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Lord, Let Me Not Be Ashamed of My Hope (Part 1)

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more



I shall be using a verse out of the 176 verses of chapter 119 of the book of Psalms to write on this topic.

This Psalms, 119, is sectionalized, divided into eight verses in each section and it is made up of 22 sections in all. It has been noted that all the Hebrew letters (alphabets), which is 22 in all, has been used for this sectionalization (heading).

Some bible scholars believed that this chapter of the book of psalms was written after Israelis were liberated and given freedom where they have been scattered to all over the nations of the world.

Thence, the author of this chapter of the book of psalms has been attributed to either Nehemiah or Ezra.

Though some people question this but from the book these salient things are clear:

1) The time span for writing this book is lengthy,

2) It is the longest chapter in the entire bible,

3) Twenty-two alphabets of the Hebrews have been used to divide each section of this psalms for example, Aleph, Beth etc.,

4) The chapter has been divided into eight verses for each section,

5) The verses in which the word of God has not been referenced do not exceed five in the entire 176 verses of this book of the psalms,

6) These are some of the words used for the Word of God in this chapter: Law, Precepts, Testimony, Judgment, Commandment, etc.

The book whose written is near to this Psalms 119 where 22 alphabets of the Hebrew has been used is Lamentations of Jeremiah.

It is the fifteenth section and a verse out of it which is verse 116 that I shall be expatiating upon in this article.

This verse states that

“Psa 119:116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.”

This verse, I broadly divided into four sections namely:

A) Lift me up,

B) According to thy word,

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C) That I may live and

D) Let me not be ashamed of my hope.

Testimonies About This Book

Several preachers and believers all over the world have found this chapter of the book of the bible very useful, thence there are people who have told their wards that they must be reading this Psalms 119 everyday.

Some having discovered the secret behind this book have been given the grace of memorizing the entire verses of the book to make it easier and handy for them to read daily.

George Wishart the seventeenth century bishop of Edinburgh whom have been sentenced to death for his defense of the gospel of Christ Jesus has been asked by the Prison’s chief custodian to choose one book of the Psalms which he shall be reading (or singing) everyday and this Bishop had chosen Psalms 119 to be sung daily. One miracle happened during this process, it was that before this bishop reads one third of this chapter he was freed from the prison custody.

The author of this article also uses this chapter of psalms very well and has been encouraging my spiritual children and those close by him to be reading it very well.

We can all see that the book under focus today is a book that should not be toyed with by anyone whether baby or old people in faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

A) Lift Me Up

In writing about this, I will want us to see what the Hebrew definition of the word is to assist our understanding of the word.

1) Meaning of the Word

The Hebrew word used for “lift me up” (or uphold me) here is סָמַךְ which when romanticized becomes sâmak (phonetic spelling is saw-mak') which means to lean upon, take hold of, bear (lift) up, establish, uphold, stand fast, sustain.

This word, “uphold me” (or lift me up) is a word of prayer, beseeching someone or some spiritual forces to do something for him or her and what should be done is lifting up.

This person knows something about the person he or she is pleading with that the person is higher than him or her, older than him, has intelligent or connections more than him, is more powerful than him among other things. Having known t his of a certainty, thence the person could implore or beseech the superior one to lift him up.

Lifting someone up means that the person would be lifted above the lifter’s head. What am I saying it is like a father raising his child up above his head. This is explaining the word physically.

Talking about this in another sense it means lifting up above obstacles, hindrances, troubles, trials etc.

“Isa 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:”

After the flood destroyed the first world, we noticed that the ark of Noah was raised above the waters, it was raised above the thing that destroyed the world.

“Gen 7:17 And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth.”

This is akin to what this word means. It is raising above sorrows, anguish, mountains and hills that a person never dreamt he or she can overcome on earth.

Apostle peter never dreamt he would be freed, but God delivered him by sending angel to him in the prison custody where he was. (Acts 12:1-12)

Whatever it is that we are also passing through we should believe in the Lord that he can lift us up, he can deliver us, therefore we can join the Psalmist in praying this prayer in that situation and condition that we are in that He should lift us out, he should deliver us, he should sustain us like the Psalmist talked it with Yahweh.


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