“The Word, Part 9” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – May 31

Psalm 119:129-152   A Wisdom Psalm By Anonymous

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Psalm 119:129-152   What To Do In A Tsadhe Situation

Today’s acrostic stanzas begin with the Hebrew letters Pe, Tsadhe and Qoph.  A Pe is like a “P” in English, Tsadhe is like a “T,” and Qoph is like a “Q.”

Pe

In the Pe stanza, the psalmist states that God’s Word, aka “testimonies,” are wonderful (v. 129).

The psalmist loves the Word so much he “pants” for it (v. 131, cf. Ps. 42:1).  The Word lightens his way (v. 130).  In it he sees Jesus, Who is the Light (cf. John 12:46).

The psalmist is being oppressed (v. 134).  That happens to people who love the Word and try, in God’s power, to perform it.

Verse 136 reiterates the theme of living water (cf. Ps. 1:3).  Jesus gives Living Water (cf. John 4:10).  It is water that issues from the psalmists’ eyes because people do not keep God’s laws.  Your version might say “tears” but “water” is the Hebrew.  The water that issues from Jesus’ eyes would have been living water.  Tears of grace.

Tsadhe

The Tsadhe verses concern the perfection of God’s Word (vv. 137-144).

Verse 139 is similar to the verse quoted by Jesus when he cleaned out the temple of the moneychangers.  There He quoted Ps. 69:9 that zeal for God’s house had consumed Him.

I changed my reverse osmosis water filters yesterday.  Wow.  What a difference the water is pure tasting now!  God’s Word is always flowing with living water.  It is always pure (v. 140).

Even in the midst of anguish and tragedy, God’s Word is refreshing and delightful (v. 143).  I turned to God’s Word right after finding out that I had to have open-heart surgery.  I was refreshed and encouraged.  God showed me Ps. 71:20-21.  I hung onto that promise and it has been my “delight” for over ten years now.

If you make sure you eat healthy every day and get enough sleep, you are really helping yourself.  Exercise is also of some value (cf. 1 Tim. 4:8).  But if you take care of yourself by eating, exercising, and sleeping, do you take care of yourself spiritually by reading God’s Word (v. 144)?

Qoph

The psalmist depended completely on God and His Word (vv. 145-152).

Do you ever have trouble getting a hold of someone?  The psalmist is “crying out” to the Lord (vv. 145-146) while promising to keep His commandments.

He even woke up early to implore God for help (v. 147).  To “anticipate the night watches” (v. 148) means that he was awake during the night meditating on the Word.  A watch was a period of time during the night originally to set times for soldiers on lookout.  The psalmist was feeling so bad that he stayed awake at night studying God’s Word for comfort.  Probably because bad people were stalking him (v. 150).

Those his enemies may have been near, Yahweh was closer yet to him (v. 151).  The psalmist learned much earlier in his life that God ‘s ancient rules could be trusted (v. 152).

 

Proverbs 16:12-13   The King’s Speech

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When leaders of nations are immoral, the whole country suffers (v. 12).  When David numbered the nation, the nation was punished (cf. 1 Chron. 1:1-2; 2 Sam. 24:10-14).  David shouldn’t have numbered the nation, he was checking his natural military strength instead of just trusting the Lord.  Look what has happened to our nation as our morality has fallen into decline, mostly centered on the murder of defenseless babies in the womb.

Here is what George Washington said about the correlation between the morality of a nation and its prosperity, from a quote from Englishman Paul Johnson’s A History of the American People (p. 229):

Finally, Washington–in the light of the dreadful events which had occurred in Revolutionary France–wished to dispel for good any notion that America was a secular state.  It was a government of laws but it was also a government of morals.  ‘Of all the dispositions and habits which led to political prosperity,’ he insisted, ‘Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.’  Anyone  who tried to undermine ‘these firmest props of the duties of Men and Citizens’ was the very opposite of a patriot.  There can be no ‘security for property, for reputation, for life if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in the Courts of Justice.’  Nor can  morality be maintained without religion.  Whatever ‘refined education’ alone can do for ‘minds of peculiar  structure’–he was thinking of Jefferson no doubt–all experience showed that ‘national morality’ cannot prevail ‘in exclusion of religious principle.’  In effect, Washington was saying that America, being a free republic, dependent for its order on the good behavior of its citizens, cannot survive without religion.  And that was in the nature of things.  For Washington felt, like most Americans, that his country was in a sense chosen and favored and blessed.  Hence he would ‘carry to the grave’ his ‘unceasing vows’ that ‘Heaven may continue to you the choicest tokens of its beneficence–that your Union and brotherly affection may be perpetual–and that the free Constitution, which is the work of your hands, may be sacredly maintained.'”

So there.

Imagine what Ole George would think of some of the language floating around the White House or just things said by some recent presidential candidate? We know what Solomon would think.  He said that leaders should only speak what is is right and pure (v. 13).

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