Sunday, December 25, 2011

Where God's Word Is, There Is God - Taw - Psalm 119:169-176

Taw (Verses 169-176)

The letter taw is a symbol for a sign, a branded cross or the mark of a “t”. The letter was originally made like an “X” or a “T” and was used as the signature at the end.
169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
     give me understanding according to your word.
170 May my supplication come before you;
     deliver me according to your promise.
171 May my lips overflow with praise,
     for you teach me your decrees.
The Letter Taw
in Ezekiel's day
172 May my tongue sing of your word,
     for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me,
     for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
     and your law gives me delight
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
     and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
     Seek your servant,
     for I have not forgotten your commands.
This ending with its closing mark (or, “signature”) is a list of ten requests that are all based on the power and integrity of the Word of God. The writer desires to possess this Word. The ten requests begin with words
such as “may,” “give,” “deliver,” “let,” and “seek.” These closing verses include three statements of fact concerning the Word:
1. You teach me your Word (“decrees”) (171)
2. Your Word (“commands”) is righteous (172)
3. Your Word (“law”) gives me delight (174)
These are followed by four statements concerning the writers attitude toward God’s Word and why this man needs that Word for his life in time as he waits for the fullness of salvation:
1. I have chosen your Word (“precepts”) (173)
2. I long for your salvation (in Phase Three) (174)
3. I have strayed like a lost sheep (in Phase Two) (176)
4. I have not forgotten your Word (“command”) (176)
As he waits for salvation the Psalmist recalls that it is the Word that gives him delight (174). It is the Word that sustains him (175) in this life where sin is around and within him (176). Though he has strayed like a lost
sheep the Psalmist has hope because God’s Truth remains with him. When we have the Word there is hope because where God’s Word is, there is God.

This is the end of our 22 days in Psalm 119. The last 22 blogs are from chapter 36 of my book, "The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal and Maturity."

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Keep Your Sword Sharp with the Word - Sin - Psalm 119:161-168

Sin (Verses 161-168)

The letter sin symbolizes a tooth – not the front teeth, but a tooth that is used for chewing, such as a molar. It also represents the sharpening of swords, arrows – or even the tongue.
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 detest falsehood
     but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
     for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
     and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, 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.
Rulers chew up the psalmist with persecution (161). Yet the psalmist fears the power of the Word of God more (161) and rejoices in its promises of victory (162). Seven times a day the writer sharpens the edge of the sword of the Word of God with praise (164). Those who meditate, or chew, on the Word are empowered to keep their souls in God’s “great peace” (165) and enabled to walk in the light, so that “nothing can make them stumble” (165).

Following false ways or giving up in midst of persecution because of fear are always an option, but instead, the psalmist “trembles” at God’s word – not because of temptation or persecution (161). This fear of God’s Word causes him to obey all God’s precepts and statues, because, as he says, “all my ways are known to you” (168). He knows there can be no hiding from God.

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our First Thought? The Word! - Resh - Psalm 119:153-160

Resh (Verses 153-160)

The letter resh was made to resemble the front of a man’s head, and represents something that comes first, something that is the leader, or the first thing on one’s mind.
153 Look on my suffering and deliver me,
     for I have not forgotten your law.
154 Defend my cause and redeem me;
     preserve my life according to your promise.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
     for they do not seek out your decrees.
156 Your compassion, Lord, is great;
     preserve my life according to your laws.
157 Many are the foes who persecute me,
     but I have not turned from your statutes.
158 I look on the faithless with loathing,
     for they do not obey your word.
159 See how I love your precepts;
     preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
160 All your words are true;
     all your righteous laws are eternal.
What separates the righteous from the wicked are the things they think about (155, 157, 158). The first thing on the psalmist’s mind is the Word of God, which has been his guide and enables him to confidently wait for God’s deliverance (153), defense (154) and preservation (154, 156). The psalmist is walking in the compassion (156) and love (159) of God, because he has not forgotten God’s law (153), nor has he wavered from God’s statutes (157).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Word is Established Forever - Qoph - Psalm 119:145-152

