The Psalms

Psalm 119:33-40 He: Incline My Heart-Establish Your Word.

The LORD’s statutes define a way of life. If we pray with the psalmist, that the LORD would teach us, then we “shall keep it to the end.” (v. 33) We need understanding if we are to keep His law, and again, the whole heart must be involved. It must go to the core and includes everything (v. 34 Cf. Pr. 2:6; Js. 1:5). We need His help to walk in the path of His commandments, even as we delight in them (v. 35). The LORD must incline the heart to his testimonies and away from covetousness (v. 36). Each one of these stanzas has this refrain of lament. A desire to keep the law is present, but we all fall short (Cf. Ezek. 33:31; Mk. 7:20-23; Lk. 12:15; Heb. 13:5). We need His help so that we do not get caught up with worthless things (v. 37 Cf. Pr. 23:5). The law keeps one from showing partiality (Cf. Is. 33:15). It is always right to pray that the LORD’s word would be established in our lives (v. 38). David certainly prayed for the LORD’s covenant word to be established to him (II Sam. 7:25). We must be revived in his righteousness, then our reproach will be removed, and we will long for His precepts (vv. 39-40).

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