The second reason why the psalmist has come to love God's law is that it has kept him on the path of righteousness. That is, it has kept him on the right path and off the wrong one. Earlier in the psalm the writer asked pointedly, “How can a young man keep his way pure?" (v. 9). He answered, “By living according to your word.” He is saying the same thing now (in verse 101), only he is stating it the other way around: “I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your laws.” In other words, it is what one of the older evangelists wrote on the flyleaf of his Bible: “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.” 

The first of the psalmist's reasons why he had learned to love God's law is the one most emphasized, since it is repeated in parallel fashion three times in verses 98-100. It is that God's Word is the source of true wisdom. This is repeated so often that many scholars regard wisdom, rather than love of God's law, as the stanza's actual theme. 

What an uplifting stanza this is, the mem stanza! It is filled with joy and with love for God's law, so much so that there is not even a single petition in it. Can this be the same poet who was sunk in near despair just two stanzas earlier? We know the answer, of course. It is the same person exactly, and the reason for the change is precisely that for which the poet is now praising God, namely, the Bible or God's law.

The last verse of this section stands alone as a summary statement that links the truth that God's law is eternal (vv. 89-91) with the salvation that is ours through believing and acting on God's commands (vv. 92-95): "To all perfection I see a limit; but your commands are boundless (v. 96)." 

Starting with the truth of the eternal or enduring character of God's Word, the psalmist then reflects on what this eternal or indestructible Word has done for him. As we noted in yesterday's study, it has done three things for the psalmist: it has rescued him in his affliction; it has renewed his nearly extinguished life; and it has saved and, he is sure, will continue to save him from the wicked persons who were trying to destroy him.