Psalm 119:41-48

Psalm 119:41-48

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

July 22, 2019 – Monday

Psalm 119:41-48   NIV

ו Waw/Fav

41 May Your unfailing love come to me, Lord, Your salvation, according to Your promise;
42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in Your word.
43 Never take Your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in Your laws.
44 I will always obey Your law, forever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in Your commands because I love them.
48 I reach out for Your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on Your decrees.

Comments

This Monday every verse in our stanza begins with the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, ו Waw/Vav given here with two separate spellings, Waw and Vav as may be seen here and here respectively. Looking at the interlinear bible you may see each verse of this stanza begins with a waw/vav Hebrew letter. To me it has the appearance of a golf club stood on its end with the club pointing to the left and is drawn that way as shown here. However, the pictograph for vav is said to look like a tent peg, thus the meaning of the word vav is ‘hook,’ as a connecting hook used when the tabernacle was assembled.

Now, looking at our eight verses for today, we find two requests or appeals and six promises. The appeals are May Your unfailing love come to me (41) and Never take Your word of truth from my mouth (43). The promises are

42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in Your word.

44 I will always obey Your law, forever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out Your precepts.
46 I will speak of Your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in Your commands because I love them.
48 I reach out for Your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on Your decrees.

Spurgeon notes This, among many, is a difference between godly men and others: all men seek good things from God, but the wicked so seek that they give him nothing back again, nor yet will promise any sort of return. Here though we see the Psalmist making six promises in return for his two requests. Matthew Henry captures where the Psalmist goes herein as he will not be ashamed or afraid of what he knows of God’s law.

[L]et me by prayer prevail to obtain them. And when the salvation of the saints is completed, it will plainly appear that it was not in vain to trust in God’s word. We need to pray that we may never be afraid or ashamed to own God’s truths and ways before men. And the psalmist resolves to keep God’s law, in a constant course of obedience, without backsliding. The service of sin is slavery; the service of God is liberty. There is no full happiness, or perfect liberty, but in keeping God’s law. We must never be ashamed or afraid to own our religion.

Thus one verse (45) says clearly I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Without saying so directly, this stanza is about ending slavery to sin while expounding on the freedom from sin through God’s law. We do so today and ever since Christ’s dying on the cross for our sins, by accepting the Grace offered by His sacrifice as payment for our sins. There is freedom in Christ as reflected in this song, Freedom by Jesus Culture.

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