The 119th Psalm is the longest one. Take note of the letters at the top of the paragraphs and you’ll discover a richness beyond compare.
I’ve decided to break these down for you guys because it adds to the depth and richness of God’s Word. 🙂
Today I read the section with the Letter Sameka as follows:
I hate those who are double-minded,
But I love and treasure Your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield;
I wait for Your word.
Leave me, you evildoers,
That I may keep the commandments of my God [honoring and obeying them].
Uphold me according to Your word [of promise], so that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope [in Your great goodness].
Uphold me that I may be safe,
That I may have regard for Your statutes continually.
You have turned Your back on all those who wander from Your statutes,
For their deceitfulness is useless.
You have removed all the wicked of the earth like dross [for they have no value];
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
My flesh trembles in [reverent] fear of You,
And I am afraid and in awe of Your judgments.
The meaning of the letter ס samek is: ‘to uphold’ ‘to lean upon’ ‘to support.’ The letter itself is in the shape of a shield.
The meaning here is obvious.
God is our strength and shield, the refuge for those that place their trust in Him alone.
In awe of God, in respect of Him, I stand amazed.
We as humans are complex, so is God.
And yet in approaching Him ‘with clean hands and a pure heart.’ Many times (for myself) it’s just being honest with the Lord and saying ‘Lord I’m a mess, here it is, take it.’
Ever note the heart of God? Of what God calls valuable?
The heart, the intent, the root. From Genesis to Revelation God is full of mercy, and grace. Extending it now to all mankind, there is no excuse.
Everyone now has a choice, in this grace era so taken for granted.
I am a thinker, an artist of sorts.
I identify with Paul so much, aside from the whole jailing people who were Christians and killing them. I identify with the zealousness of Saul.
For my own version of ‘Saul’ was in my own strength attempting to ‘figure out God’ to make atonement for sin through my own blood (I didn’t know this until God showed me and I repented.)
My passion, my purpose, my ‘autistic nature’ to believe people and give them the benefit of the doubt when out of line with how Yeshua (Jesus) has made me to be.
Filling up my gas tank with oil or sludge, I burn out and break down.
What I feed my soul via music, reading, movies on the web etc. will surface in how I treat myself and how I treat others.
I’ll admit I fill up on smut on the web sometimes, I struggle with lust. I struggle with overeating, overexercising.
Being held accountable with a trustworthy person at church as well as counseling and of course God is how I keep myself out of trouble.
However, with my zeal for the Lord when I am in line. When I sing worship music, listen to uplifting messages, look up to my Redeemer. It is then that I fill my gas tank with gas.
Or as the illustration of the virgins with the oil lamps some had oil and some did not. That is representative of ‘gas’ or ‘time spent with God’ doing it even when you don’t want to.
This is when I am ‘lit up’ for God and it’s so obvious to myself and others!
I’m a bit of an all or nothing, my bent.
When I’m depressed buddy I am. (as event in some of my posts.)
But when the Lord’s joy shines out of me, despite things ‘going wrong’ is when I overcome through God.