I have chosen
A primitive root; properly to try
, that is, (by implication) select
Stem - Qal (See H8851
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 12562
; a road
); figuratively a course
of life or mode
of action, often adverbially.
Feminine of H0529
; literally firmness
; figuratively security
; moral fidelity
; properly a verdict
(favorable or unfavorable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence
or formal decree (human or (particularly) divine law
, individual or collectively), including the act, the place, the suit, the crime, and the penalty; abstractly justice
, including a particular right
, or privilege
(statutory or customary), or even a style
have I laid
A primitive root; properly to level
, that is, equalize
; figuratively to resemble
; by implication to adjust
(that is, counterbalance, be suitable, compose, place, yield, etc.).
Stem - Piel (See H8840
Mood - Perfect (See H8816
Count - 2121
_ _ Observe, I. That those who will make anything to purpose of their religion must first make it their serious and deliberate choice; so David did: I have chosen the way of truth. Note, 1. The way of serious godliness is the way of truth; the principles it is founded on are principles of eternal truth, and it is the only true way to happiness. 2. We must choose to walk in this way, not because we know no other way, but because we know no better; nay we know no other safe and good way. Let us choose that way for our way, which we will walk in, though it be narrow.
_ _ II. That those who have chosen the way of truth must have a constant regard to the word of God as the rule of their walking: Thy judgments have I laid before me, as he who learns to write lays his copy before him, that he may write according to it, as the workman lays his model and platform before him, that he may do his work exactly. As we must have the word in our heart by an habitual conformity to it, so we must have it in our eye by an actual regard to it upon all occasions, that we may walk accurately and by rule.
_ _ III. That those who make religion their choice and rule are likely to adhere to it faithfully: “I have stuck to thy testimonies with unchanged affection and an unshaken resolution, stuck to them at all times, through all trials. I have chosen them, and therefore I have stuck to them.” Note, The choosing Christian is likely to be the steady Christian; while those that are Christians by chance tack about if the wind turn.
_ _ IV. That those who stick to the word of God may in faith expect and pray for acceptance with God; for David means this when he begs, “Lord, put me not to shame; that is, never leave me to do that by which I shall shame myself, and do thou not reject my services, which will put me to the greatest confusion.”
_ _ V. That the more comfort God gives us the more duty he expects from us, Psalms 119:32. Here we have, 1. His resolution to go on vigorously in religion: I will run the way of thy commandments. Those that are going to heaven should make haste thither and be still pressing forward. It concerns us to redeem time and take pains, and to go on in our business with cheerfulness. We then run the way of our duty, when we are ready to it, and pleasant in it, and lay aside every weight, Hebrews 12:1. 2. His dependence upon God for grace to do so: “I shall then abound in thy work, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.” God, by his Spirit, enlarges the hearts of his people when he gives them wisdom (for that is called largeness of heart, 1 Kings 4:29), when he sheds abroad the love of God in the heart, and puts gladness there. The joy of our Lord should be wheels to our obedience.
Laid Or, set before me as a mark to aim at; as a rule to direct me.
Psalms 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
Psalms 119:111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they [are] the rejoicing of my heart.
Psalms 119:173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. ... But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
John 8:45 And because I tell [you] the truth, ye believe me not.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2 John 1:4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
- thy judgments:
Psalms 119:24 Thy testimonies also [are] my delight [and] my counsellors.
Psalms 119:52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O LORD; and have comforted myself.
Deuteronomy 11:18-20 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. ... And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:
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