Read 123.) Psalm 119. Our last reading included Psalm 117, the shortest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 is the very longest chapter. And, Psalm 118 is the middle chapter of the Bible. But, because we are reading thru chronologically, we just got 1/3 of the way thru the Bible. We are in the reign of King David, right around 1010 to 970 BC. Psalm 119 contains 176 verses. All, but 2, make mention of God’s Word. It is arranged in 22 sections of 8 verses each. Each section begins with a Hebrew letter of their alphabet; Aleph, then Beth, etc. Each of the 8 verses in their respective section, begins with that same letter of their alphabet that opens that section. As you read this psalm, note how many different words are used to refer to God’s Word. Note, also, how many times each is used. What 2 verses do not mention His Word? More importantly, what do we learn about the Word of God. How does the psalmist extol it? And, what are some of its uses and benefits? How many favorite verses can be found within it? Let’s praise and exult in God’s Word as the psalmist did all of 3,000 years ago!
Psalm 119: See how it relates to both the external nature of true religion, v.1, 9 + 57, that of obedience to God’s righteous laws and commands, but also, the very important internal aspect of the soul that has to do with the intimate relationship one may enjoy as the result of seeking Him with all one’s heart, v.2, 10, 58, 145 + 151. Do not do one, without the other! God wants us to do right, and He wants us to know Him!
Famous favorites have always included verses 9, and especially 11. We cannot forget the favorite that is verse 18! Another, is verse 89; as is 97. Few are greater favorites than verse 105! Do you have other favorites, besides these?
Note how many times the writer asks God to teach him, v.12, 26, 33, 64, 66, 68, 108, 124, and 135. And, he claims that God has taught him, see v.102, 152 and 171! See what God’s Word is truly good for: It preserves us, v.25, 37, 40, 50, 88, 93, 107, 116+117, 149, 154, 156, 159 and 175. It strengthens us, v.28. It gives hope, v.49. It gives comfort, v.50, 52+76. It gives us peace, v.165. See things like the psalmist’s prayer life, meditation and devotion with verses 55, 62, 97, 99, 145-148, 164, 169+170. God’s Word is for acquiring wisdom, discernment and understanding, v.24, 27, 34, 66, 73, 98, 104, 125, 130, 144 and 169. And, how valuable are those words we find in verse 132? “Turn to me and have mercy on me, as You always do to those who love Your Name.” Do you love His Name? It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell