persevere in it; since better had it been for us never to have known the way of truth, than to forsake it, when known.” (Horne)

b. I will run the course of Your commandments: After beginning low in the dust, now the Psalmist is running. He has moved in a beautiful progression, from confessing to choosing to clinging to running.

c. For You shall enlarge my heart: The Psalmist comes back to a familiar theme; not only of the greatness of God’s word, but also of his acute sense of weakness and dependence upon God. He must have his heart enlarged; that is, made bigger and stronger and better and more steadfast. His confidence is that God will do this through His word.

i. “The remedy therefore is in that enlargement, which embraces a wider expanse of light, and a more full confidence of love. . . . He does not say – I will make no efforts, unless thou work for me; but if thou wilt enlarge – I will run. Weakness is not the plea for indolence, but for quickening grace. . . . The secret of Christian energy and success is a heart enlarged in the love of God.” (Bridges)

E. He ה: A Plea for Guidance and Life.

He is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and it is used at the beginning of verbs to make them causative. So the prayers in this section are stated, “Cause me to learn” and “Cause me to understand” and “Cause me to walk” and so forth.

1. (33-35) A prayer for instruction for righteous living.

Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,

And I shall keep it to the end.

Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;

Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,

For I delight in it.

a. Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end: The Psalmist here stresses his greatdesire to keep the way and word of God. The idea is that if only God teaches him, he will then persevere and keep it to the end.

i. “The general desire expressed in this division is that for guidance. It is not an appeal for direction in some special case of difficulty, but rather for the clear manifestation of the meaning of the will of God.” (Morgan)

ii. Only a God-changed heart can pray this. Left to himself, man is unable to keep the way and word of God (much less keep it to the end). Philippians 2:13 tells us that it is God’s work in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Here the Psalmist prays as one who has received the will, and now prays for the doing of it.

iii. We should reckon ourselves to the duty of following God and His word to the end. “The end of our keeping the law will come only when we cease to breathe; no good man will think of marking a date and saying, ‘It is enough, I may now relax my watch, and live after the manner of men.’” (Spurgeon)

b. Give me understanding . . . I shall observe it with my whole heart: Without this understanding, the Psalmist could not follow the desire of his transformed heart.

i. “The understanding operates upon the affections; it convinces the heart of the beauty of the law, so that the soul loves it with all its powers; and then it reveals the majesty of the lawgiver, and the whole nature bows before his supreme will.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “That I may persevere; for apostasy proceeds from the want of a good understanding.” (Poole)

iii. The Psalmist had no doubt that God has given His word to us; his only fear was that he would not understand it (or be distracted from it). Yet he was utterly confident that God had spoken and that it could be understood rightly by the prayerful heart and mind.

iv. “ ‘To the end’ means without time limit, and ‘with all my heart’ means without reservation.” (Boice)

c. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it: Despite his delight and desire for God’s word, the Psalmist knows he cannot walk in God’s path without God’s empowering.

i. “We need no instruction in the way of sin. . . . But for a child of God, this is a prayer for constant use.” (Bridges)

ii. “This is the cry of a child that longs to walk, but is too feeble; of a pilgrim who is exhausted, yet pants to be on the march; of a lame man who pines to be able to run.” (Spurgeon)

2. (36-37) God’s word and the problem of material things.

Incline my heart to Your testimonies,

And not to covetousness.

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,

And revive me in Your way.

a. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness: The Palmist rightly understood thatcovetousness was a threat to walking in God’s way. A heart inclined towards God’s word would help him be satisfied in what God provides.

i. “He is asking God to turn his heart toward the Bible rather than allowing him to pursue selfish gain. For the first time he is confessing a potentially divided mind.” (Boice)

ii. The Bible tells us how covetousness has ruined many people.

  • Balaam sold out God’s people and his own soul for covetousness (Numbers 22, 2 Peter 2:14-16)
  • Ahab murdered for covetousness (1 Kings 21:1-13)
  • David committed adultery and murder because he coveted (2 Samuel 6:2-17)
  • Achan stole and brought Israel to defeat by covetousness (Joshua 7:21)
  • Judas stole from his fellow disciples and betrayed Jesus for covetousness (John 12:6 and Matthew 26:14-16)
  • Gehazi lied for the sake of covetousness (2 Kings 5:20-26)
  • Ananias lied to the Holy Spirit out of covetousness (Acts 5:1-8)

iii. “It is a handmaid of all sins; for there is no sin which a covetous man will not serve for his gain. We should beware of all sins, but specially of mother-sins. (William Cowper, cited in Spurgeon)

b. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things: The Psalmist rightly understood that some things, comparatively speaking, are worthless things. They are of no value for eternity and little value for the present age. He prayed that God would empower and enable him to turn away his eyes and attention from such things.

i. Many lives are wasted because people find themselves unwilling or unable to turn away their eyes fromworthless things. The modern world with its media and entertainment technology brings before us an endless river of worthless things to occupy not only our eyes and time, but also our heart and minds.

ii. Some things are clearly worthless; some things are thought by many to be worthy, but are in fact worthless.

  • Worthless because they do no good.
  • Worthless because they do not last.
  • Worthless because they help no one else.
  • Worthless because they build no faith, hope, or love.
  • Worthless because they distract from things that are truly worthy.
  • Worthless because they have nothing to do with Jesus.

iii. The Psalmist understood that he had a natural tendency towards worthless things, so he prayed for that natural tendency to be counter-acted. “Keeping the eye is a grand means of ‘keeping the heart’ (Numbers 15:39, Job 31:1).” (Bridges)

iv. Yet the eyes are so powerful that the Psalmist had to pray; pray for power outside himself to turn his eyes from worthless things. Does the Psalmist have no eyelids? No muscles in his neck to turn the head? Yet we all sympathize with this prayer; the eyes are so small – yet they can lead the whole person, and often lead to destruction. This is because the eyes lead the heart, lead the mind, and can lead the whole person. He prayed this, “Lest looking cause liking and lusting.” (Trapp)

v. He did not gouge out his own eyes or pray God to do it; instead he wanted to look another way, a better way. The best way to look away from sin is to look at something else. “The prayer is not so much that the eyes may be shut as ‘turned away;’ for we need to have them open, but directed to right objects.” (Spurgeon)

c. And revive me in Your way: This is another prayer for revival; this time, to be made alive again in the way (or path) of God. The Psalmist wanted to walk in God’s way, and to do it with a revived heart. He prayed for deadness in one direction – towards worthless things, and for life in another direction – towards God’s way.

i. “As I desire that I may be dull and dead in affections to worldly vanities; so, Lord, make me lively, and vigorous, and fervent in thy work and service.” (Poole)

ii. “He goes at once to him in whom were all his fresh springs. Life is the peculiar sphere of God: he is the Lord and Giver of life. No man ever received spiritual life, or the renewal of it, from any other source but the living God. Beloved, this is worth recollecting, for we are very apt when we feel ourselves declining to look anywhere but to the Lord. We, too, often look within. ‘Why seekest thou the living among the dead?’” (Spurgeon)

iii. God has many ways to revive us. Spurgeon listed some:

  • God’s Word: “There are promises in God’s word of such effectual restorative power, that, if they be but fed upon . . . they will make a dwarf into a giant in the twinkling of an eye.”
  • Affliction: “It is wonderful how a little touch of the spur will quicken our sluggish natures.”
  • Great mercies: “A man may be stirred up to diligence by a sense of gratitude to God for great mercies.”
  • Christian example: “I believe the reading of holy biographies has been exceedingly blessed of God.”
  • Warm-hearted ministry: “We should select not that which tickles the ear most, but that which most enlivens the heart.”

3. (38-40) Longing for revival from God’s word.

Establish Your word to Your servant,

Who is devoted to fearing You.

Turn away my reproach which I dread,

For Your judgments are good.

Behold, I long for Your precepts;

Revive me in Your righteousness.

a. Establish Your word to Your servant: This is not a prayer for God to change His word in some way; indeed, the word of the Lord is established forever (Isaiah 40:8). This is a prayer for a change in the heart and mind of the servantof God, so that the word of the Lord would be established in them.

i. Establish Your word to Your servant is much the same idea as what Mary to Gabriel regarding the word of the Lord that he brought to her: Let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).

b. Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your judgments are good: While declaring the goodness of God’s judgments, the Psalmist also prayed that his disgrace (reproach) would be turned away by the merciful God.

i. There is some reproach [disgrace] that we face as faithful followers of Jesus. Paul suffered this kind of reproaches (1 Timothy 4:10) and indeed even took pleasure in them (2 Corinthians 12:10). This kind ofreproach we expect and receive as followers of Jesus (Hebrews 13:13, 1 Peter 4:14).

ii. “The Lord’s grace to him will remove disgrace and will promote the fear of God.” (VanGemeren)

iii. “Cover it, cure it, suffer it not to break forth, to my disgrace among men.” (Trapp)

c. I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness: Again the Psalmist prays for revival. The prayer comes from a heart that loves God’s word (Your precepts), asking to be made alive in the righteousness of God.

F. Vav ו: Liberty Comes from Loving God’s Word.

This commences a new portion of the Psalm, in which each verse begins with the letter Vau, or v. There are almost no words in Hebrew that begin with this letter, which is properly a conjunction, and hence in each of the verses in this section the beginning of the verse is in the original a conjunction – vau.” (Barnes, cited in Spurgeon)

1. (41-42) Receiving from God and defending against man.

Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord –

Your salvation according to Your word.

So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me,

For I trust in Your word.

a. Let Your mercies come . . . Your salvation according to Your word: Here the Psalmist acknowledged that mercy and salvation come from God to man through the Word of God. The word of God doesn’t merely point us towards mercy and salvation, as if it were a self-help book. It actually brings mercy and salvation to us.

i. The Psalmist rightly said mercies, in the plural. God’s gracious mercy to us is so great that it can only be described in the plural, with mercy piled on top of mercy.

ii. “He desires mercy as well as teaching, for he was guilty as well as ignorant.” (Spurgeon)

  • He needed mercy, not only teaching.
  • He needed many mercies, so the request is in the plural.
  • He needed mercy from God more than from man, so the request is made to God.

iii. The ancient Hebrew word here translated mercies is hesed. For centuries it was translated with words likemercykindness, and love. But in 1927, a scholar named Nelson Glueck (among others) argued that the real idea behind hesed was “covenant loyalty” and not so much love or mercy. However, many disagreed and there is no good reason for changing the long-held understanding of hesed and taking it as a word that mainly emphasizes covenant loyalty (see R. Laird Harris on hesed in the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament).

iv. “It must come to me; or I shall never come to it.” (Bridges)

b. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word: Trust in God’s word gives an answer to those who reproach us. The disapproving voices we often hear can be answered by our abiding trust in the approval that the believer finds in God.

i. When we believe who God is and what He has done for us in Jesus Christ, the disapproval of this world is answered.

ii. “The prayer of Acts 4:29, ‘to speak thy word with all boldness’, is not only anticipated here (42f., 46) but put in context; for the word spoken is first of all the word appropriated (41), trusted (42b, 43b), obeyed (44), sought (45) and loved (47f).” (Kidner)

2. (43-44) A prayer that the word of God would remain in the mouth of the Psalmist.

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

For I have hoped in Your ordinances.

So shall I keep Your law continually,

Forever and ever.

a. Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth: This request is rooted in the understanding that it is only by the goodness and grace of God that His word does dwell with us. Therefore the prayer comes that it may continue so.

i. This is true for humanity in general; hypothetically, God might have created man yet never communicated with him by His word.

ii. Yet it is also true for the individual who is awakened and attentive to God’s word. They are so because of the work of God in them, so it is wise and worthy to pray that it would remain so.

iii. It is true most of all for those who proclaim the word of God. “He who has once preached the gospel from his heart is filled with horror at the idea of being put out of the ministry; he will crave to be allowed a little share in the holy testimony, and will reckon his dumb Sabbaths to be days of banishment and punishment.” (Spurgeon)

b. For I have hoped in Your ordinances: His past hope is the ground for his future expectation. He has hoped in the word of God (ordinances) in the past, and has not been disappointed.

c. So shall I keep Your law continually: The Psalmist wanted God’s word to remain in his mouth so that he could keep God’s law. It was to glorify God through obedience to His word, not any self-serving purpose.

3. (45-48) Loving the word that brings liberty.

And I will walk at liberty,

For I seek Your precepts.

I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,

And will not be ashamed.

And I will delight myself in Your commandments,

Which I love.

My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments,

Which I love,

And I will meditate on Your statutes.

a. And I will walk at liberty: Having just spoken of the obedience that comes from having God’s word within, now the Psalmist testifies that this brings a life of liberty. Freedom comes through obedience and submission to God.

i. It is proven in life after life, in both the positive and the negative: Obedience and the pursuit of God’s word and wisdom leads to liberty. Disobedience, rejection of God’s word, and reliance upon one’s own wisdom leads to bondage.

ii. “Saints find no bondage in sanctity. The Spirit of holiness is a free spirit; he sets men at liberty and enables them to resist every effort to bring them under subjection. The way of holiness is not a track for slaves, but the King’s highway for freemen.” (Spurgeon)

iii. For I seek Your precepts: “Certainly in this service David found the liberty of a king. The precepts of Godwere not forced upon him; for he sought them.” (Bridges)

b. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed: This is an example of the libertyjust mentioned. To have the boldness and ability to speak freely of God and His great word before kings and the great men of this earth shows true liberty.

i. “This is part of his liberty; he is free from fear of the greatest, proudest, and most tyrannical of men.” (Spurgeon)

c. And I will delight myself in Your commandments: That he set this in an “I will” statement shows that delighting in God’s word is a choice, a matter of the will. The Psalmist didn’t wait for a feeling of delight to overcome him; he simply said, I will delight myself in Your commandments.”

i. In Psalm 119:44, the Psalmist proclaimed: So shall I keep Your law continually. In the verses following he lists at least three things that come from this life of obedience: liberty, courage (will not be ashamed), and delight. These are blessings to the obedient life; blessings not earned by our obedience, but simply enjoyed by the one who will keep His law continually.

d. Which I love . . . which I love: The strength and the depth of the Psalmist’s love for God’s word is impressive. That love is manifested not only in the feeling of delight, but also in an act of honor (My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments) and time and energy spent with God’s word (I will meditate).

i. We may say that all true love has these three components: feeling, the giving of honor, and the desire to spend time and energy in knowing the beloved. This is a good measure of our love for God’s word.

ii. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments: “A bold expression of yearning for God’s revelation in Scripture.” (Kidner)

iii. “O shame to Christians who feel so little affection to the Gospel of Christ, when we see such cordial, conscientious, and inviolate attachment in a Jew to the laws and ordinances of Moses, that did not afford a thousandth part of the privileges!” (Clarke)

iv. “Why then is the Bible read only – not meditated on? Because it is not loved. We do not go to it, as the hungry man to his food, as the miser to his treasure. The loss is incalculable.” (Bridges)

G. Zayin ז: The Power of God’s Word to Comfort and Strengthen.

1. (49-50) God’s word brings comfort.

Remember the word to Your servant,

Upon which You have caused me to hope.

This is my comfort in my affliction,

For Your word has given me life.

a. Remember the word to Your servant: The Psalmist understood that God could never forget His word. Speaking in the manner of men, this was a plea for God to fulfill the promises stated in His word. God wants His people to plead His stated promises back to Him in prayer.

i. “This is, as Augustine said of his mother, ‘bringing before God his own hand-writing.’ Will he not remember his word?” (Bridges)

ii. “When we hear any promise in the word of God, let us turn it into a prayer. God’s promises are his bonds. Sue him on his bond. He loves that we should wrestle with him by his promises.” (Sibbes, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. Spurgeon said that he often carried with him a small book of God’s promises (“Clarke’s Precious Promises”), and he turned to specific promises to help him at needful times. “But God – let us speak with reverence – when he gives a promise, binds himself with cords of his own making. He binds himself down to such and such a course when he says that such and such a thing shall be. Hence, when you grasp the promise, you get a hold on God.” (Spurgeon)

iv. To Your servant: “If God’s word to us as his servants is so precious, what shall we say of his word to us as his sons?” (Spurgeon)

b. Upon which You have caused me to hope: Again the Psalmist understood that his trust and hope in God’s word should not be credited to his own spiritual greatness or genius. It came because God worked in him to hope in His word.

i. This also demonstrates that the word of God is worthy of such hope. “It is an irrevocable word. Man has to eat his words, sometimes, and unsay his say. He would perform his engagement, but he cannot. It is not that he is unfaithful, but that he is unable. Now this is never so with God. His word never returns to him void. Go, find ye the snowflakes winging their way like white doves back to heaven! Go, find the drops of rain rising upward like diamonds flung up from the hand of a mighty man to find a lodging-place in the cloud from which they fell! Until the snow and the rain return to heaven, and mock the ground which they promised to bless, the word of God shall never return to him void.” (Spurgeon)

c. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life: When the Psalmist recalled how faithfully and powerfully God’s word had brought him life in the past, he then found comfort in his present affliction.

i. “It would seem as though this section expressed the feelings of one in the midst of affliction. It does not sing the song of deliverance therefrom. The word is distinctly, ‘This is my comfort in my affliction.’” (Morgan)

ii. In this stanza there is no specific prayer for help. Instead, there are “statements by the writer that he trusts what God has written in his law and will continue to love it and obey its teachings. It is a way of acknowledging that suffering is common to human beings.” (Boice)

iii. In the midst of affliction, the Psalmist proclaims his comfort: this is my comfort. “The worldling clutches his money-bag, and says, ‘this is my comfort’; the spendthrift points to his gaiety and shouts, ‘this is my comfort’; the drunkard lifts his glass and sings, ‘this is my comfort’; but the man whose hope comes from God feels the life-giving power of the word of the Lord, and he testifies, ‘this is my comfort.’” (Spurgeon)

iv. My comfort . . . my affliction: In the midst of an affliction suited to the individual, the believer can also enjoy a comfort specifically suited to them. It is my affliction, and it is my comfort.

d. Your word has given me life: All should remember (especially preachers) that the word of God gives life; the preacher does not give it life. It isn’t as if the poor, dead word of God lay lifeless until the wonderful preacher came and breathed life into it. Instead, the word of God gives life – especially to dead preachers.

2. (51-52) God’s word adds strength to comfort.

The proud have me in great derision,

Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.

I remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord,

And have comforted myself.

a. The proud have me in great derision: In this section and in the previous, the idea is that the Psalmist is mocked and reproached for his love and trust in God’s word. These proud mockers look at the Psalmist and dedication to the word of God and hold him in great derision.

i. And so it has ever been; that those who love and trust God’s word – especially with the depth and passion reflected by the Psalmist in this mighty Psalm – these ones are mocked by the proud who want nothing to do with God and His word.

b. Yet I do not turn aside from Your law: We almost sense a note of defiance in the Psalmist. No matter how great the derision that comes from the proud, he will hold faithful to God and His word.

i. Great harm has been done to the cause of God when believers find themselves unable to endure this great derision, and they begin to down-grade their view of God’s word and its inerrant character. Hoping to appease or impress the proud, they lead themselves and others to trust and love God’s word less. Such ones should find their strength and comfort in these very passages and declare, “Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.”

ii. “Christian! Be satisfied with the approbation of your God. Has he not adopted you by his Spirit, sealed you for his kingdom? And is not this ‘honour that cometh from God only’ enough – far more than enough – to counterbalance the derision of the proud?” (Bridges)

c. I have remembered Your judgments of old, O Lord, and have comforted myself: When challenged to lessen his confidence and trust in God’s word by the proud mockers, the Psalmist wisely responded by increasing his confidence in God’s word! Therein he comforted himself.

i. The proud who hold the simple believer in great derision enjoy the applause and honor of some in this world; but they can never know the comfort that the Psalmist wrote of here.

ii. There was specific comfort in remembering Your judgments of old, O Lord. So we are comforted and strengthened in hope as we remember how God has dealt with men and circumstances in the past. “The grinning of the proud will not trouble us when we remember how the Lord dealt with their predecessors in bygone periods; he destroyed them at the deluge, he confounded them at Babel, he drowned them at the Red Sea, he drove them out of Canaan: he has in all ages bared his arm against the haughty, and broken them as potters’ vessels.” (Spurgeon)

iii. “When we see no present display of the divine power it is wise to fall back upon the records of former ages, since they are just as available as if the transactions were of yesterday, seeing the Lord is always the same.” (Spurgeon)

3. (53-54) Describing the comfort and strength the word of God brings.

Indignation has taken hold of me

Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.

Your statutes have been my songs

In the house of my pilgrimage.

I remember Your name in the night, O Lord,

And I keep Your law.

This has become mine,

Because I kept Your precepts.

a. Indignation has taken hold of me: When the Psalmist thought of the wicked – here, probably the proud who held him and others who trusted in God’s word in great derision – it made him indignant. He recognized their great sin: who forsake Your law.

i. Those who deny or depreciate God’s word do just this – they forsake the word of God. Worse yet, they often lead others to do the same. Jesus graphically described the penalty for those who lead others astray (Luke 17:1-2).

b. Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage: Here the Psalmist says that God’s word (Your statutes) make him sing with joy and confidence. Those who know the power of singing God’s word have great comfort in the house of their pilgrimage.

i. Even as Paul and Silas could sing in the midst of suffering (Acts 16:25), so could the Psalmist. Even as a pilgrim, not yet home and afflicted, he could sing unto his God.

ii. “A pilgrim is a person who is travelling through one country to another. . . . We are hurrying through this world as through a foreign land. We are in this country, not as residents, but only as visitors, who take this country en route for glory.” (Spurgeon)

iii. “Since our songs are so very different from those of the proud, we may expect to join a very different choir at the last, and sing in a place far removed from their abode.” (Spurgeon)

c. I remember Your name in the night, O Lord: This was true both literally and figuratively. In the dark of night when fears and anxieties often rush in upon us, the Psalmist found comfort in the name of the Lord, revealed to him by God’s word. Yet this comfort was also real in the figurative night that believers may face.

i. The words following – “And I keep Your law” – remind us that the remembrance of God in the night made for an obedient life with God in the daytime. “The good effect of hours thus secretly passed in holy exercises, will appear openly in our lives and conversations.” (Horne)

ii. “If we have no memory for the name of Jehovah we are not likely to remember his commandments: if we do not think of him secretly we shall not obey him openly.” (Spurgeon)

d. This has become mine: This is a glorious, triumphant statement from the Psalmist. The power and goodness and comfort and strength of God’s word were not only ideas or theories to him. By faith – faith that has come by God’s word (Romans 10:17) – he can rightly say, “This has become mine!”

i. “ ‘This’ being the cheer and comfort so tellingly described in Psalm 119:54f. Although obedience does not earn these blessings, it turns us around to receive them.” (Kidner)

ii. “We are not rewarded for our works, but there is a reward in them.” (Spurgeon)

e. Because I kept Your precepts: The Psalmist enjoys this triumph not only because he knows the word of God, but also because he obeys them (I kept Your precepts). It isn’t that the Psalmist claimed perfect obedience (as shown in Psalm 119:57-58 following), but life generally lived in faithfulness to the word of God.

i. “A strange reason, I kept it because I kept it; but every new act of obedience fitteth for a following act.” (Trapp)

H. Het ח: Hurrying to God with All My Heart.

1. (57-58) Loyalty proclaimed and mercy requested.

