Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Every verse, except three, refer to the word of God. It is divided into 22 sections. Each section contains eight verses. Each section corresponds to one of the twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet. There are many references to the word of God in this chapter. As we study this chapter, write down or highlight each reference.
We will be studying Psalm 119 for the month of January.
This week we will examine sections 13-17. We will discover practical benefits of God’s word.
The goal is for each of us to have a greater appreciation for the word of God.
17) The entrance of thy words giveth light (129-136)
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. 130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.131 I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.***132 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.***133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.134 Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.135 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.136 Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
The psalmist describes God’s word as wonderful, light, and understanding. It causes him to long for God’s commandments.
He knew God. He asked God to give him mercy, to order his steps, to protect him from evil, teach him. He cried over those who did not keep God’s word.
How do we describe the Bible? Who have we told lately? Do we tell others about the benefits found in God’s word?
No one will know, unless we tell them.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001 email@example.com