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This principle has worked its way in the life of virtually everyone who has pursed God. This is one reason why God appoints affliction for His people 1 Thessalonians Affliction sanctified is a great blessing; unsanctified, it is an additional curse. You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes : This is an important and precious line to follow the recognition of affliction and the good it has done in life.

It shows that the Psalmist did not become bitter or resentful towards God for the affliction that brought him to greater obedience. This shows how confident he was in the goodness of God. In the most basic sense, this is praise for who God is You are good , and praise for what God does and do good. These are always two wonderful reasons for praise. The proud have forged a lie against me, But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease, But I delight in Your law. The proud have forged a lie against me : In reading of the godly and humble character of the Psalmist, it is almost shocking to hear that he has enemies who carefully forged a lie against him.

Yet he explains how this is possible: they are the proud , who are no doubt convicted in conscience and spiteful of his humble, obedient, teachable life before God. When a friend once told Plato, what scandalous stories his enemies had propagated concerning him, — I will live so, replied the great Philosopher, that nobody shall believe them. But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart : The lies of the proud did not distract or overly discourage the Psalmist.

Instead, he dedicated himself to greater obedience and honor of God, pledging to obey Him with his whole heart. If we keep the precepts, the precepts will keep us in the day of contumely and slander.

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Their heart is fat as grease, but I delight in Your law : Their fat heart was not good for their physical or spiritual health. It meant that their hearts were dull, insensitive, drowning in luxury and excess. In contrast, the Psalmist found delight in the word of God. I have nothing else to fill it but thy word, and the comforts I have from it; but their hearts are fat hearts; fat with the world, fat with lust; they hate the word. As a full stomach loatheth meat and cannot digest it; so wicked men hate the word, it will not go down with them, it will not gratify their lusts.


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It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes : The Psalmist repeats the idea from earlier in this section Psalm This repetition is an effective way to communicate emphasis. I bless the Lord for the correctives of his providence by which, if he has blessed me on the one hand with sweets, he has blessed me on the other hand with bitters. I have always found it one of my best schoolmasters.

Yet we must guard against the misunderstanding that seasons of affliction automatically make one better or godlier. It was entirely worth it for him to endure affliction, if only he could learn the statutes of God in the process. This made a time of painful affliction worthwhile.

The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver : This is a logical extension of the thought in the previous verse. If the Psalmist understood that even trouble could be good if it taught him the word of God — if it was more valuable than his comfort — then it is also possible to say that it is more valuable than riches. This great estimation of the word of God came from a life that had known affliction.

It was love and appreciation from the field of battle, not the palaces of ease and comfort. Long ago a group of Italian Jews asked to see this bible and when they had seen it they told their friends in Venice about it.

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As a result a syndicate of Russian Jews tried to buy it, offering the church the weight of the book in gold. But do we value it? In many cases, I am afraid not. Who prefers the law of his God, the Christ that bought him, and the heaven to which he hopes to go, when he can live no longer upon earth, to thousands of gold and silver? Yea, how many are there who, like Judas, sell their Saviour even for thirty pieces of silver?

Hear this, ye lovers of the world and of money! Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Your hands have made me : Here the Psalmist proclaims God as Creator, and understood certain obligations to God because he was fashioned by the hands of God. The modern age, with its widespread denial of a Creator God, has a much lower sense of obligation to God as Creator.

The Psalmist understood what many today forget or deny. It is, at the same time, and acknowledgement of the service we owe him, founded on the relation which a creature beareth to his Creator. Give me understanding : In his thoughts of God as Creator, the Psalmist prayed for understanding.

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He recognized that this was something often misunderstood, and one could ask for and expect help in understanding both God as Creator and our obligations to our Maker. We gain much understanding by considering God as Creator, and especially as the Creator of man. Man — man alone — bears his image, his likeness.

Everywhere we see his track — his footsteps. Here we behold his face. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, Because I have hoped in Your word. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me : The Psalmist considered that his right life would be an encouragement to others who also feared God. This was an additional reason to hear and obey God. Because I have hoped in Your word : His life could give encouragement and gladness to other righteous people because his hope and attention were put upon the word of God. Without this hope, his righteous life would be impossible.

Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight. This was the place Job eventually came to through his long and desperate struggle through the Book of Job. Let Him do what seems good to Him 1 Samuel With such promises, he asked for merciful kindness in his affliction. I hunger; I need; I thirst; I wait. Here is thy hand-writing in thy word… I am resolved to be as importunate [persistent to the point of annoyance] till I have obtained, and as thankful afterwards, as by they grace I shall be enabled… Thy promises are the discoveries of thy purposes, and vouchsafed [graciously given] as materials for our prayers; and in my supplications I am resolved every day to present and tender them back to thee.

Your word to Your servant : The Psalmist rightly received the Word of God as something personal to himself. It was not only a word to mankind in general, or even the covenant people; it was something personal to the Psalmist himself Your servant. Without the gift of these tender mercies we find ourselves lost and discouraged.

In the midst of the wide distribution, let me claim my interest. Let them come unto me. Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; But I will meditate on Your precepts. Let those who fear You turn to me, Those who know Your testimonies. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, That I may not be ashamed. These proud ones had treated him wrongfully with falsehood ; therefore they should be put to shame.

Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of. If the proud ones who opposed the Psalmist knew he was praying against them, they had reason to be afraid. The fasting of Esther and the Jews brought failure and doom for Haman. God knows how to defend His own who cry to Him. Yet even the prayer that the proud be ashamed is a prayer for their good. Psalm The proud are not worth a thought.

The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts. A steady contemplation is a great advantage. Let those who fear You turn to me : The Psalmist recognized the presence of proud enemies, but he did not believe that all were against himself or God. There were others who feared God, and he could find companionship with them.

They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion. Turn their hearts and affections to me, which have been alienated from me, either by the artifices and calumnies of my adversaries, or by my sore and long distresses. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes : As the Psalmist compared himself with the proud who spoke lies, he still recognized his need for greater obedience to God. He asked God and depended on Him for an obedient blameless heart and life.

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Such examples should make us pray according to Psalm Search me, O God, and know my heart. That I may not be ashamed : This is a valid desire. The Psalmist wanted a life lived unashamed. The desire was for a no sense of inward shame because one was right with God, and without a sense of public shame before the eyes of others. His obedient life Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes would lead to this unashamed life.

Such is the case here. This is the kaph stanza. Kaph is a curved letter, similar to a half circle, and it was often thought of as a hand held out to receive some gift or blessing… He holds out his hand toward him as a suppliant. My soul faints for Your salvation, But I hope in Your word. My soul faints for Your salvation : The Psalmist gives a sense of desperation. His soul aches for God, so much that it faints in waiting for the salvation he needs.

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Yet he is not in despair, because he has hope in Your word. It is same verb in a slightly different form as used in Psalm The almost made an end of me. Fainting is a loss of strength; a collapse.