Blessed Ps 1:1-3 32:1,2 112:1 128:1 Mt 5:3-12 Lu 11:28 Joh 13:17 Jas 1:25 Rev … Verses 111-112 The psalmist here in a most affectionate manner, like an Israelite indeed, resolves to stick to the word of God and to live and die by it.I. To fear lest we offend him and become obnoxious to his wrath. He determined to make the word of God his rule, and to walk by that rule. 166-168. 97. 3. The lamp is fed with the oil of the Spirit. 5:30 Jer. Heavenly wisdom will carry the point, at last, against carnal policy. He did this immediately and without demur (v. 60): I made haste and delayed not. 2. If God’s right hand uphold us, we must, in his strength, go on in our duty both with diligence and pleasure. David’s care to avoid the ways of sin: "I have refrained my feet from the evil ways they were ready to step aside into. 2. Verse 108 Two things we are here taught to pray for, in reference to our religious performances:-1. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. The general scope and design of it is to magnify the law, and make it honourable; to set forth the excellency and usefulness of divine revelation, and to recommend it to us, not only for the entertainment, but for the government, of ourselves, by the psalmist’s own example, who speaks by experience of the benefit of it, and of the good impressions made upon him by it, for which he praises God, and earnestly prays, from first to last, for the continuance of God’s grace with him, to direct and quicken him in the way of his duty. All this cannot but be a grief to those who have any regard to the glory of God and the welfare of mankind. Or it may be taken more generally; good people are glad to see one another; they are especially pleased with those who are eminent for their hope in God’s word. 25:5 .II. The help we hope to obtain by prayer is to be the basis on which our resolutions should rest. He acknowledges the truth and goodness of his religion, though he suffered: "However it be, all thy commandments are faithful, and therefore, whatever I lose for my observance of them, I know I shall not lose by it.’’ True religion, if it be worth any thing, is worth every thing, and therefore worth suffering for. 2. Comfort me with the light of thy countenance in every cloudy and dark day. (1.) Their heart is as fat as grease. It was not now and then, in a good humour, that he was so fond of the word of God; but it is the habitual temper of every sanctified soul to hunger after the word of God as its necessary food, which there is no living without. 2. Verse 126 Here is, 1. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly. They followed him closely and he was just ready to fall into their hands: They draw nigh, nigher than they were; so that they got ground of him. David adores God as the God of nature and the author of his being: Thy hands have made me and fashioned me, Job. If he could not yet say, "They are my heritage,’’ yet he could say, "I have made choice of them for my heritage; and will never take up with a portion in this life,’’ Ps. Verse 73 Here, 1. He sympathized with them in their joys and sorrows (Heb. Psalm 119:49-50. Thus, there are 22 stanzas, each containing eight verses beginning with the same Hebrew letter. The entrance--literally, "opening"; God's words, as an open door, let in light, or knowledge. He conceived such an indignation at their wickedness as preyed upon his spirits, even ate them up (as Christ’s zeal, Jn. The more intimately we converse with the word of God, and the more we dwell upon it in our thoughts, the better able we shall be to speak to God in his own language and the better we shall know what to pray for as we ought. Hope of this has raised me above the world, and borne me up under all my burdens in it.’’ 2. 1, . They were proud, and in their pride they persecuted him, glorying in this, that they could trample upon one who was so much cried up, and hoping to raise themselves on his ruins. That he had entertained himself with it: "Lord, teach me thy statutes; for I desire no greater pleasure than to know and do them (v. 14): I have rejoiced in the way of thy commandments, in a constant even course of obedience to thee; not only in the speculations and histories of thy word, but in the precepts of it, and in that path of serious godliness which they chalk out to me. Those that are derided for their adherence to God’s law may comfort themselves with this, that the reproach of Christ will prove, in the end, greater riches to them than the treasures of Egypt. 13:49 ), so that they shall have no place in their congregation (Ps. 33:21 . That he had made religion his serious and deliberate choice: "I have chosen thy precepts. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. See how affliction will mortify the strongest and stoutest of men! David had been of a ruddy countenance, as fresh as a rose; but now he is withered, his colour is gone, his cheeks are furrowed. (1.) The obligation he here laid upon himself to be religious, binding himself, by his own promise, to that which he was already bound to by the divine precept, and all little enough. Those have well learned God’s statutes who have come up to a full resolution, in the strength of his grace, to keep them.III. Those that are upright may take the comfort of their uprightness. Its contents are mainly praises of God's Word, exhortations to its perusal, and reverence for it, prayers for its proper influence, and complaints of the wicked for despising it. "They have continued to this day, and shall still continue to the end of time, acting according to the ordinances which were at first given them; for all are thy servants; they do thy will, and set forth thy glory, and in both are thy servants.’’ All the creatures are, in their places, and according to their capacities, serviceable to their Creator, and answer the ends of their creation; and shall man be the only rebel, the only revolter from his allegiance, and the only unprofitable burden of the earth.? Every sin is a transgression of the law, but a course and way of wilful and avowed sin is downright forsaking it and throwing it off. He protests his affection to the word of God with a holy vehemency; he found that love to it in his heart which, considering the corruption of his nature and the temptations of the world, he could not but wonder at, and at that grace which had wrought it in him. Psalms 119:175 Psalms 119:176 seem to sum up the petitions, confessions, and professions of the Psalm. Observe here how God has joined these two together, and let no man put them asunder. It is desirable to have an intimacy with such. It seems to me to be a collection of David’s pious and devout ejaculations, the short and sudden breathings and elevations of his soul to God, which he wrote down as they occurred, and, towards the latter end of his time, gathered out of his day-book where they lay scattered, added to them many like words, and digested them into this psalm, in which there is seldom any coherence between the verses, but, like Solomon’s proverbs, it is a chest of gold rings, not a chain of gold links. 2. The word of God will judge us, it will judge us in righteousness, and by it our everlasting state will be determined. Those who would walk in the law of the Lord must keep his testimonies, that is, his truths. Then he shall have cause to praise God. 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