Pleas and Praises

Pleas and Praises March 29, 2007

The second to last verse of Psalm 119 brings to fruition the center of the entire psalm:
Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me (175).
First, he wants to live so he can praise God or he wants to be delivered so he can praise God when he is delivered.
Second, it is his Torah that gives the psalmist the desire to live so he can praise God or he prays that God’s Torah will sustain him as he awaits God’s deliverance.

Either way we have the same: the psalmist wants to live a life that is shaped by praising God that emerges from dwelling in God’s Torah and living out that Torah. A life of praise; a life of learning and living Torah. That’s the entirety of this psalm.

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  • What a life! And really present for us in Christ. I love how what’s for us in Christ is present in the Old Testament as well as in the New. We look at the Old Testament with New Testament eyes. But in doing so we end up, hopefully walking in fulfillment of it, by the Spirit.
    Thanks Scot, for drawing this out.

  • Lori K. Barbeau

    Ted said, “…walking in fulfillment of it, by the Spirit.”
    As a mother, verse 175 is a confident prayer for my children that is both a prayer for now and a prayer for the future, and behind it is my desire for the prayer’s fulfillment in their lives.
    As a wife, it is a love prayer for my husband, and I feel something beautiful that I think might be described as tapping into God’s love for him.