Psalms 119:19

19 I am 1a sojourner on the earth; 2hide not your commandments from me!

Psalms 119:19 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 119:19

I [am] a stranger in the earth
As all his fathers were, and all the saints are; not to divine and spiritual things; to God, and communion with him; to Christ, and the knowledge of him; to the Spirit, and his operations in their hearts; to their own hearts, and the plague of them; to the Gospel, and its truths; nor to the people of God, and fellowship with them: but to the world, among whom they are, not being known, valued, and respected by them; and they also behaving as strangers to the world, having no fellowship with them in their sinful works; as also not being natives here, but belonging to another city and country, an heavenly one; see ( 1 Chronicles 29:15 ) ;

hide not thy commandments from me;
the doctrines of the Gospel, the word which God has commanded to a thousand generations; which is pure, and enlightens the eyes, and so needful to strangers in their pilgrimage, ( Psalms 19:8 ) ( 105:8 ) ; which God sometimes hides from the wise and prudent, and which the psalmist here deprecates with respect to himself, ( Matthew 11:25 Matthew 11:26 ) . Or the precepts of the world may be meant, which are a light to the feet, and a lamp to the paths, a good direction to travellers and strangers in the way: David, being such an one, prayed that these might not be hid from him, but be showed unto him; that he might know his way, and not go out of it; but walk as a child of light, wisely and circumspectly.

Psalms 119:19 In-Context

17 Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.

Cross References 2

  • 1. See Psalms 39:12
  • 2. [Isaiah 6:9, 10]
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