Qoph (Verses 145-152)

The letter qoph is a symbol of an axe or the back of the head and refers to “coming around”, as in a circle of space (such as the motion created by the swing of an axe) or “a space of time”. It can also refer to the back of one’s mind.
145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord,
     and I will obey your decrees.
146 I call out to you; save me
     and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
     I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
     that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
    preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
     but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near, Lord,
     and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
     that you established them to last forever.
The psalmist compares the Word of God to the full circle of time represented by the Hebrew letter qoph in verse 152 when he says, “Long ago I learned from your statues, that you established them to last forever.” Since the psalmist had “learned…long ago” that the Word of God was eternal, he was able to develop a lifestyle that included:
1. Calling on God with all his heart (145)
2. Rising before dawn to cry for help (147)
3. Meditating on the Word throughout the night (148)

While the psalmist spends his life committed to the Word of God, there are others near him who are far from it. These people spend their time devising evil schemes and laws based on worldly philosophies and human opinion (150). However, in the long run, when life and history have come full circle, the Word of God will prove true (152).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In the End the Word Will Prevail - Tsadhe - Psalm 119:137-144

Tsadhe (Verses 137-144)

Tsadhe is a symbol of a reaping hook, a sickle, or a fish hook, and it indicates that the harvest is coming.
137 You are righteous, Lord,
     and your laws are right.
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
     they are fully trustworthy.
139 My zeal wears me out,
     for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
     and your servant loves them.
141 Though I am lowly and despised,
     I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
     and your law is true.
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
     but your commands give me delight.
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
     give me understanding that I may live.
Indeed the harvest, or final judgment, is coming. In the end, it will be the Word that still stands. The psalmist says the Word of God is:

1. Right (137)
2. Righteous (138)
3. Fully trustworthy (138)
4. Thoroughly tested (140)
5. Everlasting (142)
6. True (142)
7. Always righteous (144)
Here and now, the “enemies ignore” God’s Word (138), and the psalmist is “lowly and despised” (141). Even though “trouble and distress have come upon” him (143), the psalmist loves and is zealous for God’s Word (140), which gives him great delight (143). In the end, Truth will prevail, and so he asks for even more wisdom and strength (144).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The Spoken Word is the Understood Word - Pe - Psalm 119:129-136

Pe (Verses 129-136)

The letter pe is a symbol of a mouth with a tongue and refers to speech of man or the mouth of God speaking forth his Word in judgment. Since the Pe (speech, word) follows the Ayin (eye, understanding) in the alphabet the order of these two letters indicates it is necessary to understand the Word of God before you start to express the Word of God. Pe means the man is now expressing with his mouth what he understands.
129 Your statutes are wonderful;
     therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
     it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
     longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
     as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
     let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
     that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
     and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
     for your law is not obeyed.
Understanding leads to obedience since sanctification comes from knowing the Truth (129). What the eye can see (or, the mind understand), the mouth can manifest (or, the person can follow) (130-131). The Psalmist recognizes that the understanding of God’s Word enables him to overcome personal sin (133). God’s presence brings teaching and understanding (135) that will help overcome the sorrow of failing to obey God’s Word (136).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Monday, December 19, 2011

Obedience to Word Requires Understanding of Word - Ayin - Psalm 119:121-128

Ayin (Verses 121-128)

The letter ayin was made to resemble a pair of eyes or a fountain. The reference is to a means of expression, such as how the eyes are a fountain of the body that express sorrow or pain. The eyes that see represent understanding, which is necessary for obedience. The eyes anticipate obedience.
121 I have done what is righteous and just;
     do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
     do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
     looking for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your love
     and teach me your decrees.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment
     that I may understand your statutes.
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
     your law is being broken.
127 Because I love your commands
     more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
     I hate every wrong path.
In this strophe, the psalmist is praying for discernment so he can understand the Word (125), and he asks for a revelation of the Truth, so that he will be able to live in obedience to it. In fact, he makes a point of telling God, it is “time for you to act” (126), because he realizes that it is due to his lack of understanding that he breaks the law of God. The psalmist waits for this teaching, and continues to ask for even
more understanding and discernment in order to improve his level of obedience. Since the psalmist has lived in obedience to the Word of God to the best of his ability (121), he confidently anticipates God’s help in this regard.

