This stanza of the 119th Psalm highlights the righteousness of God. He is righteous (137) and so is his word (138). His righteousness is everlasting and true (142) and is unchanging (144).
How can anyone measure up to this standard of perfection? The psalmist’s approach is one of an all out pursuit of holiness (139). He recognizes his lowly and despised condition (141), yet he has an unwavering desire to understand God’s word.
The second stanza reminisces, considering the time and manner of the psalmists pleadings with God. Charles Spurgeon summarizes it this way…He prayed with his whole heart (145). He prayed, “God save me!” (146). He prayed before dawn (147) and all through the night watches (148), He cried out, “Preserve my life!” (149). God drew near in response (150).
“He who has been with God in the closet will find God with him in the furnace.” C. Spurgeon.
1 Peter 3:12 ties the two stanzas of this psalm together. The eyes and the ears of the Lord focus on the righteous and listen to their prayers.