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Psalm 119: 113-120: Love for the Lord’s Word

by | Jun 26, 2024

psalm 119: 113-120

“I hate vain thoughts,” David declares in the opening verse of this portion; “but thy law do I love!” In this section of the Psalm, he deals with thoughts and things and persons which are the opposite of God’s holy thoughts and ways. He is evidently in great fear of the powers of darkness and their allies, and his whole soul is stirred up to stand against them with a determined opposition. Just as he began another octave of this Psalm, in verse 97, with the exclamation, “O how I love thy law!” – so also, he begins here with a declaration of hatred against that which breaks that holy Law. The opposite of the fixed and infallible Law of God is the wavering and changing opinion of men. David had an utter contempt and abhorrence for this; all his reverence and regard went to the sure Word of testimony. In proportion to his love of the Lord’s Law was his hatred of men’s inventions. The thoughts of human beings are vanity, but the thoughts of God are verity. We hear much in these days of “men of thought,” “thoughtful preachers,” and “modern thought”; but what is all this, except the old pride of the human heart? Vain man determines to make himself wise – even wiser than the Almighty God. The Psalmist did not glory in his thoughts, and that which was called “thought” in his day was a thing which he detested. Even when man thinks his best, his highest thoughts are as far below those of Divine revelation as the earth is beneath the heavens. Some of our thoughts are especially vain in the sense of vain-glory, pride, conceit, and self-trust; others are empty vanity in the sense of bringing disappointment, such as fond ambition and confidence in man. Still others are vain in the sense of emptiness and frivolity, such as the idle and vacant thoughts in which so many indulge; and many more of our reflections are vain in the sense of being sinful, evil, and foolish. The Psalmist is not indifferent to evil thoughts, like careless people are; rather, he looks upon them with a hate that was as true as the love with which he clung to the pure thoughts of the Lord.

The last octave of this Psalm was practical, but this one is thoughtful. In the former, the man of God attended to his feet; and here, he attends to his heart – for the emotions of the soul are as important as the acts of the life; indeed, they are the fountain and spring from which the actions proceed. When we love the Law of the Lord, it becomes a Law of Love, and we cling to it with our whole heart!

Lord, we confess and repent of our vain thoughts; for they are often vain-glorious, proud, conceited, empty, frivolous, evil, and foolish. We pray for grace to imitate the Psalmist and attend diligently to the matters of our heart, as well as of our feet. Help us to love Your Law more and more, so that we may view it as a Law of Love! Amen.

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