You are my portion, O Lord;

I have said that I would keep Your words.

I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;

Be merciful to me according to Your word.

a. You are my portion, O Lord: These are the words of a satisfied soul. The Psalmist is satisfied with the portionreceived, and that portion is the Lord Himself.

i. Spurgeon observed that this was “A broken sentence. The translators have mended it by insertions, but perhaps it had been better to have left it alone, and then it would have appeared as an exclamation, – ‘My portion, O Lord!’”

ii. “The psalmist is saying that, like the Levites, he wants his portion of divine blessing to be God himself since nothing is better and nothing will ever fully satisfy his or anyone else’s heart but God himself. To possess God is truly to have everything.” (Boice)

iii. We understand this is the broader context of Psalm 119. The Lord Himself is satisfaction to the Psalmistbecause God has come to him through His word. It isn’t as if the word of God was in one place, and the Psalmist must go another place for experience of and satisfaction found in God. He can say, “You are my portion, O Lord, and I have received that portion as You meet me in Your word and I live it out.”

iv. Thomas Brooks – quoted in Spurgeon – said that we could answer every temptation with the reply, “The Lord is my portion.” If He truly is our portion, then we look for satisfaction of no carnal fulfillment.

v. “He is an exceedingly covetous fellow to whom God is not sufficient; and he is an exceeding fool to whom the world is sufficient. For God is an inexhaustible treasury of all riches, sufficing innumerable men; while the world has mere trifles and fascinations to offer, and leads the soul into deep and sorrowful poverty.” (Thomas Le Blanc, cited in Spurgeon)

b. I have said that I would keep Your words: This promise would be an empty vow without the empowering of God in the life. The close connection with God that receives and enjoys Him as one’s portion also receives strength to keepHis words.

i. “But if we take the Lord as our portion, we must take him as our king. . . . Here is the Christian complete – taking the Lord as his portion, and his word as his rule.” (Bridges)

ii. He was public in this statement of his intentions. “I have said; I have not only purposed it in my own heart, but have professed and owned it before others, and I do not repent of it.” (Poole)

c. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word: Here the Psalmist understood both the urgency to seek and please God, and the inability to completely do so.

i. The idea behind the words translated “Your favor” is literally, “Your face.” To enjoy the face of God is to experience His favor. The Psalmist here declares that he has sought the face of God.

ii. He sought the face of God with a sense of urgency, reflected in the words entreated and whole heart. The Psalmist understood how important it was to seek the favor of God and to please Him with the life.

iii. He sought the face of God with a sense of inability, shown in the request “be merciful to me.” No matter how diligently the Psalmist would seek after God and seek to please Him, he would always remain in need of mercy.

d. Be merciful to me according to Your word: This is a blessed and glorious apparent contradiction. The request for mercy is never based on right or deserving, but here the Psalmist speaks as one who should expect mercy according to the promise of God’s word.

i. While we have no natural right to mercy, according to God’s promise there is a spiritual right to mercy for all who ask according to His promise.

2. (59-60) A life directed towards God’s word.

I thought about my ways,

And turned my feet to Your testimonies.

I made haste, and did not delay

To keep Your commandments.

a. I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies: Time spent in God’s word has given the Psalmist sober reflection about his ways. This gives the insight necessary to turn in the right direction.

i. “Blaise Pascal, the brilliant French philosopher and devout Christian, loved Psalm 119. He is another person who had memorized it, and he called verse 59 ‘the turning point of man’s character and destiny.’ He meant that it is vital for every person to consider his or her ways, understand that our ways are destructive and will lead us to destruction, and then make an about-face and determine to go in God’s ways instead.” (Boice)

ii. “While studying the word he was led to study his own life, and this caused a mighty revolution. He came to the word, and then he came to himself, and this made him arise and go to his father.” (Spurgeon)

iii. I thought about my ways: “How many, on the other hand, seem to pass through the world into eternity without a serious thought on their ways! Multitudes live for the world – forget God and die! This is their history.” (Bridges)

b. I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments: Once on the right path (with the feet having beenturned), now the Psalmist may speed his way in the course of obedience.

i. It is dangerous to make haste on a wrong path; it is glorious to make haste on the right way. We can also say that making haste to God is a sign of revival. When God is moving in power, people make haste to get right with him.

ii. “Speed in repentance and speed in obedience are two excellent things. We are too often in haste to sin; O that we may be in a greater hurry to obey.” (Spurgeon)

iii. Did not delay: “The original word, which we translate delayed not, is amazingly emphatical . . . velo hithmahmahti, I did not stand what-what-whating; or, as we used to express the same sentiment, shilly-shallyingwith myself: I was determined, and so set out. The Hebrew word, as well as the English, strongly marks indecision of mind, positive action being suspended, because the mind is so unfixed as not to be able to make a choice.” (Clarke)

iv. “Delay is the word used of Lot as he ‘lingered’, reluctant to leave Sodom [Genesis 19:16].” (Kidner)

3. (61-62) Faithfulness to God’s word in adversity.

The cords of the wicked have bound me,

But I have not forgotten Your law.

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You,

Because of Your righteous judgments.

a. The cords of the wicked have bound me, but I have not forgotten Your law: The Psalmist was attacked and afflicted by adversaries; but they could not make him forget or forsake the law of God.

b. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You: The heart and the mind of the Psalmist are so filled with thanks and appreciation towards God that he finds his sleep interrupted by these high thoughts.

i. I will rise: “The Psalmist observed posture; he did not lie in bed and praise. There is not much in the position of the body, but there is something, and that something is to be observed whenever it is helpful to devotion and expressive of our diligence or humility.” (Spurgeon)

ii. Thomas Manton (cited in Spurgeon) listed several notable lessons to be drawn from the Psalmist’s midnight devotion:

  • His devotion was earnest and passionate; the daylight hours did not give him enough time to thank God.
  • His devotion to God was sincere, shown by its secrecy. He was willing to thank God when no one else could see him or be impressed by his devotion.
  • He regarded time as precious; he even used the hours normally given to sleep for devotion to God.
  • He regarded devotion to God as more important than natural refreshment. He was willing to sacrifice legitimate things (sleep, or perhaps food) for the pursuit of God.
  • He showed great reverence to God even in secret devotion, by rising up to praise Him. Praise requires something of both soul and body.

4. (63-64) Friendship with those who are friends of God’s word.

am a companion of all who fear You,

And of those who keep Your precepts.

The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy;

Teach me Your statutes.

a. I am a companion of all who fear You: The Psalmist enjoyed the special fellowship among those who honor and hold God’s word, of those who keep Your precepts.

i. This wonderful companionship is the testimony of countless Christians, who experience warm fellowship across the lines of race, class, nationality, and education.

ii. “These then are the Lord’s people; and union with him is in fact union with them. . . . To meet the Christian in ordinary courtesy, not in unity of heart, is a sign of an unspiritual walk with God.” (Bridges)

iii. “David was a king, and yet he consorted with ‘all’ who feared the Lord, whether they were obscure or famous, poor or rich. He was a fellow-commoner of the College of All-saints.” (Spurgeon)

iv. “If then we are not ashamed to confess ourselves Christians, let us not shrink from walking in fellowship with Christians. Even if they should exhibit some repulsive features of character, they bear the image of him, whom we profess to love.” (Bridges)

b. The earth, O Lord, is full of Your mercy: Having experienced this broad companionship, the Psalmist felt the goodness of God filling the earth. This experience of God’s mercy increased his desire for knowledge and obedience (teach me Your statutes).

i. We see again the course of a never-ending cycle. The pursuit of God in and through His word leads to satisfaction and blessing. That satisfaction and blessing leads to a deeper pursuit, leading to even more satisfaction and blessing.

ii. When one lives in this glorious cycle, it feels as if the whole earth is full of the mercy of God. It is a glorious, blessed life with the experience of mercy all around.

I. Tet ט: God’s Word Brings Benefit from a Time of Affliction.

1. (65-66) A prayer of praise and petition.

You have dealt well with Your servant,

O Lord, according to Your word.

Teach me good judgment and knowledge,

For I believe Your commandments.

a. You have deal well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word: This section begins with a note ofgratitude. The Psalmist finds himself thankful for God’s good dealing toward him, and that it has come according to Your word.

i. We don’t think about it enough, but it is wonderfully true that “You have dealt well with Your servant, OLord.” Think of all the ways God has dealt well with us. He loves us, He chose us, He called us, He drew us to Himself. He rescued us, He declared us righteous, He forgave us, He put His Spirit with us, He adopted us into His family. He makes us kings and priests and co-workers with Him, and He rewards all our work for Him.

ii. According to Your word implies that the Psalmist not only knew the promises of God and pled them in prayer (as in Psalm 119:49); he also received the promises by faith and experienced them.

iii. We remember when Mary said to the angel Gabriel – who had just made the glorious promise that she would bear the Messiah – “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

iv. This should be the life experience of every child of God. They know that God has deal well with them, and they know that it has been according to His word.

v. “When we are thus reaping the fruitful discipline of our Father’s school (Hebrews 12:11), must we not put a fresh seal to our testimony – Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord? But why should we delay our acknowledgment till we come out of our trial? Out we not to give it even in the midst of our ‘heaviness?’” (Bridges)

b. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: This is the prayer of wisdom from a blessed life. Having received this well-dealing from God, the Psalmist understood the need to live in good judgment and knowledge. The blessings were given to him for wise and obedient living to the glory of God.

i. Good judgment: “Hebrew, the goodness of taste, an experimental sense and relish of divine things.” (Poole) “Judgment, here, is literally ‘taste’, not in our sense of artistic judgment, but of spiritual discrimination: ‘for the ear tests words as the palate tastes food’ (Job 34:3). Cf. Hebrews 5:14.” (Kidner)

ii. We far too easily forget our great need to learn good judgment and knowledge, and are far too ready to trust our own heart and conscience. “The faculty of conscience partakes, with every other power of man, of the injury of the fall; and therefore, with all its intelligence, honesty, and power, it is liable to misconception. . . . Conscience, therefore, must not be trusted without the light of the word of God; and most important is the prayer – Teach me good judgment and knowledge.” (Bridges)

iii. “No school, but the school of Christ – no teaching, but the teaching of the Spirit – can ever give this good judgment and knowledge.” (Bridges)

c. For I believe Your commandments: He wanted God to teach him because he really did believe the commands and words of God. If we really do believe His word, then we want Him to teach us to live wisely and obediently.

2. (67-68) The goodness of God seen even in correction.

Before I was afflicted I went astray,

But now I keep Your word.

You are good, and do good;

Teach me Your statutes.

a. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word: The Psalmist speaks here of lessons learned the hard way. There was a time when he was far more likely to go astray from God’s word and the wise life revealed there. Yet, under a season of affliction, he was now devoted to the word of God.

i. “Often our trials act as a thorn hedge to keep us in the good pasture, but our prosperity is a gap through which we go astray.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “But should the Christian, by the appointment of God, be thrown into the seductive atmosphere, he will feel the prayer that is so often put into his lips, most peculiarly expressive of his need – ‘In all time of our wealth – Good Lord, deliver us!’ (Litany.) A time of wealth is indeed a time of special need. It is hard to restrain the flesh, when so many are the baits for its indulgence.” (Bridges)

iii. “As the scourging and beating of the garment with a stick beateth out the moths and dust, so do afflictions corruptions from the heart.” (Trapp)

iv. This principle has worked its way in the life of virtually everyone who has pursed God. This is one reason why God appoints affliction for His people (1 Thessalonians 3:3).

v. “Many have been humbled under affliction, and taught to know themselves and humble themselves before God, that probably without this could never have been saved; after this, they have been serious and faithful.Affliction sanctified is a great blessing; unsanctified, it is an additional curse.” (Clarke)

vi. “We gain solace here by remembering what the Bible says even of Jesus, ‘Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered’ (Hebrews 5:8).” (Boice)

b. You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes: This is an important and precious line to follow the recognition of affliction and the good it has done in life. It shows that the Psalmist did not become bitter or resentful towards God for the affliction that brought him to greater obedience.

i. Despite the affliction – which we should regard as genuine – he proclaimed, “You are good, and do good.” In fact, he even wanted more instruction from God, saying “Teach me Your statutes.” This is said with the implicit understanding that this teaching might require more affliction; yet it was the Psalmist’s desire. This shows how confident he was in the goodness of God.

ii. “Affliction is not the most frequently mentioned matter in stanza nine. The most prominent word in these verses is ‘good.’ This is the teth stanza. Teth is the first letter of the Hebrew word ‘good’ (tov), so it was a natural thought for the composer of the psalm to use ‘good’ at the beginning of these verses.” (Boice)

iii. In the most basic sense, this is praise for who God is (You are good), and praise for what God does (and do good). These are always two wonderful reasons for praise.

iv. “We talk of goodness, but yield to discontent. We do not profess to dislike trial – only the trial pressing upon us – any other cross than this; that is, my will and wisdom rather than God’s.” (Bridges)

3. (69-70) Delight in God’s law despite attacks from adversaries.

The proud have forged a lie against me,

But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart.

Their heart is as fat as grease,

But I delight in Your law.

a. The proud have forged a lie against me: In reading of the godly and humble character of the Psalmist, it is almost shocking to hear that he has enemies who carefully forged a lie against him. Yet he explains how this is possible: they are the proud, who are no doubt convicted in conscience and spiteful of his humble, obedient, teachable life before God.

i. “If the Lord does us good, we must expect Satan to do us evil. . . . he readily puts it into the hearts of his children to forge lies against the children of God!” (Bridges)

ii. “To such slanders and calumnies, a good life is the best answer. When a friend once told Plato, what scandalous stories his enemies had propagated concerning him, – I will live so, replied the great Philosopher, that nobody shall believe them.” (Horne)

b. But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart: The lies of the proud did not distract or overly discourage the Psalmist. Instead, he dedicated himself to greater obedience and honor of God, pledging to obey Him with his whole heart.

i. “If the mud which is thrown at us does not blind our eyes or bruise our integrity it will do us little harm. If we keep the precepts, the precepts will keep us in the day of contumely and slander.” (Spurgeon)

c. Their heart is fat as grease, but I delight in Your law: Their fat heart was not good for their physical or spiritual health. It meant that their hearts were dull, insensitive, drowning in luxury and excess. In contrast, the Psalmist founddelight in the word of God.

i. “The tremendous blow of almighty justice has benumbed his heart, so that the pressure of mountains of sin and guilt is unfelt! The heart is left of God, ‘seared with a hot iron’ (1 Timothy 4:2), and therefore without tenderness; ‘past feeling’ (Ephesians 4:19); unsoftened by the power of the word.” (Bridges)

ii. “There is and always ought to be a vivid contrast between the believer and the sensualist, and that contrast is as much seen in the affections of the heart as in the actions of the life: their heart is as fat as grease, and our heart is delighted with the law of the Lord.” (Spurgeon)

iii. “As if he should say, My heart is a lean heart, a hungry heart, my soul loveth and rejoiceth in thy word. I have nothing else to fill it but thy word, and the comforts I have from it; but their hearts are fat hearts; fat with the world, fat with lust; they hate the word. As a full stomach loatheth meat and cannot digest it; so wicked men hate the word, it will not go down with them, it will not gratify their lusts.” (William Fenner, cited in Spurgeon)

4. (71-72) Appreciation for the goodness of God even in seasons of affliction.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted,

That I may learn Your statutes.

The law of Your mouth is better to me

Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

a. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes: The Psalmist repeats the idea from earlier in this section (Psalm 119:67). This repetition is an effective way to communicate emphasis. Affliction, brought under the wisdom and guidance of God’s word, did genuine good in his life.

i. “I, for my part, owe more, I think, to the anvil and to the hammer, to the fire and to the file, than to anything else. I bless the Lord for the correctives of his providence by which, if he has blessed me on the one hand with sweets, he has blessed me on the other hand with bitters.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “ ‘I never’ – said Luther – ‘knew the meaning of God’s word, until I came into affliction. I have always found it one of my best schoolmasters.’” (Bridges)

iii. Yet we must guard against the misunderstanding that seasons of affliction automatically make one better or godlier. Sadly, there are many who are worse from their affliction – because they fail to turn to God’s word for wisdom and life-guidance in such times.

iv. This also shows how valuable the learning of God’s word was to the Psalmist. It was entirely worth it for him to endure affliction, if only he could learn the statutes of God in the process. This made a time of painful affliction worthwhile.

v. “Very little is to be learned without affliction. If we would be scholars we must be sufferers. . . . God’s commands are best read by eyes wet with tears.” (Spurgeon)

vi. “By affliction God separates the sin which he hates from the soul which he loves.” (John Mason, cited in Spurgeon)

vii. “Are you, then, tried believer, disposed to regret the lessons you have already learned in this school? . . . The Lord save us from the greatest of all afflictions, an affliction lost!” (Bridges)

b. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver: This is a logical extension of the thought in the previous verse. If the Psalmist understood that even trouble could be good if it taught him the word of God – if it was more valuable than his comfort – then it is also possible to say that it is more valuable than riches.

i. This great estimation of the word of God came from a life that had known affliction. It was love and appreciation from the field of battle, not the palaces of ease and comfort.

ii. “Herbert Lockyer recounts a story concerning the largest Bible in the world, a Hebrew manuscript weighing 320 pounds in the Vatican library. Long ago a group of Italian Jews asked to see this bible and when they had seen it they told their friends in Venice about it. As a result a syndicate of Russian Jews tried to buy it, offering the church the weight of the book in gold. Julius the Second was Pope at that time, and he refused the offer, even though the value of such a large amount of gold was enormous . . . Today we pay little to possess multiple copies of God’s Word. But do we value it? In many cases, I am afraid not.” (Boice)

iii. “Who can say this? Who prefers the law of his God, the Christ that bought him, and the heaven to which he hopes to go, when he can live no longer upon earth, to thousands of gold and silver? Yea, how many are there who, like Judas, sell their Saviour even for thirty pieces of silver? Hear this, ye lovers of the world and of money!” (Clarke)

iv. “The word of God must be nearer to us than our friends, dearer to us than our lives, sweeter to us than our liberty, and pleasanter to us than all earthly comforts.” (John Mason, cited in Spurgeon)

J. Yod י: Confidence in the Creator and His Word.

The yodh stanza represents the small Hebrew letter Jesus referred to as a “jot” in Matthew 5:18: “Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”

1. (73) Surrendering to the word of the Creator.

Your hands have made me and fashioned me;

Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

a. Your hands have made me: Here the Psalmist proclaims God as Creator, and understood certain obligations to God because he was fashioned by the hands of God.

i. Fashioned me: “The reference to God forming him is a deliberate echo of Genesis 2, which says God ‘formed man from the dust of the ground’ (Genesis 2:7).” (Boice)

ii. The modern age, with its widespread denial of a Creator God, has a much lower sense of obligation to God as Creator. Despite the deeply seated rejection of God as Creator, man’s obligation to his Maker remains. The Psalmist understood what many today forget or deny.

iii. To say that God is our Creator is to recognize:

  • That we are obligated to Him as the One who gives us life
  • That we respect Him as One who is greater and smarter than we are
  • That He, as our designer, knows what is best for us
  • That since our beginning is connected to the invisible world, so our end will be also

iv. “The consideration, that God made us, is here urged as an argument why he should not forsake and reject us, since every artist hath a value for his own work, proportioned to its excellence. It is, at the same time, and acknowledgement of the service we owe him, founded on the relation wich a creature beareth to his Creator.” (Horne)

v. “If God had roughly made us, and had not also elaborately fashioned us, this argument would lose much of its force; but surely from the delicate art and marvellous skill which the Lord has shown in the formation of the human body, we may infer that he is prepared to take equal pains with the soul till it shall perfectly bear his image.” (Spurgeon)

vi. Your hands: “Oh look upon the wounds of thine hands, and forget not the work of thine hands, as Queen Elizabeth prayed.” (Trapp)

b. Give me understanding: In his thoughts of God as Creator, the Psalmist prayed for understanding. He recognized that this was something often misunderstood, and one could ask for and expect help in understanding both God as Creator and our obligations to our Maker.

i. We gain much understanding by considering God as Creator, and especially as the Creator of man. “Every part of creation bears the impress of God. Man – man alone – bears his image, his likeness. Everywhere we see his track – his footsteps. Here we behold his face.” (Bridges)

c. That I may learn Your commandments: The understanding of God and man as Creator and creature should lead to this humble relationship where man admits his need to learn, to learn God’s word (commandments), and to receive His word as commands from a wise, loving, and righteous Creator.

2. (74) The common gladness of those who fear God.

Those who fear You will be glad when they see me,

Because I have hoped in Your word.

a. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me: The Psalmist considered that his right life would be an encouragement to others who also feared God. This was an additional reason to hear and obey God.

i. “When a man of God obtains grace for himself he becomes a blessing to others . . . There are professors whose presence scatters sadness, and the godly quietly steal out of their company: may this never be the case with us.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “They who ‘fear God’ are naturally ‘glad when they see’ and converse with one like themselves; but more especially so, when it is one whose faith and patience have carried him through troubles, and rendered him victorious over temptations; one who hath ‘hoped in God’s word,’ and hath not been disappointed.” (Horne)

b. Because I have hoped in Your word: His life could give encouragement and gladness to other righteous peoplebecause his hope and attention were put upon the word of God. Without this hope, his righteous life would be impossible.

3. (75-77) Comfort from God’s word in a time of affliction.

I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right,

And that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort,

According to Your word to Your servant.

Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live;

For Your law is my delight.

a. Your judgments are right . . . in faithfulness You have afflicted me: His attention upon God’s word has given the Psalmist wise and godly perspective even in seasons of suffering. He can proclaim the rightness of God’s judgmentseven when he is afflicted.

i. It is one thing to say, “God has the right to do with me as He pleases.” It is a greater thing to say that Hisjudgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

ii. “David not only acknowledges God’s right to deal with him as he saw fit, and even his wisdom in dealing with him as he actually had done, but his faithfulness in afflicting – not his faithfulness though he afflicted – but in afflicting him; not as if it were consistent with his love, but as the very fruit of his love.” (Bridges)

iii. This was the place Job eventually came to through his long and desperate struggle through the Book of Job. He came to know that the judgments of the Lord were right, and even understood God’s faithfulness in affliction.

  • Job could say in his affliction, blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21).
  • Eli could say in his affliction, It is the Lord. Let Him do what seems good to Him (1 Samuel 3:18).
  • David could say in his affliction, Let him alone, and let him curse, for so the Lord has ordered him (2 Samuel 16:11).
  • The Shunammite mother could say in her affliction, It is well (2 Kings 4:26).

b. Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word: The Psalmist prayed on solid ground, asking on the basis of promises made in God’s word. With such promises, he asked for merciful kindness in his affliction.

i. According to Your word: “Our prayers are according to the mind of God when they are according to the word of God.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “Lord, these promises were made to be made good to some, and why not to me? I hunger; I need; I thirst; I wait. Here is thy hand-writing in thy word . . . I am resolved to be as importunate [persistent to the point of annoyance] till I have obtained, and as thankful afterwards, as by they grace I shall be enabled . . . Thy promises are the discoveries of thy purposes, and vouchsafed [graciously given] as materials for our prayers; and in my supplications I am resolved every day to present and tender them back to thee.” (Prayer of Monica, the mother of Augustine; cited in Bridges)

c. Your word to Your servant: The Psalmist rightly received the Word of God as something personal to himself. It was not only a word to mankind in general, or even the covenant people; it was something personal to the Psalmist himself (Your servant).

d. Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight: The Psalmist prayed with the understanding that God’s tender mercies came to him through the Word (law) of God. By staying close to God’s word and letting it fill his life, he also received God’s tender mercies.

i. “The mercies of God are ‘tender mercies,’ they are the mercies of a father to his children, nay, tender as the compassion of a mother over the son of her womb. They ‘come unto’ us, when we are not able to go to them.” (Horne)

ii. Without the gift of these tender mercies we find ourselves lost and discouraged. “All the candles in the world, in the absence of the sun, can never make the day. The whole earth, in its brightest visions of fancy, destitute of the Lord’s love, can never cheer nor revive the soul.” (Bridges)

iii. “Yet we have no just apprehension of these tender mercies, unless they come unto us. In the midst of the wide distribution, let me claim my interest. Let them come unto me.” (Bridges)

4. (78-80) The contrast between the proud and those who fear God.

Let the proud be ashamed,

For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood;

But I will meditate on Your precepts.

Let those who fear You turn to me,

Those who know Your testimonies.

Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes,

That I may not be ashamed.

a. Let the proud be ashamed: The Psalmist said this not only out of a sense of God’s righteousness, but also out of a sense of being personally wronged. These proud ones had treated him wrongfully with falsehood; therefore they should be put to shame.

i. “Shame is for the proud, for it is a shameful thing to be proud. Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of.” (Spurgeon)

ii. If the proud ones who opposed the Psalmist knew he was praying against them, they had reason to be afraid. David’s prayers made failure and doom for Ahithophel. The fasting of Esther and the Jews brought failure and doom for Haman. Hezekiah’s prayer meant failure and doom for the Assyrian army. God knows how to defend His own who cry to Him.

iii. Yet even the prayer that the proud be ashamed is a prayer for their good. It is as the prayer of Asaph: Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O Lord. (Psalm 83:16)

b. But I will meditate on Your precepts: In contrast to the proud who loved lies, the Psalmist loved and meditated on God’s Word.

i. “He would study the law of God and not the law of retaliation. The proud are not worth a thought. The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts.” (Spurgeon)

ii. I will meditate: “Truths lie hid in the heart without efficacy or power, till improved by deep, serious, and pressing thoughts … A sudden carrying a candle through a room, giveth us not so full a survey of the object, as when you stand a while beholding it. A steady contemplation is a great advantage.” (Thomas Manton, cited in Spurgeon)

c. Let those who fear You turn to me: The Psalmist recognized the presence of proud enemies, but he did not believe that all were against himself or God. There were others who feared God, and he could find companionship with them. They had much in common – they both were those who knew God’s word (Those who know Your testimonies).

i. “David has two descriptions for the saints, they are God-fearing and God-knowing. They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion.” (Spurgeon)

ii. Turn to me: “As the believer finds trouble from the world, he prays that he may find help from the Lord’s people . . . It is painful therefore to see Christians often walking aloof from each other, and suffering coldness, distance, differences and distrust to divide them from their brethren.” (Bridges)

iii. “Either, 1. Turn their eyes to me as a spectacle of God’s wonderful mercy; or rather, 2. Turn their hearts and affections to me, which have been alienated from me, either by the artifices and calumnies of my adversaries, or by my sore and long distresses.” (Poole)

d. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes: As the Psalmist compared himself with the proud who spoke lies, he still recognized his need for greater obedience to God. He asked God and depended on Him for an obedient (blameless) heart and life.

i. The New Testament has many examples of hearts that were not blameless: Judas, Ananias and Sapphira, Alexander, Demas. Such examples should make us prayer according to Psalm 139:23-24: Search me, O God, and know my heart.

ii. “Examine your settled judgment, your deliberate choice, your outgoing affections, your habitual, allowed practice; apply to every detection of unsoundness the blood of Christ, as the sovereign remedy for the diseases of ‘a deceitful and desperately wicked heart.’” (Bridges)

iii. “Let it be perfect-all given up to thee, and all possessed by thee.” (Clarke)

e. That I may not be ashamed: This is a valid desire. The Psalmist wanted a life lived unashamed. The desire was for a no sense of inward shame because one was right with God, and without a sense of public shame before the eyes of others. His obedient life (Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes) would lead to this unashamed life.

i. In this section we are taught by the repetition of the plea, “Let . . .” Taken together, these make for a healthy life with God.

  • Let me be comforted by Your kindness
  • Let me live by Your mercies
  • Let me be vindicated over the proud
  • Let me be in the presence of those who fear You
  • Let my heart be blameless

K. Kaf כ: Fainting from Affliction, Revived by God’s Word.

“Some writers . . . pointed out that for the ancients there was often significance in the shape of the Hebrew letters. Such is the case here. This is the kaph stanza. Kaph is a curved letter, similar to a half circle, and it was often thought of as a hand held out to receive some gift or blessing . . . He holds out his hand toward him as a suppliant.” (Boice)

1. (81-82) Seeking comfort in the Word of God.

My soul faints for Your salvation,

But I hope in Your word.

My eyes fail from searching Your word,

Saying, “When will You comfort me?”

a. My soul faints for Your salvation: The Psalmist gives a sense of desperation. His soul aches for God, so much that it faints in waiting for the salvation he needs. Yet he is not in despair, because he has hope in Your word.

i. Faints has the idea of “coming to the end” (Kidner). It is same verb in a slightly different form as used in Psalm 119:87: The almost made an end of me. Fainting is a loss of strength; a collapse. Here the Psalmist felt that hissoul was so weak, so empty of strength that it was unable to stand.

ii. This place of desperate yet not despairing is known to the followers of God. The Apostle Paul related something of this in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. In it all, Paul could say, “we have the same spirit of faith” (2 Corinthians 4:13).

iii. Your salvation: What he wanted was God’s salvation. “He wished for no deliverance but that which came from God, his one desire was for ‘thy salvation.’ But for that divine deliverance he was eager to the last degree.” (Spurgeon)

b. But I hope in Your word: In contrast to the sense of weakness and failing, the Psalmist found hope and strength in God’s word. This is the endurance of hope spoken of in the New Testament (1 Thessalonians 1:3), and the hope of salvation as a protecting helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8).

i. “Saul, under protracted trial, resorted to the devil for relief (1 Samuel 28:6-7) . . . Even a good man, under a few hours’ trial, murmurs against God – nay, even defends his murmuring (Jonah 4:7-9). How did this man behave? When his soul was fainting, his hope in the word kept him from sinking.” (Bridges)

ii. I hope in Your word: “Beloved, let none of us give way to despair. No doubt Satan will tell us that it is humble to despair, but, it, is not so. The pride of despair is truly terrible. I believe that, when a man altogether doubts the power of God to save him, and gives himself up to sin because he thinks he cannot be saved, so far from there being any humility in it, it is the prouder action that depraved flesh and blood can perform. Man, how darest, thou say that there is no hope for thee?” (Spurgeon)

c. My eyes fail from searching Your word: This indicates how diligently the Psalmist read and studied God’s word.He studied so hard that his eyes hurt. One reason he loved God’s word so much was because he studied it so intently. God’s word yields its treasures to us in proportion to our searching it.

d. Saying, “When will You comfort me?” This was why the Psalmist searched so diligently. It was to find comfort in his presence distress. This sense of personal need is and remains a greater motivation for diligent study than theological curiosity.

i. “While the promised salvation is delayed, the afflicted soul thinketh every day a year, and looketh toward heaven for the accomplishment of God’s word.” (Horne)

ii. In his sermon titled God’s Time for Comforting, Spurgeon sought to give practical answers to the question,“When will You comfort me?”

  • Comfort will come when we put away unbelief.
  • Comfort will come when we are finished complaining.
  • Comfort will come when we put away the sin that we tolerate.
  • Comfort will come when we fulfill the duties we have neglected.

2. (83-84) Appreciating weakness and trusting God and His word.

For I have become like a wineskin in smoke,

Yet I do not forget Your statutes.

How many are the days of Your servant?

When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?

a. I have become like a wineskin in smoke: The Psalmist felt weak, as if he were a fragile wineskin that had turned dry and made black with smoke. His soul and spiritual life felt dry.

i. A wineskin in smoke was “Useless, shriveled, and unattractive because of being blackened with soot.” (VanGermen) We don’t know if the Psalmist said this about his inward condition, his outward condition, or both.

ii. “My natural moisture is dried and burnt up; I am withered, and deformed, and despised, and my case grows worse and worse every day.” (Poole)

iii. Though this illustration speaks about the difficult nature of David’s trial, it also speak to the character of the trial: “Our trials are smoke, but not fire; they are very uncomfortable, but they do not consume us.” (Spurgeon)

b. Yet I do not forget Your statutes: Despite his sense of weakness, he was determined to not forget Your statutes. Weakness would not make him forget God’s word.

i. “No trouble must pull us from the love of the truth. You may pull my tongue out of my head, but not my faith out of my heart, said that martyr.” (Trapp)

c. How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?Here the sense of weakness led the Psalmist to despair that God would execute judgment against those who persecuted him.

i. This (Psalm 119:84) is one of the few verses in the Psalm that does not specifically mention God’s word. The sense and context lead us to see that the sense of personal weakness and injustice has led the Psalmist to such distraction and despair that he has lost focus on God’s word.

ii. “This stanza has a great deal to say about the psalmist’s enemies, as if at this point his thoughts were nearly monopolized by them.” (Boice) Yet at the end of the stanza, his thoughts are once again on God and His word.

iii. “To complain of God is dishonourable unbelief. To complain to God is the mark of his ‘elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bears long with them’ (Luke 8:7).” (Bridges)

3. (85-86) A cry for help when attacked and persecuted.

The proud have dug pits for me,

Which is not according to Your law.

All Your commandments are faithful;

They persecute me wrongfully;

Help me!

a. The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law: The traps set for the Psalmist were in fact directly against the law of God. Exodus 21:33-34 gives the principle that a man is responsible for damage when he digs a pit.

i. The idea is that they hunted him as if he were a wild animal. “The manner of taking wild beasts was by ‘digging pits,’ and covering them over with turf, upon which when the beast trode, he fell into the pit, and was there confined and taken.” (Horne)

ii. “Neither the men nor their pits were according to the divine law: they were cruel and crafty deceivers, and their pits were contrary to the Levitical law, and contrary to the command which bids us love our neighbour.” (Spurgeon)

b. All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully: The Psalmist found faithfulness and refuge in the commandments of God; this was strong contrast to the persecution he found from his enemies. In such times, he prayed the logical prayer: Help me!

i. “Many a time have these words been groaned out by troubled saints, for they are such as suit a thousand conditions of need, pain, distress, weakness, and sin. ‘Help, Lord,’ will be a fitting prayer for youth and age, for labour and suffering, for life and death. No other help is sufficient, but God’s help is all-sufficient and we cast ourselves upon it without fear.” (Spurgeon)

4. (87-88) Revived by God unto obedience.

They almost made an end of me on earth,

But I did not forsake Your precepts.

Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,

So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

a. They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts: The point is emphasized through repetition. Nothing would make the Psalmist forsake God’s word. He would cling to it in good times and in bad times.

i. There are many things that may cause a person to forsake the word of God in one way or another.

  • Sinful compromise.
  • Intellectual arrogance.
  • Mocking and persecution.
  • Coldness of heart.
  • Worldly distractions.
  • Love of material things.
  • Chosen or allowed busyness.

ii. Yet here, the Psalmist was almost dead (the almost made an end of me on earth), yet he would notforsake the word of God.

iii. There is gold in that word “almost.” It reminds us that though our foes (especially our spiritual adversaries) may press for our complete destruction, God will preserve us. He allows us to be attacked, yet at the same time sets a limit to the success of the attackers. Almost is a word of God’s gracious protection.

b. Revive me according to Your lovingkindess: The Psalmist looked to God for new life, for revival. Yet he knew that this was not deserved, even by someone as in love with God’s word as he was. Instead, he prayed “Revive me according to Your lovingkindness,” and not according to what he deserved or had earned.

i. “If we are revived in our own personal piety we shall be out of reach of our assailants. Our best protection from tempters and persecutors is more life.” (Spurgeon)

ii. The Psalmist spoke freely about his great love for God and His word. Yet his trust was in the goodness and grace and lovingkindness of God, not in his own love to God and His word.

c. So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth: Here the Psalmist understood that the purpose of a revived spirit within him. It wasn’t merely to enjoy a season of spiritual excitement; it was for a more faithful, obedient walk with God.

i. Many people look to revival as merely a time of heightened spiritual excitement, that has little purpose other than giving people a sense of blessing and thrills. This mistaken idea of revival actually hinders the work of true revival.

ii. This revived life was also given for the sake of steadfastness to the testimony of God’s mouth. “Life is absolutely essential to steadfastness in the truth. Whenever I hear of churches and ministers departing from the faith, I know that piety is at low ebb among them. It is proposed that we should argue with them: it is of no avail to argue with dead people. It is proposed that we should bring out another book of Christian evidences: it is small benefit to provide glasses for those who have no eyes. What is wanted is more spiritual life; for as the truth quickens men they love the quickening word, but dead men care little about that which is to them a dead letter.” (Spurgeon)

d. The testimony of Your mouth: The Psalmist rightly understood that the word of God actually came from the mouthof God. He wasn’t ignorant of the fact that God had used human authors, and that those human authors still expressed their personality through the inspired writings. Yet God so directed those human authors that what they wrote could accurately be called words from the mouth of God.

i. If the Bible gives us words from the mouth of God, we can confidently say that the Bible is infallible; that is, that in its original, autograph documents (of which we have extremely reliable copies), it is absolutely without error.

ii. Since the mouth communicates words, we also insist that the words of the Bible are infallible, and not merely the ideas. “To me there is no explanation of those words except that which involves verbal and infallible inspiration. The testimony of God’s mouth must be given in words: God’s heart has thoughts, but God’s mouth has words; and words from the omniscient and true God must be infallible.” (Spurgeon)

L. Lamed ל: Saved by the Word Settled in Heaven.

1. (89-91) A faithful God and His settled word.

Forever, O Lord,

Your word is settled in heaven.

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;

You established the earth, and it abides.

They continue this day according to Your ordinances,

For all are Your servants.

a. Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven: The Psalmist here meditated on the unchanging nature of God’s word. Because it is settled in heaven, it will not change on earth.

i. The word is settled in heaven; not merely in the heart or mind of the Psalmist. It is objectively settled in heaven, whether the Psalmist or anyone else believes it to be or not to be. If someone were to say to the Psalmist “That’s your opinion; that is good for you” he would object most strongly that God’s word is settled in heaven quite apart from any opinion of man.

ii. “It’s not settled at Tübingen.” “It’s not settled at Harvard.” “It’s not settled at Heidelberg.” “It’s not settled at Oxford.” “It’s not settled at Paris.” “There is quite a debate at the seminaries these days!” We care not for any of that when we know, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”

iii. “The Bible was imprinted at the New Jerusalem by the finger of Jehovah, and shall outlive the days of heaven, run parallel with the life of God, with the line of eternity.” (Trapp)

iv. “If I can prove a word to have been spoken by God, I must no more question it than his own Being. It may seem to fail on earth; but it is for ever settled in heaven.” (Bridges)

v. “After tossing about on a sea of trouble the Psalmist here leaps to shore and stands upon a rock. Jehovah’s word is not fickle nor uncertain; it is settled, determined, fixed, sure, immovable. Man’s teachings change so often that there is never time for them to be settled; but the Lord’s word is from of old the same, and will remain unchanged eternally.” (Spurgeon)

vi. “Sentiments fluctuate so constantly in this nineteenth century that I suppose we shall soon require to have barometers to show us the variations of doctrine as well as the prospects of the weather. We shall have to consult quarterly reviews, to see what style of religious thought is predominant, and then we shall have to accommodate our sermons to the dictum of the last wise man who has chosen to make a special fool of himself. As for myself, I shall continue to be unfashionable, and abide where I am. ‘Sticking in the mud,’ says somebody. ‘Standing on the Rock,’ say I.” (Spurgeon)

b. Settled in heaven: The Psalmist also declared his belief that the word of God was exactly that – not the words of man, but the very words of God. He believed that the Scriptures come from heaven and not earth; from the Lord and not man.

i. He believed what 2 Timothy 3:16 says; that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

ii. This means something more than saying that God inspired the men who wrote it, though we believe that He did; God also inspired the very words they wrote. We notice it doesn’t say “All Scripture writers are inspired by God,” even though that is true. Yet that statement doesn’t go far enough. The words they wrote were breathed by GodYour word is settled in heaven.

iii. It isn’t that God breathed into the human authors. That is true, but not what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16. He says that from heaven, God breathed out of them His Holy Word.

iv. We remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:18, that one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. The jot refers to yod (י), the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet; it looks like half a letter. Thetittle is a small mark in a Hebrew letter, somewhat like the crossing of a “t” or the tail on a “y.”

  • The difference between bet (ב)  and kaf (כ) is a tittle.
  • The difference between dalet (ד)  and resh (ר) is a tittle.
  • The difference between vav (ו) and zayin (ז) is a tittle.

v. These are small, tiny, almost insignificant differences – yet Jesus said that even these smallest differences would not pass away from God’s word. He said that heaven and earth would sooner pass away than a yod or a tittle from the word of God. Truly, Your word is settled in heaven.

vi. Every preacher should especially be able to say, “Your word is settled in heaven.” “They say that they are thinking out their doctrines. I would be greatly sorry to have to think out the road to heaven without the guiding star of heaven’s grace or the map of the word. Not gospel-preachers but gospel-makers these men aspire to be, and their message comes forth, not as the gospel of the grace of God, but as the gospel of the imagination of men; a gospel concocted in their own kitchen, not taught them by the Holy Spirit. It is the reverse of being ‘settled in heaven,’ it is not even settled in the mind of its inventor.” (Spurgeon)

c. Your faithfulness endures to all generations: The Psalmist believed that the settled word of God was a demonstration of the faithfulness of God; and that faithfulness extends across all generations.

i. We recognize the truth of this when we look at generations past. We trace the line of the amazing faithfulness of God to each generation, despite the worst impulses and works of man.

ii. We recognize the truth of this when we consider generations present and future. The present and future often look gloomy; we wonder where are the great men and women of God seen in previous generations. Yet we should not fear; Your faithfulness endures to all generations.

iii. We recognize the truth of this when we consider how God has preserved His word through the generations. There are many great works of ancient literature that are lost; one author or another makes mention of them, but we have no text that has survived to our day. The Bible not only survives; it thrives.

iv. “Throughout much of this time, the Bible was an object of extreme hatred by many in authority. They tried to stamp it out, but the text survived. In the early days of the church, Celsus, Prophyry, and Lucien tried to destroy it by their arguments. Later the emperors Diocletian and Julian tried to destroy it by force. In some periods of history it was a capital offense to possess a copy of the Bible. Yet the text survived.” (Boice)

d. You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances: The word of God itself (Your ordinances) is what establishes the earth and causes it to abide. The earth and all of creation began with a word from God (Genesis 1); it is no surprise that they are also sustained and endure according to the word of God.

i. This gives new understanding to some wonderful statements of Scripture:

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8)

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away (Matthew 24:35)

ii. These passages put the word of God outside the created world and indicate that the word of God is more permanent and enduring that creation itself. Since the created world came into being by God’s word and is sustained by His word, this makes perfect sense.

iii. “He establishes the world and it abideth. Let us be confident then. Whenever God means to break his word and change his ordinances we may expect to find this earth go steaming into the sun, or else it will rush far off into space, nobody knows where. But while it keeps its place, what have you and I to worry about? Is it not the sign that the Lord will keep us also?” (Spurgeon)

e. For all are Your servants: The Psalmist looked at the created order and understood that all creation ultimately serves God and His purpose. The earth, which He established and which abides, obeys His word.

i. “There is constancy and order in all of creation, reflecting the ‘faithfulness’ of the Lord.” (VanGemeren)

ii. “A striking feature of these verses is the coupling of God’s creative, world-sustaining word with His law for man. Both are the product of the same ordering mind; and not only men but ‘all things’ are His ‘servants’.” (Kidner)

2. (92-93) The sustaining power of God’s word.

Unless Your law had been my delight,

I would then have perished in my affliction.

