Sam Storms – Psalm 119 Part 2


Sam Storms:

1) One of the first things that struck me was the variety of ways in which God’s rules and laws and precepts are described: they are “righteous” (vv. 7, 75, 106, 164), indeed “righteous forever” (v. 144); they are “good” (v. 39), they are “sure” (v. 86), they are “firmly fixed in the heavens” (v. 89), they are “exceedingly broad” (v. 96), they are “right” (vv. 128, 137, 172), they are “wonderful” (v. 129), they are “true” (vv. 142, 151), and they endure forever (v. 160).

(2) Little wonder, then, that the psalmist would go to such vivid verbal lengths to describe his attitude, indeed his appetite for the Word of God. Consider, for example, the following brief sampling, and ask yourself if such colorful and passionate language accurately describes your perspective toward the glory and power of God’s Word:

“In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches” (v. 14).

“I will delight in your statutes” (v. 16).

“My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times” (v. 20).

“Your testimonies are my delight” (v. 24; cf. vv. 35, 77, 92, 143, 174).

“Behold, I long for your precepts” (v. 40).

“for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love” (v. 47).

“The law of your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces” (v. 72).

“Oh how I love your law!” (v. 97).

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (v. 103)

“Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart” (v. 111).

“I love your law” (v. 113; cf. vv. 119, 159, 163).

“Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold” (v. 127).

“Your testimonies are wonderful” (v. 129).

“I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments” (v. 131).

“I rejoice at your word like one who finds great spoil” (v. 162).

“My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly” (v. 167).

by Sam Storms, to read the rest of his commentary on Psalm 119, click here:

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