psalm 119 kjv commentary

2. A gracious disposition to do the will of God is the acceptable principle of all obedience. 1:12 . Turn away mine eyes--literally, "Make my eyes to pass, not noticing evil." There are ten different words by which divine revelation is called in this psalm, and they are synonymous, each of them expressive of the whole compass of it (both that which tells us what God expects from us and that which tells us that we may expect from him) and of the system of religion which is founded upon it and guided by it. 16:25 . 108. freewill offerings--the spontaneous expressions of his gratitude, as contrasted with the appointed "offerings" of the temple ( Hosea 14:2 , Hebrews 13:15 ). They are certainly cursed, for God resists the proud; and those that throw off the commands of the law lay themselves under its curse (Gal. 66. Hating falsehood and loving truth, often, every day, praising God for it, they find peace and freedom from temptation. Look . A great favour which David expects from God, that he will teach him his statutes. 8:15 . (Compare Psalms 119:77 Psalms 119:81 Psalms 119:92 ). Though he conversed much at home, yet sometimes he looked abroad, and could not but see the wicked walking on every side. See 1 Jn. "As, if I be wicked, woe to me; so, if I be sincere, it is well with me.’’. Note, All that have made a business of religion will own that it has turned to a good account, and that they have been unspeakable gainers by it. An intelligent devotion is led by divine promises and is directed to an increase of gracious affections, arising from a contemplation of revealed truth. 2. They are safe, and have a holy security: Nothing shall offend them; nothing shall be a scandal, snare, or stumbling-block, to them, to entangle them either in guilt or grief. Note, 1. The unspeakable profit and advantage he gained by the word of God. The joy of our Lord should be wheels to our obedience.5. 78. and so shall not be "ashamed," that is, put to shame ( Psalms 119:80 ). That he should be bold and courageous in his duty: I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings. The great use for which the word of God was intended, to give light, that is, to give understanding, to give us to understand that which will be of use to us in our travels through this world; and it is the outward and ordinary means by which the Spirit of God enlightens the understanding of all that are sanctified. It helped him to a good heart: "Therefore, because I have got understanding of the truth, I hate every false way, and am stedfastly resolved not to turn aside into it.’’ Observe here, [1.] He who does the will of God shall know of the doctrine ( John 7:17 ). 36:27 ), and this is that which David here begs. He prays for grace to enable him to answer this profession. Prosperity is the unhappy occasion of much iniquity; it makes people conceited of themselves, indulgent of the flesh, forgetful of God, in love with the world, and deaf to the reproofs of the word. Thou dost see and accept all that I say and do well; thou dost see and art displeased with all I say and do amiss.’’ Note, The consideration of this, that God’s eye is upon us at all times, should make us very careful in every thing to keep his commandments, Gen. 17:1 .22. We must come to God as beggars come to our doors for an alms. Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. Meditation in God’s word. He would blind our eyes in our present fallen state; but we may bless God for the light shining as in a dark place, to guide us until the Sun of Righteousness shall come, and we shall be made capable of seeing Him ( 2 Peter 1:19 , Revelation 22:4 ). Others refer it to what goes immediately before: "I had the comfort of keeping thy law because I kept it.’’ Note, God’s work is its own wages. 68. 2. He prays for God’s grace, and begs to be under the guidance and influence of it: Teach me thy statutes. Poor perfection which one sees an end of! My tongue shall speak of thy word--literally, "answer Thy Word," that is, with praise, respond to Thy word. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. The days of my life are but few’’ (so some); "therefore let them not all be miserable, and therefore make haste to appear for me against my enemies, before I go hence and shall be seen no more.’’ Or rather, "The days of my affliction are many; thou seest, Lord, how many they be; when wilt thou return in mercy to me? Verse 71 See here, 1. Verse 97 Here is, 1. His eyes were towards it and had been long so. The surest token of God’s good-will toward us is his good work in us.12. He outwitted his enemies; God, by these means, made him wiser to baffle and defeat their designs against him than they were to lay them. 2. 