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 The letter was originally made like an “X” or a “T” and was used as the signature at the end.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

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