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Peacefully resolved to …

The psalmist is at peace and resolved to tremble at God’s word — not the princes of his day — and to take his joy in the promises of God — not the strength that comes from association with powers — and to love God’s law — not falsehood. So, in 119:165 the psalmist announces his discovery:
Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
Shalom rav — great peace. He’s found it. He lives in it. He knows it. In spite of the world around him, he has found God’s great peace. Those who love (ahev) the Torah find great peace.
The image is slightly shifted: those who have this great peace cannot stumble because their steps are guided by the Torah that guides into the good ways of God.
Those whose lives are resolved toward God’s word and promises and Torah discover that their resolution finds peace. These folks aren’t wondering what to do; they know what to God wills. They find that peaceful.

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Ted Gossard

posted March 22, 2007 at 7:58 pm

I love this post and this section. I was meditating today on this part of Psalm 119. I’ve been so tired this week, more so than usual, so I haven’t been able to blog over here as much as I’d like. But thanks again, Scot. You’ve helped open up this psalm to me and no less this week than any other.

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Scot McKnight

posted March 22, 2007 at 8:31 pm

Thanks Ted. I don’t know who wrote this psalm or what that person wrote it, but it is a person in love with the Word and desirous of one thing — to observe it as the way to love God.

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posted March 22, 2007 at 11:54 pm

I agree Ted,
The posts about Psalm 119 have been ministering to me in a special way. I loved today’s especially.

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