Deliverance is based on obedience, and obedience requires teaching and understanding. The psalmist knows that his inability to see or understanding the Word of God is causing him to be oppressed.

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Leverage from the Word - Samekh - Psalm 119:113-120

Samekh (Verses 113-120)

The letter samekh is a prop, support, fulcrum or lever, and it has a meaning of leaning upon something or supporting yourself with something. Leverage and support give stability. The closed circle also represents a shield used for protection. And, it is a visual image of the eternal spiraling of God’s Truth and ever-increasing glory.

113 I hate double-minded people,
     but I love your law.
114 You are my refuge and my shield;
     I have put my hope in your word.
115 Away from me, you evildoers,
     that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;
     do not let my hopes be dashed.
117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
     I will always have regard for your decrees.
118 You reject all who stray from your decrees,
     for their delusions come to nothing.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross;
     therefore I love your statutes.
120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;
     I stand in awe of your laws.
Trusting in a false worldview, like leaning on a splintered staff, will cause chaos and end in disaster. And this is exactly what happens to the double-minded man (113). Only those who are committed to God’s Truth will experience God as their refuge and shield (114), and God is well able to shelter and shield those who hope in his Word. The psalmist wants nothing to do with double-minded evildoers (115) because their ways will neutralize the leverage and support (116, 117) that God’s promises and decrees provide on this earth. The double-minded philosophies of man provide no true support or assistance, but instead splinter and collapse like weak levers, which should be rejected and discarded (118-119). It is an awesome thing to understand the looming danger of worthless worldviews when compared to the awesome potential of God’s word in our temporal world (120).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Production and Rewards of the Word - Nun - Psalm 119:105-112

Nun (Verses 105-112)

The letter nun comes from the image of a fish, tadpole or snake, and means “to propagate, to increase”, “offspring”, and “prosperity”. A fish represents life and activity. It also includes the idea of faithfulness and rewards for faithfulness.

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
     a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
     that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
     preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
     and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
     I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
     but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
     they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
     to the very end.

The psalmist recognizes that in order to preserve his life in a world of suffering and snares (107, 110), he must be committed (106) to walking in the light of the Word of God (105). To this end, he has taken and confirmed a vow to follow God’s laws (106). Not only will faithfulness to the Word protect him during his time on earth, but faithfulness to the end (112) will ensure him eternal rewards (“heritage forever” – 111).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Word is like a Spring of Water - Mem - Psalm 119:97-104

Mem (Verses 97-104)

The letter mem symbolizes waves of water, and refers to a large body of water such as a sea or ocean. The idea of water rising out of a spring to form a body of water is symbolic of wisdom rising out of the Word of God to fill a man’s soul and words with wisdom, as in Proverbs 18:4: “The words a man speaks are deep waters, A flowing stream, a fountain
of wisdom.”
97 Oh, how I love your law!
     I meditate on it all day long.
98 Your commands are always with me
    and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
    for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
     for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
     so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
     for you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
     sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
     therefore I hate every wrong path.
The source of wisdom, insight and understanding is the Word of God (97-100). It is a spring of water that fills the sea of the psalmist’s soul. When he meditates on the law, God’s commands are always with him (97-98), and the wisdom which springs from the Word fills his soul to make him wiser than his enemies (98), give him more insight than his teachers (99), and provide him with more understanding than the elders (110). The psalmist does not mean he is too arrogant to learn from others; nor is he implying that he is wiser – with more insight and understanding – in his own self or by his own ability. He is simply making a humble acknowledgement that the source of eternal wisdom is not men (“enemies”), nor even the great teachers and elders of Israel. Instead, his wisdom comes from the Word of God itself. Men are to fill their souls with the Word of God as the rivers fill the sea. The soul filled with the Word of God produces obedience:
“I obey your precepts” (100)
“I have kept my feet from every evil path” (101)
“I have not departed from your laws” (102)
“I gain understanding from your precepts therefore I hate every wrong path” (104)

