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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Ps.119..ZAIN.."Harvesting Nourishment"




~~ Seventh Section ~~









ZAIN/Zayin = In Hebrew Means:

"Cut...Food...Nourish"



...Word of God
    ...Seed of Hope












v.49
"Remember 
the word 
unto thy servant
upon which 
thou hast 
caused me to hope."


       "Remember"

       = #H2141 = recall ... call to mind
                         = mention ... to record
                         = think upon

       "word"
       =   #H565 = utterance ... speech  
                            commandment
       =   #H561 = promise ... saying
       = #H1697 = speech ... sayings
                         = chronicles 
                            commandments

        "servant"
       = #H5650 = slave 
                            worshipper of God
       = #H5647 = laborer ... worker
       = #H5646 = builder

       "caused to hope"
       = #H3176 = enabled to 

                            patiently wait
                         = enabled to 
                            painfully wait for
                         = caused to expect ... trust

King David establishes the Word of God as our exclusive Source of hope ... our Seed of hope ... in this harvesting ... and nourishing life picture ... as David reminds God to remember the specific Word He gave to David ... a Word ... enabling him to hope. 

... (as if God could ever forget).♡

In this first verse of ZAIN ... David also validates what it means to have a personal relationship with Almighty God.  

God does, in fact, speak specific Words to those who serve Him ... and there are times when we should remind God of the Words He has given us to generate hope ... BUT ... not because God can ever forget what He has said ... but because our reminding Him ... reminds us ... causing us ... to experience hope again and again ... enabling us to remain patient ... until our "hope" actually becomes a reality.

...Finding Comfort
    ...in Hope









v.50
"This is my comfort 
in my affliction
for thy word 
hath quickened me."

       "comfort"
       = #H5165 = consolation ... console

                         = (alleviate grief ... loss 
                              ... trouble)
       = #H5162 = find pity ... ease
                         = avenge oneself 

       "affliction"
       = #H6040 = poverty ... misery
                         = depression ... trouble
       = #H6031 = oppressed 
                         = browbeaten
                         = put down ... force 
                         = mishandle
                            (persecuted)

       "word"
       =   #H565 = utterance ... speech    
                             commandment
       =   #H561 = promise ... saying
       = #H1697 = sayings
                         = chronicles 
                            commandments

       "quickened"
       = #H2421 = have life ... sustain 
                         = grow
                         = live forever
                         = save
       = #H2331 = to breathe
       = #H2324 = show how ... interpret
                         = tell ... declare ... explain

The perpetual hope our Father provides from His powerful Word ... supplies comfort ... and consolation ... easing pain that accompanies any misery ... affliction ... whether from illness ...  poverty ... depression ... or persecution.

While stormy winds and cold rains may beat down on the Seed of hope ... in this declaration ... David is testifying ... assuring us that the power of the life-giving Word of God absolutely does possess the power to endure ... to bring comfort ... spiritually nourish ... and sustain us through any type of affliction.

The Proud
...and Presumptuous















v.51
"The proud 
have had me 
greatly in derision
yet have I 
not declined 
from thy law."


       "proud"

       = #H2086 = arrogant 
                         = presumptuous 
       = #H2102 = puffed up ... rebellious
                         = ignorant ... deceived 

       "greatly"
       = #H3966 = very great 
                            exceedingly
       =   #H181 = as firebrand
                            (provoker)

       "derision"
       = #H3887 = scorn ... mock
                         = arrogant talker
                         = interpreter 
                            (false accuser)
                            (spec. "teacher")

       "declined"
       = H5186 = turned away 
                       = perverted 

       "law"
       = #H8451 = direction ... instruction 
                         = prophetic teaching
                         = interpret Word of God
       = #H3384 = like 
                             ..."Water of the Word"
                         = pour ... cast ... throw
                         = like rain
                         = teach ... instruct.

What is the source of King David's affliction?

The affliction he is suffering ... is coming from "the proud"... the arrogant ... presumptuous ... puffed up ... rebellious ... ignorant ... deceived.  

In other words ... it is coming from those who are not submitted to the Authority of God and His Word ... unbelievers ... scorners ... mockers ... false accusers ... that are arrogantly talking against David.

However ... even though he is suffering under this affliction from his enemies ... it has not caused him to turn away from God's Law ... nor has he minimized it in any way ... but confidently remains steadfast in his love for the Word of God.

...Alpha and Omega
...Hope 
...from the Beginning
...to the End











v.52
"I remembered 
thy judgments of old
O LORD; 
and 
have comforted myself."


