Psalm 119:97-104 (Mem)

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 - Water

 מ Mem – Wave of Water

Mighty, massive (like the ocean), chaos (like the ocean), to come down from (like water down a stream)

“Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.”

This is one of my favorite sections of Psalm 119.  Studying, meditating and obeying God’s Torah (law) brings great wisdom over our enemies, more  insight than our teachers, and more understanding than our elders who have lived long, spiritually-focused lives.  Isn’t that what we want in our walk with Messiah: wisdom, insight and understanding?  With the Spirit, we are told we have the mind of Messiah so we should begin to walk and do the things he did (1 Corinthians 2:16).  

The new covenant was not only about Jesus dying on the cross forgiving our sins so we can enjoy eternal bliss, it was inclusive of the Spirit of God writing His Torah on our hearts (Jeremiah 31:31).  King David had the Spirit of God with Him (Psalm 51:11) and that is why He could love God’s teachings and instructions the way he did.    Without the Spirit of God writing Torah on our hearts, we cannot love it nor do we even want to; in fact, according to Romans 7, we will fight against it (Romans 7:14).  

When we receive our new circumcised hearts of flesh, God begins writing His Torah on them.  As we allow His Spirit to guide us into all truth,  we suddenly see things in His ‘law’ we never did before.   I liken it to being suddenly re-attached to the roots of the Olive Tree of Israel and receiving a rush of living water.  Our hearts, minds and souls are revitalized and we realize that we had been walking a dry, barren faith without the wisdom and life-direction given in the Torah.  

This is when the Word of God becomes sweeter than honey to our mouths.  We begin to see the wrong paths our own foolishness while claiming to follow the Son of God, Yeshua.  We are given insight and understanding of  the statutes and precepts of our God that were lived out by Yeshua. We become his disciples rather than disciples of manmade words and traditions apart from the Hebrew Scriptures.   The chaos that was once enveloped our life becomes streams of living water exactly as Yeshua proclaimed at the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem:

“On the last and greatest day of the festival [Feast of Tabernacles], Yeshua stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive…” when the Spirit poured out Living Water on Feast of Weeks, Shavuot/Pentecost.

The root letter for the word ‘thirst’ – tzamah in Hebrew –  is Mem, for mayim.  When we receive the blessing of Living Water promised by Messiah and we we will no be longer thirsty.

“For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my Spirit on your descendants, my blessing on your offspring” (Isaiah 44:3).

“The time is coming,” says Adonai Elohim, “when I will send famine over the land, not a famine of bread or a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11).

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