Dealt Well With Your Servant (Meditation on Psalm 119:65-66)
You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
There’s something unique that you need to know about verses 65-72 in Psalm 119. As you may know, the entire 119th chapter is structured and written in sections according to the Hebrew alphabet. Like an acrostic, the first verse in each section begins with the next sequential letter in the Hebrew alphabet. What beautiful poetry. Here we have a significant pronouncement of that pattern - in verses 65-72 we actually see five of these eight verses begin with the exact same word in the original Hebrew language. What is this word that keeps repeating? The word is good (tov). While it’s a little more difficult to see in our English translations, let’s take a moment to prayerfully consider the eternal goodness of God; the good that He is, that He has done and will continue to do! How good is our God! I’m humbled – We don’t deserve His goodness, and yet He has dealt well with His servant.
As we focus today on verses 65 and 66, I’d like to turn your attention and encourage you to consider the significance of the little phrase we see at the end of verse 65: “according to your word”. God’s word is the ultimate word, and we find this throughout scripture – it is nearly impossible to fathom and consolidate the power of His word into mere human language, and yet he has miraculously done that. Beginning in Genesis, we see the creation of the world, ordered by the word of the Lord – Genesis 3:3 says: “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” In the first exodus, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden of Eden by the word of the Lord (Genesis 3:23). When God called Abram out of the pagan land he was living in, He spoke to him personally: “Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your house to the land that I will show you’” (Genesis 12:1). Even more amazingly, in an incredible and unfathomable act of pure love that only God could do, John 1:14 tells us that the “word became flesh and dwelt among us”. Think about that - Jesus Christ, the incarnate Word of God, our very salvation, the Holy Son of God who was with God in the beginning and is God – He put on flesh and dwelt among us! It’s His Word… The Word of the Lord has been working for His glory before the very foundations of the earth were laid.
God’s word is holy and unchangeable. While sin, lies and evil words surround us, God has given us His very Word – pure and incorruptible. Do you abide in it? Do you delight in it? Do you obey it? It is this same Word of God that will ultimately preside in judgment over mankind. Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us that “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account”. What an incredible reminder of the same picture of judgement that we just saw in the garden of eden – there will be no hiding from the word of God.
It’s also the very same word that gives us absolute hope and certainty in our salvation. In Hebrews 6:13-20 we see this certainty in action through the promise that God has made through his word, his own word. As the writer to the Hebrews tells us in 18 and 19, “… we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain”. What an incredible promise and picture of hope!
Surely God has dealt well (good) with his servant! His word is good and has been designed from the very beginning to bring glory to his name, and goodness to his people – an eternal goodness, a lasting goodness.
As we consider the goodness of His word and his commandments, as we work together to store it in our hearts, ask the Lord to teach you good judgment and knowledge from his word. Desire His word above all else – abide in it, delight in it and obey it.
Pray with me:
Lord, I’m humbled by the goodness of your word and how well you have dealt with your servant – I don’t deserve it, and yet you’ve made known to me your salvation! Thank you for the anchor to my soul that your word provides; who else could I turn to… where else could I go? While we were yet sinners, you sent your holy Son to die on the cross, bearing the punishment for my sin – a perfect sacrifice - and you called me out of darkness into your marvelous light! Help me to love your commandments and meditate on them day and night – teach me good judgement and knowledge, that I may honor your holy name for as long as you grant me life and breath on this earth. Open my eyes to the work of your Kingdom – help me to love your name and its renown… not mine. In Jesus’ name – Amen.