Psalms 119:143 The Resilient Faith: ‘Yet’ in Times of Trouble

When trouble and anguish “take hold”

Psalms 119:143 (KJV)
Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

It appears to me that the pivotal word in this passage is “yet.” I acknowledge that this word was added by the translators of the King James Version. Far from suggesting that it should be omitted, I believe it enhances the importance of the passage. The translators, guided by the Lord to convey the purest meaning of the text, recognized the necessity of including this key term. This passage cannot effectively convey its message in English without this crucial word.

Webster’s 1828 dictionary provides the following definitions for “yet”:
YET, conj. [Gr.] Nevertheless; notwithstanding; however. ..
YET, adv.
1. Beside; over and above. ..
2. Still; the state remaining the same….
3. At this time; so soon. ..
4. At least; at all…
5. It is prefixed to words denoting the extension of time or continuance…
6. Still; in a new degree. ..
7. Even; after all; a kind of emphatic addition to a negative….
8. Hitherto. ..

We can apply the passage in the following ways:
– Over and above trouble and anguish, God’s commandments are my delight.
– Nevertheless, despite trouble and anguish, it remains the same: God’s commandments are my delight.
– Amid trouble and anguish, to a greater degree, God’s commandments are my delight.
– Even though trouble and anguish have taken hold, God’s commandments are my delight.
– Hitherto, God’s commandments were my delight, and trouble and anguish have not changed that.

This is a discipline that must be consistently maintained to have its benefit. When trouble and anguish “take hold” focus that much more on delighting in God’s Word and keeping His commandments.

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Psalms 119:143 The Resilient Faith: ‘Yet’ in Times of Trouble

Author: marvinmck

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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