Psalm 119:129-136

Psalm 119:129-136

to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice

August 06, 2019 – Tuesday

Psalm 119:129-136    NIV

פ Pe/Pey/Fey

129 Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant, longing for Your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me, as You always do to those who love Your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to Your word; let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine on your servant and teach me Your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for Your law is not obeyed.


The seventeenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet pe also represents the number eighty. Every verse in this stanza begins with the Hebrew letter pe, but the representation given above is incorrect. Why? Because it does not have a dot, called a dagesh,  inside in the middle of the letter, thus the symbol shown is for the letter pe with a different sound ph or f instead of p as in park. The blueletterbible has it correct with the reverse interlinear as does scriptureforall when looking at these verses. This children’s video show the two versions along with pronunciation of each version and notes without the dagesh it cannot be at the beginning of a word. There are a number of videos that speak about the letter bet as hidden within the letter pe, but the best example I found was here under advanced information where it may clearly be seen. Is the letter bet truly hidden in the letter pe, maybe, maybe not. Finally if pe is at the end of a word it becomes feyand has a different shape called a sofit which may be seen here or read about here under sofit.

So, let’s now take a look at our eight verses for today and what they have to say to us. The first verse (129) uses the word wonderful, but may also be read as wonders in the sense that God’s word contains wonders resulting in a desire to obey His word. The second (130) is much like it as the wonders give light making it understandable to everyone. Together, especially the second one should bring to mind the following New Testament verses speaking about Jesus.

In Him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
 John 1

The next verse (131) is reminiscent of the first verse written in Psalm 42

As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, my God.

Then there are the next four verses (132-135) which ask for God’s direct assistance in David’s life via His mercy, His direction, His redemption, and His teaching. David wants to follow God’s word. Finally in the last verse (136) we see David’s personal pain at seeing how God’s law is rejected by those around him.

David’s concluding verse leaves me wondering how we feel about the unsaved around us, those who do not know God’s word or how He abounds in mercy and forgiveness. It is one thing to reject God, but another not to really know of Him. What are we doing about those we know of who have not ever been invited to church? Do we care about the unsaved, which we once were? Do we?

RileyD, nwJ
(to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice)