Psalm 119:129-152 A Wisdom Psalm By Anonymous
Psalm 119:129-152 A Resh To Judgment
We finally finish the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119. The final acrostic stanzas begin with the Hebrew letters Resh, Shin and Tav. A Resh is like an “R” in English, Shin is like an “Sh,” and Tav is like a “T.”
In the Resh stanza (vv. 153-160), the psalmist again mentions that he is afflicted (v. 153).
He asks the Lord to plead his case so he can be redeemed (v. 154). A lawyer pleads cases. A lawyer is sometimes deemed an Advocate. The Holy Spirit is our Advocate (cf. John 14:16, 26; 15:26; and 16:7). The Lord is our defense lawyer who pleads our case to the Father after we are saved. Job said he knew that his Redeemer lived (cf. Job 19:25). The Apostle John said Jesus was our Advocate when we sin (cf. 1 John 2:1).
The unsaved don’t care about being right before God (v. 155). They don’t care about God’s laws. It is the lawless who are pursing the psalmist (vv. 155, 157-158).
The writer again pleads for God’s hesed aka lovingkindness (v. 159). Everything God says ultimately adds up to truth (v. 160).
Satan’s people are always stalking God’s people, trying to trip them up and kick them in the shin, so to speak (vv. 161-168).
The leaders of Satan’s world system trump up charges against him (v. 161, cf. 1 John 2:15-16 where “world” is Satan’s world system; Eph. 2:2).
The psalmist isn’t so concerned with a new chariot or palace as finding new insights in God’s Word (v. 162). Would you rather have a new iPhone or some new realization about life with God from the Scripture? (Don’t say a new iPhone with more memory to buy more Bible software. That’s cheating.)
The psalmist took time to praise God seven times a day (v. 164)! More than likely he meant that he praised God all day long. Either way, do we praise God that much during the day?
It is easy to get depressed these days. The world is a mess. However, the antidote is to stay in God’s Word. You will have peace (v. 165a, cf. John 16:33). You will not be tripping over every little thing the devil puts before you to move you away from God (v. 165b).
Salvation can refer to be protected and saved after trusting Christ (v. 166). The psalmist knew God would protect him from those who violated His rules because he knew that God safeguarded those who do His will (vv. 167-168).
The psalmist ends by again pleading for God to hear him (vv. 169-170). He promises to praise God (vv. 171-172). He knows God will stabilize him (vv. 173-174).
He promised to keep God’s rules as long as he lives (v. 175, 176b). He knew he had strayed like a little lamb but also knew that God, as the Great Shepherd, would find him (v. 176a). It is interesting that God knows we wander like sheep in our sin, but He vows to find us and pay the price for our transgression (cf. Isa. 53:6).
Proverbs 16:14-15 A Spring In Your Step
I hear young people complaining all the time about how mean their bosses are. And bosses can be real dipsy-doodles. But someone who loves the Lord can calm their bosses down and gain their respect (v. 14, cf. Prov. 21:1).
Though a king could have you killed (v. 14a), he could also provide perpetual blessing (v. 15). Spring rain was necessary for healthy crops that were harvested later in the autumn season.