Entries by Brian Borgman

Grace to Stick When Stuck

Daleth (d) Stanza (25-32) Introduction Christina Rossetti (1830-1894) memorably wrote in the hymn, “None Other Lamb, None Other Name,” these words: My faith burns low, my hope burns low; Only my heart’s desire cries out in me. These lines capture the Psalmist’s emotions in this stanza. He is dealing with what is going on inside […]

Dealing with Hostility and Pressure

Gimmel (g) Stanza (17-24) Introduction The aleph stanza (1-8) focused on the happiness of an obedient life. The beth stanza (9-16) showed how to live a pure life by the Word of God. The gimmel stanza (17-24) speaks to dealing with outside pressure and hostility. There is a progression. If we, by grace, live a […]

The Believer’s Path to Purity

Beth (b) Stanza (9-16) Introduction: When a young person and the world intersect, it can be an overwhelming experience. How many times does the world win! The author of Psalm 119 (Daniel, as I have proposed) either finds himself, or in later reflection found himself, bombarded by the allurements of the world. With few exceptions, […]