Psalm 119:33-40 (Hey)

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 - Window

ה Hey – Window

Behold, to show, to reveal

“Teach me, Adonai, the way of your laws; keeping them will be its own reward for me. Give me understanding; then I will keep your Torah; I will observe it with all my heart. Guide me on the path of your mitzvot, for I take pleasure in it. Bend my heart toward your instructions and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; with your ways, give me life. Fulfill your promise, which you made to your servant, which you made to those who fear you. Avert the disgrace which I dread, for your rulings are good. See how I long for your precepts; in your righteousness, give me life!”

How does a heart bend?  It cannot be hard or stiff or it will break.  It must be soft and pliable to bend.  This is what happens when God takes a stony heart and through His Spirit turns it to flesh.  It becomes pliable and bendable.  It loses it stiff-neckedness and it’s carnality.  It becomes spiritual. 

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit inside you; I will take the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put my Spirit inside you and cause you to live by my laws, respect my rulings and obey them” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 CJB).  

Some say the window to the soul is through the eyes. Is the window to one’s heart condition the ability to bend toward God’s teachings and instructions?  Consider that James says actions reveal faith and actions complete our faith (James 2:14-17).

David longs for God’s precepts and His righteousness more than the worthless things he sees around him.   He desires God to fulfill His promise which he made to him and to all those who feared YHVH centuries before and fear YHVH now.   The promise is salvation, Yeshua,  Today, as we long for Yeshua to return and set up the eternal kingdom promised to King David, we should consider the words in Psalm 119 for in keeping God’s laws reveals understanding and brings reward.

“Here is what Adonai says: “Observe justice, do what is right, for my salvation is close to coming, my righteousness to being revealed” (Isaiah 56:1).

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