Study Psalm 119 – Part II

“I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.” Psalm 119:7-8

He says when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments, I WILL and I SHALL ”…have respect unto all your commandments.”

By saying ‘I’ve, I’ll and I shall’ he is stating his position, stance, attitude and disposition. 


We use will:

  • to talk about the future 
  • to say what we believe will happen
  • to talk about what we want to do or are willing to do
  • to make promises and offers
  • to say what we believe will happen in the future.

In this journey willingness is key for the believer. You’ve to be willing to serve God; to make offers and promises. Willing both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

The Psalmist said 14 times I WILL in  the chapter,  he said I’ll meditate in thy precepts, delight myself in thy statutes, keep thy statutes, run the way of thy commandments, keep thy precepts with my whole heart, and I’ll never forget thy precepts. He said, “And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Psalm 119:45. He’ll not be pushed to walk in the Lord’s ways.

He says when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments, I WILL and I SHALL ”…have respect unto all your commandments.”


We use I HAVE to refer to events and our experiences in the past which connect to the present. The time of the experience is not important though. We talk about our experiences up to now. Psalm 119:14 says, “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches” 

He said, “I have respect unto all thy commandments” Psalm 119:6.

  • I have kept thy testimonies, Psalm 119:22.
  • I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies, Psalm 119:168
  • I have declared my ways, Psalm 119:26.
  • I have stuck unto thy testimonies, Psalm 119:31
  • I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law, Psalm 119:55.
  • I have not forgotten thy law, Psalm 119:61.
  • I have believed thy commandments, Psalm 119:66.
  • I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad, Psalm 119:96.
  • I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me, Psalm 119:102.
  • I have sworn, and I will perform it , that I will keep thy righteous judgments, Psalm 119:106
  • I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end, Psalm 119:112.
  • I have done judgment and justice, Psalm 119:121
  • I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord ; and thy law is my delight, Psalm 119:174


He also said I SHALL, or so shall I.

Will is a standard choice for expressing future plans and expectations, whereas Shall, is stylistically marked with volitional meaning in legal and regulatory statements.

  • I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart, Psalm 119:34
  • I shall keep it unto the end, Psalm 119:33.
  • I shall be safe, Psalm 119:117

“Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” Psalm 119:6

God bless,


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Laurence Muzembi (Th.D, D.D, MDiv, B.A in Biblical Studies, Cert in Counselling & Psychotherapy ) is author, pastor, life coach and business consultant. Tired of seeing Christians stumble and crush landing, he sets up Muzembi.Org as a guiding beacon for them, and to make a difference.

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