Today’s reading of the ninth strophe of Psalm 119 is brought to you by the letter “teth” or “tet.” The psalmist continues to praise God’s word, but here he acknowledges his sins and his tendency to be ensnared by wicked ways.
Of verse 66 (“Teach me good judgment and knowledge”), Spurgeon, who advocated David as the author, said: “Since God had dealt well with him, he is encouraged to pray for judgment to appreciate the Lord’s goodness. Good judgment is the form of goodness which the godly man most needs and most desires, and it is one which the Lord is most ready to bestow. David felt that he had frequently failed in judgment in the matter of the Lord’s dealings with him: from want of knowledge he had misjudged the chastening hand of the heavenly Father, and therefore he now asks to be better instructed, since he perceives the injustice which he had done to the Lord by his hasty conclusions.”
Psalm 36 – This psalm is most often labelled a lament, but it is more importantly a prayer and song of praise. It starts in verses 1-4 with the description of deeply sinful people who know better. They flatter themselves that they will not be found out, have stopped trying to act wisely or to do good, for sin has penetrated their hearts. In verses 5-10, David thanks God for His steadfast love, the refuge of His loving wings, and the abundance of His love and mercy.
“For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light”
This fountain of life makes us think of Jesus at the well with the Samaritan woman in John 4:10, and his light of John 8:12: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
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