WHO SCATTERS OUR ENEMIES
As there is another side of life that is found on the other side of the veil, this is the other half of Psalm 119. How great to know that the other side of life is the greater, the eternal and unlimited side. Let’s continue to learn the ABCs of getting there.
PSALM 119 (Part 2)
LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad. Psalm 119:89-96
Lord your word is eternal and living in heaven. We know his name now, being Yeshua ha Meshiah, or Jesus, who is the word. Your faithfulness is available to every generation, past, present, and future. Your servants are all alive today with him. I would have died in my sins had I not discovered your laws and promises. I will not forget your teachings because they awakened me to spiritual understanding. I want to obey you, so teach me and save me from my natural mind. My enemies tempt me to sin but I will remember your wisdom as my path around their snares. All worldly good is limited, but your spiritual wisdom is infinite.
MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. Psalm 119:97-104
This is joy and love to embrace your wisdom and commandments. You give me divine inspiration over the natural mind of my ever present enemies. I understand more than my teachers because the wisdom of God is greater than the foolishness of man. I can avoid the snares and minefields of evil to be obedient to your word. Since you were my teacher I have not turned away from your instructions. Yours ways and words are sweet like honey to my tastes. Because your principles are proven experiences that I now trust, I now hate the false ways of the world.
NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end. Psalm 119:105-112
What more can I want than a spiritual light to guide my steps? The word of God is the light that I have promised to follow, guiding me away from destruction. Although I am under attack I ask you Lord; show me the way to safety. Accept my worship, my song, and my praise as tuition for your classes. Although my fears and doubts are always close at hand, I remember your rules. Real enemies are stalking me but I have not sinned against your commandments. The faithful testify of your goodness, and I embraced these as my inheritance for eternity. These promises are my reason for joy. I am determined to follow you Lord to the end.
SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments. Psalm 119:113-120
Vain thoughts, ideas that exalt themselves over God are repulsive. God you are my fortress and armor. You who prefer the darkness can do so away from the light of God. Lord keep me well so I am not shamed in honoring you before the world. You can hold me up as proof of your statutes while evil workers are falling away. Lord you put away those who lie and kill, so I love your promises. I fear your power and I fear your condemnation.
AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors. Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me. Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. Psalm 119:121-128
As I obey you as ask you not to abandon me to my enemies. Lord be the security deposit on your promise for my life. Give me the Holy Spirit who is the ring of spiritual engagement. I look for the hope of salvation and the word of God, but my eyes are strained by the search. Give me your mercy as I find it in your word. Train me to be your servant so I will become a witness of your faithfulness. The heathen have tried to revoke your laws, so be the God of enforcement now. Your laws are more precious than gold and prosperity. Your ways are righteous above all, and I despise the darkness of rebellion.
PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. Psalm 119:129-136
Your good works are treasures that I keep within my soul. When your word enters there it brings the light of wisdom to me. Wanting more I pant like a hunter pursuing your word as food for my hunger. See my need and give me the mercy you gave the patriarchs who loved you of old. Let my feet follow your word so I do not travel off the road into the way of sin. Keep me safe from the traps of evil men so I am not tempted to sin. Favor me with understanding your will and commandments. I weep for the sins that I still indulge.
TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. Psalm 119:137-144
Lord, you alone are righteous, your judgment and testimonies alone are true. I am more passionate about your truth because your enemies have turned away from them. The word of God is pure, and we love the word that is our Messiah. While in the eyes of the world I am of low esteem, I still cling to your promises. I have the same trials as others, but I have joy in your comforting word. Your promises are eternal, so teach me your ways so I too may live forever.
KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment. They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law. Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. Psalm 119:145-152
I call on God without holding back, with your help Lord I will obey you. I cry out for you so teach me how to be saved in keeping your word. My despair darkened my day until I prayed and found hope in your promises. Instead of watching for night fears I meditate on your comforting pro
RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments. Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.Psalm 119:153-160
Lord feel my pain and recognize my acceptance of your word. Be my advocate and lift me from my depression as your word promises. Violent and evil people do not even try to follow your will so their hope is removed from them. I know that you are merciful and ask you to lift my spirit. I am surrounded by critics and violence but I trust your ways and your word. I was sorry that our enemies have rebelled against the hope that you offer us. Lord search my heart and see my faith in you; teach me how I may follow you more closely. Your words are living truth from beginning to end and your decisions are eternally righteous.
SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee. Psalm 119:161-168
The people with power and authority have belittled me and attacked me when I was innocent. Still I find that your words have been true against their evil. Lies and evil I hate while I love your law. I praise you and no one who loves your law is vulnerable to the anger of the world. I live for your salvation and your commandments, my heart loves your principles. Your ways are my ways in everything I do.
TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119:169-176
Lord hear my prayers and my calls for help, and give me spiritual hearing and vision. May my prayers rise like incense to your throne and give me deliverance. I will praise you to the world, so help me as I desire your truth. I desire your salvation as I live in your will. As long as I live I will tell my world of your righteousness and I will allow your words to guide me. I have wandered away in sin, so seek me as your lost sheep because I am yours. Your commandments are my master’s voice.
The sum of the psalm is repeated from Aleph to Tau; there is trouble but there is hope. We will be challenged and we will respond with faith to wait on God for deliverance. We praise God to our neighbors who are his lost sheep. We embrace the promises and laws of God and we see the faithfulness of God in his season. This repetition is like memorizing the alphabet; it plants understanding that we can depend on for our entire lifetime. It delivers another lifetime for eternity, so we can live by it.