At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee
Because of thy righteous judgments (Psa 119.62).
The psalmist’s divinely-inspired testimony here sets forth a praiseworthy example of gratitude. These words were, in that miracle of prophetic utterance, infallibly given by the Spirit through fallible man, so that the very words of the text [...]
Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes (Psa 119.12).
A life of genuine piety can be summarized as praising God and learning from God. These two things are mutually symbiotic—they thrive together and need each other. A famous example is Egyptian plover and crocodile. The bird loves to eat the crocodile’s little parasites [...]
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart,
When I shall have learned thy righteous judgments (Psa 119.7).
Our sinful hubris makes us think we “just know” how to worship God, and without grace inevitably we follow Cain’s wicked example of bringing unacceptable offerings to the Lord (Gen 4.3-5), whether we realize it [...]