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Understanding the Word is the Greatest - Lamedh - Psalm 119:89-96

Lamedh (Verses 89-96)

Lamedh is an ox goad that is used to get an ox moving. It can mean learning or teaching. When Jesus said to Paul, “It is hard for you to kick against the goads,” he may have been referring to Paul coming against the Scriptural teaching concerning the Messiah with a traditional Jewish understanding of the Messiah. The word also refers to correction, learning and the fear of God. Lamedh is the tallest and the middle letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so it appears to tower over the other letters as central and most important.
89 Your word, Lord, is eternal;
     it stands firm in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness continues through all generations;
     you established the earth, and it endures.
91 Your laws endure to this day,
     for all things serve you.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
     I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
     for by them you have preserved my life.
94 Save me, for I am yours;
     I have sought out your precepts.
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
     but I will ponder your statutes.
96 To all perfection I see a limit,
     but your commands are boundless.
The tallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet is used to head a set of verses that attest to the established, eternal and enduring Truth of God’s Word (89). Understanding of the Word is essential, since all things are based on it (90-91), and without it, we perish in both time and eternity (92-93). God has revealed himself in the Scriptures, but also in his created universe. Because this general revelation is available in nature, all mankind can seek, study and apply many of God’s eternal principles (90-91), and this understanding is of utmost importance. Throughout the psalmist’s life the precepts of God’s eternal Truth have preserved him
(93). The last verse in this section makes a distinction between created things that are limited and the eternal (“boundless”) Truth of God (96).Knowing, understanding, and applying this boundless Truth in a universe with limits, delivers us and preserves our life in time and in eternity when the wicked seek to destroy it (95). This is the greatest Truth.

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Struggling to Hold the Word - Kaph - Psalm 119:81-88

Kaph (Verses 81-88)

The letter kaph shows the palm or hollow of a hand and represents a hand, bowl, plate or anything designed to receive.
By association, it can mean asking, weakness or reaching out to receive.
81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
     but I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
     I say, “When will you comfort me?”
83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke,
     I do not forget your decrees.
84 How long must your servant wait?
     When will you punish my persecutors?
85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
     contrary to your law.
86 All your commands are trustworthy;
     help me, for I am being persecuted without cause.
87 They almost wiped me from the earth,
     but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your unfailing love preserve my life,
     that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
The psalmist is still suffering at the hands of men who have rejected the authority of the Word of God (84). They are arrogant, and persecute the man whose hope is in the Word (85). They use laws and logic contrary to God’s law to prove the godly man and his godly ways are in error, and so conclude that the ways of God are unprofitable and inappropriate for mankind. In the face of this attack, the persecuted man puts his hope in God’s Word, but still finds himself weak, and asks for help from God (81). His soul (mind, emotions, intellect, will) faint and his eyes (physical effort) fail (81-82) as he waits for God’s promises to manifest (82, 84). Just as a wine skin in the smoke (83) holds onto its content in the midst of a blinding odor that stings the eyes, the psalmist sees himself as struggling to hold to his commitment to the Truth in his soul while persevering against the blinding, painful odor of worldly philosophy. He waits with his hands open and his soul reaching out to be filled by God.

