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 7-12.
The goal is for each of us to have a greater appreciation for the word of God.
7) Thy statutes have been my songs (49-56)
49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.55 I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law.56 This I had, because I kept thy precepts.
8) The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy (57-64)
57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.58 I intreated thy favor with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.60 I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.64 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.
9) Teach me good judgment (65-72)
65 Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word. 66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. 69 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart.70 Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. 71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
10) Let the proud be ashamed (73-80)
73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.75 I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
11) All thy commandments are faithful (81-88)
81 My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word.82 Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me? 83 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes.84 How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? 85 The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law.86 All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.87They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts.88 Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.
12) Thy faithfulness is unto all generations (89-96)
89 For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.90 Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.91 They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. 92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.93 I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.94 I am thine, save me: for I have sought thy precepts.95 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.96 I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
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