Psalm 119:65-80 A Wisdom Psalm By Anonymous
Psalm 119:65-80 Yodh The Man!
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 Teth stanza. Teth is like an “T” in English. The second stanza we’ll consider is the Yodh stanza. Yodh is like an “Y” in English.
When Jesus spoke of “every jot and tittle” in the Sermon on the Mount (cf. Matt. 5:18). The “jot” of which He spoke was a Yodh, the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. A tittle was a small stroke of the pen, the type of which could change something like a P to an R in English. He was saying that He was going to fulfill the law down to the smallest points.
Are you that meticulous in the study of the Word that you are trying to fulfill it as carefully as you can? Of course, you can only do that with the help of the Holy Spirit. But in our age, we do have the help of the Spirit to do God’s will (see A Mistake In The Bible? for comment on John 7:17).
The Teth section states that the psalmist actually found affliction to be a benefit (vv. 65-72). We don’t like to think that way. We want to just be comfortable and happy. But illness, tragedy, and hard times result in character (cf. Rom. 5:1-5). The writer mentions “affliction” twice (vv. 67, 71). He wandered before he experienced distress (v. 67). He saw his bad times as good since it was during those times that he really learned God’s Word (v. 71).
Arrogant people had lied about him (v. 69). I hate when that happens! They will die of heart disease anyway since their hearts are filled with plaque (v. 70). They don’t eat right.
Judas was such a one. He valued gold and silver above God’s law (v. 72). Do you care more about iPhones and cars more than God’s Word? In America, unless you are very poor, there’s probably not a reason why you wouldn’t have a nice, leather-bound study Bible. But that’s just my opinion. The alternative would be some really good Bible software.
The psalmist wanted to do all he could for the Lord. The person who led Dwight L. Moody to the Lord, Henry Varley, once told Moody, “It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly unto Him.” Moody wanted to be that man. So did this psalmist.
We should remember that God made us and we didn’t make ourselves (v. 73, cf. Ps. 100:3). The psalmist realized that since God had put us together, He also knows what’s best for us. What’s best for us is found in His Word (v. 74). So he always looked to God’s Word for help.
He knew that God would comfort him and show him His special love (hesed, v. 76). He knew that because he knew and loved God’s Word (v. 77). Arrogant people are a royal pain but the psalmist knew he’d find help in God’s Word when attacked (v. 78). So he didn’t just study God’s Word, he meditated on it (check out paragraph six in Don’t Eat Icky Stuff).
The psalmist wanted to hang with people who also reverenced the Lord like he did (v. 79). But where do you find people like that now?
He really wanted to do what God wanted him to do so that when he appeared at the judgment seat for believers (see Bema Me Up, Scotty!) he wouldn’t wish he had done more in God’s service (v. 80).
Proverbs 16:4-5 You’re Fired!
In the comedy Blazing Saddles, former NFL star, Alex Karras, plays a big, dumb brute. That’s why it’s funny in that movie when he profoundly says that he is “only a pawn in the chess game of life.” That’s what I think of when I read about Satan.
R.C. Sproul has said that if God allowed even a single atom to run off on its own, He wouldn’t be sovereign. God controls all things, even the wicked (v. 4). Even Satan . . . who is just a pawn in the chess game of life. That doesn’t mean that he can’t hurt us but it does mean that we are safe in the arms of God.
Satan’s main sin was a sin of pride. He is an abomination to the Lord (v. 5a). So is everyone who follows in his wake. He will be punished by being thrown into a “lake of fire” (v. 5b, cf. Rev. 20:10). So will all human beings who are too proud to humble themselves to trust Christ for salvation (cf. Rev. 20:15).
But understand that Hell was not created for human beings. God does not wish that any human being perish (cf. 2 Pet. 3:9; John 3:16). Hell was created for the devil and his angels, not the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve (cf. Matt. 25:41).