Psalm 119:17-24; Gimel and finding counsel

In the last verse of this stanza, the Psalmist says “Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors”.  Here we see these testimonies described as God’s word (vs 17) and law (vs 18).  If the last stanza (Beth) was about our responsibility in appropriating God’s wisdom in our lives (“keeping Your word…lishmoor kedvareka” ), this stanza emphasizes how God can also encourage us in this responsibility.  Verse 17 says, “deal bountifully with me that I may live and keep your word”. Verse 18 says, “open my eyes so I may…behold Your law”.  His bountiful blessings to us and opening our spiritual eyes for us makes real and more embraceable His word.  These are not abstract concepts we are trying to “keep” (the same root word/phrase  as lishmoor kedvareka here in verse 17… וְאֶשְׁמְרָה, vaeshmirah devareka but shamar is in the kal imperfect implying a future sense “I will keep”) but truths spoken from a God who has shown Himself to us.  Like an eager student longs to apply the teachings of His proven master, so to as followers of a God who speaks, stays and shows we want to “keep” His word and law.  They then literally become “counselors” for us.

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