The Love of Torah vs. The Unrighteous Man
This brief psalm sets the tone and theme for the entire book of Psalms. It contrasts the righteous man who loves Torah versus the unrighteous man who loves doing things his own way. We will be introduced to several important Hebrew words:
The Five Books of Psalms
אשרי (ashrei) = “contented”
Psalm 119:1-2 – Contented are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of Adonai! Contented are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with their whole heart.
חפץ (chophetz) = “delight/take pleasure in”
Psalm 40:8 – I delight to do Your will, O my God. Your Torah is within my heart.
Psalm 34:12-13 – [Q:] Who is the man who desires life and loves length of days that he may see good? [A:] Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
הגה (hagah) = “meditate”
Jeremiah 17:8 – He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.
צלח (tzalach) = “bring to a successful conclusion”
Joshua 1:8 – This Book of the Torah shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way successful, and then you will prosper.
צ / ץ (tzaddi)
צדיק (tzaddik) = “righteous person”
Matthew 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to Me, ‘Master, Master, did we not prophesy in Your name, and cast out demons in Your name, and do many mighty works in Your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Depart from Me, you workers of Torah-less-ness.’”
1 Corinthians 8:3 – But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.
Psalm 119:174 – I long for your Yeshua, Adonai, and Your Torah is my delight [sha’ashuim].
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