A PRAYER FOR SALVATION FROM OPPRESSORS AND FOR UNDERSTANDING OF GOD’S LAW WHICH THE PSALMIST LOVES
“I have done justice and righteousness:
Leave me not to mine oppressors.
Be surety for thy servant for good:
Let not the proud oppress me.
My eyes fail for thy salvation,
And for thy righteous word.
Deal with thy servant according to thy lovingkindness,
And teach me thy statutes.
I am thy servant; give me understanding,
That I may know thy testimonies.
It is time for Jehovah to work;
For they have made void thy law.
Therefore I love thy commandments
Above gold, yea above fine gold.
Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right;
And I hate every false way.”
As far as we can determine, this psalm is made up of thoughts repeatedly used throughout the composition, with very slight variations in expression.
“Teach me” (Psalms 119:124) “David (Spurgeon accepted David as the author) had Nathan, Gad, and the prophets, and besides that all the Levites to teach him; he read the Word of God diligently and meditated upon it day and night; but he here acknowledges that all this was nothing unless God taught him.”
“It is time for Jehovah to work” (Psalms 119:126). “David (Matthew Henry believed David was the author) here represents unto God the following, `Lord, there are those that have made void thy law, have set thee and thy government at defiance, and have done all they could to cancel and vacate thy commandments.” Henry went on to distinguish between these enemies of God and “the godly man who might, through weakness, sin against God’s commandment.”
“Therefore I esteem all thy precepts” (Psalms 119:127). “The word `therefore’ here does not mean that the Psalmist loved God’s law because others set it at naught, but that he loved it more on that account.” These words are suggested by a statement from Addis.
“The flow of thought in this stanza is more awkward than in most of the others, being hindered by the sparseness of words beginning with the letter ayin. It is especially difficult to see the logical significance of therefore in Psalms 119:127. Apparently the alphabetical arrangement, rather than the flow of thought, suggested the use of that word.”