I will never forget Your precepts,

For by them You have given me life.

a. Unless Your law had been my delight: The Psalmist rejoiced that the word of God had been his delight. Reading and studying and meditating on God’s word was not a burdensome chore; it was a delight.

i. We can speculate that one reason this was so was because God met him in His word. When we have fellowship with God in and through His word, it makes our time in His law delightful.

b. I would then have perished in my affliction: The Psalmist knew that without his relationship with God and His word, he would not have been sustained in his season of affliction.

i. Again, it should be stressed that this delight goes beyond mere Bible knowledge. It is a relationship with God in and through His word that gives strength and spiritual nourishment.

ii. “What got him through his afflictions was his lifelong habit of reading, marking, learning, meditating upon, spiritually digesting, and above all obeying God’s Law.” (Boice)

iii. “When he speaks the word, the devouring fire becomes gentle, and toucheth not the hair of the children he will preserve; the hunger-starved lions suspend their ravenous nature when so good a morsel as Daniel is set before them; and the sun, which had been in perpetual motion since its creation, obeys the writ of ease God sent in Joshua’s time, and stands still.” (Stephen Charnock, cited in Spurgeon)

iv. “‘Thy law … my delights … in mine affliction.’ I happened to be standing in a grocer’s shop one day in a large manufacturing town in the west of Scotland, when a poor, old, frail widow came in to make a few purchases. There never was, perhaps, in that town a more severe time of distress. Nearly every loom was stopped. Decent and respectable tradesmen who had seen better days, were obliged to subsist on public charity. So much money per day (but a trifle at most) was allowed to the really poor and deserving. The poor widow had received her daily pittance, and she had now come into the shop of the grocer to lay it out to the best advantage. She had but a few coppers in her withered hands. Carefully did she expend her little stock—a pennyworth of this and the other necessary of life nearly exhausted all she had. She came to the last penny, and with a singular expression of heroic contentment and cheerful resignation on her wrinkled face, she said, ‘Now I must buy oil with this, that I may see to read my Bible during these long dark nights, for it is my only comfort now when every other comfort has gone away.’ ” (Alexander Wallace, cited in Spurgeon)

c. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life: The Psalmist remembered the life-givingpower and character of God’s word. It was this life that strengthened him in the season of affliction.

i. God’s word brings life because it is alive. “The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me. The Bible is not antique or modern. It is eternal.” (Luther, cited in Boice)

3. (94-95) Safety in seeking God’s word.

am Yours, save me;

For I have sought Your precepts.

The wicked wait for me to destroy me,

But I will consider Your testimonies.

a. I am Yours, save me: This speaks of the wonderful relationship between the Psalmist and His God, flowing from the word of God.

  • He recognized that God was his God
  • He recognized that salvation was not in Himself
  • He recognized that God hears and answers prayer
  • He recognized that God would indeed save him

i. “We are the Lord’s by creation, election, redemption, surrender, and acceptance; and hence our firm hope and assured belief that he will save us. A man will surely save his own child: Lord, save me.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “But what a powerful plea for mercy may we draw from the Lord’s interest in us! Will not a man be careful of his children, his treasure, his jewels? ‘Such am I. Thy sovereign love hath bought me – made me thine – I am thine; save me.” (Bridges)

b. For I have sought Your precepts: The basis of this confidence was a relationship built upon the word of God (Your precepts). This was not relationship built upon feelings or subjective experiences, but upon the solid foundation of God’s word.

i. “But then let it be remembered, that no man can say to God with good conscience, ‘I am thine,’ unless he can also go on, and say, ‘I have sought they precepts.’” (Horne)

c. The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies: The Psalmist speaks of his enemies in an almost causal way. While they do their worst against him – they wait for him to destroy him – he will not panic, but find refuge in the word of God.

i. “If the enemy cannot cause us to withdraw our thoughts from holy study, or our feet from holy walking, or our hearts from holy aspirations, he has met with poor success in his assaults.” (Spurgeon)

4. (96) The perfection of God’s word.

I have seen the consummation of all perfection,

But Your commandment is exceedingly broad.

a. I have seen the consummation of all perfection: The Psalmist considered the excellent things he has seen in this world. Perhaps he thought of the things of great natural beauty; the small things of intricate creation; the beauty of human love and care. Yet in looking at all these things, they have a consummation – in the sense of a limit or a barrier. The best things of this world only go so far.

i. “He has considered all the perfections of things other than Jehovah Himself, that is, of created things; and has discovered their limits.” (Morgan)

ii. “Of ‘all perfection’ in this world, whether of beauty, wit, learning, pleasure, honour, or riches, experience will soon show us the ‘end.’ But where is the end or boundary of the word of God?” (Horne)

b. But Your commandment is exceedingly broad: Despite all the great and beautiful things of this world, something is greater still – the commandment of God, His revealed word to us. It is not limited as the things, even the great things of this earth are.

  • It is before creation
  • It is the sustainer of creation
  • It will endure beyond all creation

i. “He has found that stretching out beyond them, and enwrapping them all is the commandment of God.” (Morgan)

ii. “This verse could well be a summary of Ecclesiastes, where every earthly enterprise has its day and comes to nothing, and where only in God and His commandments do we get beyond these frustrating limits.” (Kidner)

iii. “Broad, or large, both for extent and for continuance; it is useful to all persons in all times and conditions, and for all purposes to inform, direct, quicken, comfort, sanctify, and save men; it is of everlasting truth and efficacy; it will never deceive or forsake those who trust to it, as all worldly things will, but will make men happy both here and for ever.” (Poole)

iv. Strangely, many today think that the Bible is narrow. They think of themselves as exceedingly broad-minded people; yet they show little tolerance for those who disagree with them. God’s word is indeedexceedingly broad, and it will make us broad-minded, broad-hearted, and tolerant in the best sense if we read and obey it. It will prevent us from being tyrants over others and to tolerate and love others even when their lives and thinking are decidedly against God and His word.

v. The broad place is firm and safe standing for us. “Give me the plenary, verbal theory of biblical inspiration with all its difficulties, rather than the doubt. I accept the difficulties and I humbly wait for their solution. But while I wait, I am standing on rock.” (J.C. Ryle, Anglican Bishop cited in Boice)

M. Mem מ: Loving the Sweetness of God’s Word.

“This is a pure song of praise. It contains no single petition, but is just one glad outpouring of the heart.” (Morgan)

1. (97) The love of God’s word expressed through meditation.

Oh, how I love Your law!

It is my meditation all the day.

a. Oh, how I love Your law! Twice before in this Psalm, the writer has declared his love for the word of God (Psalm 119:47-48). Yet here, the phrasing is more passionate. His devotion to God and His word has built a love-relationship between the Psalmist and God’s word.

i. It isn’t “I used to love Your law” or “One day I will love Your law.” He describes how he feels about the word of God right now. He also speaks for himself; the Psalmist isn’t saying how others should feel, but about how hefeels.

ii. We also notice that he says, “Oh, how I love Your law!” The word how describes a comparison; the psalmist loves the word of God more than other things. “It is a word of admiration, or a note of comparison; so is it taken in divers other places.… it noteth a kind of excess or excellency, even such as cannot be well expressed. The prophet seemeth to speak with a kind of sighing, as being so ravished with love towards the law of God, that he was even sick of love.” (Thomas Stoughton, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. “The Order of the Divine mind, embodied in the Divine Law, is beautiful . . . It is the language of a man ravished by moral beauty. If we cannot at all share his experience, we shall be the losers.” (C.S. Lewis fromReflections on the Psalms, cited in Boice)

iv. The superficial Christian may read and understand and even, in an outward sense, obey the word of God. But only the spiritual man loves it; they live as if they could not live without it. To the superficial Christian it is a duty to satisfy the conscience; to the believer it is food and medicine, light and comfort – the word of God is life.

v. If one wants to, they can increase their love for God’s word. You can’t make yourself love something or someone; but you can cultivate love towards someone or something.

  • Give it your time; set it before you constantly.
  • Give it your attention and care; look after the word of God (it is my meditation all the day).
  • Give it a truly listening ear.
  • Give it your honor and your obedience.
  • Give it your appreciation; value it for all the good it has done for you and be thankful for all that good.
  • Give it your dependence and trust; let it care for you.
  • Give it your praise; speak highly of it before others.

vi. When we truly love someone, we don’t wish to change them. “You cannot bend the Bible to your mind; how much better it would be for you to bend your mind to the Bible, and to say, ‘O how I love thy law, – the doctrines of it, the precepts of it, the promise of it, the ordinances it enjoins upon me, the warnings it sets before me, the exhortations it gives me!’ Love the whole Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, and be prepared even to die rather than to give up half a verse of it.” (Spurgeon)

vii. “I beseech you to let your Bibles be everything to you. Carry this matchless treasure with you continually, and read it, and read it, and read it again and again. Turn to its pages by day and by night. Let its narratives mingle with your dreams; let its precepts color your lives; let its promises cheer your darkness, let its divine illumination make glad your life. As you love God, love this Book which is the Book of God, and the God of books, as it has rightly been called.” (Spurgeon)

b. It is my meditation all the day: Because the Psalmist loved God’s word, it was natural and expected that he would think about it often. A lover finds it easy to think about, to meditate upon, the one he loves.

i. “My meditations; the matter of my constant and most diligent study.” (Poole)

ii. “He meditated in God’s word because he loved it, and then loved it the more because he meditated in it.” (Spurgeon)

iii. All the day: A good man, wherever he goes, carries his Bible along with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. (Matthew Henry, cited in Spurgeon)

iv. When we love the Bible, we find much to meditate on.

  • The Bible is a letter from our distant Father.
  • The Bible is a picture of our best and most faithful Friend.
  • The Bible is the certificate of our adoption into the family of God.
  • The Bible is the declaration of our liberty, our freedom from slavery.
  • The Bible is the description of our heavenly inheritance.
  • The Bible is the evidence of our nobility, for we are made kings and priests to God.
  • The Bible is the instruction manual for wise and blessed living.
  • The Bible is both a statement of our account, and checkbook for what belongs to us by the promises of God.
  • The Bible is a telescope where we see the heavenly city that is our destination.

2. (98-100) God’s word gives great wisdom.

You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies;

For they are ever with me.

I have more understanding than all my teachers,

For Your testimonies are my meditation.

I understand more than the ancients,

Because I keep Your precepts.

a. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies: The Psalmist had many enemies, some of them evil and some proud. Perhaps the proud ones boasted that they were wiser or more educated than the writer of the Psalm. Yet the writer was confident that God’s word had given him greater wisdom.

i. In these verses, we see that the Psalmist is wiser and has more understanding than his enemies (Psalm 119:98), his teachers (Psalm 119:99), and the ancients (Psalm 119:100). “The comparison is not a prideful assertion of superiority, but a form of exultation in the Lord himself, whose wisdom is more direct and superior.” (VanGemeren)

b. For they are ever with me: The Psalmist was real about the abiding presence of his enemies. They were with himever, and he had to gain enough spiritual strength and enough strength of character to survive and even thrive with them with him.

i. “Neither grace received, nor experience attained, nor engagements regarded, will secure me for one moment without continual teaching from thyself.” (Bridges)

c. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation: Here the Psalmist explained why he was wiser than his enemies. He even hade more understanding than all his teachers (who, we hope were not the same as his previously mentioned enemies), because of his serious study and meditation on God’s word.

i. This verse teaches us that it is vitally important to have understanding, even great understanding. We know this because of the value the Psalmist places on having more understanding.

ii. This verse teaches us that it is not wrong or bad to have teachers, because the Psalmist indeed had (either now or in the past) teachers who taught him about life and God’s word. This verse is not a renunciation of those teachers.

iii. This verse teaches us that our understanding of God’s word and ways is not limited to what we receive from our teachers. That is, it teaches us that we can learn from our own study and meditation; that teachers are often helpful but not absolutely necessary. Understanding is necessary; teachers may or may not be.

iv. This verse teaches us that this understanding does not come easily; true meditation involves some element of work. It requires the ability to stay focused and the necessary tools for Biblical understanding and analysis.

v. This principle has been proven in the lives of God’s servants again and again. The Bible tells us of men who were not educated by the world’s standards (such as the disciples, as in Acts 4:13) yet they had greatunderstanding and were effective in serving God.

vi. This principle has also been proven in the lives of God’s servants since Bible times. Notable examples include Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, William Carey, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Hudson Taylor.

vii. It is helpful to remember that God has used many who were greatly educated. Moses, Daniel, and Paul are all Biblical examples. Augustine, Luther, and Graham are just a few historical examples. It’s just as wrong to think that formal education disqualifies someone for as it is to think that it automatically qualifies someone for effective service.

viii. “We may hear the wisest teachers and remain fools, but if we meditate upon the sacred word we must become wise. There is more wisdom in the testimonies of the Lord than in all the teachings of men if they were all gathered into one vast library. The one book outweighs all the rest.” (Spurgeon)

ix. “It is no reflection upon my teachers, but rather an honour to them, for me to improve so as to excel them, and no longer to need them.” (Matthew Henry, cited in Spurgeon)

d. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts: The Psalmist was even more bold than just saying that God’s word had given him an education greater than his teachers. Now he says “I understand more than the ancients.”

i. “He understands more than the aged, that is, the direct keeping of the Divine precepts is of more value than the advice of others, even though they have had long experience.” (Morgan)

ii. This is particularly meaningful when we realize how highly regarded the wisdom of the ancients was in that day and culture. In the modern world it is all too common to disregard the wisdom and understanding of the ancients, but not in the Psalmist’s time.

iii. This also tells us that while we should in general respect the understanding and wisdom of the ancients(which the Psalmist surely did, in general), we are not slaves to their wisdom and understanding. Our rule for faith and doctrine and living is the Bible itself, not the understanding or interpretation of it from even the great men of history.

iv. “The ancients are had in high repute, but what did they all know compared with that which we perceive in the divine precepts? ‘The old is better’ says one: but the oldest of all is the best of all, and what is that but the word of the Ancient of days.” (Spurgeon)

v. Boice tells a story about the life of Harry Ironisde, the pastor and author and Bible commentator. Ironside went to visit a man near death, suffering from tuberculosis. The man was almost dead and could barely speak. As Ironside spoke to him he asked, “Young man, are you trying to preach Christ, are you not?” Ironside said that he was, and the man replied: “Well, sit down a little, and let us talk together about the Word of God.” Then the man opened his Bible and spoke with Ironside until his strength was gone; he shared insights from the Bible that Ironside had not appreciated or even seen before. Ironside was stunned, and he asked the man: “Where did you get these things? Can you tell me where I can find a book that will open them up to me? Did you get them in seminary or college?” The old man replied: “My dear young man, I learned these things on my knees on the mud floor of a little sod cottage in the north of Ireland. There with my open Bible before me, I used to kneel for hours at a time and ask the Spirit of God to reveal Christ to my soul and to open the Word to my heart. He taught me more on my knees on that mud floor than I ever could have learned in all the seminaries or colleges in the world.”

3. (101-102) The word of God keeps one from evil.

I have restrained my feet from every evil way,

That I may keep Your word.

I have not departed from Your judgments,

For You Yourself have taught me.

a. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word: The Psalmist understood that restraining himself from evil would also help him to understand God’s word better. He could better keep God’s word by keeping from every evil way.

i. “There is no treasuring up the holy word unless there is a casting out of all unholiness: if we keep the good word we must let go the evil.” (Spurgeon)

b. I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me: The personal connection the Psalmist had with God through His word encouraged a faithful walk.

i. This also demonstrates that God can teach the believer through His word in a direct sense – You Yourself have taught me. This does not mean that everything one comes to through self-study is correct or from God, and it does not eliminate the need for Bible teachers. Yet it does fulfill what Jesus later said in John 16:13:When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.

ii. You Yourself have taught me: “The word thou [You] is emphatic. Here is the guarantor of biblical truth, and the One who alone opens the disciple’s eyes to see it.” (Kidner)

4. (103-104) The sweet understanding from the word of God.

How sweet are Your words to my taste,

Sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Through Your precepts I get understanding;

Therefore I hate every false way.

a. How sweet are Your words to my taste: The Psalmist felt the word of God was as pleasant to him as sweet things – even sweeter than honey! Time spent in God’s word was not an unpleasant duty; it was a sweet experience to be thankful for.

i. How sweet: “He expresses the fact of their sweetness, but as he cannot express the degree of their sweetness he cries, ‘How sweet!’” (Spurgeon) In comparison, the Psalmist had very little of God’s word – perhaps just the five Books of Moses and a few books more. We have so much more riches and sweetness in the word of God than he did; yet most of us seem to value it less.

ii. “The study and obedience of thy words yields me more satisfaction and delight than any worldly men find in their sensual pleasures.” (Poole)

iii. The Bible is filled with passage after passage that anyone with spiritual sensitivity would find sweet. Passages like Psalm 23:1-3, Psalm 8:1, John 3:16, Romans 8:28, or Revelation 22:20 are just a beginning. “If you can’t find anything beautiful or sweet in these verses, your taste bids are terribly dulled and your eyes horribly glazed by the tawdry glitz of our culture.” (Boice)

iv. “For what argument could ever persuade us that honey is bitter, at the moment we are tasting its sweetness?” (Bridges)

v. “If the word of God be not very sweet to me, have I an appetite? Solomon says, ‘The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.’ Ah, when a soul is full of itself, and of the world, and of the pleasures of sin, I do not wonder that it sees no sweetness in Christ, for it has no appetite!” (Spurgeon)

vi. “It is a blessed sign of grace in the heart when God’s words are sweet to us as a whole, — when we love the truth, not cast into a system or a shape, but as we find it in God’s Word. I believe that no man who has yet lived has ever proposed a system of theology which comprises all the truth of God’s Word. If such a system had been possible, the discovery of it would have been made for us by God himself: — certainly it would if it had been desirable and useful for our profit and holiness. But it has not pleased God to give us a body of divinity; let us receive it as he has given it, each truth in its own proportion, — each doctrine in harmony with its fellow, — each precept carefully carried out into practice, and each promise to be believed, and by-and-by received. Let the truth, and the whole truth, be sweet to our taste.” (Spurgeon)

b. Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way: The understanding gained by the Psalmist gave him discernment and courage; the ability to perceive and hate every false way.

i. Notably, the psalmist began this section with love; he ends it with hate. “The Christian life is not all sweetness . . . It has its sweet moments, and there is incomparable beauty in God. But we still live in a sour, ugly world, and it is equally important to learn to hate evil as well as love the good.” (Boice)

N. Nun נ: Never-Ending Confidence in God’s Word.

1. (105) The illuminating guidance of God’s word.

Your word is a lamp to my feet

And a light to my path.

a. Your word is a lamp to my feet: The Psalmist felt that as he walked the road of life, the word of God made his steps clear. He would not know where to step without the guidance of God’s word.

i. It is possible to walk the path of life not knowing where our steps fall. To use the analogy, we don’t know if our foot will step on good ground or dangerous ground; we are not self-aware. God’s word will be a lamp to our feet.

ii. Simply said, the Bible should help us walk the way God wants us to walk. Think of all the different words we use to describe how a person walks: stroll, saunter, amble, trudge, plod, dawdle, hike, tramp, tromp, slog, stomp, march, stride, sashay, glide, troop, patrol, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, promenade, roam, traipse, mosey, and perambulate. The different words show that there are many different ways to walk, and each of them says something.

iii. How are Christians to walk?

  • Worthy (Ephesians 4:1)
  • Uprightly (Isaiah 57:2)
  • In the light (1 John 1:7)
  • Humbly (Micah 6:8)

None of these are possible without the word of God lighting our way.

iv. The picture of a lamp says something. “Thus is our passage in a dark and perilous way irradiated by thelamp and light of the word. But except the lamp be lighted – except the teaching of the Spirit accompany the word, all is darkness – thick darkness. Let us not be content to read the word without obtaining some light from it in our understanding.” (Bridges)

b. A light to my path: The word of God not only showed him where his feet stepped, but also the path he should remain upon. It showed him the next few steps to take.

i. We need the Bible to teach us right from wrong. We certainly do have some inner sense of this in our conscience; but our conscience can be weak, ignorant, or damaged. The word of God is higher even than our conscience, and it teaches our conscience.

ii. “This is not convenient guidance for one’s career, but truth for moral choices; see, for example, the kind of ‘snare’ and ‘straying’ that are implied in 119:110.” (Kidner)

iii. “One of the most practical benefits of Holy Writ is guidance in the acts of daily life; it is not sent to astound us with its brilliance, but to guide us by its instruction.” (Spurgeon)

c. Your word is a lamp . . . and a light: These pictures show us that the word of God is light and brings light; it doesn’t make things darker or harder to understand. It is a light book, not a dark book.

i. “This stanza emphasizes the clarity of Scripture, the attribute of the Bible that meant so much to the Protestant Reformers, who also called it perspicuity. What they meant by clarity of perspicuity is that the Bible is basically comprehensible to any open-minded person who reads it.” (Boice)

ii. Not all parts are equally clear and easy to understand; and it is helpful to have wisdom from others in what they have seen in the Scriptures. Yet at its core, the Bible can be understood, and Christians do understand it. Think of all the common ground Christians, even of greatly different denominations, have together:

  • The truth of a Triune God
  • The truth of the full deity and full humanity of Jesus
  • The truth of our sin
  • The truth of Jesus death for us to save us from sin and death
  • The work of the Holy Spirit in leading us to faith
  • The establishment of the church, the community of believers
  • The return of Jesus Christ
  • The resurrection of the dead

Taken together, these are a lot! In general, Christians do understand the Bible in agreement.

iii. This doesn’t mean that everyone’s opinion on the meaning of a Bible passage is just as good as everyone else’s opinion. It is really just the opposite; that the Bible is clear enough to be understood, and this means that some so-called understandings are wrong.

2. (106-108) Trusting the life-giving power of God’s word.

I have sworn and confirmed

That I will keep Your righteous judgments.

I am afflicted very much;

Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.

Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord,

And teach me Your judgments.

a. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments: The Psalmist showed a determination of life to obey the word of God. It was a double-decision, both sworn and confirmed.

i. I have sworn and confirmed: Bridges tells of a man named Pearce, who read a book titled Rise and Progress of Religion, and from it decided that he would live a more dedicated and obedient life. He wrote out a covenant with God, and in a very serious and solemn way he even signed it with his own blood. It wasn’t long until he started failing in his commitment to the covenant; first in small ways and then more and more. This plunged him into deep distress, almost to total despair. Then he considered that the arrangement he had made with God was actually legalistic and pharisaical, especially in the way that it relied on the power of his own vows and resolutions. So he took the covenant to the top of his house, tore it into small pieces, and threw it to the wind. Yet he did not feel himself free from the promises themselves; only now he was of mind to not rely on himself or his own vows, but only on the blood of Jesus Christ and on the indwelling power of His Spirit. This was of much better result; and he was close to the source of comfort and restoration when he did fail.

ii. “Perhaps however ‘a messenger of Satan’ may ‘buffet us.’ ‘Thou hast broken thy bond; now it will be worse with thee than before.’ But did not Jesus die for sins of infirmity, and even of presumption?” (Bridges)

b. I am afflicted very much; revive me, O Lord, according to Your word: His determination to obedience came from a season of affliction, not comfort and ease. Despite his many problems and pains, he looked to God’s word for a reviving of life and for it to happen according to His word.

i. “The faithful servants of God may be ‘afflicted’; they may be ‘very much’ and grieviously afflicted: but let them consider, that, by afflictions, their corruptions are purged away, their faith is tried, their patience is perfected, their brethren are edified, and their Master is glorified.” (Horne)

c. Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth: They Psalmist presented these words to the Lord as if they were a sacrifice brought to an altar. They were freewill offerings meant to show his love and devotion to God.

i. “The sacrifices of prayer and praises, which I do freely and frequently offer unto thee; which are calledsacrifices, as Psalm 50:14, and calves of our lips, Hosea 14:2.” (Poole)

ii. “God’s revenues are not derived from forced taxation, but from freewill donation. There can be no acceptance where there is no willingness; there is no work of free grace where there is no fruit of free will.” (Spurgeon)

d. And teach me Your judgments: It is very easy for us to have an sinful confidence in our own judgment; to simply “follow your heart.” Yet Spurgeon wrote well: “These repeated cries for teaching show the humility of the man of God, and also discover to us our own need of similar instruction. Our judgment needs educating till it knows, agrees with, and acts upon, the judgments of the Lord.”

