Glimpses of Christ in Psalm 119
I recorded a series on Psalm 119. My personal favorite session turned out to be the last—“The Gospel in Psalm 119”—in which I included some thoughts (developed around midnight the night before!) regarding glimpses of Christ in Psalm 119. My own heart was freshly warmed and stirred as I contemplated Him in this light, and I trust yours will be, too, on this Good Friday.
In the temple at age twelve:
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation.
His perfect obedience:
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever.
47 I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
60 I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.
His prayer life:
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
His love for God’s law:
97 Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
Weeps over Jerusalem and at the tomb of Lazarus:
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law.
Cleanses temple/throws out moneychangers:
139 My zeal consumes me, because my foes forget your words.
126 It is time for the Lord to act, for your law has been broken.
Leaving the Last Supper, heading to Gethsemane:
54 Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my sojourning.
55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord, and keep your law.
Praying in the Garden of Gethsemane:
28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!
His betrayal, trial, and suffering on the cross:
61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.
69 The insolent smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
75 I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
85 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.
121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
Anticipation of the resurrection
88 In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
Impact of His sinless life and redemptive work on our behalf:
79 Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.
74 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.