89 What you say goes, God, and stays, as permanent as the heavens. 90 Your truth never goes out of fashion; it's as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. 91 Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that's what you ordered - you set the earth going.

92 If your revelation hadn't delighted me so, I would have given up when the hard times came.

93 But I'll never forget the advice you gave me; you saved my life with those wise words.

94 Save me! I'm all yours. I look high and low for your words of wisdom.

95 The wicked lie in ambush to destroy me, but I'm only concerned with your plans for me.

96 I see the limits to everything human, but the horizons can't contain your commands!

97 Oh, how I love all you've revealed; I reverently ponder it all the day long.

98 Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; they never become obsolete. 99 I've even become smarter than my teachers since I've pondered and absorbed your counsel. 100 I've become wiser than the wise old sages simply by doing what you tell me.

101 I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil so I can spend all my time keeping your Word.

102 I never make detours from the route you laid out; you gave me such good directions.

103 Your words are so choice, so tasty; I prefer them to the best home cooking. 104 With your instruction, I understand life; that's why I hate false propaganda.

105 By your words I can see where I'm going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path.

106 I've committed myself and I'll never turn back from living by your righteous order.

107 Everything's falling apart on me, God; put me together again with your Word.

108 Festoon me with your finest sayings, God; teach me your holy rules.

109 My life is as close as my own hands, but I don't forget what you have revealed. 110 The wicked do their best to throw me off track, but I don't swerve an inch from your course.

111 I inherited your book on living; it's mine forever - what a gift! And how happy it makes me! 112 I concentrate on doing exactly what you say - I always have and always will.

113 I hate the two-faced, but I love your clear-cut revelation.

114 You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me.

115 Get out of my life, evildoers, so I can keep my God's commands.

116 Take my side as you promised; I'll live then for sure. Don't disappoint all my grand hopes. 117 Stick with me and I'll be all right; I'll give total allegiance to your definitions of life.

118 Expose all who drift away from your sayings; their casual idolatry is lethal. 119 You reject earth's wicked as so much rubbish; therefore I lovingly embrace everything you say. 120 I shiver in awe before you; your decisions leave me speechless with reverence.

121 I stood up for justice and the right; don't leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. 122 Take the side of your servant, good God; don't let the godless take advantage of me.

123 I can't keep my eyes open any longer, waiting for you to keep your promise to set everything right.

124 Let your love dictate how you deal with me; teach me from your textbook on life. 125 I'm your servant - help me understand what that means, the inner meaning of your instructions.

126 It's time to act, God; they've made a shambles of your revelation!

127 Yea-Saying God, I love what you command, I love it better than gold and gemstones; 128 Yea-Saying God, I honor everything you tell me, I despise every deceitful detour.

129 Every word you give me is a miracle word - how could I help but obey?

130 Break open your words, let the light shine out, let ordinary people see the meaning.

131 Mouth open and panting, I wanted your commands more than anything.

132 Turn my way, look kindly on me, as you always do to those who personally love you.

133 Steady my steps with your Word of promise so nothing malign gets the better of me.

134 Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women so I can live life your way.

135 Smile on me, your servant; teach me the right way to live.

136 I cry rivers of tears because nobody's living by your book!

137 You are right and you do right, God; your decisions are right on target. 138 You rightly instruct us in how to live ever faithful to you.

139 My rivals nearly did me in, they persistently ignored your commandments.

140 Your promise has been tested through and through, and I, your servant, love it dearly.

141 I'm too young to be important, but I don't forget what you tell me.

142 Your righteousness is eternally right, your revelation is the only truth.

143 Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight. 144 The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest.

145 I call out at the top of my lungs, "God! Answer! I'll do whatever you say." 146 I called to you, "Save me so I can carry out all your instructions."

147 I was up before sunrise, crying for help, hoping for a word from you. 148 I stayed awake all night, prayerfully pondering your promise.

149 In your love, listen to me; in your justice, God, keep me alive.

150 As those out to get me come closer and closer, they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal; 151 But you're the closest of all to me, God, and all your judgments true.

