Psalm 119:129-136 (Peh)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands and precepts.  It is broken up into sections with strange looking words or letters which are the Hebrew alphabet.  In the Hebrew Scriptures, each line of each section starts with a word beginning with this letter.  This is called an acrostic poem.    Each Hebrew letter also has a  word picture associated with it giving greater meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific letter-ed section.

Word Picture - Mouth

פ Peh – A Mouth

To speak, to open, the source of a river

“Your instruction is a wonder; this is why I follow it. Your words are a doorway that lets in light, giving understanding to the thoughtless. My mouth is wide open, as I pant with longing for your mitzvot. Turn to me, and show me your favor; in keeping with [your] judgment for those who love your name. Guide my footsteps by your word; don’t let any kind of sin rule me. Redeem me from human oppression, and I will observe your precepts. Make your face shine on your servant, and teach me your laws. Rivers of tears flow down from my eyes, because they don’t observe your Torah.”

The are two types of mouths in Scripture: the mouth of the Lord and our mouths. From the mouth of the Lord we get our sustenance, the bread of life.  We hear the prophets and we see Yeshua, the Word in the flesh.   The words from the mouth of the Lord return to Him after accomplishing their purpose.  Because the mouth of the Lord has spoken it, He will reveal his glory to all humankind.  

Our mouths, however, do not always open with words of instruction, prophecies and a revelation of God’s glory.  Most times they are full of idle words, gossip, slander and judgement that comes back to us also accomplishing their purpose: division, pain and suffering in another, a group or even just to ourselves.   Psalm 34 says that we will have long life, IF we keep our lips from speaking deceptive words.   James 3:8 says that no one can tame the tongue for it is unstable and evil.  God’s mouth is a river of life, ours brings ‘death dealing poison.’  A good reminder about the mouth and the judgement to come for all people is in Matthew 12:36:

“ Moreover, I tell you this: on the Day of Judgment people will have to give account for every careless word they have spoken….”   

The words that flow from the mouth develop in  the heart.  In other words, what thoughts in our minds we allow into our hearts will eventually pop out from our mouths.  If we fill our hearts with the cares of this world, our selfish desires, our hurts and angers, we will speak to others and to ourselves from that heart condition. We will be harsh, cuss, use profanity, and other derogatory speech.   If we allow the Word of God, the doorway that lets in light and gives understanding to ‘our thoughtless’ speech, our hearts will be convicted.  Hopefully, we will repent, forgive others and ourselves so that our words will reflect a different heart condition.  In fact, we may even receive the mighty empowering grace of God to remain silent!

Yeshua said in Luke 6:45 “The good person produces good things from the store of good in his heart, while the evil person produces evil things from the store of evil in his heart. For his mouth speaks what overflows from his heart.”

May our hearts be renewed moment by moment through the Spirit of Elohim and overflow with His words of  peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness covered in self-control.  

“Let no harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them” (Ephesians 4:29).  

David understands that observing God’s commands keeps sin from ruling in his life.  The sin of his tongue, perhaps.   He loves the name of the Lord  and asks to receive the judgment of favor (grace) from Him accordingly.   He desires the Lord to shine His face on him so that he can be taught His ways – the fullness of the priestly blessing.    David’s mouth is wide open, panting, thirsting to receive the living water that comes from the commandments.  As love for God and His commandments filled David’s heart,  his mouth overflowed.

Tehillah is a Hebrew word  and means a spontaneous new song from a melody in your heart that has added words.  It is a special kind of unprepared singing, unrehearsed song straight to God.  We know David’s heart overflowed through the Psalms – the prayers, the worship, the raw honesty of a King of Israel who desired redemption from the oppression of being human so he could wholeheartedly observe the Lord’s precepts.

“Sing psalms (tehillah), hymns and spiritual songs to each other; sing to the Lord and make music in your heart to him …” (Epheisans 5:19).  

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