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

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