152 I've known all along from the evidence of your words that you meant them to last forever.

153 Take a good look at my trouble, and help me - I haven't forgotten your revelation. 154 Take my side and get me out of this; give me back my life, just as you promised.

155 "Salvation" is only gibberish to the wicked because they've never looked it up in your dictionary.

156 Your mercies, God, run into the billions; following your guidelines, revive me.

157 My antagonists are too many to count, but I don't swerve from the directions you gave.

158 I took one look at the quitters and was filled with loathing; they walked away from your promises so casually!

159 Take note of how I love what you tell me; out of your life of love, prolong my life.

160 Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. Your righteous decisions are eternal.

161 I've been slandered unmercifully by the politicians, but my awe at your words keeps me stable.

162 I'm ecstatic over what you say, like one who strikes it rich.

163 I hate lies - can't stand them! - but I love what you have revealed.

164 Seven times each day I stop and shout praises for the way you keep everything running right.

165 For those who love what you reveal, everything fits - no stumbling around in the dark for them.

166 I wait expectantly for your salvation; God, I do what you tell me.

167 My soul guards and keeps all your instructions - oh, how much I love them! 168 I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; my life's an open book before you.

169 Let my cry come right into your presence, God; provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. 170 Give my request your personal attention, rescue me on the terms of your promise.

171 Let praise cascade off my lips; after all, you've taught me the truth about life!

172 And let your promises ring from my tongue; every order you've given is right.

173 Put your hand out and steady me since I've chosen to live by your counsel. 174 I'm homesick, God, for your salvation; I love it when you show yourself!

175 Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well, use your decrees to put iron in my soul.

176 And should I wander off like a lost sheep - seek me! I'll recognize the sound of your voice.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Psalm 119:89-176

Commentary on Psalm 119:89-96

(Read Psalm 119:89-96)

The settling of God's word in heaven, is opposed to the changes and revolutions of the earth. And the engagements of God's covenant are established more firmly than the earth itself. All the creatures answer the ends of their creation: shall man, who alone is endued with reason, be the only unprofitable burden of the earth? We may make the Bible a pleasant companion at any time. But the word, without the grace of God, would not quicken us. See the best help for bad memories, namely, good affections; and though the exact words be lost, if the meaning remain, that is well. I am thine, not my own, not the world's; save me from sin, save me from ruin. The Lord will keep the man in peace, whose mind is stayed on him. It is poor perfection which one sees and end of. Such are all things in this world, which pass for perfections. The glory of man is but as the flower of the grass. The psalmist had seen the fulness of the word of God, and its sufficiency. The word of the Lord reaches to all cases, to all times. It will take us from all confidence in man, or in our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness. Thus shall we seek comfort and happiness from Christ alone.

Commentary on Psalm 119:97-104

(Read Psalm 119:97-104)

What we love, we love to think of. All true wisdom is from God. A good man carries his Bible with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. By meditation on God's testimonies we understand more than our teachers, when we understand our own hearts. The written word is a more sure guide to heaven, than all the fathers, the teachers, and ancients of the church. We cannot, with any comfort or boldness, attend God in holy duties, while under guilt, or in any by-way. It was Divine grace in his heart, that enabled the psalmist to receive these instructions. The soul has its tastes as well as the body. Our relish for the word of God will be greatest, when that for the world and the flesh is least. The way of sin is a wrong way; and the more understanding we get by the precepts of God, the more rooted will be our hatred of sin; and the more ready we are in the Scriptures, the better furnished we are with answers to temptation.

Commentary on Psalm 119:105-112

(Read Psalm 119:105-112)

The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it. The commandment is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in that way. The keeping of God's commands here meant, was that of a sinner under a dispensation of mercy, of a believer having part in the covenant of grace. The psalmist is often afflicted; but with longing desires to become more holy, offers up daily prayers for quickening grace. We cannot offer any thing to God, that he will accept but what he is pleased to teach us to do. To have our soul or life continually in our hands, implies constant danger of life; yet he did not forget God's promises nor his precepts. Numberless are the snares laid by the wicked; and happy is that servant of God, whom they have not caused to err from his Master's precepts. Heavenly treasures are a heritage for ever; all the saints accept them as such, therefore they can be content with little of this world. We must look for comfort only in the way of duty, and that duty must be done. A good man, by the grace of God, brings his heart to his work, then it is done well.

