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Psalm 119 – Part 15B

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PSALM 119:113-120

Hebrew S-Samekh


113 I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments
of my God.
116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let
me not be put to shame in my hope!
117 Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your  statutes continually!
118 You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.
Psalm 119:113-120, EVS

The other day we just scratched the surface of these eight verses; in fact, we only looked at verse 113. But there’s more to glean in this stanza, and today we’ll look at several other strong statements of faith and encouragement.

Verse 114 declares some powerful things about our God. The Psalmist says You, God, are my hiding place—refuge in the King James Version. When you look at the Hebrew meaning of the word hiding place it speaks of a cover, protection, a shield, defense, buckler, a hiding place. The Psalmist knew that when he faced his enemies with the forces of the world coming against him, he could find refuge and shelter in God’s presence. He mentions this also in Psalm 32:7 declaring that the Lord will protect him from danger.

Not only did he find a refuge, but the Lord was a shield to him. When battles were fought they used shields and swords. If you didn’t have a shield in front of you, you would not last long in a battle. The shield, held in one hand, covered your vital organs and with a sword in the other hand to fight the enemy. God was his shield, His protection, day in and day out. Psalm 91:1 declares that the person who dwells (resides and stays) in the shelter of the Most High will rest in His shadow because He will fight for you.

Because of the Psalmist strong confidence in God’s protection and faithfulness, he says he has put his hope in God’s Word. We’ve touched on the subject of hope in earlier stanzas, but the Psalmist was not ashamed that he put his confident expectation in God, not man. In fact in Psalm 25:3 he declares “No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame…”  He knew all about that because He had found God to always be faithful and good to him. No matter what people around him said to the contrary, the Psalmist would not be moved away from his convictions: “Uphold me [sustain and establish me] and I will be delivered” was his testimony (verse 116).

I trust that the Psalmist’s declarations in these eight verses are echoed in your life as you declare God’s presence, protection, provision, deliverance, and blessing in your midst. Lord, we stand in awe of the power of your Word.