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Hand of God in the Word of God - Yodh - Psalm 119:73-80

Yodh (Verses 73-80)

Yodh is a symbol of a cupped or bent hand. The image may also be of a closed fist or a hand that is holding something. It indicates power or guidance.
73 Your hands made me and formed me;
     give me understanding to learn your commands.
74 May those who fear you rejoice when they see me,
     for I have put my hope in your word.
75 I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous,
     and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
     according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
     for your law is my delight.
78 May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause;
     but I will meditate on your precepts.
79 May those who fear you turn to me,
     those who understand your statutes.
80 May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees,
     that I may not be put to shame.
The psalmist uses the fact that he has been made and formed by God as the basis for asking God to help him understand his Word (73). He is a man in affliction caused by other men who unjustly come against him
(78) and who are the enemies of Truth since they reject the Word of God and in their arrogance advance their own plans and the world’s views. In this unjust affliction the psalmist realizes that the creator who formed him with His hands still holds him and has allowed this undeserved affliction through the hands of men (75-76). He counts on God’s unfailing love and compassion to comfort him and allow him to live (76-77). The result will be that other men who fear God will rejoice when they see the psalmist’s deliverance by the hand of God (74). The arrogant who oppose God’s Word will be put to shame (78), while those who renew their minds by meditating on God’s Word will continue to find comfort in the midst of their afflictions (78, 75, 76).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Monday, December 12, 2011

The Paradox of the Word - Teth - Psalm 119:65-72

Teth (Verses 65-72)

The letter teth was patterned on two rolls, curves, or snakes and may look like something that is twisted or knotted together. It represents the paradox of good and evil, such as how a person could choose to respond to God or circumstances in a good or evil way. The word teth means”to stand up or bow down”, in reference to a relationship with God.

65 Do good to your servant
     according to your word, Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
     for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
     but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
     teach me your decrees.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
     I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
     but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted
     so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
     than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
The very nature of God’s Word creates a paradox. The Word of God is holy and good, and yet it can benefit both the obedient and the disobedient – both the blessed and the afflicted. The psalmist recounts his experience of this principle in verses 67 and 71 when he says,
"Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word… It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees."
The Word of God speaks to all people, but the results depend on each individual’s heart. Some hearts are calloused and unfeeling, but the psalmist’s heart was soft and responded with delight to God’s Word (70). Likewise, affliction draws some toward a desire for the Truth; yet for others, affliction releases bitterness and the arrogance of their heart (69). Although confusing, all of this is good because it provides the opportunity to learn what God is teaching (68). For those who respond positively to the Truth, there will be benefits more “precious… than thousands of pieces of silver and gold” (72).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Sunday, December 11, 2011

God's Word is a Hedge of Protection - Heth - Psalm 119:57-64

Heth (Verses 57-64)

The letter heth is a symbol of a hedge, a fence, or an enclosure – that is, protection. The image may be of stacked stones that surround and protect.
57 You are my portion, Lord;
    I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
    be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
    to obey your commands.
61 the wicked bind me with ropes,
    I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
    for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
    to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
The Lord is the portion (57) located inside the parameters of the wall of protection provided by the Truth. The psalmist promises to stay inside these parameters and obey God’s Word. God’s statues (the Word) are the steppingstones that guide the writer (59). Even if the wicked physically restrain him he will not forget God’s law (61). Everyone who fears the Lord and follows his Word is within the same enclosure, or sphere of protection and fellowship, as the psalmist, and so is considered his friend (63). The entire earth is enclosed with God’s Word (64), so there is nowhere anyone can go that God has not already established his Truth and reality. The wicked may bind this writer (61), but God’s word is there to provide a greater hedge of protection for him since he:
1. Has made the Lord his portion (57)
2. Has promised to obey God’s Word (57)
3. Has sought God’s face with all the understanding of his inner being (58)
4. Has analyzed his lifestyle and adjusted it to correspond to God’s statutes (59)
5. Does not delay in obeying God’s commands (60)
6. Refuses to forget God’s law in the face of physical opposition (61)
7. Desires to be taught the decrees of God (64)

