The Value of the Word Psalm 119:161-168

Psalm 119:161-168

161 “Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word. 162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. 163 I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law. 164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. 165 Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. 166 I wait for your salvation, O Lord, and I follow your commands. 167 I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. 168 I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.”

Salmo 119:161-168

161 I potenti mi hanno perseguitato senza ragione, ma il mio cuore ha timore delle tue parole. 162 Gioisco della tua parola, come chi trova un grande bottino. 163 Odio e detesto la menzogna, ma amo la tua legge. 164 Io ti lodo sette volte al giorno per i tuoi giusti giudizi.165 Grande pace hanno quelli che amano la tua legge e non c’è nulla che possa farli cadere.166 Io ho sperato nella tua salvezza, Signore, e ho messo in pratica i tuoi comandamenti. 167 La mia anima ha osservato le tue testimonianze e io le amo molto. 168 Ho osservato i tuoi precetti e le tue testimonianze, perché tutte le mie vie ti stanno davanti.

     The psalmist shows us many things about God’s Word. This portion could be entitled, “Why do I love the Word of God?” He begins with his present situation. Even though rulers have persecuted him without a cause, fearing the Lord in His Word is his desire. As he thinks of the value of God’s Word in his life, he compares it to finding a bounty. He also loves God’s Word because it is true and righteous. When we are grateful for something, we usually say it once. Here the Psalmist in a hyperbole mentions his praise for the Word seven times a day.  

     Then he explains the value of loving God’s Word because it gives him peace (or well-being) in the midst of stress in his life and sustains him without fail. He speaks to the guidance of the Word by saying that he will follow it while waiting for the help of the Lord. Finally, his obedience to the Word is based out of his love for God who gave it knowing that God’s eyes are watchful on those who take His Word as a serious part of their life. What a blessing to have God’s Word working in our lives daily!

Pray with me: Lord, I am reminded today that I need to praise You more for the value of Your Word. Help me to always look to it for my source of strength as You guide me day by day.

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