Psalm 119:57-64 (Chet)

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 - Fence

ח Chet – Fence, Inner Room

To separate, to protect, to cut off from

“Adonai, I say that my task is to observe your words. I beg your favor with my whole heart; show pity to me, in keeping with your promise. I thought about my ways and turned my feet toward your instruction. I hurry, I don’t delay, to observe your mitzvot. Even when the cords of the wicked close around me, I don’t forget your Torah. At midnight I rise to give you thanks because of your righteous rulings. I am a friend of all who fear you, of those who observe your precepts. The earth, Adonai, is full of your grace; teach me your laws.”

A fence is something put up for protection whether it’s flowers or chickens.  Within the fence boundary is the ‘inner room’ where the flowers bloom and the chickens are safe. Flowers are cut off from predators that would eat them and chickens are safe inside the confines of their yard.

There is saying about Sabbath:  “It’s not that the Jews keep the Sabbath as the Sabbath has kept them.”  This is symbolic of a fence.  With this one Torah command God has set the Jewish people apart them as His chosen people and His light to the nations.  Within the ‘inner room’ of the Sabbath fence, the Jewish people have bloomed and been protected as a people for over 4000 years even when great persecution and anti-semitism tried to annihilate them.

There is another ‘fence’ in Judaism that is put ‘around the Torah.’  This is the symbolic  desire to protect the Torah and the instructions found therein no matter what the cost.  If the Jewish people who were given God’s teachings and instructions had not ‘fenced’ in the Torah, we would not have the Word of God today.  They were meticulous about writing each manuscript perfectly.  If one small error was found in a ‘jot or tittle’ the manuscript was thrown away. Even more, in order for us to have the Scriptures today, the priests (those especially in Qumran who set themselves apart from Roman infiltration) willingly guarded and protected the Word of God by either putting them in clay jars and hiding them in caves or with their very lives, dying to protect its integrity.

The ‘inner room’ of our lives is our heart.  The only way to have real wisdom in our inner room, our heart, is to cut ourselves off from the wickedness that closes in on us everyday with the ‘fence’  of God’s teachings and instructions.  David desired God’s favor in his heart.  Consider that ‘at midnight’ he rose to give God thanks because of his righteous rulings. He wanted God to teach him His Torah and makes it his task (an assignment or piece of work to be done) to observe God’s Word. After sinning with Bathsheba, David writes in Psalm 51:5, 

“True, I was born guilty, was a sinner from the moment my mother conceived me. Still, you want truth in the inner person; so make me know wisdom in my inmost heart.” 

We are no different than David.  We were born into sin, but through the Torah that gives life, Yeshua, we have been set free from sin in order that we may live our lives within God’s ‘fence.’   Just as in the days of King David, STILL, God wants His Truth in ‘the inner person’ and desires ‘wisdom in our inmost heart.’

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