3. (109-110) Trusting God’s word despite danger.

My life is continually in my hand,

Yet I do not forget Your law.

The wicked have laid a snare for me,

Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts.

a. My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your law: The Psalmist’s life was often in danger, yet his connection to the word of God stayed strong.

i. This idea is also in Judges 12:3, 1 Samuel 19:5, and Job 13:14. “Exposed to perpetual and extreme danger, as any precious and frail thing is which a man carrieth openly in his hand, whence it may easily fall or be snatched away by a violent hand.” (Poole)

b. The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your precepts: The dangers also came from determined enemies, wicked people. Yet he would not forsake the precepts of God.

i. “From this verse let us learn to be on our guard, for we, too, have enemies both crafty and wicked. Hunters set their traps in the animals’ usual runs, and our worst snares are laid in our own ways. By keeping to the ways of the Lord we shall escape the snares of our adversaries, for his ways are safe and free from treachery.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “Whenever we find the psalms talking about danger, we usually think of physical danger . . . But the psalms also speak of spiritual dangers like falling into sin or forgetting God.” (Boice)

4. (111-112) An enduring commitment to God and His word.

Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever,

For they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes

Forever, to the very end.

a. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart: The Psalmist rejoiced in God’s word with a deep heart-felt joy. Therefore they became his heritage forever.

i. “What is the psalmist’s spiritual heritage, that is, what is he looking toward and working for? Some heavenly reward? A word of praise from God? Surprisingly, he says that his heritage is what he has been speaking about all along: God’s Word itself.” (Boice)

ii. How do the testimonies of God belong to us? “How did he claim an interest in them? Not by purchase, or by merit, it was his heritage . . . Man looks at his heritage. ‘This land – this estate – or this kingdom is mine.’ The child of God looks round on the universe – on both worlds – on God himself with his infinite perfections – and says, ‘All things are mine.’ My title is more sure than to any earthly heritage.” (Bridges)

iii. “I take possession of my heritage, I live on it, I live in it, it is my treasure, my portion. If a man is known by hisheritage, let me be known by mine.” (Bridges)

iv. “Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage. To these he was heir; he had inherited them from his fathers, and he was determined to leave them to his family for ever. If a man can leave nothing to his child but a Bible, in that he bequeaths him the greatest treasure in the universe.” (Clarke)

b. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end: The theme is once again emphasized. The Psalmist would never forsake God’s word; never stop reading, learning, meditating, and especially obeying it.

i. “Observe where he begins his work – not with the eye – the ear – the tongue – but with the heart.” (Bridges)

ii. “The whole movement ends with a declaration which must be read in the light of the opening affirmation, and the following experience and need. It is that of complete abandonment to the will of God . . . even unto the end.” (Morgan)

iii. The believer feels that every step is dangerous; this is why he cried out fro the lamp to his feet and the light to his path. With every step dangerous, he can he ever hope to endure forever, to the very end? Because the same God who lights and sustains him for one step can do it for every step, to the very end.

O. Samekh ס: Held Up and Supported by the Word of God.

The fifteenth letter, Samech, denotes a prop or pillar, and this agrees well with the subject matter of the strophe, in which God is twice implored to uphold his servant (119:116,117). (Neal and Littledale, cited in Spurgeon)

1. (113-114) Protection found in the word of God.

I hate the double-minded,

But I love Your law.

You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in Your word.

a. I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law: The Psalmist knew the frustration of dealing with those who weredouble-minded. They were uncertain and uncommitted in their life. In contrast, the law of God is sure and certain.

i. “Double-minded is akin to the word in Elijah’s taunt at those who hobbled ‘first on one leg and then on the other’ (1 Kings 18:21, jb).” (Kidner)

ii. “Double-minded people are people who know about God but are not fully determined to worship and serve him only. They are those who want both God and the world. They want the benefits of true religion, but they want their sin too . . . The Psalmist hates this double-mindedness; he also hates it in himself. “Otherwise, why does he continue by asking God to sustain him, according to his promise, and uphold him so that he might be kept from sin?” (Boice)

iii. But I love Your law: “When we love the law it becomes a law of love, and we cling to it with our whole heart.” (Spurgeon)

b. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word: The God the Psalmist knew so well through the word of God became to Him a refuge in troubled times. The hope he had in the word of God was not mere academic or intellectual knowledge; it was relationship and security in God Himself (my hiding place and my shield).

i. A good hiding place has strength, height, is not easily seen, and is reliable. Jesus is our safe-room or panic-room.

ii. “There is a time in which I may be called to suffer in secret; then thou hidest me. There may be a time in which thou callest me to fight; then thou art my Shield and Protector.” (Clarke)

iii. “This is an experimental verse, and it testifies to that which the writer knew of his own personal knowledge: he could not fight with his own thoughts, or escape from them, till he flew to his God, and then he found deliverance. Observe that he does not speak of God’s word as being his double defence, but he ascribes that to God himself.” (Spurgeon)

2. (115) A word to the wicked.

Depart from me, you evildoers,

For I will keep the commandments of my God!

a. Depart from me, you evildoers: In a rare departure in his ongoing conversation with God about His word, here the Psalmist addressed the evildoers that brought him such trouble. He knew that the best remedy was to put space between him and these evildoers, so he boldly told them, “Depart from me.”

i. This means that the Psalmist was careful in the choosing of his friends. As it has been said, “Show me your friends, and I will show you your future.” “Every man will insensibly contract the good or bad qualities of the company which he keeps; and should, therefore, be careful to keep such as will make him wiser and better, and fit him for the goodly fellowship of saints and angels.” (Horne)

ii. “Not that we would indulge morose or ascetic seclusion. We are expressly enjoined to courtesy and kindness (1 Peter 3:8); to that wise and considerate ‘walk towards them that are without’ (Colossians 4:5), which ‘adorns the doctrine of God our Saviour’ (Titus 2:10), and indeed in some instances has been more powerful even than the word itself (Compare 1 Peter 3:1,2), to ‘win souls to Christ.’ But when they would tempt us to a devious or backsliding step – when our connexion with them entices us to a single act of conformity to their standard, dishonourable to God, and inconsistent with our profession – then we must take a bold and unflinching stand.” (Bridges)

b. For I will keep the commandments of my God! This is why he wanted space between him and the evildoers. He was committed to obedience, to keeping the commandments of God.

i. The second line of this verse very much connects with the first line. “Since he found it hard to keep the commandments in the company of the ungodly, he gave them their marching orders. He must keep the commandments, but he did not need to keep their company.” (Spurgeon)

ii. This was very much the spirit of Jesus when He steadfastly resisted the devil when tempted in the wilderness (Matthew 4). He told the devil to go away (Matthew 4:10) and repeatedly relied on the word of God (Matthew 4:4, 7, 10).

iii. “The word God only occurs in this one place in all this lengthened Psalm, and then it is attended by the personal word ‘my’—’my God.’” (Spurgeon)

3. (116-117) Held up and supported by the word of God.

Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live;

And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.

Hold me up, and I shall be safe,

And I shall observe Your statutes continually.

a. Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live: The Psalmist knew that he could not stand before his enemies without God holding him up. Without this continual support from God, he could not live – either physically or spiritually.

i. His idea was that this support (Uphold me) would come according to God’s word. It would be bothconsistent with God’s word, and find its source in God’s word.

ii. “In the Middle Ages, under the monastic order of the Benedictines, when a novice’s period of preparation was ended and he was ready to become attached to the monastery for life, there was an induction ceremony in which, with outstretched arms, the novice recited Psalm 119:116 three times . . . The  community repeated the words and then sang the Gloria Patri, which was a way of acknowledging that the commitments of the monastic life could only be sustained by God, to whom all glory belongs.” (Boice)

b. Do not let me be ashamed of my hope: The Psalmist could pray this because he had his hope properly set. It was set upon God and His word (Psalm 119:43, 49, 74, 81, 114). When our hope is so set, we can ask God to protect and vindicate us.

c. Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually: This is the second request in this brief section to be supported by the strength that comes from God, and especially through His word. In receiving this support and security, the Psalmist would use it for further obedience to God.

i. This constant dependence upon God – the constant prayer, “Hold me up, and I shall be safe” – will in fact keep one safe.

4. (118-120) The righteous judgment of God.

You reject all those who stray from Your statutes,

For their deceit is falsehood.

You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross;

Therefore I love Your testimonies.

My flesh trembles for fear of You,

And I am afraid of Your judgments.

a. You reject all those who stray from Your statutes: The Psalmist here speaks of the righteous judgment of God. He uses His word (statutes) as a measuring line for His judgment, rejecting all those who stray from His word and the principles revealed therein.

b. You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross: In His judgments, God has a purifying purpose and effect. He will cleanse the earth from the wicked, treating them as impurities that need to be scraped away.

i. Dross: “The scum that forms on the top when a precious metal is being refined, is discarded by the metalsmith (cf. Isaiah 1:22; Jeremiah 6:28-30; Ezekiel 22:18-19).” (VanGemeren)

ii. Like dross: Sin is really very much like dross.

  • Dross takes away from the shine and glory of metal; it makes it dull.
  • Dross is deceptive; it is not silver, but seems like it; it is not gold but seems like it.
  • Dross is not made better by the fire; only by taking it away.
  • Dross is worthless. It has no value, no purpose.
  • Dross is actually damaging to metal, because it is an opportunity for rust. Metal with dross in it will be eaten away.

c. Therefore I love Your testimonies: The consideration of these righteous judgments made the Psalmist praise God even more. He praised God and His word (Your testimonies) as righteous measures of judgment.

i. Therefore I love Your testimonies: “Because they take out the precious from the vile, and make men the same within as without.” (Trapp)

d. My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments: As the Psalmist considered the righteous judgments of God, he looked to his own life and understood that it was not entirely righteous. Ideally, this sense of trembling fear made him run to God for His atoning, covering sacrifice.

i. The Psalmist didn’t celebrate over the judgment on the wicked; it made him tremble in holy fear himself.

ii. “The presence of God is so real for the psalmist that he responds to his God in spirit and body. His life of obedience is lived in the presence of the living God, whereas the wicked act as if God does not see or care.” (VanGemeren)

iii. “His best servants are not exempted from an awful dread, upon such occasions; scenes of this kind, shown in vision to the prophets, cause their flesh to quiver, and all their bones to shake.” (Horne)

iv. “It is only as we tremble before the exalted and holy God that we will ever see the world and its distorted values to be the empty things they are. If we do not tremble before God, the world’s system will seem wonderful to us and consume us pleasantly.” (Boice)

P. Ayin ע: The Servant Seeks the Word.

1. (121-122) A prayer for protection from the proud.

I have done justice and righteousness;

Do not leave me to my oppressors.

Be surety for Your servant for good;

Do not let the proud oppress me.

a. I have done justice and righteousness: As in other parts of this Psalm, this is not a claim to sinless perfection. It is confidence to the general righteousness of life. The Psalmist knew his life and the lives of his oppressors; he knew that his life was dedicated to God and theirs was not.

i. “Nor is this kind of pleading to be censured as self-righteous: when we are dealing with God as to our shortcomings, we use a very different tone from that with which we face the censures of our fellow-men; when they are in the question, and we are guiltless towards them, we are justified in pleading our innocence.” (Spurgeon)

ii. This confidence in one’s spiritual condition and separation from those who don’t follow God is notable. The Psalmist knew that his life was different from those who did not follow God. The difference was in more than theology; it was in life.

iii. “The Son of David might use the words in their full and absolute sense, and plead for a glorious resurrection, on the foot of his having performed a perfect obedience to the law.” (Horne)

b. Be surety for Your servant for good: The Psalmist asked God to defend and stand up for him. It was only through God defending him that he could avoid the oppression of the proud.

i. “Take up my interests and weave them with thine own, and stand for me. As my Master, undertake thy servants’ cause, and represent me before the faces of haughty men till they see what an august ally I have in the Lord my God.” (Spurgeon)

ii. This is evidence that his previous claim to justice and righteousness was not in an absolute sense. If he felt that he was completely just and righteous before God, he would not plead for God to stand as a surety for him – but he did. “Though upright before man, he ever felt himself a sinner before God” (Bridges); and such a sinner that God must be his surety.

iii. The Psalmist cried out to God as Job did: Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself (Job 17:3). The Psalmist prayed that God would be to him what Jesus is to His people – a surety of the covenant (Hebrews 7:22).

iv. “As Judah in the place of Benjamin – ‘I will be surety of him: of mine hand shalt though require him.’ (Genesis 43:9)” (Bridges)

v. “We should have been crushed beneath our proud adversary the devil if our Lord Jesus had not stood between us and the accuser, and become a surety for us.” (Spurgeon)

c. Do not let the proud oppress me: This verse (Psalm 119:22) is another rare example of a verse in the Psalm that does not mention the word of God in some way.

i. “According to the Masoretes, verse 122 is the only verse in the psalm that does not mention the Word of God. We have seen that verse 84 also seems not to mention it; verses 90, 121, and 132 may be examples too.” (Boice)

ii. “The fact that the Bible is not mentioned here, in verse 122, may be an indication of the depth of mental anguish to which the psalmist fell as a result of the oppression he had endured from wicked men. For a moment his eyes seem to be off the Bible and on his fierce oppressors instead.” (Boice)

2. (123-125) The servant of God seeks salvation in His statutes.

My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation

And Your righteous word.

Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy,

And teach me Your statutes.

am Your servant;

Give me understanding,

That I may know Your testimonies.

a. My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word: This was another indication of how committed the Psalmist was to the word of God, and how much he valued the salvation he found from it.

i. “He is in the hands of oppressors, who are actively oppressing. His eyes fail for salvation, that is, it seems as though it would not come.” (Morgan)

ii. “He looked to God alone, he looked eagerly, he looked long, he looked till his eyes ached. The mercy is, that if our eyes fail, God does not fail, nor do his eyes fail.” (Spurgeon)

iii. This waiting expectation shows us that faith came before experience. The Psalmist was willing to have faith until the experience came, and would wait for God’s salvation, and wait as long as it took.

b. Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, and teach me Your statutes: The Psalmist understood that when God teaches His people, it is evidence of His mercy. He has no inherent obligation to teach us; yet out of the merciful impulse of His heart He does so.

c. I am Your servant; give me understanding: For the third time in five verses, the Psalmist calls himself a servantof God. He understood that this meant he had obligations to God, and that God – as his Master – had obligations to him. Therefore he could ask for understanding.

i. “I have voluntarily hired myself unto thee, chosen the things that please thee, and taken hold of the covenant . . . Now, this is all the wages I crave of thee, ‘Give me understanding.’” (Trapp)

ii. “We may expect a master to teach his own servant the meaning of his own orders.” (Spurgeon)

d. Give me understanding, that I may know Your testimonies: The Psalmist wanted understanding; but not so much to know the future or some hidden secrets of his soul or that of someone else. He wanted this understanding so that he would know the testimonies of God better.

i. He believed that the word of God could be understood, with the help of God Himself.

ii. He believed that understanding God’s word was of great importance, because it would lead him into other wisdom and understanding of life.

iii. “It is remarkable that the Psalmist does not pray for understanding through acquiring knowledge, but begs of the Lord first that he may have the gracious gift of understanding, and then may obtain the desired instruction.” (Spurgeon)

3. (126) A plea for God to act.

It is time for You to act, O Lord,

For they have regarded Your law as void.

a. It is time for You to act, O Lord: We admire the holy boldness of the Psalmist. It almost seems rude for a man to tell God, “It is time for You to act.” Yet many who walk with God understand the desperate plea of the Psalmist perfectly. He is so needy and dependent on God that it is good and right to make his request so boldly.

i. “The psalmist speaketh not as prescribing God a time, but as reminding him of his own glory and of his people’s necessity.” (Trapp)

ii. It is true that we don’t know the ways of God’s timing; many times we have been wrong on this point. We have thought God must act now, when in His wisdom and glory He worked later. Yet all we can do is pray by what we can see; and when we see conditions as the Psalmist saw, it is good for us to say, “It is time for You to act, OLord.”

iii. “We might expect the writer to have said that God should act now because if he delays it will be too late; he will be crushed by his oppressors . . . Here, instead of pleading his own desperate condition, he calls on God to act because God’s ‘law is being broken’.” (Boice)

b. For they have regarded Your law as void: Prompting the bold plea was the observation that many disregarded the word and law of God. We can say that “Your law” here is used in both senses. They cast off the word of God and the law of God. In such times – when every man does what is right in his own eyes (Judges 21:25) – it is proper for the people of God to plead for Him to act.

i. “The ‘law’ of God is ‘made void’ by those who deny its authority, or its obligation; by those who render it of none effect, through their traditions or their lives.” (Horne)

ii. “To persist in making void the law after so magnificent an exhibition of Almighty working – must it not expose the transgressors to reap the fruit of their own obstinacy, and to prepare to meet him as their Judge, whom they refuse to receive as their Saviour?” (Bridges)

4. (127-128) The word of God is precious and right.

Therefore I love Your commandments

More than gold, yes, than fine gold!

Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things

I consider to be right;

I hate every false way.

a. Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold: Though others regarded the word of God as void, the Psalmist decided to love His commandments all the more in response. He valued them more than gold – even morethan fine gold.

i. When the Psalmist remembered what kind of men considered the word of God as void, it made him love the word of God all the more. When he considered the monstrous men who have been enemies of God’s word – men in our own age like Stalin, Hitler, Mao – he knew that the word of God was lovely. “It is one evidence of their excellency, that they are disliked by the vilest of men.” (Poole)

ii. “I like them better because they slight them, and prize that way the more they persecute. I kindle myself from their coldness.” (Trapp)

iii. “Above solid gold; gold separated from the dross, perfectly refined.” (Clarke)

iv. “Should I not love them? Can gold, yea, fine gold, offer to me blessings such as these? Can it heal my broken heart Can it give relief to my wounded spirit? Has it any peace or prospect of comfort for me on my death bed?” (Bridges)

b. Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right: With great confidence, the Psalmist proclaimed the inerrancy of God’s word. It was right, not wrong; and it was right concerning all things.

  • When the Bible gives us history, it is right and true; the events actually happened as described.
  • When the Bible gives us poetry, it is right and true; the feeling and experiences were real for the writer and ring true to human experience.
  • When the Bible gives us prophecy, it is right and true; the events described will come to pass, just as it is written.
  • When the Bible gives us instruction, it is right and true; it truly does tell us the will of God and the best way of life.
  • When the Bible tells us of God, it is right and true; it reveals to us what the nature and heart and mind of God is, as much as we can comprehend.

c. I hate every false way: Because the Psalmist loved and trusted the word of God so much, he naturally hated every false way. He could not love the truth without also hating lies.

i. As Jesus said, No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24).

ii. “We cannot love the right path without hating the wrong ones . . . Are you willing to hate what God hates? If not, you will never learn to love God truly, and you will certainly never walk in the way that brings true blessing.” (Boice)

iii. And significantly, he hated every false way, not just some of them. “If Satan get a grip of thee by any one sin, is it not enough to carry thee to damnation? As the butcher carries the beast to the slaughter, sometime bound by all the four feet, and sometime by one only; so it is with Satan. Though thou be not a slave to all sin; if thou be a slave to one, the grip he hath of thee, by that one sinful affection, is sufficient to captive thee.” (William Cowper, cited in Spurgeon)

Q. Pe פ: Steps Directed by God’s Wonderful Word.

1. (129) Obeying the wonderful testimonies of God.

Your testimonies are wonderful;

Therefore my soul keeps them.

a. Your testimonies are wonderful: The Psalmist again declared his wonder and pleasure in the word of God. It was a continuing source of fascination to him.

i. “The word ‘wonderful’ is equivalent to our use of the word miraculous. These testimonies are supernatural, superhuman.” (Morgan) They are supernatural in their nature, being free from error. They are supernatural in their effects, as they instruct, elevate, strengthen, and comfort the soul.

ii. “Jesus the eternal Word is called Wonderful, and all the uttered words of God are wonderful in their degree. Those who know them best wonder at them most. It is wonderful that God should have borne testimony at all to sinful men, and more wonderful still that his testimony should be of such a character, so clear, so full, so gracious, so mighty.” (Spurgeon)

iii. “There is a height, length, depth, and breadth in thy word and testimonies that are truly astonishing; and on this account my soul loves them, and I deeply study them. The more I study, the more light and salvation I obtain.” (Clarke)

iv. “Let us not enter into the testimonies, as a dry task, or an ordinary study; but let us concentrate our minds, our faith, humility, and prayer, in a more devoted contemplation of them.” (Bridges)

b. Therefore my soul keeps them: The enduring, abiding delight he had in the word of God prompted greater obedience. This was obedience in more than outward action; it was obedience in soul.

i. “Holy admiration of the testimonies will kindle spiritual devotedness to them – Therefore doth my soul keep them.” (Bridges)

2. (130-131) Receiving the light-giving word.

The entrance of Your words gives light;

It gives understanding to the simple.

