“Yahweh will command His loving-kindness by day, and His song shall be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life.”
— Psalm 41.8
“The duty we are called to—to praise the Lord, to praise His name; praise Him, and again praise Him. We must not only thank Him for what He has done for us, but praise Him for what He is in Himself and has done for others; take all occasions to speak well of God and to give His truths and ways a good word.” —Matthew Henry on Psalm 135
House of Israel, praise Yahweh! House of Aaron, praise Yahweh!
House of Levi, praise Yahweh! You who fear Yahweh, praise Yahweh!
Blessed be Yahweh from Zion, Who dwells at Jerusalem. Praise Yah!
“Loving people are blessed people. For, 1. They are blessed of God, and therefore blessed indeed: There, where brethren dwell together in unity, the Lord commands the blessing, a complicated blessing, including all blessings. It is God’s prerogative to command the blessing, man can but beg a blessing. Blessings according to the promise are commanded blessings, for he has commanded his covenant for ever. Blessings that take effect are commanded blessings, for he speaks and it is done. 2. They are everlastingly blessed. The blessing which God commands on those that dwell in love is life for evermore; that is the blessing of blessings. Those that dwell in love not only dwell in God, but do already dwell in heaven. As the perfection of love is the blessedness of heaven, so the sincerity of love is the earnest of that blessedness. Those that live in love and peace shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall be with him shortly, with him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace. How good then is it, and how pleasant.”
— Matthew Henry on Psalm 133
“Yahweh shall keep your going out, and your coming in, from now on and till forever.”
Psalm 121 – A Song of Ascents.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills; from where shall my help come?
My help comes from Yahweh, the Maker of the heavens and the earth.
He will not give your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will not slumber nor sleep.
Yahweh is the One keeping you; Yahweh is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night;
Yahweh shall keep you from all evil; He shall keep your soul.
Yahweh shall keep your going out, and your coming in, from now on and till forever.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” — Psalm 119.11
1. The close application which David made of the word of God to himself: He hid it in his heart, laid it up there, that it might be ready to him whenever he had occasion to use it; he laid it up as that which he valued highly, and had a warm regard for, and which he was afraid of losing and being robbed of. God’s word is a treasure worth laying up, and there is no laying it up safely but in our hearts; if we have it only in our houses and hands, enemies may take it from us; if only in our heads, our memories may fail us: but if our hearts be delivered into the mould of it, and the impressions of it remain on our souls, it is safe.
2. The good uses he designed to make of it: That I might not sin against thee. Good men are afraid of sin, and are in care to prevent it; and the most effectual way to prevent is to hide God’s word in our hearts, that we may answer every temptation, as our Master did, with, It is written, may oppose God’s precepts to the dominion of sin, His promises to its allurements, and His threatenings to its menaces.
— Matthew Henry on Psalm 119