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

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