One of the literary devices in the Scripture, well for that matter any literature, is instrumentation. Instrumentation declares the means as well as the end the means are to achieve. So when it occurs both are present. In this case the end is to be revived, revival. Here are the means that David asks the Lord to use to bring revival, life to him.
|77||Your compassion (in this verse the NASB translates our word as “that I may live” but I add it because it is basically the same idea)|
|116||Your word (another instance similar to 77 above)|
|144||testimonies (again like 77)|
|159||Your lovingkindness (but note here that David substantiates his request on the basis of his love for the Lord’s precepts)|
Of the sixteen instances only the first, 17, and the last, 175 are not David asking for the means of revival or life. 17 is a request for the ability to obey and 175 a request to live so David can praise the Lord.
The interesting thing to me in this list is that God’s word and all of the terms that David uses to describe that word, are requested as means for revival along with God’s lovingkindness and compassion. In David’ view the word and nature of God are equal as means to revive him.
I am not sure that I think of the word of God with that level of reverence – no, I don’t. David did. David was described as a man after God’ heart, both before he was anointed king, 1 Samuel 13:14, and long after his failure with Bathsheba, Acts 13:22.
Perhaps I need to rethink my reverence for God’s word.