Psalm 119:81-88 | כ Kaph (Kaf) Part 2

Fear is the glue that keeps you stuck. Faith is the solvent that sets you free.

― Shannon L. Alder

Definitions of Kaph כ

In part 1, I explained the first 2 definitions of Kaph, which are bent or bowing down and palm of a hand. These revealed 2 principles we can apply to our lives through Psalm 119:81-84.

The next definition comes from the Hebrew word, Kaf, which literally means spoon. According to the Chumash (the printed form of the Torah), kaf or spoon symbolizes the Torah that was given from the hand of God. Kaf is most mentioned in Numbers 7 (up to 12 times) and the same verse gets repeated: One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense (verse 14 and more). The 10 shekels corresponds to the Ten Commandments, and the spoon represents the Torah.

And the final meaning is a crown. According to this Jewish study, this directly correlates to King Messiah and His crown of righteousness. In a grammatical sense, when prefixed to a word, Kaph means “like.” (I.E. like a king, like Messiah, etc.). When you “prefix” yourself (or conform) to Christ, you become like Him and reflect Him.

In the next few minutes, I’ll share the verses for this section and explain the 2 principles we can draw from them:

  • The principle of trusting God’s word
  • The principle of renewing your mind

Psalm 119:85-88

85 The arrogant have dug pits for me,
People who are not in accord with Your Law.
86 All Your commandments are faithful;
They have persecuted me with a lie; help me!
87 They almost destroyed me on earth,
but as for me, I did not abandon Your precepts.
88 Revive me according to Your faithfulness,
So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.

3/4: The Spoon = The Principle of Trusting God’s Word

When you first introduce food to a baby, they reach for it with their hands. They feel and smear the food, making a mess of themselves and around them. But as the child grows older, you teach them to use utensils, like spoons and forks. And before you know it, eating with hands becomes displeasing and too messy. From there on, they choose to use utensils.

We often want to take matters into our hands, especially when things don’t go our way. But the older, or more familiar, you get with God’s word and His will for you; you realize that taking matters into your hands can cause a mess. Similar to my point above, choosing to trust God’s word helps us behave according to God’s will.

The psalmist knows the Torah. He refers to it and displays trust in God and His word all throughout Psalm 119. This is clear, especially in verse 85, as he points out a principle from Exodus 21:33-34, which says anyone who digs a pit is responsible for the damage it can cause. He brings up the trap set before him by referring to the Torah, in which he trusts, during a hard season.

Verses 85-86 reveal that though he is in accord with God’s law, his opposers aren’t. Though he sees God’s will for his life, his persecutors don’t. Not only are they against him and persecuting him with lies, but they don’t trust or believe in God’s word and what it can do for them.

Instead of taking matters into his own hands, he turns to God and says, “help me!”

He trusted God’s word, which helped him see God’s faithfulness.

Not only does God’s word hold principles and commandments, but it contains the answers and help we need in every situation.

When we face hard situations or people, it’s helpful to look through the lens of the gospels, where Jesus fulfilled the Torah, and to trust that it will help us handle the situation according to God’s will. God speaks to us through His word, and by trusting it first, our hearts will be more receptive to see how God sees the opposing people and situations in our life.

Just as you learned to use a spoon for your meals, practice trusting God’s word first before taking matters into your own hands.

4/4: The Crown = The Principle of Renewing Your Mind

In the last 2 verses of this section, the psalmist reveals his commitment to God’s word, which shows us that no matter how he felt or how hard life got, nothing would make him quit trusting it. Even in being almost destroyed, potentially dead, he did not abandon it.

Instead, he kept God’s word at the forefront of his mind (verse 87) and sought to be revived (verse 88).

He “prefixed” himself to God’s word to keep it.

By “prefixing” yourself to Christ, you become more like Him. You set your mind on His ways and truth.

The principle of renewing your mind actually sums up all the principles from these two posts:

To submit and humble yourself, be content and grateful, and to trust God’s words are ways to renew your mind in Christ. By doing so, you choose to not conform to this world, but to pursue transformation and growth. You choose to see through heaven’s perspective, instead of letting your flesh retaliate. You choose to be the light in darkness. And you choose to renew your mind and become transformed; revived.

Each of these principles trains you to set your mind on things above and according to the Spirit (Col. 3:2 & Romans 8:5-6). What you set your mind on is what transforms you. By looking to God’s word and His ways, you become more and more like Christ and reflect Him.

The renewal of your mind helps you see God’s will clearly in every season, situation, and relationship. Romans 12:2 says that we are to not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Not only does it help us see situations and others through God’s perspective, but it also reminds us of who we are in Christ. That we are coheirs (crowned) with Christ and seated in the heavenly places; that we are new creations; and that we are no longer of this world.

The word of God helps you understand Christ and His will for humanity, and also your identity and purpose in Him.


By now, you know the 4 principles based on each definition of Kaph:

  1. The principle of submission and humility (bowing down)
  2. The principle of contentness and gratitude (palm of hand)
  3. The principle of trusting God’s word (spoon; Torah)
  4. The principle of renewing your mind (crown; Christlikeness.)

Each principle applies to our walk with God and His will in our life.

It’s essential to stay submitted and humble to God’s will – it helps us obey Him, even when we feel outside of His will and purpose for our lives. Submission and humility trump certain feelings that can come up through the flesh.

By remaining content and grateful, you shield yourself from a hardened heart to His will. It keeps you focused, determined, and excited for each season.

Through trusting God’s word, you choose to look at every situation according to the truth. You choose to shine the light on darkness and find the gold among the dirt. You look for what’s true, noble, trustworthy, etc. (Phil. 4:7-9).

And in renewing your mind, you transform and become more like Christ, our crowned King, whom we are seated with in heavenly places (Eph. 1:3).

For more insight through the Bible, read the following passages:

  • Romans 12
  • Ephesians 1
  • Philippians 4
  • Colossians 3

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4 thoughts on “Psalm 119:81-88 | כ Kaph (Kaf) Part 2

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  1. You had me at the Shannon Alder quote, Tanya. Someone else on here just said, “Faith is the steering wheel. Fear is the brakes.”

    Two times in one night?! That’s like seeing a 🦄 unicorn, sister.

    I’m sure the rest your post is good, but I have to mediate on this faith and fear thing for awhile first.

    Thank you, and God Bless.

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