Psalm 119:17-24 (Gimel)

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 - Camel

ג Gimel – Camel

Self-will or pride (obstinate)

“Deal generously with your servant; then I will live and observe your word. Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your Torah. Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth, don’t hide your mitzvot* from me. I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings. You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from your mitzvot. Remove scorn and contempt from me, because I observe your instruction. Even when princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws. Also your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.”

Mitzvot is the Hebrew word for precepts and statutes commanded by God.  In our American culture founded on personal rights and freedoms, obeying God’s mitzvot makes us feel as though we are losing our right to choose.  However, when we chose to become part of God’s Kingdom, His family,  we chose to give up our earthly rights to follow His commandments as His adopted children.

The pride of life does not come not from the Father, but from the world (1 John 2:16).   When we walk on the earth in pride and obstinacy, we need God to deal generously (bountifully) with us because we wander aimlessly according to the lust of our eyes and flesh.  We need the Spirit of God to open our eyes  to the spiritual wonders in the Torah so it becomes a delight and the wise counsel we desperately need in this fallen world.  Obedience to His instructions removes scorn and contempt from our lives setting us free from rebuke and drawing us back into fellowship with our Father and ultimately making us like Yeshua who humbled himself and became a man and obedient even to the point of death.

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