“Yahweh exists forever!
Your word is firmly fixed in heaven.
Your faithfulness endures to all generations.
You have established the earth.
It stands fast.
By your appointment
They stand today.
All things are your servants.
If your law had not been my delight,
I should have perished in my misery.
I will never forget your precepts.
You have given me life.
I am yours!
I have sought your precepts.
The wicked lie in wait
To destroy me.
But I consider your decrees.
I have seen a limit to all perfection.
But your commandment is exceedingly broad.”
Yahweh is eternal in heaven. His faithfulness endures forever. He has established the earth and keeps it going. All things are his servants. This psalmist admits that if he did not have this delightful law, he might have perished in his misery. He would never forget the precepts of Yahweh since they gave him life. He gave himself fully to Yahweh. He relied on Yahweh to save him since he always sought his precepts. However, the wicked lay in wait for him in order to destroy him. The psalmist would consider the decrees of Yahweh and seek perfection because of the broad commandments. So ends this section on the twelfth consonant letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Lamed.
“Yahweh is my portion.
I promise to keep your words.
I implore your favor with all my heart.
Be gracious to me according to your promise.
When I think of your ways,
I turn my feet to your decrees.
I do not delay
To keep your commandments.
Even though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
I do not forget your law.
I rise to praise you,
Because of your righteous ordinances.
I am a companion of all
Who fear you.
I am a companion of
Those who keep your precepts.
The earth is full of your steadfast love.
Teach me your statutes!”
This psalmist promised to keep the words of Yahweh. He wanted Yahweh to continue with his gracious promise. When he thought about Yahweh, he turned his feet to Yahweh’s decrees. He hurried to keep all the commandments of God. Even though the wicked ones tried to ensnarl him, he did not forget the law. In fact, he rose at midnight to praise Yahweh and his righteous ordinances. He was a companion to those who fear God and keep his precepts. The earth is full of the steadfast love of Yahweh. This psalmist wanted to learn more about the statutes of Yahweh. So ends this section on the eighth consonant letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Het.
“Yahweh is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him.
He is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works.
He gave them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are truth and justice.
All his precepts are trustworthy.
They are established forever and ever.
They are to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people.
He has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom.
All those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!”
This short psalm ends by telling Yahweh that he is gracious and merciful. He provides food for those who fear him. He is ever mindful of his covenant with Israel. He has shown them the power of his works as they are his heritage. His works are true and just. All his precepts are trustworthy as they last forever. They are to be followed with faithfulness and uprightness. He has saved or rescued his people. He has commanded them to follow his covenant forever because he is holy and awesome. This fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom, which is a key element of wisdom literature. Those who follow him will understand this. His praise will last forever.