Psalm 119:39-64 A Wisdom Psalm By Anonymous
Psalm 119:39-64 What’s He Zayin?
Psalm 119 is a wisdom psalm about the glories of Scripture. It is a teaching poem that has 22 stanzas corresponding to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Today we look at the Zayin stanza. Zayin is like an “Z” in English. It’s pronounced “Z” like in Zebra.
The second grouping for the day is based on the eighth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Heth. It sounds like a “ch” like in the word church.
The psalmist says that the Word is his comfort (vv. 49-56, especially v. 50). He mentions comfort twice in this section in verse 49 and 52. He didn’t run to a shrink (though that might be necessary in extreme situations). The psalmist says that he derived comfort from obeying God’s law. That is certainly an alien idea these days!
In the Chet section (Heth in the NASB), verses 57-64, the psalmist confesses that the Lord is his life (cf. John 14:6; 17:3). To know the Lord is to obey His commandments (cf. John 14:21; 1 John 2:3).
Are you feeling like the “cords of the wicked” are tripping you up (v. 61)? We have seen that kind of phrase before. In Ps. 18:4-5 and 116:3, it was the “cords of death” or “cords of Sheol” (same thing). Jonah was entangled in seaweed (Jonah 2:5) at the bottom of the sea which he termed the depths of Sheol (Jonah 2:2).
If you have immersed yourself in the Word, like the psalmist, then you will always have it on your mind. Even when you wake up in the “middle of the night” (v. 62). I find it most helpful when I’m in an MRI. Maybe you haven’t had one of those yet but when you do, and if you stored up the Word in your heart (cf. Ps. 119:9), you’ll be thankful!!
Are you down? You have a resource that unbelievers don’t have. It’s called the Word! Learn it! Memorize it! Meditate on it! When you get depressed, go back to it!
Don’t act like those who don’t know the Lord! Trust in the Lord with all your heart (cf. Prov. 3:5-6; Jer. 29:13; Ps. 119:10)!
Proverbs 16:1-3 Man Proposes, God Disposes
You can want whatever you want. Others can want whatever they want. When you pray, what you get is what the Lord wants (v. 1, cf. Prov. 16:9)! In other words, as Thomas a Kempis put it in Imitation of Christ, “Man proposes, God disposes.”
Everyone thinks whatever they do is right (v. 2a). God knows what is really right (v. 2b). I’ve only met two people who said they were sinless. Both later changed their minds. But mind-blowing anyway, isn’t it?
Verse 3 is an all-time classic: Do whatever you do as if you’re doing it for the Lord Jesus (v. 3a, cf. Col. 3:23-24). If you do, you will be secure (v. 3b).