Read, Know, Live the Word (Psalm 119:161 – 176)

The final passages of Psalm 119 continue the theme of the persecution of the righteous and the power of the Word of God.

161 Princes persecute me without a cause,
But my heart stands in awe of Your word. 

162 I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure. 

163 I hate and abhor lying,
But I love Your law. 

164 Seven times a day I praise You,
Because of Your righteous judgments. 

165 Great peace have those who love Your law,
And nothing causes them to stumble. 

166 Lord, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments. 

167 My soul keeps Your testimonies,
And I love them exceedingly. 

168 I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies,
For all my ways are before You. 

ת 169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord; Give me understanding according to Your word. 

170 Let my supplication come before You;
Deliver me according to Your word. 

171 My lips shall utter praise,
For You teach me Your statutes. 

172 My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness. 

173 Let Your hand become my help,
For I have chosen Your precepts. 

174 I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight. 

175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise You;
And let Your judgments help me. 

176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.

In these passages, the psalmist points out that princes persecute him, and he offers supplication to God for deliverance.  He speaks praise unto God and commits himself to know and love the Word of God.  He also confesses his own frailty and asks for God’s mercy.

When we axamine this writing, it is apparent that the writer is summing up his thoughts from this entire epic psalm.   What can we learn here?  We see that the Word of God is essential to Godly life and the blessed life.  Do not forsake the Word.  Do not be filled with worldly knowledge, but critique worldly knowledge by the Word.  Let the word judge the culture, not vice-versa.  When we allow the culture to determine truth, we live in an environment of situational ethics and relative truth.  There must be a standard of truth that informs the culture.  That standard is the Word of God!  Secondly, when our enemies come against us, it is important to know that faithfulness to God and His Word will sustain and protect our lives, guiding us into the will of God and His truth.  Live by the Word and God will direct you in to safety and blessings.  Finally, the Word of God will convict you of your sins and lead you to confession and repentance.  Let the Word inform you and show you the right way to live.  Sin will be revealed by the Word and forgiveness will be given when we confess.  Let the Word lead you.  Read the Word, Know the Word, Live the Worde! 

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