Psalms 119:164 The Judgments of God

Psalms 119:164 (KJV)
Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Nowhere can we find in the Bible a definitive command concerning the number of times a person ought to offer prayers, worship, or devotion to the Lord. David prayed morning, noon, and night. Daniel prayed three times each day. One the other hand we are told by the Apostle to pray without ceasing. 

Since the number seven is often called the number of completion or perfection it seems most appropriate to me to think the principle of our Psalm is that we praise the Lord, render worship to Him, and bring our prayers to Him as often “as he shall find it desirable and convenient; as his feelings or his circumstances shall suggest.”[1]

The purpose for this praise is defined as, “because of thy righteous judgments.” If this be the case, we can never run short of reasons for praise. 

  • God’s wisdom in His eternal plan
  • God’s determination in the way of salvation 
  • God’s patience in handling sinners
  • God’s oversight in the affairs of man
  • God’s use of the fallen to bring about growth in the redeemed

I could go on. The judgments of God are righteous, wise, good, kind, and loving. 


[1] Barnes Notes

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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