One of the reasons I am doing this study is to attempt to kick the dust and rust off of my Hebrew. It appears it is more like raising the dead. I am having to lean heavily on my Bible program, Logos, to parse the verbs. But some of it is trying to exit the tomb.
There is some rich stuff in the first octet. In the first four verses David outlines the value and impact of following the Word of God. One is blessed who does. Note the triple parallelism in the first three verses:
|How blessed are those||whose way is blameless|
|who observe His testimonies|
|they||do no unrighteousness|
|who||walk in the law of the Lord|
|seek Him with all of their heart|
|walk in His ways|
Then David shares the reason that the Lord ordained His precepts, that we should keep them diligently, which is parallel to verse 2's seek Him with all their heart.
But the kicker is in verse 5. David pleads that he be established – this one makes for a good word study should you have the time – it is variously translated established, fixed, confirmed, and strengthened. David realizes and shares that apart from his Lord’s work in his life he has no chance to keep the Lord’s statues.
There is a great deal more, especially in light of the verb forms used in the next four verses. But I will leave that until tomorrow.