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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

First, Strength

“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 Adonai with all their hearts.  God gave us His precepts because He desired that we obey them; of course, we are not always ‘steadfast’ in our obedience. This is how David felt when he sinned with Bathsheba and prayed that God would not take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).   Yet, we can still praise God for His redemption in Yeshua and walk with upright hearts, doing no wrong, and most importantly, spend our lives learning His righteous Torah.  Torah is ‘what is first’ and what gives us ‘strength,’ as we follow Yeshua as his disciples.

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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 – House or Family

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 the 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 Adonai with all one’s heart and not straying from His commands is the key to purity.  This ‘young man’ considers God’s rulings and laws his treasure –– more valuable than wealth.  What is within us, within our homes, and our families that reveals what we delight in.  As Yeshua said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Luke 12:34).   

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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

Lift up or pride

“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.”

In our western culture founded on personal rights and freedoms, obeying God’s mitzvot makes us feel that we are losing our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, when we chose to become part of God’s Kingdom, we choose 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, God’s needs to deal mercifully with us because we wander aimlessly following the lust of our eyes and flesh.  We need the Spirit of God to open our eyes to the wonders in the Torah so the Word becomes a delight, and we receive the wise counsel desperately needed in this fallen world.  Obedience to God’s instructions removes scorn and contempt from our lives; obedience sets us free from rebuke and draws us into deeper fellowship with our Father. Ultimately, we become more like Yeshua who humbled himself was obedient even to the point of death.

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Psalm 119:25-32 (Dalet)

Psalm 119 is about loving God’s Torah, His statutes, commands, and precepts.  It is broken 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 deeper meaning and symbolism to each line of the specific section.

Word Picture - Door

ד Dalet – Door

Pathway, 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 numerous references to doors in Scripture, but two stand out. 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 someone to 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.’

Yeshua often used ‘banquet’ parables to describe the Kingdom of God.  These ‘banquets’ revolved around a wedding feast or ‘appointed time’ of God.  The Passover meal has an interesting ‘door’ tradition: a child goes to the door to see if Elijah is there because he is to come before the return of Yeshua. However, it is Yeshua who is standing at the door knocking and wants someone to open the door so he can have table fellowship.

When listing the Ten Commandments using the Hebrew alphabet, the fourth commandment is the fourth letter of the alef bet or dalet: “Remember the Sabbath day to set it apart for God” (Exodus 20:8). The Sabbath day is the first ‘appointed time’ given to Israel (Leviticus 23:3), but it was made holy and set-apart at creation. It is also a ‘sign’ between God and His people, and it will be celebrated in the new heavens and new earth (Ezekiel 20:20, Isaiah 66:23).

Yeshua stands at ‘the door’ of seventh-day Sabbath and wants someone to open the door. He wants to to enter into Sabbath fellowship with his brothers and sisters on his Father’s holy day. He wants a ‘date night’ with his Bride.

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; it still remains for those who want to cease work and end striving. Opening the Sabbath ‘door’ is to choose the ‘path of life’ and open ‘the door’ to a weekly taste of Eternity with the Creator.

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