This stanza of Psalm 119 begins each line with the fourteenth letter of the Hebrew Aleph-bet, “nun.” The most well-known part of this stanza is verse 105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” This is the eternal truth about God’s word – it is our guiding light for life.
We have broken up Psalm 37 into two readings. These first 20 verses are written to those of Gold’s people who are trying to live right in a land full of people who increasingly turn their backs on God’s law. It is a hymn that calls for the righteous not to lose heart when the wicked always seem to prosper as well as seeming to be doing their best to find ways to persecute the righteous. Christians probably can relate to this reality of living among pagans in a pagan land much better in this decade that at any time in the last century. It is natural for those who try to live right to be saddened at times when they see all around them the increasing acceptance of living a wicked and unrighteous life. Verse 3 is the answer – keep doing what is right no matter what, and trust in the Lord. The wicked will “soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb” (verse 2); and as for the righteous, “their heritage will remain forever” (verse 18).
We’ll look at the second half of this psalm, and make a slight examination of its structure on Friday.
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