Psalm 119:113-120 (Samech)

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 - A Prop

ס Samech – A Prop

Support, slow twisting (like a plant being changed by a prop), turning aside

“I hate doubleminded people, but I love your Torah. You are my hiding-place and shield; I put my hope in your word. Leave me alone, you evildoers, so that I can keep my God’s mitzvot. Uphold me, as you promised; and I will live; don’t disappoint me in my hope. Support me; and I will be saved, always putting my attention on your laws. You reject all who stray from your laws, for what they deceive themselves with is false. You discard the wicked of the earth like slag; this is why I love your instruction. My body trembles for fear of you; your rulings make me afraid.”

There is a song I listen to in Portuguese by Mateus Zandona from Har Tzion in Brasil.  It’s called ‘Molda-me’.  The words are “Mold me, conform me to your law, your commandments in my heart ….”  The first time I listened to it I thought, ‘Who says, ‘mold me and conform me to your law?’  Perhaps those who follow Messiah in Brasil because they are not affected by the American doctrine of ‘grace and nothing else?’   Whatever the reason for Mateus writing these words, the truth is we need to be conformed and molded into the revelation of God’s commandments to the world.  It is through us living out His instructions that we become different and set apart from the evildoers around us.  This is who Yeshua was; this is how he lived.  He is our example.  We need to be the example to the world around us.  

“Support me; and I will be saved, always putting my attention on your laws.”  These words of David speak of the laws of God like the Samech, the prop that slowly twists us and changes us, turning us away from those who reject God’s law and are deceived by the lies of a lawless gospel.   Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” expresses this exact idea.  Our minds need to be transformed from being double-minded to being singly focused on fearing God and obeying His commandments and following the example of His Son.     

When we are challenged by the arguments of those who would question our walk of faith, the Word of God is our hope.  When we are tested by the enemy, the commands of God are our shield.  As we allow the Word of God to prop us up, support us, transform our minds and our lives, we become more like Yeshua, the living Word.

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