Psalm 119:41-48 (Vav)

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 - Nail

Vav – Nail or Peg

Joining together (and), making securing, binding (nailed to)

“May your grace come to me, Adonai, your salvation, as you promised; then I will have an answer for those who taunt me; for I trust in your word. Don’t take away completely my power to speak the truth; I put my hope in your rulings; and I will keep your Torah always, forever and ever. I will go wherever I like, for I have sought your precepts. I will speak of your instructions even to kings without being ashamed. I will delight myself in your mitzvot, which I have loved. I will lift my hands to your mitzvot, which I love; and I will meditate on your laws.”

The first line of these verses bind together grace and salvation.  It is taught that grace means ‘undeserved merit’; however, this idea has become confused with eleos or ‘mercy, pity, and compassion’.   The Greek word charis that has been translated 156 times as ‘grace’ actually means ‘the empowerment of God to overcome sin.’  The true, real, and living grace of God doesn’t simply cover over our sin and allow us to live however we desire, it empowers us to overcome sin.  This is why God gives ‘grace to the humble’ and one can ‘fall from grace.’

Yeshua in Hebrew means ‘salvation’.  David is crying out for yeshua and the empowering grace that overcomes sin.    God sent to each of us that same empowering grace which is the Holy Spirit or Ruach haKodesh.  When we are born again and receive a new circumcised heart of flesh, the Torah is written on our hearts.  Through the Ruach haKodesh we are given the power to speak overcome sin and speak the Truth with the same power that Peter did in Acts 2.

David, as a King of Israel, was given the Spirit of God just as we have.   He knows and understands he always has God’s precepts with him in his heart.  He has delighted in and loves the Torah of the God of Israel.   He has meditated on the laws found within and lifted his hands in worship to them as the eternal words of his Creator.   As an anointed King, he had the opportunity to speak the wise instructions of the Torah to the kings of the surrounding nations.  He did so without shame or embarrassment.  After all, it was a younger David who stood his ground against the Philistine giant bringing glory to the God of Israel and yeshua to the people of Israel.

As saints or the holy ones of God, we also have the binding of salvation and grace.  We have Yeshua as our salvation and we have been given power through God’s Spirit to keep the commandments and overcome sin.  That is our testimony to the world where earthly kings still reign and need to hear and know the wisdom of God’s Torah.

“Here is a call for the endurance of the holy ones, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Yeshua” (Revelation 14:12).

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