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Psalm 119:1-8 (Alef)

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 - Ox

 א Alef – Ox

Strength, leader, what is first

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the Torah of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart – they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous Torah. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.”

Those who walk according to the Torah are blessed, most especially are those who keep  the Torah and seek Him with all their hearts.  God gave us his precepts because he desired that we obey them.  Of course, we’re not ‘steadfast’ in our obedience and may fear to be forsaken.  This is how David felt when he sinned with Bathsheba and prayed that God would not take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51).   Yet, we can still praise God for his redemption in Yeshua and walk with upright hearts, doing no wrong, as we consider and most importantly, spend our lives learning His righteous Torah.  Torah is what is first, what gives us strength, and shows that we ‘follow our leader’, Yeshua.

©2014 Tentstake Ministries

Psalm 119:9-16 (Bet)

 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 - House

ב – Bet – Tent or House

Physical house or building, body of something, household or family, inside or within

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; don’t let me stray from your mitzvot (commands).  I treasure your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against you. Blessed are you, Adonai! Teach me your laws!  I proclaim with my mouth all the rulings you have spoken. I rejoice in the way of your instruction more than in any kind of wealth. I will meditate on your precepts and keep my eyes on your ways. I will find my delight in your regulations. I will not forget your word.”

Purity is a difficult lifestyle in today’s world especially in the area of sexual purity.  Guarding and protecting God’s Word has been minimized and its value disputed leaving young men and women without a solid moral compass.   Seeking the Lord with all one’s heart and not straying from God’s commands is the key to purity.  This ‘young man’ considers God’s rulings and laws his treasure and more valuable than wealth.  It is what is within us, within our homes and our families the reveals that which we delight in.  As Yeshua said in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”   

©2014 Tentstake Ministries

Psalm 119:17-24 (Gimel)

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 - Camel

ג Gimel – Camel

Self-will or pride (obstinate)

“Deal generously with your servant; then I will live and observe your word. Open my eyes, so that I will see wonders from your Torah. Though I’m just a wanderer on the earth, don’t hide your mitzvot* from me. I am continually consumed with longing for your rulings. You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from your mitzvot. Remove scorn and contempt from me, because I observe your instruction. Even when princes sit and plot against me, your servant meditates on your laws. Also your instructions are my delight; they are my counselors.”

Mitzvot is the Hebrew word for precepts and statutes commanded by God.  In our American culture founded on personal rights and freedoms, obeying God’s mitzvot makes us feel as though we are losing our right to choose.  However, when we chose to become part of God’s Kingdom, His family,  we chose to give up our earthly rights to follow His commandments as His adopted children.

The pride of life does not come not from the Father, but from the world (1 John 2:16).   When we walk on the earth in pride and obstinacy, we need God to deal generously (bountifully) with us because we wander aimlessly according to the lust of our eyes and flesh.  We need the Spirit of God to open our eyes  to the spiritual wonders in the Torah so it becomes a delight and the wise counsel we desperately need in this fallen world.  Obedience to His instructions removes scorn and contempt from our lives setting us free from rebuke and drawing us back into fellowship with our Father and ultimately making us like Yeshua who humbled himself and became a man and obedient even to the point of death.

©2014 Tentstake Ministries

Psalm 119:25-32 (Dalet)

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 - Door

ד Dalet – Door

Path, path of life, doorway, moving in or out of

“I lie prostrate in the dust; revive me, in keeping with your word. I told you of my ways, and you answered me; teach me your laws. Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wonders. I am melting away from anxiety and grief; renew my strength, in keeping with your word. Keep deceitful ways far from me, and favor me with your Torah. I choose the way of trust; I set your rulings [before me]. I cling to your instruction; Adonai, don’t let me be put to shame! I will run the way of your mitzvot (commands), for you have broadened my understanding.”

Dalet means ‘door’ in Hebrew.  There are many references to doors in Scripture, but two stand out in my mind.  The first is in Revelation 3:20 “Here, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me.”  Yeshua, stands at ‘the door and knocks.’   He desires that someone open the door so he can eat with them.  The Greek word for ‘eat’ in this passage is deipnon and means ‘supper, evening meal or banquet.’ Often times this verse is used as part of the salvation message, however, Yeshua used ‘banquet’ parables to describe the Kingdom of God.  These ‘banquets’ revolved around a wedding feast or ‘appointed time of God’.  Passover has an interesting ‘door’ tradition where a child goes to the door to see if Elijah is there waiting.  Interestingly enough, it is Yeshua who says he is standing at the door knocking and wants someone to open the door so he can table fellowship with whoever is in the house.

When counting out the Ten Commandments using the Hebrew alphabet, the Fourth Commandment of Exodus 20:8 is the fourth letter dalet or ‘the door’: “Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart for God.”  As Sabbath day is the first ‘feast day’ given in Leviticus 23, could Yeshua be asking those who hear his knocking to open the door’ of Sabbath (seventh-day)  and invite him in for table fellowship and food: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3).

When I read these verses from Psalm 119, I see someone who needs to be revived, who has melted away from anxiety and grief and needs renewed strength.  The ‘door of the Sabbath’ is that place of rest and renewal with meditation on the wonders and Word of God.   The pathway to have a broadened understanding of Sabbath is to ‘choose the path of life’, move out of deceitful ways, and open ‘the door’ to wonderful fellowship with the One who stands there knocking desiring fellowship.

©2014 Tentstake Ministries

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