Psalm 119 is the pensive cry that rises when real life meets the true God” (Speaking the Truth in Love, p. 14). “It is good for me that I was pressed to learn your statutes.”
In this Psalm the writer expresses his appreciation for the goodness, mercy, severity, faithfulness, justice and character of God while standing in awe of the Word of God (Psalm 119 :161).
In Psalm 119 there is a striking connection between the psalmist’s desire to be taught and his identity as a servant of the Lord. The sum of the law of God is love – love of God and neighbor – while the ultimate expression of love is to kill oneself for the sake of another.
He is blessed in his conduct (Ps 119:2-3)
A godly person strives to keep God’s testimony. He is not a half-hearted believer, but seeks the Lord with all his heart. He keeps the Word of God as best he can, trying to live a life of purity and not committing iniquity. And the end result is that God blesses his walk.
He says that God’s Word helps him know right from wrong as he faces decisions today. He says God’s Word teaches the importance of obedience so that he can live confidently for God in his world every day. Like the Psalmist, we need God’s Word to guide our steps.
This exclamation is a request to God to arrange one’s life for one purpose. to keep your statutes. If his own way of life is ordained by God, then God will use him to fulfill the purpose for which He created him: to obey.
Blessed are those who keep his testimony, who seek him with all their hearts. Psalms 119:2 NABRE. Psalm 119 is a long psalm that can be used as a meditation on the Word of God. It begins with sayings of wisdom similar to Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. “Blessed are they whose path is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
Psalm 119 is exactly 176 verses long because of its poetic structure. Psalm 119 is in an alphabet acrostic. There are 22 stanzas or paragraphs in this psalm, one for each of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, in order. Each of the stanzas has 8 stanzas that also begin with the same letter.
There is a tradition that King David used this psalm to teach his young son Solomon the alphabet – but not just the alphabet for writing letters: the alphabet of the spiritual life. The Psalm comprises an entire kathisma (part of the Psalter) in Orthodox liturgical practice.
Our earthly bodies get tired as we age, and you may notice pain as well. Console yourself with the knowledge that the Lord will restore your strength, according to Isaiah 40:31. “Then they will fly like eagles on wings; they will run and not get tired; they will walk and not get tired,” promises this comforting verse.
What does impeccable mean? Blameless is used to describe someone who has done nothing wrong – they have done nothing for which they can be held responsible. Blaming someone for something means blaming them for causing them or blaming them for it.