Psalm 119 – Qoph Axe, Back of Head,
145 I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees.
146 I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
Right >§§§> Left
Lord, I will obey your decrees; answer me; I call with all my heart. I will keep your statutes, I call out to you, save me. I have put my hope in your word; I rise before dawn and cry for help. Through the watches of the night my eyes stay open that I may meditate on your promises. Preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws; hear my voice in accordance with your love. Your law is far from those who devise wicked schemes near me. All your commands are yet true, Lord, you are near. You established your statutes to last forever, long ago I learned from them.
I write what I “think I know,” because I want God to “know I think.” More importantly I believe God knows what I need to know, and He wants me to know it too. I wonder if that’s the process of discernment?
I’m guessing seeing beyond what he thinks he knows is why the Psalmist writes too. Maybe that’s the secret of his obscure title Ooph – axe, back of head. The “back of the head” according to a Google search about anatomy is the “occipital lobe that controls sight. What the Psalmist “sees” are his life experiences but he knows there is a greater truth that can cut away the debris of life and reveal a much greater reality. The decrees, statutes and promises are the “axe” that can open his mind beyond what he thinks he knows, so he can see their truth; God wants him to know that His love preserves life. “All your commands are yet true, Lord, you are near.”a
a Rewrite of September, 2016