Using only a few words, the writer has produced permutations and combinations of meaning which display his holy familiarity with his subject and the sanctified ingenuity of his mind.  He never repeats himself, for if the same sentiment recurs, it is placed in a fresh connection and so exhibits another interesting shade of meaning.  The more one studies it, the fresher it becomes.  As those who drink the Nile’s water like it better every time they take a draught, so does this psalm become the more full and fascinating the oftener you turn to it.  It contains no idle word.  The grapes of this cluster are almost to bursting full with the new wine of the kingdom.  The more you look into this mirror of a gracious heart, the more you will see in it.  Placid, on the surface, as the sea of glass before the eternal throne, it yet contains, within its depths, an ocean of fire, and those who devoutly gaze into it shall not only see the brightness but feel the glow of the sacred flame. – Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), from the preface to his exposition of Psalm 119 in The Treasury of David (Volume 6 [1882], p. 1).


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