Vs. 159 — Consider how I love Your precepts; Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
He saith not, consider how I perform thy precepts; but how I love them. The comfort of a Christian militant, in this body of sin, is rather in the sincerity and fervency of his affections than in the absolute perfection of his actions. He fails many times in his obedience to God’s precepts, in regard of his action; but love in his affection still remains; so that both before the temptation to sin, and after it, there is a grief in his soul, that he should find in himself any corrupt will or desire, contrary to the holy will of the Lord his God; and this proves an invincible love in him to the precepts of God.
Charles H. Spurgeon:
This is a sure test: many there are who have a warm side towards the promises, but as for the precepts, they cannot endure them. The Psalmist so loved everything that was good and excellent that he loved all God had commanded. The precepts are all of them wise and holy, therefore the man of God loved them extremely, loved to know them, to think of them, to proclaim them, and principally to practise them. (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 415). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)
A. R. Fausset:
He begs to God to behold this, not as meritorious of grace, but as a distinctive mark of a godly man.
Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness. Your Spirit has given me a love for Your commands and precepts, as He has for Your promises. Thank You. Quicken me to walk in them. May they be the guard rails in my life to keep me in the way of peace and joy. May they be the living water that nourishes the Gospel that is planted in my soul. Do this, I pray, according to Your lovingkindness that has been made manifest in and through the Incarnate One–my Redeemer.