Verses from Psalm 119 –
v43 – And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules.
v49 – [Zayin] Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope.
v81 – [Kaph] My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.
v114 – You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.
v116 – Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
v147 – I rise before dawn and cry for help; I hope in your words.
v166 – I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. In Hebrew it is an acrostic poem, where the first line of each stanza starts with a letter of the alphabet. There are 22 letters, each with 8 verses. The beauty of the acrostic doesn’t come across in English, but the meaning does. The meaning of Psalm 119 is the Word of God.
Almost every single verse in this Psalm speaks of God’s word, commandment, rules, law, statutes, etc. Supposedly, every Israelite had to memorize it as part of their schooling. It’s interesting that there are some verses about hope in this Psalm. How can a poem about history and laws give anyone hope?
When I think of the Gospel, I think about how it frees us from bondage – from sin, of course – but also from the bondage of moralism. The Law is impossible to uphold. It brings me no hope – Jesus brings the hope. How can the Psalmist say, “my hope is in your rules”?
We can have hope in the rules and the law of God not because we can accomplish those rules on our own, but simply because they are the Word of God. If He said that we must be perfect, and we know that we cannot be, then we trust Him that somehow, someway, He will provide the solution. It’s the story of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham was obedient to God, knowing that God would raise Isaac from the dead if he sacrificed him. God provided an alternative.
He does the same for us.
We can have hope in God’s rules and God’s laws, not because we are perfect, but because He will make us perfect on that Glorious Day.
Hope is Reality.