The Righteousness of the Word (Psalm 119:137–144)

צ‍ Tsadde

137 Righteous are You, O LORD,
And upright are Your judgments.
138 Your testimonies, which You have commanded,
Are righteous and very faithful.
139 My zeal has consumed me,
Because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
140 Your word is very pure;
Therefore Your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have overtaken me,
Yet Your commandments are my delights.
144 The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting;
Give me understanding, and I shall live.

The psalmist takes time in this verse to point out the righteous nature of the word of God.  He also bemoans the fact that his enemies have forgotten the word of God.  The writer makes it know that he will not forget the truth of the word no matter how small his existence or influence may be.  He speaks of his own troubles, but pledges faith to the word, and knows that the word will give him life.

The thing one should remember from this passage is the trustworthiness of the Word of God.  Martin Luther spoke of a concept called “sola scriptura” in Latin, or “Scripture alone.”  While there is great value in much Christian writing from years gone by and today, it is essential to lay the foundation with the word of God.  The baseline, the common denominator, must be the Bible.  Without that basis, an individual can be swayed by heresy and error.  Be sure to live by, know, and understand the word of God first, so that you can judge other writings upon God’s truth.  His word is righteous and faithful!

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