Psalm 119:65-72 (Tet)

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 - Snake

ט Tet – A Snake

To Twist, Surround

“You have treated your servant well, Adonai, in keeping with your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, because I trust in your mitzvot. Before I was humbled, I used to go astray; but now I observe your word. You are good, and you do good; teach me your laws. The arrogant are slandering me, but I will wholeheartedly keep your precepts. Their hearts are as thick as fat, but I take delight in your Torah. It is for my good that I have been humbled; it was so that I would learn your laws. The Torah you have spoken means more to me than a fortune in gold and silver.”

Fat around the heart is very dangerous and increases the risk of a heart attack in the physical world.  Fatness of the spiritual heart comes from overindulgence in the ways of the world, not in the ways of God.  Both lead to death: physical or spiritual.  

In Deuteronomy 32:15, Jeshurun, meaning ‘righteous’ and referring to Israel, grew fat when he abandoned God’s ways.  He grew proud through material abundance and turned to fleshly gratification and worldly appetites.  He became arrogant against God and gave little value to His Words.  He did not desire God nor His salvation for he had all he needed in his wealth and possessions.

Psalm 17:8 talks about the wicked and how they are ‘enclosed (surrounded) in their own fat’ and speak proudly against God and His Torah.  The only way for a proud, arrogant man to turn back to God is to be humbled, to see His need for God and His righteous laws and remove the fat around his heart.   David was humbled after he sinned by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband killed. After their firstborn son dies, he understood that his fleshly desires steeped in arrogance led him away from God’s righteous standards found in His Word.  He needed better judgment and knowledge.  

Walking according to God’s Torah, His laws and commandments will bring slander from the arrogant because they have been deceived through centuries of twisted doctrines and teachings.   (Remember how the serpent twisted the Truth and sin entered the world?) Slander, which includes the judgment of legalism today, is not easy to stand against, but David continued to stand against the wicked and wholeheartedly kept God’s commands and precepts.  For him, the Torah God had spoken meant more than a fortune in gold or silver. Through God’s righteous judgement on his ‘fat’ heart and humbling himself, he  returned to the ways of God. 

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2 Responses to “Psalm 119:65-72 (Tet)”

  • Vonnie says:

    Awesome, thank you. We hope you guys are having a great time. XXXs and OOOs Vonnie & Rich

    • Yahulia says:

      You’re welcome. Thanks! We are finally ‘in the zone’. I thought of you two driving a truck and trailer and can’t imagine how you stay sane! But if you can, I can! Keep on counting the omer …

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