Show me compassion that I may live, for your law is my delight. Psalms 119:77 NABRE
King David was devoted to the attainment of self-perfection in the service of God. In this psalm David charts the progressive stages of his determined ascent toward spiritual perfection. The psalm follows the sequence of the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet; eight verses begin with “aleph,” the next eight with “beth,” and so on. The quoted verse follows yod, “’” the tenth letter. Yod is the smallest letter of the “Aleph-Bet,” and is therefore considered to be “modest.” It also symbolizes wisdom, illustrating this by being small, like the small quantity of truly wise individuals. Additionally it represents the World to Come to Hebrew people, which is small because a relatively small number of people will be righteous enough to merit rewards according to Hebrew teaching. In this section the psalmist acknowledges that he owes his life to God, his creator, and he hopes with God’s mercy to live on and to continue to keep His laws. The quoted verse is viewed as an appeal from David to God to save him from the hazards of leadership. David is constantly working for God’s law in leadership; a heavy burden. David, understanding this burden asks God for compassion. Defining compassion as being with a person passionately. David wants God to help; to be with him, to enter into his passion, so that he may live. David is delighted in God’s law, learning and living the law. His leadership, attention to law as leader, is very draining and burdensome. David is concerned his life will be shortened and so he appeals to God that he may live.
We can learn from David, asking God to be a partner in work, prayer, social and spiritual life. God with us, entering into the passion of our life.
Is God your partner? Do you desire God’s partnership?We can learn from David, asking God to be a partner in work, prayer, social and spiritual life. God with us, entering into the passion of our life. Click To Tweet
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