How richly did the small (Daleth section) of Psalm 119 open to me this morning (verses 25-32). It made me realize that I should consider the importance of repeated words or restated phrases in any passage read.
Among insights that jumped off the page were these:
The contrast of what we hold on to is significant; “I cleave to the dust” compared with “I cleave to Your testimonies.” This is a contrast of core focus in life – seeing life from the standpoint of humanity or divinity. Dust is what I am made of, but the divine is what I am made for. We are earthly bodies, yes. But these bodies are the houses of spiritual beings. How much higher is the life viewed through the divine, the stuff of eternity as opposed to simply the stuff of life.
Again, the Psalmist contrasts “my ways” with God’s way, “the way of Your commandments.” When I turn to my own way, it proves the false way. As we hold out for spiritual direction from scripture, we are guided in the faithful way.
Note the confession of the Psalmist, “I have told of my ways and You have answered.” This is the personal examen before God that becomes the daily habit of maturing followers. “My soul weeps because of grief” (awareness of the sin I have committed today) so we cry out, “strengthen me by Your Word” (prepare me to live more faithfully tomorrow).
When I read and reflect on Your Word and consider Your wonders (the mighty faithful Works of God) I will be guided to and in Your way. Attention to His Word and His works will point us toward His way.