In the next of the 22 Psalm 119 stanzas is the Beth stanza. The sound of the letter is “b” as in bait. This letter can acutally have two sounds. If there is a dot in the middle of the letter (called a dagesh) then the letter has the hard “b” sound. Without the dagesh, the letter has a soft sound like the “v” in vet. The Hebrew letter Beth carries the meaning of house, home or more widely, dwelling place. It’s interesting to note that the Tanakh (The Hebrew Scriptures) starts with the letter Beth (Bereshith – means “in the beginning.”) Why doesn’t it start with Aleph, the first letter? Well, Yeshua said He was the beginning and the end, the Aleph and the Tav. God existed before His creation.
In Psalm 119:9-16, each verse starts with the letter Beth.
This stanza deals with three things … the heart (ha-lev), God’s Word (Yeshua Ha-Mashiach – Jesus, the Messiah [see John 1]) and the overflow of God’s blessing out of our hearts. Jesus occupying the dwelling place of our hearts means we are righteous in the eyes of God. What occupies the dwelling place of your heart? Is it money, your job, possessions? Each one of us has only one thing that truly belongs to us. That one thing is our heart. What will you give your heart to? Will you give it to the things of this world or will you give it to HaShem – to God? Whatever occupies that dwelling place, will flow out into the things of our lives … you will become like that thing (see Tehilim [Psalms] 115:4-8).
In the Psalm 119, what is the outflow of God’s Word in the dwelling place of your heart? The outflow is rejoicing, righteousness, blessing and delight. Let the Word of God dwell in your heart and these things will inhabit your days and will be the joy of your family. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Normally, I don’t quote The Message as it’s just someone’s paraphrase of God’s Word and not a literal translation, but I really like the way it puts Colossians 3:16 “Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”
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