1. Righteous art thou O Lord: and true in thy judgment.
  2. Thou hast commanded: justice by thy testimonies and truthespecially.
  3. My zeal hast even consumed me: because mine enemies haveforgotten thy words.
  4. Thy word is proven more pure: and thy servant loveth it.
  5. I am small and of no reputation: yet do I not forget thycommandments.
  6. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness: and thy lawis the truth.
  7. Trouble and heaviness have taken hold upon me: yet is mydelight in thy commandments.
  8. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: grant meunderstanding and I shall live.

God hath declared what his nature is in his law, that we might behold him in it, as in a glass. This then is as much as if he should have said, O Lord, we have thine Image truly and lively pictured and expressed in this doctrine which thou hast delivered unto us in thy law, there we see thee to be righteous, and also that thou hast commanded nothing therein, which tendeth not to the same end. Will we then magnify God aright?

It is very true we shall be ashamed, yea even horribly afraid, to say, that there is anything in the law of God, which is not true and just: and yet for all that it may as easily be perceived, that there is no such knowledge engraven in our hearts, as to be assured thereof. To be short, this is farthest off from our minds, when we shall say thus: I speak now of those which are not yet thoroughly instructed by the spirit of God. Neither yet let us think this to be a common and ordinary thing, when as David saith, That the testimonies of God are nothing but true and righteous. For although we have learned somewhat out of them, yet is not this enough, until such time as we are conformed and framed unto them, that we fully and wholly agree with this saying and commendation which is here given to the law of God. Now because David would show with what affection he is moved, he

protesteth, that he was not only grieved, when as he felt in himself any rebellion against God, but when he perceived it in others, that he conceived a wonderful sorrow and grief, yea even a marvelous torment of mind.

Ought not we, I beseech you, to pray with a more fervent desire, to have God to grant us understanding? And a great deal the more ought we to be stirred up thereto, when as David saith, that we are not able to live, until such time as GOD hath so enlightened us: to the end we might conceive this truth and righteousness which is in his law. See here, I say, how that the life of men cannot be but accursed, until such time as they are come even unto this point.


from Calvin’s Sermons on Psalm 119 (Zade)