Psalm 119:121-128 (Ayin)

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 - An Eye

Word Picture – An Eye

ע Ayin – An Eye

To see, understand, experience

“I have done what is just and right; don’t abandon me to my oppressors.  Guarantee your servant’s well-being; don’t let the arrogant oppress me. My eyes fail from watching for your salvation and for [the fulfillment of] your righteous promise. Deal with your servant in accordance with your grace, and teach me your laws. I am your servant; give me understanding, so that I can know your instruction. The time has come for Adonai to act, because they are breaking your Torah. Therefore I love your mitzvot more than gold, more than fine gold. Thus I direct my steps by [your] precepts; every false way I hate.”

Yeshua writes to the congregation in Laodicea that they are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold.  They have deceived themselves into believing that because they are rich, they have need of nothing.  Yet they are considered by God to be wretched, pitiful and blind.  They do not have spiritual ‘eyes to see’ that what they consider valuable is not what God considers valuable.  In Revelation 3:18, Yeshua tells these people,  “My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eye salve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see.”

It would seem that the congregation of Laodicea is the antithesis of King David.   David doesn’t need eyes salve.  He is not blind.  He clearly understands the value of loving God’s commands and doing what is right.  He desires that his eyes be opened to more ‘understanding’ and experiencing God’s instructions.  Though he may have danced wearing only a loincloth, he was never considered ‘naked by God’ needing to be clothed in white.    He loves God’s commands more than fine gold because they direct his steps and correct the errors of his ways.  As a King he had everything he could ever want or need, yet God’s commands were worth more to him than all his riches.  Even though he was being refined as gold through the persecutions of arrogant men, he knew that his well-being was in trusting that God would not abandon him.

David understands the grace of God as more than ‘saving grace’,  it is a powerful instructor.  It teaches him God’s laws and guides him into all truth (John 16:13).   David embraces the grace of God’s Spirit  promised by the prophets,  the very essence of the new covenant of God writing His instructions on the heart – David’s heart and ours if we desire to be like David. 

Unlike the Laodiceans, David hates every false way.  He doesn’t embrace anything that is not according to God’s instructions or waters it down until it has no value.   Those who oppress him, break Torah.  All who understand oppression from arrogant, ignorant, jealous men, David desires God to act according to God’s righteous promise –  “My eyes fail from watching for your salvation….”

Come Yeshua.

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