Psalm 119: 94 "I am Your, Save me, for I have sought Your precepts."


What is a precept?  This is one of those Biblical words that we hardly ever use in our normal day to day speech.  It is also difficult in translation from Hebrew into English.  The root Hebrew word פָּקַד is one of the most difficult words to translate in the Hebrew text.  Pronounce 'pa-kad,' this word is quit perplexing.  Its construct in Psalm 119: 94 is פִּקּוּדִים.  The root means to attend to, visit, muster, appoint.  When I googled the word 'precept' I was given this definition "a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought."  

I do not like that definition at all.  I don't like it because it simply does not reveal what this Hebrew word means and why it is used in this text.  I mean look at verse 93

      I will never forget your precepts, 
      for by them you have given me life. 

By them (His precepts) You have given me life.  That does not sound like something that is regulating my behavior in a moralistic way.  It sounds like a parent who knows what is best for a child and what will keep them alive and gives a child what they need to live.  

So, are you seeking these things?  Are you looking at God's "precepts" as oppressive, or are you seeing that they give life?