This is quite a collection here in these verses, oh my!
"The arrogant have forged a lie against me;
With all my heart I will observe Your precepts.
They invent the lies and besmear by their lies.
Sometimes in the heat, in the forge, lies are pounded out and said against us. We aren't responsible for what is said, but for our actions concerning them. David chooses to keep on keeping on with all his heart. This makes me think of the bullying our son and his friends are dealing with right now. We live in a nice neighborhood, but our children have had multiple incidents of attacks and threats: even our grown daughter was threatened on the neighborhood park playground by a kid with a knife. Now one of our son's friends especially has been attacked coming and going between each other's houses by one particular boy and his little gang. Our boys called the sheriff and once again a report was made. One of this band goes to our son's school and has continued to threaten him there. Hank has alerted the school officials, and we have been in contact. The student has been warned. They even have it on camera him approaching our son at lunch. It turns out that this kid is the same one who bullied our son since 7th grade in his previous school. We are on the alert and communicating with the other parents and the school. We may have to get a restraining order. Now that's downright sad. Supposedly this kid has also threatened us, supposedly our very lives. Have times changed? Eh, not so much.
"Their heart is covered with fat ...(gross like fat)"
"Their heart is as fat as grease..."
"But I delight in Your law!"
Adam Clarke says, "They are egregiously stupid; (I had to look that word up, not stupid but the "e" word. By the way, when I taught preschool, nothing caught more gasps than when the "s" word stupid was used. But egregious means outstanding, notably bad, flagrant. I kinda like that word, and it makes me want to make up scenarios where I can use it.) "they have fed themselves without fear,--they are become flesh, -- brutalized, and given over to vile affections, and have no kind of spiritual relish: but I delight in thy law. I have, through Thy goodness, a spiritual feeling, and a spiritual appetite."
He goes on to say, "Their heart was a fat as grease; they were stupid, brutish, hoggish. Their god was their belly. 1. Because they abounded in wealth, they were proud. 2. Because they pampered themselves, they were stupid, and incapable of moral feeling. The fat is the least sensible part of the animal system."
In contrast, the Psalmist delighted, jumped with joy, in what God had laid down for guidelines for godly living. Think of a concert where everyone is jumping. Yeah, that at least was going on in his heart. His heart is pumping and jumping for joy. That's what delight means. It's the opposite of sluggish like a big blob of fat.
One night when the oldest two were preschoolers, Jay came out of bed and said, "I feel like a big blob." His almost three year old sister Robin was not to be outdone and came out to say, "I feel like a big blob of dead horse." Hmm. Yeah, that's the kind of blobby fat were talking about. Get the picture? Gross!
"It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn your statues."
Welcome to the school of hard knocks. I think we all went to school there. It's our Alma Mater.
Adam Clarke says, "Many have been humbled under affliction, and taught to know themselves and humble themselves before God, that probably without this could have never been saved: after this, they have been serious and faithful." Perhaps we could call it the gym class where we sweated it out so as not to have that gross fat as described earlier. It's in the category of "No pain, no gain." Matthew Henry says, "He that chastened him taught him."
"The law of Your mouth is better to me
Than thousands of gold and silver pieces."
This verse hits it where it hurts, in the pocket book (that's the checkbook for all you online banking people). Adam Clarke says, "Who can say this? Who prefers the law of his God, the Christ that bought him, and the heaven to which he hopes to go, when he can live no longer upon the earth, to thousands of gold and silver? Yea, how many are there who, like Judas, sell their Saviour even for thirty pieces of silver? Hear this ye lovers of the world and of money!"
Matthew Henry says, "God's law, which he got acquaintance with by his affliction, was better to him than all the gold and silver that he lost by his affliction. David had but a little of the word of God in comparison with what we have, (five measly books full of the law, while we have, what, sixty-six books?) yet see how highly he valued it. We have both the Old and New Testament. He valued the law, because it is the law of God's mouth, the revelation of His will. His riches increased, and yet he did not set his heart upon them, but upon the word of God."
Now on today's market those thousands of pieces of gold and silver would add up to a lot. But don't be miserly with God when He has given everything to us in His Son Jesus. Don't be a Judas. We need to take the long view where the very streets of heaven will be paved with gold. Y'all will have all the gold you want up there. But the funny thing is, you probably won't care anymore. Gold will be like the dirt beneath your toes.