CFEC Member Assignment:
Each member has been given a Hebrew letter, which also appears in Psalms 119.
1. Find your name, and review your assigned letter
2. Research and read your letter to understand its meaning
3. On your assigned date, come prepared to give a summary of the meaning of your Hebrew letter.
Websites and tools are listed at the bottom to help you in your research.
|Vau (Vav)||Waw||41–48||Doreen Ferrell||7/15|
|S(ch)in||Śin / Shin||161–68||Dewanda Taylor||7/29|
|Tau (Tav)||Taw||169–76||Cidney Bolden||7/29|
119:57-64 Cheth. The obedience to God’s word. The psalmist was surrounded by wickedness, as if ropes were wrapped around him (119:61). Nevertheless, he was committed to keeping the Lord’s words and commands (119:57, 60). Obedience was a priority. His gratefulness for Scripture was so profound that he woke at midnight to thank God for it (119:62). Whom did the psalmist befriend? All who fear God and keep his precepts (119:63).
119:65-72 Teth. The discipline of God’s word. The word of God disciplined the psalmist. Previously, he had been afflicted and went astray into sin (119:67), but the word corrected him and taught him discernment so that he could clearly distinguish between right and wrong (119:66). He recognizes this as good treatment from the Lord (119:65, 68), “for the LORD disciplines the one he loves, just as a father disciplines the son in whom he delights” (Prov 3:12). It is good when we are afflicted by God so that we can learn [his] statutes (119:71).
119:73-80 Yod. The trust in God’s word. The hands of God formed the psalmist. Therefore, he trusts his Maker’s word. He desires understanding so that he could learn [God’s] commands, and he desires compassion so that God’s instruction would be his delight (119:73, 77). The psalmist trusts God to bring shame on the arrogant and, simultaneously to keep him from shame through a heart that was blameless regarding [God’s] statutes (1 19:78, 80).
119:81-88 Kaph. The faithfulness of God’s word. The psalmist was experiencing weakness and distress because of his persecutors (119:81-84). He wonders how long he would have to wait for deliverance and vindication (119:84). Nevertheless, he knows the Lord’s commands are faithful and true and that he would act in accordance with [his] faithful love (119:86-88). Therefore, the psalmist would obey [God’s] decree (1 19:88) while waiting on God to work.
119:89-96 Lamed. The security of God’s word. God’s word is forever and firmly fixed in heaven (119:89). It will never change and remains relevant to all people in every culture throughout history. The foundation of the word’s faithfulness is God’s faithfulness; his creation and judgments are firm (i 19:90-91). The psalmist knows that he has security through God’s precepts, so he determines to never forget them (119:93).
119:97-104 Mem. The preciousness of God’s word. To the psalmist, the Lord’s instruction is not merely something to read but to love (119:97). By devouring God’s commands, he has become wiser (i.e., he had more in-sight for right living and decision-making) than his enemies . teachers, and elders (119:98-100). Thus, the word was sweet to him sweeter than honey and led him to walk in purity (119:103-104).
119:105-112 Nun. The illumination of God’s word. The word is a source of light to guide the believer through life. It’s a lamp directing our feet in a dark world (119:105). When the psalmist’s life [was] constantly in danger, God’s instruction provided illumination (119:109), helping him to see his circumstances from God’s perspective. He was resolved to obey [the Lord’s] statutes (119:112) so that he could live without stumbling.
119:113-120 Samek. The reverence for God’s word. The psalmist hates those who are double-minded when it came to God’s instruction (119:113)• His devotion to Scripture is not half-hearted; rather, his entire hope is in the word (119:114). The psalmist is aware of what happens to those who stray from [God’s] statutes: God rejects them and removes them from the earth (119:118-119). ; Therefore, with deep reverence for the Lord’s ! word, the psalmist confesses, I tremble in awe of you (119:120).
119:121-128 Ayin. The value of God’s word. The psalmist was looking to God for deliverance from his oppressors (119:121), those who had violated [God’s] instruction (119:126). Unlike them, he follows all the precepts of Scripture and hates deceit (119:28). He perceives the richness and value of God’s word. He loves the Lord’s commands more than the purest gold (119•127). indeed, nothing is of greater worth.
119:129-136 Pe. The wonder of God’s word. The 3 decrees of God are wondrous because they give light and understanding (119:129-130). This is why the psalmist prays that God would be gracious to [him] and establish his steps, so that he would keep his word and not let any sin dominate [him] (119:132-133). He wants to experience the wonder of God’s shining face—that is, his presence—so that he could learn his statutes (119:135). He loves the instruction of the Lord so much that he sobbed when others disobeyed it (119:136), a fact that should prompt us to ask how we respond to the world’s rejection of God’s word.
119:137-144 Tsade. The righteousness of God’s word. The Lord is righteous; he is the standard of what is right. Therefore, his judgments are just, and his decrees are righteous (119:137, 144). If you want to live a life that is pure (see 119:9), then, you need the purity of God’s word. Though the standards of this sinful world are constantly in flux, [God’s] righteousness is an everlasting righteousness (119:142).
119:145-152 Qoph. The truthfulness of God’s word. Because the psalmist knows that all [God’s] commands are true, he knows that they are established and can never fail (119:151-152). Therefore, he wants the God of such words to intervene on his behalf. Evil-doers were near, and he needed the Lord to help and save him (119:146-147, 150). 115 psalmist continuously finds his hope in [God’s] word (119:147).
119:153-160 Resh. The deliverance of God’s word. In spite of his affliction, the psalmist has not forgotten the Lord’s instruction (119:153)• In fact, he confessed, I love your precepts (119:159). That’s why he had confidence that God would deliver him from his troubles. He knows that the wicked who reject God’s statutes do not experience deliverance because salvation is far from them (119:155). Deliverance comes to those who hope in God and in his word.
119:161-168 Sin /Shin. The joy of God’s word. The promises of Scripture are to the psalmist like a vast treasure that made him rejoice (119:162). Because of his love for God’s in-struction, he praises him seven times a day (119:164). In the Bible, seven is the number of perfection or completion. So, in other words, praise is continually on the psalmist’s lips. There is great joy in loving and keeping the word of God. Those who do so experience abundant peace and nothing makes them stumble (119:165).
119:169-176 Taw The praise for God’s word. The psalmist concludes with a plea for God to rescue him from his enemies (119:169-170, 173)• What does the follower of God do when he needs help in the midst of trouble? His lips pour out praise and his tongue sings.(119:171-172). The psalmist longs for God’s salvation (119:174). What will he do if God lets him live? Praise him more (119:175). May it be so with us. Let us praise the Lord for his beautiful and powerful word. And let our testimony match the psalmist’s final words: I do not forget your commands (119:176).