Study Guide – Psalm 119 Ayin

ע Ayin

121 I have done what is righteous and just;
    do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Ensure your servant’s well-being;
    do not let the arrogant oppress me.
123 My eyes fail, looking for your salvation,
    looking for your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your love
    and teach me your decrees.
125 I am your servant; give me discernment
    that I may understand your statutes.
126 It is time for you to act, Lord;
    your law is being broken.
127 Because I love your commands
    more than gold, more than pure gold,
128 and because I consider all your precepts right,
    I hate every wrong path. NIV


What's going on in the writer's heart in verses 121-124 of this sixteenth stanza of Psalm 119? How does this transparency make the rest of the psalm more "real" for us as we read it?


After writing about "fearing" God's commands in the last section, and after claiming to be God's "servant" in verse 125, why might the writer of thsi psalm assume it is okay to make an aggressive statement to God like the one in verse 126? 


Take a look back through the first 120 verses of Psalm 119. Which other verses resemble verse 127 and 128. What other consistencies do you notice about the writer's desire for God's commands?


::::: Deeper Study :::::

Deuteronomy 6 reveals the foundational concept of what it means to be a follower of God. How does Psalm 119 reflect the intended heart of Deuteronomy 6?

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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