       "remember"

       = #H2142 = recall ... call to mind
                         = mention ... to record
                         = think upon 

       "judgments" 
       = #H4941 = right ... lawful
                         = in accord with 
                            the Word of God
                         = order ... approprate
       = #H8199 = vindicate ... punish 
                         = govern
                         = defend ... deliver 

       "old"
       = #H5769 = long duration 
                         = from antiquity
                         = perpetual ... everlasting
                         = forever

       "comforted"
       = #H5165 = consolation ... console
                         = (alleviate grief ... loss
                             ...trouble)
       = #H5162 = find pity ... ease
                         = avenge oneself

Following the Alpha and Omega style of the Word of God ... in this 52nd verse ... King David returns to the beginning of ZAIN (v.49) to demonstrate ... to give us his personal example ... of how reminding God ... results in reminding ourselves ... regarding the perpetual hope that is available to us through the Holy Word of God.

Here we have been given David's testimony to the fact that this perpetual hope ... in which we can find perpetual comfort ... existed in the Word of God ... from the very beginning.

In the beginning ... 
...What was the basis of this hope?

The hope and comfort King David experienced ... and we can experience today ... originates with a humble lamb ... first represented by a physical lamb from a flock of sheep ...  that was slain to symbolically pay for sins ... leading us to the Son of God ... also called "the Lamb of God" ... also called "the Word of God"... who actually shed His Blood on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.

In this way ... the lamb became the symbol of our salvation in Christ and eating the lamb at Passover ... became a perpetual reminder that the lamb was also meant to be eaten ... bringing us an additional ... very important reminder ... that our spiritual life is nourished by eating the Word of God ... reading the Written and hearing the spoken Word that would one day exist in written ... and even digital form.

Cain and Abel. . .Is it just "ironic" that the first lamb sacrificed was also placed in a context of conflict between brothers ... ending in murder? ... or ... was our heavenly Father establishing the primary place of focus regarding our worship of Him ... and the pattern of behavior that would always surround worship?

. . .At its core ... the topic of worship and the primary place of focus has always been an heart issue ... how God created our hearts to worship Him ... not about the systems of theology of mere men ... rebellious and ignorant in the Word and will of God ... theologies which were created ... in order to steal the focus from the heart by making "HOW one speaks" ... of more importance than WHAT God is actually saying ... placing eloquence and man's own intellect above the simplicity of the actual Word of God ... like Cain ... who focused on his own performance and what he thought ... instead of what God actually said and actually required in worship.

This perpetual hope ... found in the specific Living Word ... and ... specific Written Word ... was also going to be perpetually in conflict with self-determined worship of rebellious worldlings ... bent on deciding for themselves how they would worship ... and it would always be in conflict with God's established requirements found in His Holy Word.

... And ... unfortunately ... rebellious worldlings throughout history would continue to hate and murder those who were obedient to the Word and will of God ... even to the very end of history on Earth.

...Horror
...and
...Judgment










v.53
"Horror 
hath taken hold 
upon me 
because of the wicked 
that forsake thy law."


       "horror"

       = #H2152 = terrible
                         = burning / raging heat
                         = (consuming) famine
                         = (picture of judgment)
       = #H2196 = fret ... sad ... wroth
                         = vexed ... enraged
                         = angry ... wrath

       "taken hold"
       =   #H270 = grasp ... seize
                         = caught ... possess             
                         = be affrighted 

       "wicked"
       = #H7563 = criminal ... law breaker
                         = guilty
                         = hostile ... rebellious
                         = against God
                         = ungodly ... condemned 

       "forsake"
       = #H5800 = leave ... depart
                         = refuse ... reject
                         = abandon ... neglect
                         = desert ... apostatise 

       "law"
       = #H8451 = direction ... instruction 
                         = prophetic teaching
                         = interpret Word of God
       = #H3384 = like 
                             ..."Water of the Word"
                         = pour ... cast ... throw
                         = like rain
                         = teach ... instruct

While the wicked do not believe in the "cause and effect" character of God ... and are therefore unable to see the consequences of their rebellious behavior coming their way ... the righteous ... are horrified ... because they know judgment is coming.  The wrath of God will definitely be poured out upon all those who have minimized ... rejected ... and forsaken the Word and Law of God.

...The Power of
...Statutes and Songs



v.54
"Thy statutes 
have been my songs 
in the house 
of my pilgrimage."