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New Book "Apparatus" is Online (copies will be shipped upon request)

My new book "The Word: Apparatus for Salvation, Renewal and Maturity" has just been released online as a .pdf here

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Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

The Word is a Weapon of Defense - Zayin - Psalm 119:49-56

Zayin (Verses 49-56)

The letter zayin describes a weapon – most likely, a sword. The word
zayin derives from a root word meaning “sustenance” or “nourishment”.
It includes the concept that to survive and provide for yourself, there are
times you must fight and defend yourself, especially in the area of Truth
and spiritual warfare.
49 Remember your word to your servant,
    for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
   Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
    but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
    and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
    who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
    wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
    that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
    I obey your precepts.

The psalmist recognizes that the Word of God provides him with hope (49) in the midst of mocking by the arrogant (51) and the wicked (53). The promises of the Word of God nourish the psalmist with comfort and provide a defensive weapon for the preservation of his life (50). The ancient laws are said to also supply comfort (52). The arrogant and wicked attack this believer’s stance on the Truth, yet he remains faithful (50-52). The arrogant have rejected God’s Word and become wicked, but the indignation of the psalmist preserves his heart. The psalmist continues the practice of remembering the Truth wherever he spends his nights, so the Truth continues to provide his shelter in the night (53-56).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Dependable Word of God - Waw - Psalm 119:41-48

Waw (Verses 41-48)

The letter waw is an image of a hook, a nail, or a peg. It symbolizes the hooks of silver fastened to posts that held the curtains of the tabernacle and other tents in place. The letter waw represents something you depend on, such as the Word of God. In these verses, the psalmist focuses on how he can trust God’s Word. Since he can depend on it to be true, he will speak of God’s Word even before kings. The psalmist, like the Apostle Paul, knows that he will never be ashamed or let down by God’s Word (Romans 1:16) because the Word of God has the power to do what it claims to be able to do.

41 May your unfailing love come to me, Lord,
     your salvation, according to your promise;
42 then I can answer anyone who taunts me,
     for I trust in your word.
43 Never take your word of truth from my mouth,
     for I have put my hope in your laws.
44 I will always obey your law,
     for ever and ever.
45 I will walk about in freedom,
     for I have sought out your precepts.
46 I will speak of your statutes before kings
     and will not be put to shame,
47 for I delight in your commands
     because I love them.
48 I reach out for your commands, which I love,
     that I may meditate on your decrees.
God’s Word tells us of the salvation that comes from God (which is also called the “unfailing love” of God’s covenant). It appears that the psalmist is enduring the “taunts” of men for having trusted in the promise of salvation found in God’s Word. Still, he fully counts on experiencing that salvation. He says with Paul, I “will not be put to shame”. Because he has sought God’s Truth, the psalmist knows the Truth and “will walk about in freedom”. Jesus said the same thing when he promised: “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Word of God is Light - He - Psalm 119:33-40

He (Verses:33-40)

This letter represents a window, a lattice or a house with a window. It suggests the letting in of light or revelation. Remember that in the Hebrew language the first letter in each of these eight verses is the Hebrew letter "he". Each section of eight verses begins with the same Hebrew letter that is found as the heading of each section of those eight verses in Psalm 119.
33 Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees,
     that I may follow it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law
     and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
     for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
     and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
     preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
     so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
     for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
     In your righteousness preserve my life.
The psalmist asks for the light of the Word of God to enter his soul when he says, “teach me”, “give me understanding”, “direct me”, “turn my heart”, and “turn my eyes”. Two things he recognizes as blocking the entrance of the light of the Word are “selfish gain” and “worthless things”. Worthless things would refer to false teachings, false gods, worldly philosophies, etc. Here we see that the Word of God, understood in the heart of a man, removes disgrace and preserves life.

Galyn Wiemers
Generation Word