I opened my mouth and panted,

For I longed for Your commandments.

a. The entrance of Your words gives light: The Psalmist repeated a previous idea; that God’s word brought light to him. It made things more clear, not less. When the word came in, light and clarity came in.

i. “The Hebrew word for ‘entrance’ is pethach. Depending on whether it is pronounced with a short or a long e it can mean either ‘door’ (with a short e) or ‘revelation’ (with a long e) . . . Martin Luther thought it had to do with revelation; so his translation read, ‘Wenn dein Wort offenbar wird’ (‘When your word is revealed’).” (Boice)

ii. “The explanation for this double meaning is that in the early days of the formation of the Hebrew language the Jews were bedouins, who lived in tents. The only opening in the tent was the flap of skin that was the door. So when the door was opened, light came into the tent, illuminating everything inside.” (Boice)

iii. “It is painful to remember how much light may be shining around us on every side, without finding anentrance into the heart.” (Bridges)

iv. “The word finds no entrance into some minds because they are blocked up with self-conceit, or prejudice, or indifference; but where due attention is given, divine illumination must surely follow upon knowledge of the mind of God.” (Spurgeon)

b. It gives understanding to the simple: The word of God is so clear and light-giving that even the simple findunderstanding. It does not take great intellect or mental powers to benefit from God’s word.

i. “It is a most striking instance of Divine condescension, that this word – so wonderful in its high and heavenly mysteries – should yet open a path so plain, that the most unlearned may find and walk in it.” (Bridges)

ii. “So astonishing is the power of this heavenly light, that from any one page of this holy book, a child, or even an idiot, under heavenly teaching, may draw more instruction than the most acute philosopher could ever attain from any other fountain of light!” (Bridges)

iii. “These simple-hearted ones are frequently despised, and their simplicity has another meaning infused into it, so as to be made the theme of ridicule; but what matters it? Those whom the world dubs as fools are among the truly wise if they are taught of God.” (Spurgeon)

  • This is a blessing for the simple; God does not forget them. He has not made salvation or growth in godliness primarily a matter of the intellect.
  • This is a promise for the simple; they can approach God’s word with confidence, expecting God to give them understanding.
  • This is a responsibility for the simple; they cannot make excuses for their average (or less) intellect or mental powers. They are still responsible to seek God in His word.

c. I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments: Because the word of God is light-giving and clear (clear enough for the simple), the Psalmist wanted God’s word like a thirsty animal pants after water.

i. He may be panting because he is thirsty, he may be panting gasping for air; but panting always denotesdesire.

ii. I opened: “This uses a different word for open from that of verse 130. It expresses the eagerness of a hungry or thirsty animal (e.g. Job 29:23).” (Kidner)

iii. “A metaphor taken from an animal exhausted in the chase. He runs, open-mouthed, to take in the cooling air; the heart beating high, and the muscular force nearly expended through fatigue. The psalmist sought for salvation, as he would run from a ferocious beast for his life. Nothing can show his earnestness in a stronger point of view.” (Clarke)

iv. I longed for Your commandments: “This cannot mean anything else than that he longed to know them, longed to keep them, longed to teach them, longed to bring all around him into obedience to them. Many religious people long after the promises, and they do well; but they must not forget to have an equal longing for the commandments.” (Spurgeon)

v. Yet longing that is not acted upon is more wishing than longing. “Never rest content with mere longings. He that really longs is not content to long: he desires to have his desire fulfilled.” (Spurgeon)

3. (132-135) Four requests rooted in the word of God.

Look upon me and be merciful to me,

As Your custom is toward those who love Your name.

Direct my steps by Your word,

And let no iniquity have dominion over me.

Redeem me from the oppression of man,

That I may keep Your precepts.

Make Your face shine upon Your servant,

And teach me Your statutes.

a. Look upon me and be merciful to me: This first request is really two; asking God to look and then to be merciful. The Psalmist had reason to believe God would answer, knowing that this was God’s custom . . . towards those who love Your name.

i. It is wonderful to think that God has a custom, a pattern of action, towards those who love His name. Thatcustom is to look upon them (giving them His attention) and to be merciful to them. This promise is a solid ground of trusting, bold prayer in time of need.

ii. Look . . . be merciful: Yet God’s look – the turning of His attention – would be a curse and not a blessing unless it was accompanied by His mercy. If we have the first, we must have the second.

iii. “Lord! Since our looks to thee are often so slight, so cold, so distant, that no impression is made upon our hearts; do thou condescend continually to look upon us with mercy and power.” (Bridges)

iv. “Brethren, there is great virtue in our looking to Christ: it is the way of salvation. What virtue, then, must there be in Christ’s love-gaze upon us!” (Spurgeon)

v. Those who love Your name: To love the name of God means to . . .

  • Love the person of God.
  • Love the character of God.
  • Love the revelation of God.
  • Love the glory of God.

b. Direct my steps by Your word: The second request explains what he wanted to do with the mercy received from God. He wanted to take that mercy and use it to walk rightly before God. One part of this was to let no iniquity have dominion over the Psalmist.

i. Many today want to direct their steps by something else, anything else other than the word of God.

  • “Direct my steps by my feelings.”
  • “Direct my steps by my lusts.”
  • “Direct my steps by my friends.”
  • “Direct my steps by my parents.”
  • “Direct my steps by circumstances.”
  • “Direct my steps by fate.”
  • “Direct my steps by my comfort.”

ii. The sense of the Hebrew here is “Make my steps firm in thy word” (Spurgeon). We can walk forward in life with confidence as we find direction in God’s word. “The psalmist would be kept from all vacillation, hesitation, or wandering; but he wants, when he is right, to be firmly right, to be distinctly, decidedly right, so he pleads, ‘Make my steps firm.’ Oh, how was often stagger along! We do what is right, but we quiver and shake while we are doing it.” (Spurgeon)

iii. The Psalmist was wise to understand that sin can come to have dominion over a man, even in some ways a man or woman who has spiritual life. The Apostle Paul recognized the same danger: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Corinthians 6:12)

iv. Sin, unchecked, will attempt to gain and hold dominion in my life. First it may be in a small or seemingly insignificant area, but that dominion will grow in size and strength until my spiritual life is in serious compromise.

v. “I had rather be a prisoner to man all my life than be a bondage to sin one day. He says not, Let not this and the other man rule over me; but ‘let not sin have dominion over me.’ Well said!” (Michael Bruce, cited in Spurgeon)

vi. Yet when our steps are directed by the word of God we will both avoid being under the dominion of sin, and we can be freed from whatever level of dominion sin may have gained.

vii. In a New Testament context, this prayer has even great grounds for confidence. “But let us mark, how fully is this prayer warranted by the special promise of the Gospel – ‘Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace’ (Romans 5:14, with 12).” (Bridges)

viii. “Brethren, we can overcome sin in the power of the Lord. The Canaanites have chariots of iron, but Christ has a rod of iron, with which he can break them in pieces. Sin is strong, but grace is stronger. Satan is wise, but God is all-wise. The Lord is on our side.” (Spurgeon)

c. Redeem me from the oppression of man: The third request recognized that there are dangers beyond the potential dominion of sin in the Psalmist’s spiritual life. There are also dangers from the oppression of man, from those who would oppose and oppress.

i. Notably, the Psalmist asked for this so “that I may keep Your precepts.” He didn’t just want liberty from man’s oppression so he could serve himself; but so that he could properly obey God.

d. Make Your face shine upon Your servant: The fourth request is for an experience of the grace and goodness of God. To know the face of God shining upon His servant is to be at peace with God and to know He as at peace with you.

4. (136) Sorrow that others do not keep the law of God.

Rivers of water run down from my eyes,

Because men do not keep Your law.

a. Rivers of water run down from my eyes: This is a good example of poetic hyperbole in the Psalms. Though there were not literal rivers of water coming down the face of the Psalmist, he spoke truly according to the literary style of poetry. There is not the slightest problem in understanding his meaning.

i. “The idiom ‘streams [lit., “irrigation canals,” see Psalm 1:3] of tears’ is a hyperbole for deep sorrow and anguish of soul.” (VanGemeren)

ii. “As in previous divisions we have seen his anger with the wickedness of those who make void the law of God, here we see his pity for them in the rivers of his tears.” (Morgan)

iii. “Tears show compassion, and compassion wins others far more effectively than belligerent arguments and certainly more effectively than anger.” (Boice)

b. Because men do not keep Your law: The Psalmist here did not sorrow over his own troubles, but over the sins of others and the consequences those sins would bring. As Jesus grieved over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37-39) and over the hard hearts of the religious leaders (Mark 3:5), so the Psalmist grieved here.

i. “It grieveth me greatly to see thy law violated, and the transgressors thereof so careless of their own eternal good.” (Trapp)

ii. “Plentiful and perpetual tears, witnesses of my deep sorrow for God’s dishonour and displeasure, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves.” (Poole)

iii. “The want of this spirit is ever a feature of hardness and pride – a painful blot upon the profession of the gospel . . . The same yearning sympathy forms the life, the pulse, and the strength of Missionary exertion, and has ever distinguished those honoured servants of God who have devoted their time, their health, their talent, their all.” (Bridges)

iv. “The experience of this verse indicates a great advance upon anything we have had before: the Psalm and the Psalmist are both growing. That man is a ripe believer who sorrows because of the sins of others.” (Spurgeon)

R. Tsadi צ: The Purity and Truth of God’s Word.

“The initial letter with which every verse commences sounds like the Hebrew word for righteousness: our keynote is righteousness.”(Spurgeon)

1. (137-138) The righteousness of God and His word.

Righteous are You, O Lord,

And upright are Your judgments.

Your testimonies, which You have commanded,

Are righteous and very faithful.

a. Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments: The Psalmist understood that the righteouscharacter of God was displayed in His word (Your judgments). In this the word of God is an accurate revelation of God, not only of His thoughts but also of His very character.

i. We might say that God’s written word is an incomplete display of His character and nature; that is, there ismore to God than what we can receive from His word. But what we do have in His word is accurate and properly displays to us who He is.

ii. We might say that the God who actually exists is not different than His written revelation to us. He is greater than what can be comprehended through His written word, but He is not different than what is revealed to us through that word.

iii. “The strophe begins on an affirmation of the Lord’s righteousness . . . and ends on an affirmation of his word. In between the psalmist laments his troubles.” (VanGemeren)

b. Your testimonies, which You commanded, are righteous and very faithful: For emphasis, the Psalmist repeats the idea from the previous verse. The written word of God reflects both His righteous character and the fact that He isvery faithful.

i. “The force of this expression is much feebler than that of the original, which literally may be rendered, ‘Thouhast commanded righteousness, thy testimonies, and truth exceedingly.’ So the Septuagint hath it. Righteousness and truth were his testimonies; the testimonies were one with his righteousness and truth.” (Stephen, cited in Spurgeon)

ii. God’s words are especially helpful for establishing that He is very faithful. We often judge a person’s faithfulness by seeing if their words and their actions match. Along with other believers through the centuries, the Psalmist could say that the words of God and the actions of God were and are consistent, and show Him to be very faithful.

iii. “Trust in the reliability of God’s word is directly proportionate to one’s trust in the Lord himself.” (VanGemeren)

iv. “The Bible mirrors the character of God. Anyone who cares about knowing what is righteous and wants to act righteously should study the Bible.” (Boice)

2. (139-140) Zeal and love for God’s word.

My zeal has consumed me,

Because my enemies have forgotten Your words.

Your word is very pure;

Therefore Your servant loves it.

a. My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten Your words: The more the enemies of the Psalmist rejected the word of God, the more he was determined to be zealous for those words. He would make sure that he honored the word of God even if others did not.

i. Zeal implies energy and action. The appreciation of the Psalmist for the word of God was not passive. The living and active word of God brought forth a living and active response from the Psalmist.

ii. “Thus we see every man is eaten up with some kind of zeal. The drunkard is consumed with drunkenness, the whore-monger is spent with his whoredom, the heretic is eaten with heresies. Oh, how ought this to make us ashamed, who are so little eaten, spent, and consumed with the zeal of the word! . . . Oh, what a benefit it is to be eaten up with the love and zeal of a good thing!” (Greenham, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. “Such was David’s high estimation of the testimonies of his God, that his spirits were consumed with vehement grief in witnessing their neglect. He could bear that his enemies should forget him; but his zeal could not endure, that they should forget the words of his God.” (Bridges)

iv. This brings to mind the passage remembered by the disciples when Jesus cleansed the temple courts of the merchants and moneychangers at the beginning of His ministry (John 2:13-17). At that time, the disciples remembered the line from Psalm 69:9: Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up. This line carries much the same thought, and also reflects the kind of zeal that Jesus had when He cleared the temple courts. They had forgotten His words.

v. “They have forgotten thy words, i.e. despise and disobey them; which in Scripture use is oft called a forgetting of them, as the remembering of them is oft put for loving and practicing them.” (Poole)

b. Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it: The Psalmist understood and appreciated the purity of God’s word. In its original autograph writings it is perfectly pure, being absolutely inspired by God. In addition, the copies we have of those original writings are also pure, being extremely reliable copies.

i. “In the original, ‘tried, refined, purified, like gold in the furnace,’ absolutely perfect, without the dross of vanity and fallibility, which runs through human writings. The more we try the promises, the surer we shall find them.” (Horne)

ii. “In the word of God there is no admixture of error or sin. It is pure in its sense, pure in its language, pure in its spirit, pure in its influence, and all this to the very highest degree – ‘very pure’.” (Spurgeon)

iii. For the Hebrew Scriptures, the quality of the text was preserved by the diligent practices of the professional scribes. According to researchers (such as Josh McDowell in Evidence that Demands a Verdict) they practiced the following in the preparation and copying of manuscripts:

  • The parchment was made only from the skin of clean animals. It had to be prepared by a Jew only, and the skins were fastened together by strings taken from clean animals.
  • Each column must have no less than 48 and no more than 60 lines. The entire copy must be first lined before writing began.


  • The ink must be of no other color than black, and it had to be prepared according to a special recipe.
  • No word and no letter could be written from memory; the scribe must have an authentic copy before him, and he must read and pronounce out loud each word before writing it.
  • He must reverently wipe his pen each time before writing the word for “God” (Elohim) and he must wash his whole body before writing the word used in place of “Jehovah” [Lord in the New King James Version) so as not to contaminate the Holy Name.
  • Strict rules were given concerning forms of the letters, spaces between letters, words, and sections, the use of the pen, the color of the parchment, and so forth.
  • The revision of a roll must be made within 30 days after the work was finished; otherwise it was worthless.One mistake on a sheet condemned the entire sheet; if three mistakes were found in any larger section, the entire manuscript was condemned.
  • Every word and every letter was counted, and if a letter were omitted, or an extra letter inserted, or if any letter touched one another, the manuscript was condemned and destroyed.

iv. The manuscript evidence for the accuracy of the Hebrew text is established. Until 1947, the oldest Hebrew manuscripts were from about ad 900. In 1947, the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls brought to attention manuscripts from 150-200 bc. In comparing the manuscripts, almost 1000 years apart, there were remarkably few differences. This proved that the diligent practices of the professional scribes had accurately preserved the text of the Hebrew Scriptures.

v. Regarding the Greek Scriptures, there is a similarly astonishing rate of accuracy. Because of the vast number and quality of ancient Greek manuscripts, and the existence of relatively early copies, scholars often say that error rate is between 0.5% and 2%.

vi. “New Testament specialist Daniel Wallace notes that although there are about 300,000 individual variations of the text of the New Testament, this number is very misleading. Most of the differences are completely inconsequential–spelling errors, inverted phrases and the like. A side by side comparison between the two main text families (the Majority Text and the modern critical text) shows agreement a full 98% of the time.” (Greg Koukl)

vii. Of the remaining differences, virtually all yield to vigorous textual criticism. This means that our New Testament is 99.5% textually pure. In the entire text of 20,000 lines, only 40 lines are in doubt (about 400 words), and none affects any significant doctrine. (Geisler and Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible).

viii. Indeed: Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it. This is true for both the original autographs and the extremely reliable copies we have of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. “Therefore; because of that exact purity and holiness of it, for which very reason ungodly men either despise or hate it.” (Poole)

c. Your word is very pure, therefore your servant loves it: The Bible gives us almost unending reasons to love the word God and the God who gave it to us.

  • It is the word of the Lord (Genesis 15:1)
  • It is the word of God (Luke 8:11)
  • It is the word of kingdom (Matthew 13:19)
  • It is the word of salvation (Acts 13:26)
  • It is the word of grace (Acts 14:3)
  • It is the word of the gospel (Acts 15:7)
  • It is the word of faith (Romans 10:8)
  • It is the word of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18)
  • It is the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19)
  • It is the word of truth (2 Corinthians 6:7)
  • It is the word of life (Philippians 2:16)
  • It is the word of Christ (Colossians 3:16)
  • It is the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3)

3. (141-142) Holding fast to the true word.

am small and despised,

Yet I do not forget Your precepts.

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,

And Your law is truth.

a. I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts: The Psalmist felt himself insignificant, both in his own estimate (small) and in the estimation of others (despised). Yet he found comfort and strength in remembering the word of God.

i. We think of others who have been small and despised – young men like David (1 Samuel 16:10-13) and older men like Paul (2 Corinthians 11). Yet they found courage in God, and understood God by His word.

ii. It also shows us that the Psalmist would not neglect God’s word when he was depressed or downcast. “Small and despised” does not feel good; yet he still remembered the word of God when he felt this way. It is common to run away from exactly what we need when we feel small and despised.

iii. We are also assured that these were true words from the Psalmist, and not merely projecting the image of humility. Bridges described this false humility: “When, therefore, they ‘take the lowest place,’ do they feel it to betheir own place? Or does not the language of self-abasement mean in the eyes of God – ‘Come, see how humble I am?’”

b. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth: The Psalmist confidently stated theeverlasting character of God’s righteousness; He is righteous and will not change. Connected to that, he proclaimed that this unchanging God has given us a word (Your law) that is truth.

i. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness: “This is the joy and glory of the saints, that what God is he always will be, and his mode of procedure towards the sons of men is immutable, having kept his promise, and dealt out justice among his people, he will do so world without end.” (Spurgeon)

ii. Your law is truth: We remember the conversation between Jesus and Pontus Pilate. Jesus said, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate’s cynical reply was, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38). For Pilate, soldiers and armies were truth; Rome was truth; Caesar was truth; and political power was truth. Yet Jesus knew what truth was, while Pilate was still seeking. Jesus knew, “Your law is truth.”

iii. This is especially meaningful in a day when relativism has a strong hold in the everyday thinking of people. It is common for people today to think there is no such thing as “real” truth; there is only your truth and my truth and their truth. Western society used to believe that truth was that which corresponded to reality (what is really there); now truth is often held to be what makes sense or is helpful to me individually.

iv. The late Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer used to promote the idea of “true truth.” His concept was that the Biblical message is true fundamentally, apart from how one receives it or how it works in one’s life.

v. “Hell is truth seen too late.” (Bridges)

4. (143-144) God’s word gives life in times of trouble.

Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,

Yet Your commandments are my delights.

The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting;

Give me understanding, and I shall live.

a. Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights: Despite the difficulties of his life, the Psalmist still found delight in God’s word. His appreciation of God and His word was not only valid in good times, but also in trouble and anguish.

i. “To all his people he has not meted out the same measure. Some have rebuke. Some have a scourge. But all have the cross, and this is a daily cross.” (Bridges)

ii. “When we are most sorely afflicted, and cannot see the reason for the dispensation, we may fall back upon this most sure and certain fact, that God is righteous, and his dealings with us are righteous too. It should be our glory to sing this brave confession when all things around us appear to suggest the contrary. This is the richest adoration.” (Spurgeon)

iii. “Years ago there were Christians who used to put the promises of God to the test and when they received what was promised would write ‘T’ and ‘P’ in their Bible next to the promise. The letters stood for ‘tried and proven,’ exactly what the psalmist says he found to be true in his experience.” (Boice)

b. The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; give me understanding, and I shall live: We might think that what the Psalmist needed to live was deliverance from his trouble and anguish. He found understanding of the word of God even more important.

i. One reason he found this to be so was because he understood that the righteousness of God’s word is everlasting. He knew the eternal character of the word of God, and it made that word all the more important and relevant to him.

ii. “When all other laws and sentences, though engraven in brass or marble, shall decay and determine, they law lasteth for ever, and so shall they that observe it.” (Trapp)

S. Qof ק: Praying to the God of the Bible.

1. (145-147) Crying out to God with hope in His word.

I cry out with my whole heart;

Hear me, O Lord!

I will keep Your statutes.

I cry out to You;

Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.

I rise before the dawning of the morning,

And cry for help;

I hope in Your word.

a. I cry out with my whole heart . . . I will keep Your statutes: The Psalmist pleaded with God, crying out before Him. In his pleading, he wanted to keep the word of God. This was not merely a cry for help or deliverance or forgiveness; this was a cry for obedience.

i. “Yet these verses are not really about the psalmist’s enemies, as bad as they were. They are about the writer’s prayer life and how he learned to use God’s word when praying.” (Boice)

ii. “The whole soul of the psalmist was engaged in this good work. He whose whole heart cries to God will never rise from the throne of grace without a blessing.” (Clarke)

iii. “There may be no beauty of elocution about such prayers, no length of expression, no depth of doctrine, nor accuracy of diction; but if the whole heart be in them they will find their way to the heart of God.” (Spurgeon)

iv. “God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are.” (Brooks, cited in Spurgeon)

b. I cry out to You; save me, and I will keep Your testimonies: For emphasis, the idea is repeated from the previous verse. The Psalmist passionately cried out to God for the wisdom and strength and ability to obey God. This is a prayer that pleases God.

i. I cry out means that the prayer was vocal. “Men find it very helpful to use their voices in prayer; it is difficult long to maintain the intensity of devotion unless we hear ourselves speak; hence David at length broke through his silence, arose from his quiet meditations, and began crying with voice as well as heart unto the Lord his God.” (Spurgeon)

c. I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word: The Psalmist passionately depended on God and His word, but that did not eliminate the participation of the Psalmist in any way. He still woke early to seek God, in prayer (cry for help) that was helped by God’s word (I hope in Your word).

i. “So long as the duty only of prayer is known, we shall be content with our set seasons. But when the privilegeis felt, we shall be early at work, following it closely morning and night.” (Bridges)

ii. “The word furnished his hope, and his hope his prayer.” (Trapp)

iii. We use prayer in our study of the word of God; this is essential. Yet we also use the Word of God in our prayers. In prayer, the Word of God shows us:

  • The nature and heart of the God we pray to
  • What we have received from God, and should thank Him for
  • His greatness, informing and expanding our praise
  • His moral will, directing us to pray that we can do it
  • His promises to His people, which we claim by faith
  • Substance for our prayers, as we pray-read the Scriptures

iv. “He who is diligent in prayer will never be destitute of hope. Observe that as the early bird gets the worm, so the early prayer is soon refreshed with hope.” (Spurgeon)

2. (148-149) Diligently seeking the word that brings life.

