This is an except from Deborah H. Bateman’s book, Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet, available on Amazon.
This portion of Scripture starts with the Hebrew letter VAU. The image of the letter VAU (VAV, WAV, WAW) is a nail or hook. Both have the function of fixing something. The nail’s function is joining two parts together.*
The Psalmist begs God for His mercy to come to him and grant him salvation according to His word. Then, he will be able to answer those who reproach him, because of his trust in the word of the LORD.
He asks God not to take the word of truth from his mouth, because he finds his hope in God’s judgments. His desire is to keep the law forever and walk at liberty as he seeks the precepts of God.
The Psalmist declares he will speak of G0d’s precepts before kings and not be ashamed. He is totally committed to the ways of God. He loves and delights in the commandments of God. He promises to lift his hands and meditate on the commandments and statutes of God.
Daily Bible Scripture:
41 VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.
42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.
45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
Things to Think About:
- Do you ask God for mercy?
- Do you treasure the gift of salvation?
- How can we walk in liberty with God?
- Are you ashamed of the gospel?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank you for this Scripture in Psalm 119 where the Psalmist reminds us of Your mercy toward us. Thank You for Your mercy and for the gift of salvation. Help us to treasure You and Your word. Help us to walk in Your ways all the days of our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.