Commentary on Psalm 119:113-120

(Read Psalm 119:113-120)

Here is a dread of the risings of sin, and the first beginnings of it. The more we love the law of God, the more watchful we shall be, lest vain thoughts draw us from what we love. Would we make progress in keeping God's commands, we must be separate from evil-doers. The believer could not live without the grace of God; but, supported by his hand, his spiritual life shall be maintained. Our holy security is grounded on Divine supports. All departure from God's statutes is error, and will prove fatal. Their cunning is falsehood. There is a day coming which will put the wicked into everlasting fire, the fit place for the dross. See what comes of sin Surely we who fall so low in devout affections, should fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into heavenly rest, any of us should be found to come short of it, Hebrews 4:1.

Commentary on Psalm 119:121-128

(Read Psalm 119:121-128)

Happy is the man, who, acting upon gospel principles, does justice to all around. Christ our Surety, having paid our debt and ransom, secures all the blessings of salvation to every true believer. The psalmist expects the word of God's righteousness, and no other salvation than what is secured by that word, which cannot fall to the ground. We deserve no favour form God; we are most easy when we cast ourselves upon God's mercy, and refer ourselves to it. If any man resolve to do God's will as his servant, he shall be made to know his testimonies. We must do what we can for the support of religion, and, after all, must beg of God to take the work into his own hands. It is hypocrisy to say we love God's commandments more than our worldly interests. The way of sin is a false way, being directly contrary to God's precepts, which are right: those that love and esteem God's law, hate sin, and will not be reconciled to it.

Commentary on Psalm 119:129-136

(Read Psalm 119:129-136)

The wonders of redeeming love will fix the heart in adoration of them. The Scriptures show us what we were, what we are, and what we shall be. They show us the mercy and the justice of the Lord, the joys of heaven, and the pains of hell. Thus they give to the simple, in a few days, understanding of those matters, which philosophers for ages sought in vain. The believer, wearied with the cares of life and his conflicts with sin, pants for the consolations conveyed to him by means of the sacred word. And every one may pray, Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. We must beg that the Holy Spirit would order our steps. The dominion of sin is to be dreaded and prayed against by every one. The oppression of men is often more than flesh and blood can bear; and He who knoweth our frame, will not refuse to remove it in answer to the prayers of his people. Whatever obscurity may appear as to the faith of the Old Testament believers, their confidence at the throne of grace can only be explained by their having obtained more distinct views of gospel privileges, through the sacrifices and services of their law, than is generally imagined. Go to the same place, plead the name and merits of Jesus, and you will not, you cannot plead in vain. Commonly, where there is a gracious heart, there is a weeping eye. Accept, O Lord, the tears our blessed Redeemer shed in the days of his flesh, for us who should weep for our brethren or ourselves.

Commentary on Psalm 119:137-144

(Read Psalm 119:137-144)

God never did, and never can do wrong to any. The promises are faithfully performed by Him that made them. Zeal against sin should constrain us to do what we can against it, at least to do more in religion ourselves. Our love to the word of God is evidence of our love to God, because it is designed to make us partake his holiness. Men's real excellency always makes them low in their own eyes. When we are small and despised, we have the more need to remember God's precepts, that we may have them to support us. The law of God is the truth, the standard of holiness, the rule of happiness; but the obedience of Christ alone justifies the believer. Sorrows are often the lot of saints in this vale of tears; they are in heaviness through manifold temptations. There are delights in the word of God, which the saints often most sweetly enjoy when in trouble and anguish. This is life eternal, to know God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent, John 17:3. May we live the life of faith and grace here, and be removed to the life of glory hereafter.

