137 You are righteous, Lord,
and your laws are right.
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
they are fully trustworthy.
139 My zeal wears me out,
for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
and your servant loves them.
141 Though I am lowly and despised,
I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands give me delight.
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
give me understanding that I may live.
‘The peculiar worth of the word as stated in this section is that it mirrors God (137a,144a).’ New Bible Commentary.’
- A righteous Word (137,138a, 144a): revealing the character of the God who is always righteous; teaching us to do the right in a world full of wrong;
- A fully reliable Word (138b): Rock beneath our feet;
- An ignored Word (139): by and large (and even among professing believers oftentimes);
- A beloved Word (140,143): full of proven promises, and especially precious in times of trial;
- A remembered Word (141b): here is someone holding on to the truth he knows and loves through wind and rain;
- A prayed over Word (144b): This day, may He open our eyes that we may see, wonderful things from out of His law (119:18).
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