The Longest Chapter – Part 8 March 1, 2016

A blessed Tuesday to you – we’re up to the eighth section of Psalm 119.  In some of your Bibles you may see it divided according to the Hebrew letters, beginning with Alef and ending with Tav.  This week’s section is ‘Het’ if your Bible is so arranged, verses 57 – 64.

Lord, you are mine! I promise to obey Your words!

With all my heart I want Your blessings.  Be merciful as You promised.

I pondered the direction of my life and I turned to follow Your laws.

I will hurry, without delay, to obey Your commands.

Evil people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored to Your instructions.

I rise at midnight to thank You for Your just regulations.

I am a friend to anyone who fears You – anyone who obeys Your commandments.

O Lord, Your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me Your decrees.

Do we realize what an amazing thing it is to be able to say ‘Lord You are mine!‘ knowing that is absolutely the truth?  Our uncompromising faith in Him means just that – that we are His and He is ours.  The Creator of the entire universe chooses to be in relationship with those who place their faith and trust in Him.  Just pondering that for awhile should be eminently uplifting!  The only logical response to such love is contained in the second half of the verse: I promise to obey Your words!

The psalmist continues, With all my heart I want Your blessings… for he is fully aware that blessings follow obedience to God’s Word.  Therefore he declares, I pondered the direction of my life and I turned to follow Your laws.  You see, it wasn’t some automatic thing; he pondered – which means, he thought about it, weighed his options and concluded that for his life to be a success, it must be founded on obedience to God’s commandments.

People define success in various ways depending on their definition of ‘life’.  If life is defined by the number of years they will inhabit this planet, the notion of success takes on a very earthy and material definition.  But for people of faith, it is not so.

Life from a biblical perspective is eternal; our time on earth is temporary at best.  We are here, according to the scriptures, as ‘foreigners’ and ‘exiles’ for our true home is the eternal Abode where God Himself dwells. Each of us came from Him, sent to this earth with a purpose and a destiny and at the end of our allotted years, will return to Him to give an account of our ‘mission’.  Viewing ‘life’ from this perspective yields an entirely different  understanding of the purpose and value of life.  A Jewish proverb from the Ethics of the Fathers says it this way:  This world is the lobby for the world to come; prepare yourself in the lobby to enter the banquet hall of the King.


Are you a friend to anyone who fears the Lord? To anyone who obeys His commandments?  David says he is in verse 63.  Friendships are one of the great gifts we enjoy in this life and have a powerful effect on our quality of life.  The Bible warns us about choosing our friends carefully and this portion of Psalm 119 reminds us that true friends are those who support, encourage and inspire us to greater spirituality, to a deeper relationship with God.  To have even two or three friends in one’s life who do so is one of heaven’s greatest gifts.  If you have one or more such friends, be immensely grateful for their presence in your life.

And…may you and I, in fact, be such a friend to others! Inspire, encourage, exhort and support them to walk with God, to learn His Word, to hide it in their hearts and to live, like David did, ‘firmly anchored to His instructions.’  There is no greater life to be lived.

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