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.
א Alef – Ox
“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the Torah of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart – they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous Torah. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.”
Those who walk according to the Torah are blessed, most especially are those who keep the Torah and seek Adonai with all their hearts. God gave us His precepts because He desired that we obey them; of course, we are not always ‘steadfast’ in our obedience. This is how David felt when he sinned with Bathsheba and prayed that God would not take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11). Yet, we can still praise God for His redemption in Yeshua and walk with upright hearts, doing no wrong, and most importantly, spend our lives learning His righteous Torah. Torah is ‘what is first’ and what gives us ‘strength,’ as we follow Yeshua as his disciples.
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