Psalm 119:161-168 (Shin)

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 - A Tooth

ש Shin – A Tooth

To devour, to destroy, something sharp

The letter Shin is also representative of ‘the divine presence of God’ or the Shekinah Glory that ‘consumes’.

“Princes persecute me for no reason, but my heart stands in awe of your words. I take joy in your promise, like someone who finds much booty. I hate falsehood, I detest it; but I love your Torah. I praise you seven times a day because of your righteous rulings. Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble. I hope for your deliverance, Adonai; I obey your mitzvot. My soul observes your instruction, and I love it so much! I observe your precepts and instruction, for all my ways lie open before you.”

“Those who love your Torah have great peace; nothing makes them stumble.”  Within this verse is the word, peace or shalom in Hebrew.  Shalom or שלוםwith the ‘shin’ means the ‘destruction, devouring of the leader of chaos’.  The one who causes ‘chaos’ can be haSatan in the grand scheme of world chaos or those princes who persecute for no reason and cause chaos in our lives.  The destruction of chaos comes from loving God’s Torah, observing His precepts and instructions, and obeying His commandments; being completely submitted to His will.   When a person is in this type of soul relationship with the heart of God, he is ‘consumed’ with God’s presence and nothing and no one becomes a stumbling block including falsehood, because the Torah is truth through which the Lord delivers.  

David’s last statement, “For all my ways lie open before you” reveals a man who is not afraid of being convicted and corrected by God’s instructions.  This is obvious when Samuel confronts him about his relationship with Batsheva and the murdering of her husband.  Psalm 51 comes from David’s understanding of correction and rebuke, mercy and grace.    The Word of God made him stand in awe at revealing his sin and the joy he receives in God’s promise of deliverance is like one who has found great plunder after a battle.  

God is going to raise King David from the dead in order that Israel may serve him as king once again.  “Instead, they will serve Adonai their God and David their king, whom I will raise up for them” (Jeremiah 30:9). I believe King David will rule over Israel while Yeshua rules the world from Jerusalem.  It makes perfect sense that a man who loved God’s Torah as much as David and was not afraid to proclaim it in psalms, would be resurrected to the honor of ruling with such high authority under King Messiah.  Those who are like David ‘consumed and devoured’ by a love for the Torah of God, will be given the same honor in the first resurrection of ruling and reigning with Messiah for 1000 years (Rev. 20:6).   The King and his priesthood will destroy  chaos bringing in a reign of shalom in the world through a sharp iron rod or scepter proclaiming  God’s righteous rulings.

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