April 12th, 2024       Meditation PSALM 119

The longest of the Psalms has 176 verses and was written in such a manner that it could be sung as well as just read. It was probably done that way so it could be used as part of the praise in the temple Psalms 119:54 “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.”
Psalms 119:164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
Psalms 119:171 “My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.”
Psalms 119:172 “My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments [are] righteousness.”
Psalms 119:173 “Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. 174 I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law [is] my delight.”

You can see it is very carefully assembled with 22 sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section has 8 verses, and every verse in the section begins with the letter that heads that section.
So, let's read the first section named Aleph, and you can see how each verse has a different name for the Word of Yahweh such as law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, judgments. 
Psalms 119:1-8 “ALEPH. Blessed [are] the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2 Blessed [are] they that keep his testimonies, [and that] seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded [us] to keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! 6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.”
At first sight the Psalmist seems to be using very legalistic terms. But his use of words like works verse Psalms 119:27 “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”, comfort verse Psalms 119:50 “This [is] my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.”  Merciful verse Psalms 119:58 “I intreated thy favour with [my] whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.”, comfort verse Psalms 119:76 “Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.” make clear he is thinking of a very personal relationship to the LORD. Even the name of Yahweh was revealed to Moses in Exodus 3:14&15 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this [is] my name for ever, and this [is] my memorial unto all generations.”
I’d like you to notice the conversational relationship as he uses the term LORD in Psalms 119:1 “ALEPH. Blessed [are] the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.”
Psalms 119:12 “Blessed [art] thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.”
Psalms 119 31 “I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.”
Psalms 119 33 “
HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it [unto] the end.”
Psalms 119:41 “
VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, [even] thy salvation, according to thy word.”
Psalms 119:52 “I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.”
Psalms 119 57 “
CHETH. [Thou art] my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words.”
Psalms 119:64 “he earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.”
Psalms 119:65 “
TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. “
Psalms 119:75 “I know, O LORD, that thy judgments [are] right, and [that] thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”
Psalms 119:107 “I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.” Psalms 119:145 “
KOPH. I cried with [my] whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.”
Psalms 119:149 “Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.”
Psalms 119:151 “Thou [art] near, O LORD; and all thy commandments [are] truth.”
Psalms 119:174 “I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law [is] my delight.”

That is why the term "Word" is the Psalmist's favorite expression for what he hears in the personal conversation with his LORD. Look at Psalms 119:9 “BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed [thereto] according to thy word.”
Psalms 119:11 “
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
Psalms 119:16 “I will
delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
Psalms 119:17 “
GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, [that] I may live, and keep thy word.” Psalms 119:25 “DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.”
Psalms 119:42 “So shall I have wherewith to answer him that
reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.”
Psalms 119:65 “
TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.”
Psalms 119:74 “They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because
I have hoped in thy word.”
Psalms 119:101 “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that
I might keep thy word.” Psalms 119:103 “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!”
Psalms 119:105 “
NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
 It is obvious that he is not living by a set of rules but is in a relationship with us.
He also makes it clear that all the ways in which God's Word comes to him are expressions of the unwavering love of God which he mentions seven different times. 1. In salvation verse 41 “VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, [even] thy salvation, according to thy word.”
2. In the world around him Psalms 119:64 “The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.”
3. To comfort Psalms 119:76 “Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.”
4. Quicken me Psalms 119:88 “Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.”
5. Teach me Psalms 119:124 “Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.”
6. Hear me Psalms 119:149 “Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.”
7. I love thy precepts Psalms 119:159 “Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.”
You can see he uses a flavorful assortment of words to express his attraction with the Word of Yahweh:  Such as Rejoicing Psalms 119:14 “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as [much as] in all riches.”
Psalms 119:111 “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.”
Psalms 119:162 “I
rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.”
Respect-Psalms 119:15 “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.”
Delight- Psalms 119:16 “I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
Psalms 119:24 “Thy testimonies also [are] my
delight [and] my counsellors.”
Psalms 119:35 “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I
delight.” Psalms 119:47 “And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.”
Psalms 119:70 “Their heart is as fat as grease; [but] I
delight in thy law.”
Psalms 119:77 “Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law [is] my
delight.”
Sweetness Psalms 119:103 “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! [yea, sweeter] than honey to my mouth!”
Purity Psalms 119:140 “Thy word [is] very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”
Because of his enjoyment in Yahweh's presence he wants to spend time meditating on Yahweh's word. As he shows in Psalms 119:15 “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.” Meditation is fixing his eyes on. Now onto when others plot against him Psalms 119: 23 “Princes also did sit [and] speak against me: [but] thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.”
Then understanding Yahweh's works Psalms 119:27 “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”
And Psalms 119:97 “MEM. O how love I thy law! it [is] my meditation all the day.”
Then we see that to his surprise upon meditating on the Word that he is given supernatural wisdom: Psalms 119:98-100 " Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation. 100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.” 
No wonder he views the Word of Yahweh in the following manner in Psalms 119:105 “NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” 
I do believe that we all need to take a lesson from David and spend more time in the Word of Yahweh mediating on His will and not our own. That way we too can be for warned and for armed. May the Lord be with each and everyone of you as you leave today watching and guiding you along your way. In Yeshua's name may Yahweh Bless and Keep you.
May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.
Shalom