Deuteronomy 27 & Psalm 119A

Deuteronomy 27

    Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today. And on the day you cross over the Jordan to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall set up large stones and plaster them with plaster. And you shall write on them all the words of this law, when you cross over to enter the land that the LORD your God is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you. And when you have crossed over the Jordan, you shall set up these stones, concerning which I command you today, on Mount Ebal, and you shall plaster them with plaster. And there you shall build an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones. You shall wield no iron tool on them; you shall build an altar to the LORD your God of uncut stones. And you shall offer burnt offerings on it to the LORD your God, and you shall sacrifice peace offerings and shall eat there, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God. And you shall write on the stones all the words of this law very plainly.”

    Then Moses and the Levitical priests said to all Israel, “Keep silence and hear, O Israel: this day you have become the people of the LORD your God. You shall therefore obey the voice of the LORD your God, keeping his commandments and his statutes, which I command you today.”

    That day Moses charged the people, saying, “When you have crossed over the Jordan, these shall stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. And these shall stand on Mount Ebal for the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali. And the Levites shall declare to all the men of Israel in a loud voice:

    “‘Cursed be the man who makes a carved or cast metal image, an abomination to the LORD, a thing made by the hands of a craftsman, and sets it up in secret.’ And all the people shall answer and say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who dishonors his father or his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who moves his neighbor's landmark.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who misleads a blind man on the road.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his father's wife, because he has uncovered his father's nakedness.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with any kind of animal.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his sister, whether the daughter of his father or the daughter of his mother.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who lies with his mother-in-law.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who strikes down his neighbor in secret.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

    “‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

(Deuteronomy 27 ESV)

Psalm 119:1-24

Aleph

     Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
        who walk in the law of the LORD!
    Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
        who seek him with their whole heart,
    who also do no wrong,
        but walk in his ways!
    You have commanded your precepts
        to be kept diligently.
    Oh that my ways may be steadfast
        in keeping your statutes!
    Then I shall not be put to shame,
        having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.
    I will praise you with an upright heart,
        when I learn your righteous rules.
    I will keep your statutes;
        do not utterly forsake me!
    
    Beth

    How can a young man keep his way pure?
        By guarding it according to your word.
    With my whole heart I seek you;
        let me not wander from your commandments!
    I have stored up your word in my heart,
        that I might not sin against you.
    Blessed are you, O LORD;
        teach me your statutes!
    With my lips I declare
        all the rules of your mouth.
    In the way of your testimonies I delight
        as much as in all riches.
    I will meditate on your precepts
        and fix my eyes on your ways.
    I will delight in your statutes;
        I will not forget your word.
    
    Gimel

    Deal bountifully with your servant,
        that I may live and keep your word.
    Open my eyes, that I may behold
        wondrous things out of your law.
    I am a sojourner on the earth;
        hide not your commandments from me!
    My soul is consumed with longing
        for your rules at all times.
    You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
        who wander from your commandments.
    Take away from me scorn and contempt,
        for I have kept your testimonies.
    Even though princes sit plotting against me,
        your servant will meditate on your statutes.
    Your testimonies are my delight;
        they are my counselors.

(Psalm 119:1-24 ESV)

Something to Consider

Psalm 119: This Psalm is the longest Psalm and the longest chapter in the entire Bible. It is a celebratory Psalm that rejoices in the gift and goodness of God’s Word. The psalmist refers to the “law… testimonies… precepts… statutes… commandments… rules… and word of God” as being “righteous… true… sure… and worthy of trust, hope and faith.” God’s Word reveals the attributes of God and instructs God’s people in His ways. The man who orders his life in accordance with God’s Word and God’s ways guards his life in such a way that brings blessing and wise counsel. 

A man who truly has a heart for God and desperately desires to know Him better will deeply treasure the Word of God. Like a man who has received a letter from his first love, we ought to meditate on the very words of God, delighting in every word that God has said and storing up His words in our heart and mind. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Loving God requires knowing God which requires pursuing God through His Word.