Augustine. Exposition on the Book of Psalms. Schaff, Philip (editor). New York: Christian Literature Publishing Co, 1886. Nicene and Post-Nicene Church Fathers: Series 1: Volume VIII. Re-published 2014, Catholic Way Publishing. Kindle electronic edition, ISBN-13: 978-1-78379-372-3.
“Psalm 119: "Lamed"
Augustine notes the Psalmist's expression of how tiring tribulations are. Verse 89 says, "They have almost made an end of me upon earth" (Augustine Psalms, loc. 339505, par. 89). Yet verse 90 recognizes the earth abiding. Augustine finds this a matter of comfort, as God works in his people on earth in every generation (Augustine Psalms, loc. 339513, par. 90). The days we experience on earth are according to God's ordinance (v. 91).
Augustine sees the Psalm distinguishing between the hope we have in God's law and our temporal trials. Verse 92, speaking of God's law, is not mere legalism. "This is the law of faith, not avain faith, but that which worketh through love" (Augustine Psalms, loc. 339520, par. 92). Augustine sees faith of this kind as selivering grace and creating courage. And, in verse 93, remembering God's righteousness brings us life. For this reason, the Christians are God's possessions. Augustine sees this as a realization whichbrings hope and comfort (Augustine Psalms, loc. 339528, par. 94).
Though the ungodly would try to destroy God's people, they will not perish (v. 95). As one who bears witness to God's testimonies, there is a confidence of persevering to the ehd (Augustine Psalms, loc. 339532, par. 95). Augustine takes verse 96 to speak to the applicability of God's Law to everyone. It has a "broad" meaning (Augustine Psalms, loc. 339540, par. 96).