Book Notes: Theophan’s Commentary on Psalm 118: verses 141-142

Psalm 118Psalm 118:
A Commentary
by Saint Theophan the Recluse

by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014

VERSE 141:
I am young and accounted as nothing,
yet Thy statutes have I not forgotten.

Interesting cross references: Theophan says that Theodoret, Ambrose and Hilary connect I am young and accounted as nothing with the passage when David’s father presented all his other children but not him to Samuel.
And when David was told he was going to be crushed by Goliath.
Athanasios says this is just David speaking about himself with humility.

I seek cover does Thy commandments, to cover up my nothingness with their merit. I clothed myself with them as with a garment, so that my nothingness might be overlooked because of their brightness.

VERSE 142:
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
and Thy law is truth.

 God’s righteousness is immutable and it bestows eternal justification.
“The one who follows God’s commandments receives life eternal as a recompense”, by Theodoret, quoted here page 297.
He considers himself insignificant (v. 141), but he does not lose the hope of being saved, like Paul.

Be faithful to the Lord, and with humble feelings inspire yourself with the hope that because of this faithfulness you will not be scorned by the Lord.


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