Vs. 104 — Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.
In this sentence the prophet seems to invert the order set down in verse 101. He had said, “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word,” where the avoiding of evil is made the means of profiting by the word; here his profiting by the word is made the cause of avoiding evil. In the one verse you have an account of his beginning with God; in the other, of his progress. (Manton, Thomas. The Complete Works of Thomas Manton. Vol. 7. London: James Nisbet & Co., 1872.)
Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way. Your word enlightens me to the reality of sin, its dark evil, its destructive nature, and its end. Its hatred for truth, righteousness, and good. I also learn of its deceptive ways that work to infiltrate and stir up ungodliness within me around me. I have learned how it enslaves while it promises freedom; how it oppresses while promising no consequences; and that it grieves You and why it grieves You. Therefore, I hate sin. Strengthen me against temptations and every false way that confronts me so that I may live in the liberty for which my Savior obtained for me. To Jesus be the glory, Amen!