Commentary on Psalm 119:145-152

(Read Psalm 119:145-152)

Supplications with the whole heart are presented only by those who desire God's salvation, and who love his commandments. Whither should the child go but to his father? Save me from my sins, my corruptions, my temptations, all the hinderances in my way, that I may keep thy testimonies. Christians who enjoy health, should not suffer the early hours of the morning to glide away unimproved. Hope in God's word encourages us to continue in prayer. It is better to take time from sleep, than not to find time for prayer. We have access to God at all hours; and if our first thoughts in the morning are of God, they will help to keep us in his fear all the day long. Make me lively and cheerful. God knows what we need and what is good for us, and will quicken us. If we are employed in God's service, we need not fear those who try to set themselves as far as they can out of the reach of the convictions and commands of his law. When trouble is near, God is near. He is never far to seek. All his commandments are truth. And God's promises will be performed. All that ever trusted in God have found him faithful.

Commentary on Psalm 119:153-160

(Read Psalm 119:153-160)

The closer we cleave to the word of God, both as our rule and as our stay, the more assurance we have of deliverance. Christ is the Advocate of his people, their Redeemer. Those who were quickened by his Spirit and grace, when they were dead in trespasses and sins, often need to have the work of grace revived in them, according to the word of promise. The wicked not only do not God's statutes, but they do not even seek them. They flatter themselves that they are going to heaven; but the longer they persist in sin, the further it is from them. God's mercies are tender; they are a fountain that can never be exhausted. The psalmist begs for God's reviving, quickening grace. A man, steady in the way of his duty, though he may have many enemies, needs to fear none. Those that hate sin truly, hate it as sin, as a transgression of the law of God, and a breaking of his word. Our obedience is only pleasing to God, and pleasant to ourselves, when it comes from a principle of love. All, in every age, who receive God's word in faith and love, find every saying in it faithful.

Commentary on Psalm 119:161-168

(Read Psalm 119:161-168)

Those whose hearts stand in awe of God's word, will rather endure the wrath of man, than break the law of God. By the word of God we are unspeakable gainers. Every man hates to have a lie told him, but we should more hate telling a lie; by the latter we give an affront to God. The more we see the beauty of truth, the more we shall see the hateful deformity of a lie. We are to praise God even for afflictions; through grace we get good from them. Those that love the world have great vexation, for it does not answer what they expect; those that love God's word have great peace, for it outdoes what they expect. Those in whom this holy love reigns, will not perplex themselves with needless scruples, or take offence at their brethren. A good hope of salvation will engage the heart in doing the commandments. And our love to the word of God must subdue our lusts, and root out carnal affections: we must make heart work of it, or we make nothing of it. We must keep the commandments of God by obedience to them, and his promises by reliance on them. God's eye is on us at all times; this should make us very careful to keep his commandments.

Commentary on Psalm 119:169-176

(Read Psalm 119:169-176)

The psalmist desired grace and strength to lift up his prayers, and that the Lord would receive and notice them. He desired to know more of God in Christ; to know more of the doctrines of the word, and the duties of religion. He had a deep sense of unworthiness, and holy fear that his prayer should not come before God; Lord, what I pray for is, what thou hast promised. We have learned nothing to purpose, if we have not learned to praise God. We should always make the word of God the rule of our discourse, so as never to transgress it by sinful speaking, or sinful silence. His own hands are not sufficient, nor can any creature lend him help; therefore he looks up to God, that the hand that had made him may help him. He had made religion his deliberate choice. There is an eternal salvation all the saints long for, and therefore they pray that God would help their way to it. Let thy judgments help me; let all ordinances and all providences, (both are God's judgments,) further me in glorifying God; let them help me for that work. He often looks back with shame and gratitude to his lost estate. He still prays for the tender care of Him who purchased his flock with his own blood, that he may receive from him the gift of eternal life. Seek me, that is, Find me; for God never seeks in vain. Turn me, and I shall be turned. Let this psalm be a touchstone by which to try our hearts, and our lives. Do our hearts, cleansed in Christ's blood, make these prayers, resolutions and confessions our own? Is God's word the standard of our faith, and the law of our practice? Do we use it as pleas with Christ for what we need? Happy those who live in such delightful exercises.