Me, His And Mine Or He

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Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your judgments are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness. (Psalm 119:33-40)

Me, His And Mine Or He

The psalmist who created the 119th psalm was a master of poetic style in the language of holy scrip. This is seen clearly in his declaration of the power of God’s word as contained in the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet = He. There are three parts to his melody of stanzas that show the need of the individual (Me) to be impacted by the will of God (Your) upon the person of the recipient (Mine) of God’s word. Throughout this small series of praises, the author brings the focus upon the need of the person of God. He begs God:

  • teach me,
  • give me,
  • make me,
  • incline me,
  • revive me,
  • turn me,
  • revive me and
  • establish me upon
    • Your statutes,
    • Your law,
    • Your commandments,
    • Your testimonies,
    • Your way,
    • Your word,
    • Your judgments,
    • Your precepts and
    • Your righteousness.

All of this will have an impact upon my whole heart, my heart, my eyes and my reproach. The conclusion is the need of man is how much HE (God) is in our lives. There is no pride in this psalm. Everything about this small portion of the psalm is the humble need and realization that man needs God for everything. There is no happiness apart from the word of God. Without the message of the Lord filling the heart, mind and soul there will be no joy or fulfillment. Surrendering the complete person to the commandments of God will bring about true peace.

Eight times there is a plea for personal needs to be met. True worship comes from a heart that recognizes the inferiority of man compared to the greatness of God and that anything man needs must come from the Lord. He begs God to teach him because he does not know; give him as he is in need; make him depend on the guidance of a greater power; incline him to give the heart a ready mind; revive him expresses the nourishment of the word; establish him with God’s word; turn him knowing the danger without grace; and finally to revive him in the righteousness of God. All of this is based upon the word of God and not the wisdom of man. Salvation has come to man through grace but without obedience there can be no salvation. Grace apart from works is dead as faith absent of works is lifeless. The heart must obey the statutes and laws of God because the Lord is a lawgiver. There are commandments to follow, testimonies to understand and the way of truth is a single highway. The word of God is the only word to live by because all of the judgments of the Creator are established in His word. Looking into the precepts of God is learning the teachings of the Lord so that man can know what is right and what is wrong. All of this will lead to righteousness.

There are four areas the psalmist will devote the word of God to. He speaks of observing the word of God with his whole heart. He is not going to give partial worship to his Lord. His devotion is complete and lacking nothing. The statutes and commandments of God will fill all his heart in the manner of conduct, speech, attitude, outlook and every facet of his life. He desires for God to incline his heart to the testimonies of righteousness and not to covetousness. There is always a present danger of loving the world more than God but the psalmist begs for his heart to always be focused on the beauty of the way of truth. He knows the eyes may look upon worthless things and seek to cause the heart to stray. His devotion will come from a firm determination to be revived in the word of God so that he may clearly see the putridity of worthless things and the glory of righteousness. Finally the humble heart knows the frailty of man’s reproach before such a great God. He dreads the stain of sin in his life begging the Lord to turn away from his failures. Following the judgments of God brings joy. Longing for the precepts of truth will bring revival in the righteous heart that seeks the word and grows thereby. That is the ‘Me,’ the ‘His’ and the ‘Mine’ that will bring the soul to the one ‘He’ that can give life. Praise God for His word.

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