My eyes are awake through the night watches,

That I may meditate on Your word.

Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness;

O Lord, revive me according to Your justice.

a. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word: The Psalmist not only woke early to seek God (as in the previous verse), he also stayed away through the night to think about God and His word.

i. Jesus sometimes prayed early in the morning (Mark 1:35). On some occasions Jesus prayed all night (Luke 6:12).

ii. Boice defines meditate: “Internalizing the Bible’s teaching to such an extent that the truths discovered in the Bible become part of how we think, so that we think differently and then also function differently as a result.”

b. Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice: The Psalmist asked for God to hear him according to the goodness and mercy (lovingkindness) of God; he also asked God torevive him according to the justice of God. Both are reasons to pray and confidence in our pleading.

i. “According to Your lovingkindness” we can pray. “Lord, I know that I don’t deserve to be heard by You. Yet I believe that You are rich in grace and mercy. Please, according to Your generous and kind love, hear my prayer.”

ii. Spurgeon on lovingkindness (hesed): “Lovingkindness is one of the sweetest words in our language. Kindness has much in it that is most precious, but lovingkindness is doubly dear; it is the cream of kindness.”

iii. “According to Your justice” we can pray. “Lord, I know that my sins are righteously forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross. I know that You have forgiven me according to Your justice, and as one so forgiven I pray. I also know that You, according to Your justice, see the righteousness of my cause with those who are against me. Because of these, please bring me new life.”

iv. Revive me according to Your justice: Though revival from God is never deserved, it can still be asked foraccording to the justice of God. It can be prayed for based on the justice-satisfying work of Jesus Christ. It can also be prayed for with an eye to honoring the justice of God on earth, especially when wickedness abounds.

3. (150-151) Near and far.

They draw near who follow after wickedness;

They are far from Your law.

You are near, O Lord,

And all Your commandments are truth.

a. They draw near who follow after wickedness: The Psalmist could sense that the wicked who opposed him were coming closer and becoming more of a threat to him.

b. They are far from Your law: Though they came closer to the Psalmist, they were far from God’s word.

i. “Before these men could become persecutors of David they were obliged to get away from the restraints of God’s law. They could not hate a saint and yet love the law.” (Spurgeon)

c. You are near, O Lord: Though the wicked were both near to the Psalmist and far from God’s word, the Psalmist himself knew that God was near. He had come near to the Psalmist, and one way was through the word of God itself.

i. “Note the realism of the double statement, They draw near . . . but thou art near. The threat is not glossed over; it is put in perspective by a bigger fact.” (Kidner)

d. And all Your commandments are truth: Because God came near to the Psalmist, he could see more clearly thatall God’s commandments are truth. He understood that God’s word was truly inspired and infallible.

4. (152) Confidence in the eternal word.

Concerning Your testimonies,

I have known of old that You have founded them forever.

a. I have known of old: The Psalmist had an old relationship with the word of God. The great love and appreciation he had with the Scriptures was not a youthful surge of infatuation; it was the deep, settled love that has roots made deep by time.

b. You have founded them forever: His long love and appreciation for the Scriptures led him to understand that they were eternal (founded . . . forever). The more he studied and meditated upon them, the more he understood their divine origin.

i. “We are satisfied with the truth which is old as the hills and as fixed as the great mountains. Let ‘cultured intellects’ invent another god, more gentle and effeminate than the God of Abraham; we are well content to worship Jehovah, who is eternally the same.” (Spurgeon)

ii. This was his testimony to answered prayer. This whole passage shows us:

  • How he prayed (with my whole heart, 119:145)
  • What he prayed for (save me, and I will keep Your testimonies, 119:146)
  • When he prayed (before the dawning of the morning, 119:147)
  • How long he prayed (through the night watches, 119:148)
  • The grounds of his request (according to Your lovingkindness . . . according to Your justice, 119:149)
  • How God answered his prayer (You are near, O Lord, 119:150)
  • His testimony to answered prayer (Your testimonies . . . You have founded them forever, 119:152)

T. Resh ר: Revival According to the Word of God.

1. (153-154) In hard times, a plea for new life from God’s word.

Consider my affliction and deliver me,

For I do not forget Your law.

Plead my cause and redeem me;

Revive me according to Your word.

a. Consider my affliction and deliver me: We are reminded that the Psalmist’s life was not lived in an ivory tower or a secluded place where all he did was study the Bible all day long. He lived a real life, interacting with people (some of which became his enemies or opponents). He lived a life that experienced affliction.

i. “Yet there is no impatience: he does not ask for hasty action, but for consideration. In effect he cries—’Look into my grief, and see whether I do not need to be delivered. From my sorrowful condition judge as to the proper method and time for my rescue.’” (Spurgeon)

ii. “Yet is he not only sympathizing to consider, but mighty to deliver.” (Bridges)

b. For I do not forget Your law: In the lives of some, affliction drives them away from God and His word. For the Psalmist, such troubled times drove him closer to God and His word.

c. Plead my cause and redeem me: The Psalmist looked for help and salvation outside of himself. This reinforces the idea that his previous claims to righteousness were not absolute, and were made comparing himself to other men and ungodly men. He knew that he needed God to plead his cause; he knew he needed God to redeem him.

i. Plead my cause uses language from the courtroom. The Psalmist asked God to defend him as a lawyer might. “The verb ‘defend’ [plead] (ribah) as well as the noun ‘cause’ (rib) represent a technical legal jargon (Psalm 35:1; 43:1; 74:22), often used by the prophets as God’s covenant prosecutors (cf. Hosea 4:1). (VanGemeren)

ii. “Awful indeed was the cause which he had to manage. Our adversary had the law on his side. We could not deny the charge, or offer satisfaction . . . But at that moment of infinite peril, our cause was pleaded by a ‘Counselor’ (Isaiah 9:6), who never was nonsuited in court, who brought irresistible pleas, and produced satisfaction that could not be denied.” (Bridges)

iii. “But you say, – ‘How do I know that he speaks for me?’ Yet if not for you, then for whom does he speak? Who needs an advocate more than you? He pleads nothing favorable of you; but much, very much, for you. For he pleads the merit of his own blood.” (Bridges)

d. Revive me according to Your word: This thought is repeated from previous passages in this Psalm (119:25, 119:107). The Psalmist wanted to be made alive, and to have that live brought to him according to God’s word.

i. This tells us that the word of God is a source of revival. If we will read the word of God and do what it tells us to do – in prayer, in repentance, in dedication, and pursing God with the whole heart – it is a source of personal and corporate revival.

ii. This tells us that revival itself is according to God’s word. The concept of revival (both personal and corporate) is Biblical. A genuine revival will honor and promote God’s word.

iii. This tells us that there is may be a false or pseudo revival which is not according to Your word. It is fair to assess purported words of revival according to the measure, “Is this according to God’s word?”

iv. “What a mighty plea is this – ‘according to thy word.’ No gun in all our arsenals can match it.” (Spurgeon)

2. (155-156) The wicked are far from a close salvation.

Salvation is far from the wicked,

For they do not seek Your statutes.

Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord;

Revive me according to Your judgments.

a. Salvation is far from the wicked: The Psalmist understood that the wicked would not be saved, even as Paul later stated (Galatians 5:19-21). Yet he also understood that their wickedness was rooted in their refusal to seek God through His word (they do not seek Your statutes).

i. “By their perseverance in evil they have almost put themselves out of the pale of hope. They talk about being saved, but they cannot have known anything of it or they would not remain wicked.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “They have no one to consider their affliction – no one to deliver them – no one to plead their cause. Indeed, all the misery that an immortal soul is capable of enduring throughout eternity is included in this sentence –Salvation is far from the wicked.” (Bridges)

iii. Salvation is far from the wicked: “How can it be otherwise? When as God is neither in their heads (Psalm 10:4), nor hearts (Psalm 14:1), nor words (Psalm 12:4), nor ways (Titus 1:16), can these have part or portion in his salvation?” (Trapp)

iv. “The Lord is almighty to pardon; but he will not use it for thee an impenitent sinner. Thou hast not a friend on the bench, not an attribute in all God’s name will speak for thee. Mercy itself will sit and vote with the rest of its fellow-attributes for thy damnation.” (Gurnall, cited in Spurgeon)

v. They do not seek Your statutes: “And they who do not seek, shall not find.” (Clarke)

b. Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord: Though the wicked were far from salvation and far from God’s word, thetender mercies of God are close to all who will seek them. In a paradoxical way, though the salvation of God was farfrom them, God was not far because of His tender mercies.

i. We can measure the greatness of this mercy:

  • By the infinite debt that it blots out (Isaiah 43:22-25; Isaiah 1:18)
  • By the eternal ruin from which is saves (Psalm 86:13)
  • By the heavenly crown to which it raises (Revelation 1:5-6)

ii. “The other epithet he gives them is, that they are ‘tender’ mercies; because the Lord is easy to be entreated; for he is slow unto wrath, but ready to show mercy.” (Cowper, cited in Spurgeon)

c. Revive me according to Your judgments: This is the same thought repeated from 119:154. The Psalmist is emphasizing the idea the God’s word is both a source and a measure of revival.

i. “Quickening is a great and tender mercy; and it is many mercies in one.” (Spurgeon)

3. (157-158) Keeping to God’s word despite persecution.

Many are my persecutors and my enemies,

Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies.

I see the treacherous, and am disgusted,

Because they do not keep Your word.

a. Many are my persecutors and my enemies: The Psalmist lived life in the real world, not sheltered in a constant Bible-study environment. His trust in the word of God was forged in the real world, a world full of persecutors andenemies.

i. “Persecution, to the false professor, is an occasion of apostasy (Matthew 12:20-21); to the faithful servant of Christ, it is the trial of his faith (1 Peter 1:6-7), the source of his richest consolations (Matthew 5:10-12, Acts 13:50-52, 1 Peter 4:12-16), the guard of his profession (Matthew 10:16, Philippians 2:14-16), and the strength of his perseverance (Acts 20:22-24).” (Bridges)

b. Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies: The presence of so many persecutors and enemies did not make the Psalmist despair or doubt the love of God for him. He didn’t have the expectation that a godly life was a problem-free life. Instead, he was determined to keep turned to and focused on the word of God.

i. “So long as they cannot drive or draw us into a spiritual decline our foes have done us no great harm, and they have accomplished nothing by their malice. If we do not decline they are defeated. If they cannot make us sin they have missed their mark. Faithfulness to the truth is victory over our enemies.” (Spurgeon)

c. I see the treacherous and am disgusted, because they do not keep Your word: It wasn’t that the Psalmist expected godly behavior from the ungodly – something that Paul warned about (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). He feltdisgusted because God and His word were being disgraced, even if it came from the disgraceful.

i. “I was sorry to see such sinners. I was sick of them, disgusted with them, I could not endure them. I found no pleasure in them, they were a sad sight to me, however fine their clothing or witty their chattering. Even when they were most mirthful a sight of them made my heart heavy; I could not tolerate either them or their doings.” (Spurgeon)

ii. This sensitivity towards sin and passion for the glory of God is entirely characteristic of the revival that the Psalmist prays for repeatedly in this section.

iii. “A fellowship with the joys of angels over repenting sinners (Luke 15:10) will be accompanied with bitterness of godly sorrow over the hardness and impenitency of those, who keep not the word of God.” (Bridges)

4. (159-160) Revived by the completely true and lasting word.

Consider how I love Your precepts;

Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.

The entirety of Your word is truth,

And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

a. Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness: The Psalmist asked God to look at his love for His word; but then asked for revival on the basis of God’s lovingkindness instead of deserving.

i. “A second time he asks for consideration. As he said before, ‘Consider mine affliction,’ so now he says, ‘Consider mine affection.’ He loved the precepts of God – love them unspeakably – loved them so as to be grieved with those who did not love them.” (Spurgeon)

b. Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness: An idea stated before (Psalm 119:88) is here repeated. The emphasis points to the idea that revival is never deserved or earned, but given from the lovingkindness of God.

i. “The consciousness of need is revealed in the thrice repeated, ‘Quicken me.’ He feels the weakening of his very life under the pressure of circumstances.” (Morgan)

c. The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever: The Psalmist again declares the infallible character of the word of God. The entire word is true, not merely portions or the concepts from the word. Not only is it true; it is eternally true.

i. The entirety: “Is literally ‘the head’; hence av, ‘from the beginning’. Coupled with ‘from’ this word can indeed mean the beginning (e.g. Isaiah 40:21; Proverbs 8:23); but here it only says ‘the head of thy word’. In this kind of phrase it means, as in rsv, the sum (cf.e.g., Psalm 139:17); and its use as an equivalent to ‘a census’ in Exodus 30:12; Numbers 1:2, etc., shows that ‘the sum of’ is not a way of saying ‘by and large’, but rather, ‘every part of’.” (Kidner)

ii. “The Scriptures are as true in Genesis as in Revelation, and the five books of Moses are as inspired as the four Gospels . . . There is not one single mistake either in the word of God or in the providential dealings of God. Neither in the book of revelation nor of providence will there be any need to put a single note of errata. The Lord has nothing to regret or to retract, nothing to amend or to reverse.” (Spurgeon)

U. Shin ש: In Awe of God’s Word.

The qoph stanza was almost entirely a prayer. In these stanzas the petitions tend to drop away – stanza twenty-one (the sin/shinstanza) has no explicit prayers at all – and in their place comes a quiet, obedient waiting for God.” (Boice)

1. (161-162) The treasure of God’s awe-inspiring word.

Princes persecute me without a cause,

But my heart stands in awe of Your word.

I rejoice at Your word

As one who finds great treasure.

a. Princes persecute me without a cause: In the real-life world of the Psalmist, he even interacted with princes – rulers among men, who persecuted him without a cause.

i. Those who believe that David was the anonymous Psalmist of this great Psalm know that David was indeed persecuted by princes (Saul and his associates) without a cause.

ii. “It was well that the sufferer could truthfully assert that this persecution was without cause. He had not broken their laws, he had not injured them, he had not even desired to see them injured, he had not been an advocate of rebellion or anarchy, he had neither openly nor secretly opposed their power, and therefore, while this made their oppression the more inexcusable, it took away a part of its sting, and helped the brave-hearted servant of God to bear up.” (Spurgeon)

iii. “This division is remarkable in that it is one of the only two which contain no petition (other was Mem, 197-104). That fact is the more remarkable because its opening sentence shows that the singer is still conscious of the circumstances of trial.” (Morgan)

b. But my heart stands in awe of Your word: Difficult trials – even persecution by those in authority – would not make the Psalmist lose his awe of God’s word. He did not have a conditional appreciation of the word of God; he loved it in good times and bad.

i. “He might have been overcome by awe of the princes had it not been that a greater fear drove out the less, and he was swayed by awe of God’s word. How little do crowns and sceptres become in the judgment of that man who perceives a more majestic royalty in the commands of his God.” (Spurgeon)

ii. Bridges says that some great Jewish Bible have on their frontispiece Jacob’s statement of fear and astonishment connected with his vision of God at Bethel: How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven! (Genesis 28:17)

c. I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure: The Psalmist loved God’s word as some love treasure. He knew it was precious and enriching to life. Yet the original Hebrew has treasure in the sense of spoil or plunderfrom battle.

i. Rejoice at Your word: “I will go the length of saying that unless we do have deep awe of the word we shall never have high joy over it. Our rejoicing will be measured by our reverencing.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “This appears to refer to such spoil as is acquired by stripping the dead in a field of battle, taking the rich garments of the slain chiefs; or it may refer to plunder in general. As God opened his eyes he beheld wonders in his law; and each discovery of this kind was like finding a prize.” (Clarke)

iii. Sometimes spoil is fought for, and riches from God’s word must be fought for. Other times spoil is found, and the riches from God’s word are simply received.

  • If riches from the Bible are like spoil from battle, the battle is over.
  • If riches from the Bible are like spoil from battle, the enemy has less to fight with.
  • If riches from the Bible are like spoil from battle, there is a sense of victory.
  • If riches from the Bible are like spoil from battle, there is profit, pleasure, and honor

2. (163-164) Continually praising the God of the word.

I hate and abhor lying,

But I love Your law.

Seven times a day I praise You,

Because of Your righteous judgments.

a. I hate and abhor lying, but I love Your law: The hatred and love in this verse fit together perfectly. One who trulyloves the pure truth of God will naturally hate lies.

i. “If we keep clear of all lying, our song will be the more acceptable because it comes out of pure lips. If we never flatter men we shall be in the better condition for honouring the Lord.” (Spurgeon)

b. Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments: The goodness and the glory of God’s word (Your righteous judgments) prompted praise from the Psalmist. This praise was constant and continual (seven times a day).

i. “Seven times; many times; that definite number being oft taken indefinitely, as Leviticus 26:28, and elsewhere.” (Poole)

ii. It is good to make regular times for prayer, Bible reading, and reflection through the day; but it must be done without a legal spirit. “Young Christians indeed sometimes unwarily bring themselves into ‘bondage,’ in forcing their consciences to a frequency of set times for duty, interfering with present obligations, or pressing unduly upon the weaknesses of the flesh.” (Bridges)

iii. “Do we praise God seven times a day? Do we praise him once in seven days?” (Spurgeon)

3. (165-166) The peace of obedience to God’s word.

Great peace have those who love Your law,

And nothing causes them to stumble.

Lord, I hope for Your salvation,

And I do Your commandments.

a. Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble: The great love that the Psalmist had brought real benefits to his life. It brought him great peace and stability in life (nothing causes them to stumble).

i. “Shalom is a large, embracing word for the good that comes to the one God favors.” (Boice)

ii. “Amidst the storms and tempests of the world, there is a perfect calm in the breasts of those, who not only do the will of God, but ‘love’ to do it.” (Horne)

iii. “They are at peace with God, by the blood of reconciliation; at peace with themselves, by the answer of a good conscience, and the subjection of those desires which war against the soul; at peace with all men, by the spirit of charity; and the whole creation is at peace with them, and all things work together for their good.” (Horne)

iv. “This verse does not promise peace to those who perfectly keep God’s Law, for who can keep it? It promises peace to those who ‘love’ God’s Law, which means, I suppose, those who love it because they have found God to be merciful by reading it.” (Boice)

v. “In every age there have been Luthers and Latimers, who have not only held fast their confidence, but whose peace has deepened with the roaring of the waves. The more they have been forsaken of men, the closer has been their communion with God.” (Martin, cited in Spurgeon)

b. I hope for Your salvation, and I do Your commandments: The Psalmist here displays the kind of active faith and trust that saves. He had faith in God for salvation; yet it was a faith that could also say, “I do Your commandments.” This is the kind of living faith so strongly promoted in the Book of James.

i. “This saying he borrowed from good old Jacob, Genesis 49:18.” (Trapp)

ii. This hope is very much like faith. “Faith is the exercise of the soul in a sense of need, in desire, and in trust. Faith goes to God on the ground of the promise; hope in the expectation of the thing promised. Thus hopeimplies the operation of faith.” (Bridges)

4. (167-168) Keeping the word of God.

My soul keeps Your testimonies,

And I love them exceedingly.

I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,

For all my ways are before You.

a. My soul keeps Your testimonies, and I love them exceedingly: The Psalmist kept the word of God not only with his outward actions, but also with his soul. His love and conformity to the word of God was deeply rooted, not superficial.

i. “Indeed, the bias of the new nature to keep the precepts is as prevalent, as that of the old nature to break them.” (Bridges)

b. I keep Your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before You: For the Psalmist, the knowledge that “all my ways are before You” prompted obedience. He knew that the God who gave the word also observed his life. This is in contrast to the many who live as if God does not observe all . . . ways of a man.

i. “The Jews covered Christ’s face, and then buffeted him: Mark 14:65. So does the hypocrite; he first says in his heart, God sees not, or at least forgets that he sees, and then he makes bold to sin against him.” (Gurnall, cited in Spurgeon)

ii. Your precepts . . .Your testimonies . . . before You: “Note the reverence for God Himself, not for Scripture in isolation.” (Kidner)

V. Tav ת: Sought by God and His Word.

The Psalmist is approaching the end of the Psalm, and his petitions gather force and fervency; he seems to break into the inner circle of divine fellowship, and to come even to the feet of the great God whose help he is imploring. This nearness creates the most lowly view of himself, and leads him to close the Psalm upon his face in deepest self-humiliation, begging to be sought out like a lost sheep.” (Spurgeon)

1. (169-170) “According to Your word.”

Let my cry come before You, O Lord;

Give me understanding according to Your word.

Let my supplication come before You;

Deliver me according to Your word.

a. Let my cry come before You . . . give me understanding according to Your word: The cry of the Psalmist is an expression of prayer; a plea to gain understanding according to Your word. He wanted his thoughts to be transformed according to the word of God.

i. This is very much the same kind of thought the Apostle Paul expressed in Romans 12:-2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. The Psalmist wanted his understanding of life and the world shaped –transformed – by the word of God.

ii. “Here the psalmists cry for deliverance is personified; made an intelligent being, and sent up to the throne of grace to negotiate in his behalf.” (Clarke)

iii. Come before You: “The verb q-r-b in the Hiphil is a technical term for the act of presenting an offering . . . He has nothing left to present but a ‘cry.’” (VanGemeren)

b. Let my supplication come before You: This is another reference to prayer by the Psalmist; this time a prayer for deliverance “according to Your word.” He wanted deliverance, but wanted it only as it was consistent with God’s revealed word and will. He did not want an unrighteous or unwise deliverance.

i. He also asked for this deliverance according to the promises of God’s word. “It is beautiful to observe the oil of the Psalmist’s faith feeding the flame of his supplication. Every petition is urged upon the warrant of a promise –according to thy word.” (Bridges)

ii. “Many prayers hath he made to God in this Psalm: now in the end he prays for his prayers, that the Lord would let them come before him.” (Cowper, cited in Spurgeon)

2. (171-172) Praising God and speaking of His word.

My lips shall utter praise,

For You teach me Your statutes.

