The Psalms

Psalm 119:145-152 Qoph: Founded Forever.

Prayer and the keeping of the LORD’s statutes requires the whole heart (v. 145). One cannot be half hearted. We also learn from this that prayer is needed if we are to keep His statutes. We need His help. We need His salvation, if we are to keep His testimonies (v. 146). For this reason the psalmist cries out to the LORD, “before the dawning of the morning,” for his hope is in the word (v. 147 Cf. Pss. 5:3; 63:1). Furthermore, he also meditated on the word through the night watches (v. 148 Cf. Ps. 63:6). He prays that his prayer is heard, not because God owes it to Him, but because of the lovingkindness of the covenant making and covenant keeping LORD (v. 149).

The psalmist also prays for justice because, “they draw near who follow after wickedness.” (v. 150) The wicked do this because they are far from the law of the LORD. On the other hand, the LORD is near, and all His commandments are truth, which also contrasts with the lies of the wicked (v. 151 Cf. Ps. 145:18; Is. 50:8). The LORD’s testimonies are not only true, but they have been founded forever. At no point do we read that there will come a time when He will abrogate His word. To this Jesus concurred. “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Mt. 5:17) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.” (Lk. 21:33 Cf. Mt. 5:18)

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