(38) Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.
As God's servant, am I eager and ready for every word He might give me? am I looking and waiting for when He might show me more of His word so that I can abide in it? Am I willing to be stablished - settled - in God's Word? Devoted to Him?
(39) Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
God is a just judge, and yet He is merciful. But, will He turn away our reproach just because we ask Him? I think this verse is connected to the verse before: if we are stablished in God's Word and devoted to His fear, God will extend greater mercy than if we are stiffnecked towards God's Word and resistant towards Him.
In a way, it makes me think of Psalm 19:9, "The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
(40) Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
Not only does God's Word quicken (Psalm 119:25), but His righteousness quickens us as well.
In these few verses, we see that God is able to:
- Stablish His Word
- Turn away my reproach
- Quicken me in righteousness
However, we must also acknowledge our part:
- Devoted to God's fear
- Longing for God's precepts