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. We will see how the psalmist dealt with affliction and persecutions.
The goal is for each of us to have a greater appreciation for the word of God.
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.
The psalmist is now persecuted by the proud. They dealt with him perversely. How did he react? He meditates on the precepts of God.
Previously to this verse, the psalmist learned, hoped, knew the judgments were right, prayed, found comfort and mercy, and feared God and His word.
The result, “Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.”
We do not need to be ashamed when it comes to the things of God and His word. If we will commit ourselves to the reading, studying, listening, and obeying, we will be well equipped to contend for the faith.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001 email@example.com