2. By studying and practising God’s commandments, and making them his rule, he learnt to behave himself wisely in all his ways, 1 Sa. He hopes to learn God’s righteous judgments. What we read and hear of the judgments of God upon wicked people would make us, (1.) Though we think the time long ere the promised salvation and comfort come, yet we must still keep our eye upon that salvation, and resolve to take up with nothing short of it. house of my pilgrimage--present life ( Genesis 17:8 , 47:9 , Hebrews 11:13 ). (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. Wherever there is grace there is a warm attachment to the word of God. A desire that God would appear, for the vindication of his own honour: "It is time for thee, Lord, to work, to do something for the effectual confutation of atheists and infidels, and the silencing of those that set their mouth against the heavens.’’ God’s time to work is when vice has become most daring and the measure of iniquity is full. It concerns us to redeem time and take pains, and to go on in our business with cheerfulness. We cannot keep them unless we learn them; but we learn them in vain if we do not keep them. They do not only do God’s statutes, but they do not so much as seek them; they do not acquaint themselves with them, nor so much as desire to know their duty, nor in the least endeavour to do it. They were very cruel, and aimed at no less than his destruction; they were very crafty, and sought all opportunities to do him a mischief; and they were confident (they expected, so some read it), that they should destroy him; they thought themselves sure of their prey. That those who stick to the word of God may in faith expect and pray for acceptance with God; for David means this when he begs, "Lord, put me not to shame; that is, never leave me to do that by which I shall shame myself, and do thou not reject my services, which will put me to the greatest confusion.’’V. (2.) Verse 57 We may hence gather the character of a godly man. David was now under prevailing dejections, and, having been long so, his eyes cried our, "When wilt thou comfort me? Reproach and contempt may humble us and do us good and then it shall be removed. We must carefully treasure up the word of God, declare it to others, meditate on it, and heartily delight in it; and then by His grace we shall act according to it. It may be understood of the coming of the Messiah, and so he speaks in the name of the Old-Testament church; the souls of the faithful even fainted to see that salvation of which the prophets testified. He begs that God would stand by him, and succour him: "They persecute me; help thou me; help me under my troubles, that I may bear them patiently, and as becomes me, and may still hold fast my integrity, and in due time help me out of my troubles.’’ God help me is an excellent comprehensive prayer; it is a pity that it should ever be used lightly and as a by-word.III. 119:121-128 Happy is the man, who, acting upon gospel principles, does justice to all around. These are the two pillars on which our hope is built, and they will not fail us:—(1.) law--from a word meaning "to teach," is a term of rather general purport, denoting the instruction of God's Word. They were the proud that sat in the scorner’s seat and valued themselves on so doing. More modern commentators sometimes conclude that it is post-exilic, coming from the days of Nehemiah or Ezra. 105. They are a heritage for ever, and that no earthly heritage is (1 Pt. And they shall have clearness and courage in their own souls; they shall not be ashamed to retire into themselves, nor to reflect upon themselves, for their hearts shall not condemn them. It is often the infirmity even of good men to be weary of waiting God’s time when their time has elapsed. God built him a house, established his throne; strangers submitted to him, and people that he had not known served him; he had a name like the names of the great men, and yet he calls himself a stranger. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. (2.) 33:20, Jer. It was constant—at all times. All this trouble and anguish did not put his mouth out of taste for the comforts of the word of God, but he could still relish them and find that peace and pleasure in them which all the calamities of this present time could not deprive him of. So God's laws are the believer's songs. It is much longer than any of them more than twice as long as any of them. Even David’s palace is but the house of his pilgrimage. . 90. thou hast established the earth, and it abideth--( Psalms 33:9 ). Compare Paul and Silas ( Acts 16:25 ; compare Psalms 63:6 ). Three things he pleads:—(1.) 145-149. The persecutors of God’s people are such as make light of God himself; we may therefore be sure that God will take his people’s part against them. He pleads his relation to God: "I am thy servant, and have work to do for thee; therefore teach me tod o it and to do it well.’’ The servant has reason to expect that, if he be at a loss about his work, his master should teach him, and, if it were in his power, give him an understanding. No; God’s testimonies shall be the principal subject of his discourse with the kings, not only to show that he was not ashamed of his religion, but to instruct them in it and bring them over to it. 53. David gives glory to God: "Blessed art thou, O Lord! 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