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

Chaos or Mighty

“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.”

Studying, meditating on, and obeying God’s Torah makes us wiser than our enemies, gives us more insight than our teachers, and brings more understanding than our elders. This wisdom, insight, and understanding should be the goal in our walk with Yeshua. With the Holy Spirit, Paul says we have ‘the mind of Messiah’ so we should walk the way he walked, and do the things he did (1 Corinthians 2:16).  

The new covenant was for the House of Judah and the House of Israel. It promised that God, through His Spirit, would write His Torah on the heart. His Spirit in us would cause us to obey His commandments (Jeremiah 31:31).  King David had the Spirit of God which is the reason He could love God’s teachings and instructions; the reason he could write loves Psalms about Torah (Psalm 51:11).     Without the Spirit writing Torah on our hearts, we cannot love it or obey it. Paul teaches that the unspiritual, carnal man is hostile to Torah and will fight against it (Romans 7:14).

When God begins writing His Torah on our circumcised hearts,  we suddenly see the Torah in a different light. When we allow God’s Spirit to guide us into Truth and obey that Truth, we will receive the blessings He promised for obedience. To become re-attached to the roots of the Olive Tree of Israel and receive a rush of living water is refreshing to thirsty hearts. The soul becomes renewed, the mind transformed, and walking in a dry, barren place no longer fulfills the desires of the heart.

With a new flesh heart, the Word of God becomes sweeter than honey to our mouths.  We are given insight into the statutes and understand the precepts of our God. We become Yeshua’s disciples and the chaos and confusion that was once filled the pages of Scripture become streams of living water flowing through and out of us (John 7:37-39). The Hebrew root letter for the word ‘thirst’ or tzamah is Mem meaning ‘water.’

“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).

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