Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 22, 2016

“Your testimonies are wonderful; … It gives understanding to the simple.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm 119:129-144.

“129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
Therefore my soul observes them.
130 The unfolding of Your words gives light;
It gives understanding to the simple.
131 I opened my mouth wide and panted,
For I longed for Your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
After Your manner with those who love Your name.
133 Establish my footsteps in Your word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
135 Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of water,
Because they do not keep Your law.

137 Righteous are You, O Lord,
And upright are Your judgments.
138 You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness
And exceeding faithfulness.
139 My zeal has consumed me,
Because my adversaries have forgotten Your words.
140 Your word is very pure,
Therefore Your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
Yet I do not forget Your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me,
Yet Your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
Give me understanding that I may live.”  Psalm 119:129-144.


We see simple, short, and similar format words praising attributes of God’s Word.  By their simplicity and similarity, they help us focus, meditate, and remember them.

“Your testimonies are wonderful”.  Verse 129.

“Your word is very pure”.  Verse 140.

“Your law is truth.”  Verse 142.

“Your commandments are my delight.”  Verse 143.

“Your testimonies are righteous forever”.  Verse 144.

Other doctrine depends on the wisdom of man.

But, Reformed Doctrine depends on the wisdom of God.

“…  It gives understanding to the simple.”  Verse 130.

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.”  Psalm 19:7.


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