My tongue shall speak of Your word,

For all Your commandments are righteousness.

a. My lips shall utter praise . . . My tongue shall speak of Your word: The Psalmist wanted his words (lips . . . tongue) to both praise God and to speak of His word. He knew that often words are either wicked or vain or both. He was determined that others would hear him praise God, and speak of His word.

i. “In the two expressions, pour forth [shall utter] and sing [shall speak], there may be a hint of, respectively, the spontaneous personal and the corporate: the former word suggesting the bubbling up of a spring, and the latter (lit. ‘my tongue will answer’) the antiphonal praise of a choir (cf. the same word ‘answer’ for ‘sing’ in Psalm 147:7; and, using other terms, the calling of the seraphim one to another in Isaiah 6:3).” (Kidner)

b. My lips shall utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes: His lips could praise God because they had been taught His word; and taught by God Himself. The Psalmist’s lips did not praise God by nature; he had to be taughtGod’s truth, and taught from God Himself. Also, the Word of God informed his praise; it was intelligent.

i. “And yet who of us are fit to praise, except those whom God has taught? The ‘new song’ ill accords with the old heart.” (Bridges)

c. For all Your commandments are righteous: Knowing the purity and inerrancy of God’s word made the Psalmist want to speak of it to others. The depth of his confidence made him want to share it with others.

i. “Then should we break through our sinful silence; we should no more be cowardly and halfhearted, but should be true witnesses for Jesus. It is not only of God’s works that we are to speak, but of his word.” (Spurgeon)

3. (173-174) Longing for salvation and loving God’s word.

Let Your hand become my help,

For I have chosen Your precepts.

I long for Your salvation, O Lord,

And Your law is my delight.

a. Let Your hand become my help, for I have chosen Your precepts: The Psalmist felt he could boldly ask for God’s help, because he had chosen to love and keep the word of God.

i. “The prayer reminds us of Peter walking on the sea and beginning to sink; he, too, cried, ‘Lord, help me,’ and the hand of his Master was stretched out for his rescue.” (Spurgeon)

b. I long for Your salvation . . . Your law is my delight: These two expressions go together. Because God’ssalvation is from and according to His word (1 Peter 1:23), it was natural for him to delight in God’s word as he longed for God’s salvation.

i. Salvation “Hath long been the object of the hopes, the desires, and the ‘longing’ expectation of the faithful, from Adam to this hour; and will continue so to be, until He, who hath already visited us in great humility, shall come again in glorious majesty, to complete our redemption and take us to himself.” (Horne)

4. (175-176) Depending on the word of the God who seeks us.

Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;

And let Your judgments help me.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep;

Seek Your servant,

For I do not forget Your commandments.

a. Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; and let Your judgments help me: The Psalmist recognized that hissoul needed both life from God and guidance from God’s word. With this combination of life and guidance, he would build a healthy relationship with God.

i. “Verse 175, the next to the last verse, is a good biblical statement of what the Westminster Shorter Catechism calls ‘the chief end of man,’ namely, to glorify God and to enjoy him forever: ‘Let me live that I may praise you.’ But verse 176, the last verse, reminds us that this praise comes from poor, weak, lost, and straying sinners like ourselves.” (Boice)

ii. The ending section of this great Psalm emphasizes the Psalmist’s great need for God and his dependence upon Him. His love for and dedication to the word of God has not made him more spiritually independent, but more spiritually dependent upon God. What did the Psalmist need?

  • Understanding (119:169)
  • Deliverance (119:170)
  • Ability to worship God rightly (119:171-172)
  • Power to live an upright life (119:173-174)
  • Strength to persevere (119:175)

iii. “The consciousness of need is revealed in each successive petition. Yet the song is never a wail of despair, because side by side with the sense of need, there is evident throughout a profound conviction of the sufficiency of the will of God.” (Morgan)

b. I have gone astray like a lost sheep: This great Psalm ends on a touching note. The Psalmist remembered his own frailty and sinful tendencies (astray like a lost sheep), and therefore asked God to seek him.

i. “Here is, first, a confession of imperfection and of helplessness. It means really a continual imperfection and helplessness, for the Hebrew verb relates not only to the past, but to the present.” (Spurgeon)

ii. “The author had not become self-righteous by his devotions, despite his reiterated claims to have obeyed the Bible’s teachings.” (Boice)

iii. “This verse is extremely emotional and full of tears, for truly we are all this going astray, so that we must pray to be visited, sought, and carried over by the most godly Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God blessed forever. Amen.” (Luther, cited in Boice)

iv. “He was not like a dog, that somehow or other can find its way back; but he was like a lost sheep, which goes further and further away from home; yet still he was a sheep, and the Lord’s sheep, his property, and precious in his sight, and therefore he hoped to be sought in order to be restored.” (Spurgeon)

c. Seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments: We can surmise that God sought His servant in His word. God does seek after us in His word. His word tests us; it encourages us; it strengthens us; it rebukes us; it helps us; it teaches us; it gives us understanding; it protects us.

i. Seek Your servant: “A poor, lost, weak, sinful – yes, even unprofitable – servant (see Luke 17:10), but still a servant of God.” (Boice)

ii. The Psalmist describes a Romans 7:21 kind of experience: I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. “And the Psalmist had the same remedy at the early period, as had the apostle in the later times; for God’s salvation is one. The Psalmist’s remedy was, ‘Seek thy servant;’ the apostle’s, ‘O wretched man that I am I who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.’” (Stephen, cited in Spurgeon)

iii. “The note of urgent need on which the psalm ends is proof enough that the love of Scripture, which has motivated the scribes of every age, need not harden into academic pride. This man would have taken his stance not with the self-congratulating Pharisee of the parable, but with the publican who stood afar off, but went home justified.” (Kidner)

iv. The Psalm ends on the reminder that the power and greatness of God’s word does not rest only in its literary brilliance. Its greatness and glory is in the fact that God comes to us and seeks us in and through His word.

v. “I do not think that there could possibly be a more appropriate conclusion of such a Psalm as this, so full of the varied experience and the ever-changing frames and feelings even of a child of God, in the sunshine and the cloud, in the calm and in the storm, than this ever-clinging sense of his propensity to wander, and the expression of his utter inability to find his way back without the Lord’s guiding hand to restore him.” (Bouchier, cited in Spurgeon)

As far as I have been able, as far as I have been aided by the Lord, I have treated throughout, and expounded, this great Psalm. A task which more able and learned expositors have performed, or will perform better; nevertheless, my services were not to be withheld from it on that account.” (Augustine, cited in Spurgeon)

© 2009 David Guzik 

The Christ Messenger part 17 (28th Nov 2010)

November 28, 2010

The Christ Messenger part 17 (28th Nov 2010)

Satan uses many names and here are some more you should know about. RU or UR, the name “Brown”, the “Chitauli/Jahbulon”,(aka “Old One” and “auld lang syne” is direct reference to it), that Old Serpent, Pan, Enki (more later). All of this is used in masonic code. This happened, I met pretend victim MaURice KELlet (Kel=twenty eight=No of MAN=satan) who hailed from CUMBria. He and Ann M took photographs of the murdered? Andy (ArnOLD) McArdle. The whole story was masonic theatre/skits and designed to install a fear of the puppet masons. Andy is not dead, I spoke to him on the phone as he pretended to be Andy’s brother, just ask Ann Mallaby (did I record it? more later). AM is not her real name and I wish no one any harm, I am showing you how satan’s tempted puppets operate. Also that most of you have no idea that a higher power is at work, more later.

Anyway, back to the codes. Huge masonic car dealership arnOLD clARK sells his cars all priced to end in 88 i.e. not “£4995 or £8999. They are all £4988 or £8988, etc. They have been doing this for 30 odd years. It’s the masonic number 11 again 11X8 = 88. They love ARK/ARC because it’s what they have reversed from the Bible to suit their twisted brainwashing system. I told you about the occult ritual of the Pan Am crash (1988).

Brown is also satan. I previously told you that when I was a kid, we had the Brown family above and the Devlin family below us. I have been plagued by this name Brown. I even got a letter from mason PM Gordon Brown saying that the GentleMANs clubs are finished, not! (lots more on the word brown later). You can read about the RU/UR (curse of 39) in the Christ Messenger parts 15/16. I could give you a whole book on RU/UR. e.g. D tRUmp, saURon, saRUman, RUbber, etc, wait till you read my story and persecution by RU/UR. Research more on the “Chitauli”, the masonic occultists use the first three letters in all of their codes “CHI” and as it sounds “Chee”. Puppet masons love CHImes in or outside their homes. Even the Ice-Cream van Chimes are all part of the spell. The masons gave us a homeless unit at 193 Granville (ville=evil) Road in CHIld’s Hill, London. Mike OLD-FIELD’s Tubular Bells (Baal) was the soundtrack to The Exorcist movie. I am showing you the invisible (more later). Switch off lucifer’s media programming.

On a dark Thurs evening (25th Nov 2010) about 5pm, I felt compelled to go to Zion hill (on the local Milngavie Golf Course) to receive a message. Me and my gift from God, our family dog went walkies. The puppet masons know I was there because they abuse the technology that law abiding people pay for. No, I haven’t read the Bible (only small parts), but my whole life relates to everything to do with the Bible. God tells me every day not to worry. Anyway, there was no immediate message and we got back home about 7pm. The next morning I go online to study and I read Dr. Henry Makow’s latest article called ” Can God Turn this Game Around” and I’m laughing and saying “No problem Henry !”. It’s a must read. Then came the message I had been waiting for. I was reading an article on about the “17 prophecies of Christ” and at the bottom of the page was “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion”. Make of this what you will as I have had other experiences on Zion hill (later). You will have to trust me when I say that I plan nothing. I am trying to give you a true story that will change this world.

All I need is a platform. I am not interested in hatred or revenge for I have sinned. Satan and his tempted could offer me this planet and it’s contents and my answer is “NO DEAL”. I only want to follow Jesus and walk with God. I will not lead you astray and I shall comprehensively prove that Jesus is inside every one of you. Knock, knock. Most of you will have your opinions on this, but it is not your opinion at all, it’s the brainwashing since birth by the criminal elite (via the BBC/ITV/FOX/CNN + their education program) who don’t want you to find truth. That’s why they so hate Jesus. Question everything for satan and his tempted have heavily distorted and twisted almost all you have learned. Remember that evil always dresses up as good and you should know that Jesus will not cost ye a penny. Do not worry if you haven’t found Jesus yet, God Jehovah knows who is good and those who are Me, Me, Me and lucifer. Turn off the occultic elite’s incessant, deliberate noise and tune in to your right-sided spirituality. or google “Ephesians 5:11 freemasonry is a litmus test”

I want to prove to you that satan can hijack your mind. Everybody gets involuntary actions or saying something you should not have said. You wonder what happened as you had no control over it. Evil is always working in the background. But this is easily stopped when you accept that Jesus is real. You will receive God’s armour. If Jesus was a myth then why do the world’s top satanic leaders crucify Him (and Mary Magdeline) every year at Bohemian Grove?. Why have the occultic criminal elite re-edited almost every truth in the Bible?. They have reversed everything to suit their agenda (NWO). These lies are all over the internet and in THEIR media. They have hijacked the minds of their puppet masons to make them believe that lucifer was wronged and is actually god. This is ludicrous but the Elite are very crafty and their brown tongues are very dumb. Wake up you fools, the Bible is God’s Word as YOU are about to find out. I am here to tell you that your life is your test. The Bible Prophecies are for you to read, start with the “17 prophecies of Christ”. 17 is also the number of Heaven.

Incidentally, I wrote poetry as a teenager. I also fought corruption and joined the local Socialist Party, via M. Kennedy of Ashfield St, Glasgow. This friend? stole my 2 books of poetry. Here’s a couple of lines, “This great world will perish soon and dreamers souls shall live on the moon. Mankind will die through his crave of putting warriors to their grave”. (9veh?)

There is a strong possibility I could be Jewish. I was born in the Gorbals in Glasgow 1955 and it was heavy populated by the Jews. I did not know about the good Jewish people then as I only saw the corrupt pen pushing (on reflection, zionist agenda) Jews at work. Our family had to be “Means Tested” and clothed by them. Google “When Scotland was Jewish” and related books. For some strange reason I did not like Jews when I was young, my apologies to all good Jewish people for my ignorance. Dr. Henry Makow will help you find the truth on how the Jews are being conned and used by the occultic criminal elite.

Willie’s masonic wedding on 29/4 = 33 (33 degree masons and 3 times their favourite number 11). Also, the followers of Milli-Man (satan) murdered Jesus when he was 33 years old. The occult (evil dressed up as good) will throw in the added bonus of 29/4/11 = 44 (11 X 4). Tell the dumb sheople it’s a public holiday. Thank you masonic royal brown-tongued media, “we’ve never had it so good”. Two for one cheap tissue at your price-fixing supermarkets.

I was reading the news and my son said “dad, what’s that the pope is saying about condoms?”. I replied ” He want’s to wear one as a hat”. As should all ignorant people (esp. puppets). Extra large condom hats available soon. Educate yourselves and don’t forget humour. Fake religion makes lots of money for fake teachers. Listen now to me, Jesus is for free.

If I have offended you in any way, then take your head out of the masonic owned sand and put your new hat on. Good truth-seekers are fighting for you, NOT against you. Stop dancing to the criminal elite’s “Pan” pipes (Tubular Bells). Message to satan’s followers, do you enjoy getting to the tickly bit? everything has a price to pay. I have told ye, Jehovah and satan know your every thought and action. Nobody dies, you WILL be Judged. Resistance to God Jehovah (aka Yahweh) is futile. Your primitive technology is no match to the might of Jehovah, who intelligently designed it all. The technology was to benefit us, not to be used to benefit the Elite. The tempted have stolen everything (by stealth) to protect them, there is NOWHERE for them to hide. As sure as I am speaking to you now, God’s Word/Law (119) will prevail. I am living proof as you are about to find out. Life is not stranger than fiction, the Elite’s selfishness is. Sow to the spirit, not to the flesh.

Jehovah does not want to destroy you or anybody but this planet cannot sustain selfish cunning foxes that kill all, even when they are full. Bad is destroying paradise faster than we can repair it. Tick, tock, tick (human time). I can do this faster if you will give me a platform but you appear to be afraid of the money-lenders. People used to think the Earth was flat and that cavemen done 911. Here is some simple logic, why are your government or police not investigating freemasonry? because they are all in it together, the royal masonic brother/sisterhood. Do not tar them all with the same brush for there are good people within them, find and support them. I tell ye good people, worry about nothing. I tell ye bad people, you have a choice to make. It is written “All that is evil will be exposed”. There is only one evil on this planet and that is satan and his human virus called Freemasonry (aka Common Purpose and thousands of other names). I ask all good people to do something today (everyday) to open closed doors. All those websites supposedly fighting corruption and injustice but no mention of the word “freemasons”, why?. There are a lot of trained dogs out there protecting their poisoned bones.

Want to know more about the royal WINDsors?, Google “Moriah Conquering Wind”. You see, I have been gaslighted by puppet masons using the word “Wind”. I have had unusual synchronicities with this word (more later). But the mind-blowing fact is this, my first? direct encounter with satan (Ouija Board) was at 32 WINDsor Street in Maryhill, Glasgow. I know much about the occultic “Moriah Conquering Wind” (aka satan and illuminati), to me the MCW just means opulent flatulence, it is just another way for the Elite to reverse the stories in the Bible. The sad thing is that some masonic donkeys will only eat masonic flavoured carrots, a lot of them actually believe the Elite’s codswallop.

Dear queen of crooks, your puppets can sing GSTQ till they are “blue” in the face. You know who I am, you were expecting me. Your evil top Occultic Families foretold you. Now make your choice and give your plunder back. The land is a gift from God. Perhaps God Jehovah (Yahweh) already knows what happens next? (smile). God hates no one. Internet researchers should profile these “top occultic families” and their contacts. They have been evil for much too long, go find them. Start here, google “This present crisis, destroying Moriah Conquering Wind”. You have much to learn about the criminal elite dressed as good?. Wise up, rise up.

Update. I told you about my real brother Alexander (Cain) who tried to kill me with glass poisoning on behalf of the royal? family. There is more Biblical reference to this at “Alexander the Coppersmith”. The best way to understand our Christ Messenger story is to read it backwards, i.e. start from this Christ Messenger part 17 and back to part one. Don’t worry if some of it doesn’t make sense, it soon will. I give you my word, I will not lead you astray.

Message to Icke, you appear to be a good man and have taught us much. However, your God Program is wrong. Perhaps satan gave you that one? I should also point out the obvious, the Moon was designed by God Jehovah, as is all. Yes, David, you have been chosen and I hope you stay on the right path. Money and fame can keep one in the devil’s purse forever. Stop those sociopath puppet masons from controlling your forum, it’s hard work for the good guys. Why are the puppets allowed to ban the good guys without reason? I used to subscribe to you. The only communication I got was my subscription is running out. I said I would renew if they let me back on the forum to teach and never heard another word. What’s up Icke?

Good news for good people. I am also the ace card at the bottom of their pyramid and the vibration has started. The associated song is “Tumbling down, Tumbling down” by Cockney Rebel. But not yet, we all have much work to do. Read God Jehovah’s 10 Commandments and you will find it’s the only way mankind can survive. Bye Bye Santa.

One final question, why do you hate Jesus, me or any good person who fights for you? satan and his tempted don’t care about you, they want total control and to destroy anything good. Has the penny dropped yet? it doesn’t have to be like this. Alternatively, go back to their sports, soaps and strictly come x-factor while they make plans.

Love, peace and FR33DOM for all. J.S. Christie I am who I am and everything is meant to be, this is not about me.

Wanted… Puppet Masons

October 21, 2010

Wanted… Puppet Masons, to perform daily for the Criminal Elite (CE).

You will pay membership fees for the privilege of performing.

We will totally hypnotise, assimilate and dehumanise you.

You will become the all seeing eyes (dumb shepherds) for the CE.

We will profile you, then set you up (kiddie sex, etc) and entrap you.

You will become prolific liars for the CE.

We will teach you Masonic/Stasi signs and codes.

We will fill your head with false gods from Greek/Roman/Egyptian mythology.

We will control you with symbols/numbers/colours and codswallop.

We will teach you how to Gaslight (sow seeds/lies) and how to gang-stalk.

You will question nothing, only follow orders.

We will find out about your skeletons in the closet and use them against you.

Every Penny from charity goes to our fellow CE Puppet Masons.

You will defend your right to be a our Puppet Mason.

We will control you (and your children) from cradle to grave.

You shall persecute and harass all non-Puppet Masons.

Our sophisticated scams will convince you that YOU have been chosen.

You will be taught that everything bad is good.

We have Puppet Masons within government, police, military, judiciary, all religions, etc

We will participate and celebrate on the death or torture of non-Puppet Masons.

You shall breed and brainwash more Puppet Masons.Our media will keep you trapped inside the illusion.

You will actually believe everything we tell you.

You will never know what your pretend brother or sister is up to.

We have edited the Bible and your belief systems.

The CE will provide all the pseudo qualifications and protection you need.

Immigrants are allowed to stay provided they perform for us.

You will do everything to protect your masters, the CE.

We will give you a job for life, provided you perform daily.

You will learn how to cowardly hurt people from behind the curtains.

We know that some Puppet Masons will not accept that they are our Puppets.

We are successful because you pay us to get the best education to enslave YOU.

We can provide back-up and support to get you away with murder.

You will infiltrate all groups and forums to defend us.Fact:

We can award royal gongs from our queen bee to loyal mason bees.

The more deranged and evil you become, the more you will be rewarded.

Our favourite song is “Puppet on a String”. Sing it Puppets, now back to work.

In return, Puppets will receive material things (which we take back), sex with minors and mind-controlled whores, cheap drugs, drinks and a special phone number for “Assistance”.

Fact, we do NOT care about YOU, we just want total control, period.

Finally, if you are a selfish, “ME ME ME” person, you are EXACTLY what we need. Contact any Brainwashing Centre (aka masonic lodge) near you and kiss your world goodbye (hello Gollum).

Comment by Second Family UK. Not all of Puppet Masons are pedophiles (we hope?) but all Puppet Masons are sworn (on pain of death) to protect each other in crime. This is what binds them as a successful criminal network.
To all Puppet Masons who are trapped. God’s “Second Family UK” is part of the Great Awakening, good people world wide are all fighting for your FR33DOM. It is getting stronger by the day. Freemasonry is finished (abandon ship), they are rabidly trying to save it in their corrupt media. This is why the CE are frantically using their Puppets to block truth-seeker communications. They use their Puppets to destroy anything good. It’s all cleverly designed to keep the CE in control. Your next Puppet leaders have already been chosen until you decide enough is enough. Genuine message to all Puppets, cut the strings and walk away. Find Jesus, but keep away from the CE controlled religions and secret society cults. Jesus is for free and very, very real. God will protect you. If you have sold your soul to con man Little Lucifer, become an Indian Giver, take it back. Give it to Christ and reap the rewards. For the first time in your controlled life, turn off their noise and tune in.
If you don’t believe that Jesus is not real, why do the world’s top leaders/satanists meet every year to crucify him?. It’s held at Bohemian Grove every July. On the 21st of July, Lucifer’s stolen souls ritually sacrifice Mary Magdelene and the next day (22nd July) they do the same to Jesus Christ. You can Google “Bohemian Grove: Illuminati Meet This Week for Satanic Rituals” by Henry Makow Ph.D.
And the reason for this date is 21/7 = 28, satan is also known as the “MAN” and the English Gematria/Geometry for MAN is “28” (numbers are EVERYTHING to satan’s puppets). e.g. political Puppet dates in the UK on 5th May = 55. Gematria for “Satan” = 55 and it is also 11 X 5. Number 11 is the number of death and destruction. The 9/11 date was 9+1+1 = 11 (also any multiple of 11 gets them excited and used in Puppet Mason code). The sacrifice of Jesus on the 22/7 = 29 = 11. Fools, nobody can kill the infinite Christ, no person or entity. The biggest secret in Freemasonry is that Satan is also known as “Milli Man” because of his 28 millimetre phallus. This is why the Occultic Criminal Elite get their brainwashed Puppets to build big Phallic monuments to carry on the illusion.
Jesus will come as a thief in the night. I was a thief, we all are. For we all have to beg, borrow or steal just to pay the Criminal Elite. Even they have been conned by the Man’s temptation. Jesus is inside every one of you, open God’s door. Find Jesus and watch your destiny change forever.
Much more to follow. Join, promote or support your local truth-seeker/whistleblower or become one. Do not be controlled by fear. Learn how to legally fight the Criminal Elite’s closed doors. If you do nothing today, they win. Never forget that your life is your test and you will be judged. Nobody dies, even the departed will be judged. Who can you trust when your body suit turns to dust? You have a choice to make.
Peace, love and FR33DOM to all, from J.S. Christie, you know who I am. This is not about me. Welcome to The Christ Messenger part 11. Please pass this truth on to those you care about. This will probably cost me my body suit, but I’ve never had a human life. God tells me everything will be fine as “the satanic clown is going down” with some of his Puppets.