Psalm 119:41-43

While the theme of the “ה” (pronounced “hey”) strophe emphasized the work of God in the life of the Believer through His Word; the theme of the “ו” (ponounced “vau” or “waw”) strophe emphasizes the work of the believer in response to the Word of God.

One very important point is that the “work” of God is prompted out of His lovingkindness toward us.  So also, the work of the believer in response to the Word of God is also prompted out of our love for God and His Word (Vv. 47-48).  God’s Work for us in salvation and in sanctification is a “grace” (gift) towards us.  Our work for God is a “grace” (thanksgiving) back toward Him (I Jn. 4:19; 5:3).

V.41    “May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me…according to Your word” The chief vessel of God’s grace (Lovingkindness and salvation) is His Word.  The world we live in is under enemy control; its cosmic system appeals totally to the senses (or our fleshly nature).  Deliverance comes when we walk by faith, trusting the Word of God.  Here, in submission to God by faith in His Word, we circumvent the ways and means of the enemy.  When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit (walking by faith and not by sight), we are continually supplied with His: protection, provision, comfort, guidance, wisdom, equipping for battle etc.  God’s Word is the one power source for the believer that Satan cannot corrupt or influence.  God has preserved it and provided it for us; and when we hide it in our hearts we are under its continual blessing no matter what spiritual battles we may face.

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Run hard, He’s worth the effort

Before you engage this devotion, pause for a moment in humility; pray and ask the Lord to open your heart to His Word.

The next strophe or (stanza) in our study of Psalm 119 is the daleth (Heb. ד), strophe.  Daleth is the fourth letter in Hebrew alphabet and each of the next eight lines of this strophe begin with the letter Daleth (Vv. 25-32).  The theme is the way of God vs. the way of man.  The Psalm begs the question… are we going to walk in God’s way or ours?  If we cleave to His way through His Word, we’ll experience the divine joy and strength that this world could never bring.  If we cling to our ways, we will experience depression, weakness, failure and sorrow – guaranteed. We cannot sow to the flesh and reap God’s blessing (Gal. 6:7-8).


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