Aleph (Verses 1-8)
The letter aleph is a symbol of two ox heads yoked together to represent
strength or leadership. The word aleph means “to learn”.
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,The conflict described in verses 1-8 arose from the psalmist’s desire to be steadfast in his obedience, like the men he describes as blameless, walking in the law, keeping the statutes and seeking God (1-3). The writer desires to be like these men, but he knows that he is weak and not far along in the process of becoming like them. He desires to obey, and seeks help. The help sought here, and throughout Psalm 119, comes from the Word of God. He vows to “consider all [God’s] commands,” and “learn [God’s] righteous laws”. In this way, he will be able to “obey [God’s] decrees”, as long as God continues to be with him and help him.
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
3 they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
8 I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.