       "statutes"

       = #H2708 = ordinance
       = #H2706 = prescribed boundaries
                         = limits/conditions
       = #H2710 = according to 
                            God's written Word 

       "songs"
       =  #H2158 = Psalm
                          = expressive 
                             ...musical response 
                             ...from Word of God
      = #H2167 = singing praise to God
                        = making music 

       "house"
       = #H1004 = home ... dwelling 
                         = temple
                         = prison ... dungeon 

       "pilgrimage"
       = #H4033 = whatever sojourning 
                            dwelling place 
                            happens to be
                             ...whether temporary
                             ...or permanent
                             ...pleasant or difficult

The Law and Word of God were not meant to be a burden ... but a joyful song.

What a revelation King David gives us ... found in the very heart of the Bible.

Words ... song ... and music ... all involve vibration.  When explored scientifically ... reveal an even greater understanding of the power that resides in the Word of God ... which can spiritually ... as well as physically ... affect the heart of man.

(When speech is afflicted ... therapy that involves re-training by slowly singing the words ... has been found to be very effective.)

The Bible is truly a Living document ... the Source of our faith that brings God's message of salvation.  What a miracle !! 

When we hear these Words ... the Spirit of God that resides in His Word ... has the power to bring eternal Life into our heart and soul.

David understood ... so demonstrated this spiritual concept ... by physically turning the Word of God into psalms ... songs designed to harmonize the heart of man ... with the heart of God ... bringing hope and a future in God's loving presence ... which is actually ... the true purpose of God's Word and Law.

Our relationship with our Creator is not based on systems of theology mixed with men's opinions and historically redefined words ... The relationship to our Creator is based on a joyful song of redemption that comes from our heart as we embrace the spiritual wisdom and protection provided by God's specific ... loving instruction ... found in His specific Word and statutes ... as He carefully has outlined a course in life that will guarantee our joy and eternal life ... bringing us safely into His loving arms.

This is the very reason Paul and Silas sang in prison ... which just happened to be their "house of pilgrimage" ... at that moment.

They understood the power of singing the Word of God and were ... therefore ... drawing hope and comfort ... into their hearts ... from it.

...His Name is
...the Word of God













v.55
"I have remembered 
thy name, O LORD, 
in the night
and have kept thy law."


       "remembered"

       = #H2142 = recall ... call to mind
                         = mention ... to record
                         = think upon 

       "name"
       = #H8034 = reputation ... glory
                         = (identity)

       "night"
       = #H3915 = not day ... gloom
                         = darkness

       "kept"
        = #H5341 = watch ... guard 
                          = preserve
                          = guard from dangers
                          = keep close ... observe 
                          = subtle watcher
        = #H8104 = save 
                          = have charge of 
                             ...as watchman
                             (keeper ... guardian of) 

       "law"
       = #H8451 = direction ... instruction 
                         = prophetic teaching
                         = interpret Word of God
       = #H3384 = like 
                             ..."Water of the Word"
                         = pour ... cast ... throw
                         = like rain
                         = teach ... instruct

When are we inclined to remember God's Law and Word?

. . ."at night" ... when it is physically dark ... at the end of the day ... when it is quiet ... and our mind is removed from earthly tasks that have kept us focused on physical work and responsibilities.

. . .and. . .

. . ."at night" ... when the world around us becomes spiritually dark.

These are the times we are most grateful to focus on the Word of God:

. . .When it is physically dark ... we are able to seize the opportunity in rest and quietness ... to focus on God's Word and will ... reviewing what He has been saying to us and making plans to walk in harmony with Him in the days ahead.

. . .and. . .

. . .When the world around us becomes spiritually dark ... it is time to "harvest...spiritual nourishment" from the Word of God to sustain our course in life through His everlasting promises of hope and comfort.

. . .Everything We Need
. . .is found in
. . .the "Keeping"












v.56
This I had
because I kept 
thy precepts.



       "kept"
        = #H5341 = watch ... guard 
                          = preserve
                          = guard from dangers
                          = keep close ... observe 
                          = subtle watcher
        = #H8104 = save 
                          = have charge of 
                             ...as watchman
                             (keeper ... guardian of)

       "precepts"
       = #H6490 = totality of Law 
                         = Word of God
                         = statute 
                         = commandments 
       = #H6485 = judgment 
                         = recorded testimony
                         = for purpose of 

                            attending to
                         = pay attention to ... need

"ZAIN" ... was first depicted in picture form as a tool ... used to cut ... harvest ... food ... to nourish.

The tool used to cut represents the Spirit of God dwelling in our heart ... that is required to extract ... harvest ... the spiritual food of the Word of God ... in order to successfully nourish our spirit and soul.


For More about the Seed
Jesus Sows in:
"The Parable of the Seed"

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