The Bible is the greatest book ever written. It tells us how the world began, how it will end, and its complete history. It tells us about life and death. It tells us why there is so much wickedness in the world. It tells us of the love of God. It explains what sin is and why we need a Savior.
The greatest chapter of the Bible dealing with God’s word is Psalm 119. The 176 verses are divided into twenty-two groups of eight verses each. The first group of eight begin with the Hebrew letter aleph. The next eight verses begin with the Hebrew letter beth. This pattern continues throughout the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
Psalm 119:121-128 Psalmist requests to God
121 I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
122 Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
123 Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
125 I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
The Psalmist requests God to protect him from his enemies, be surety for thy servant for good, deal with him according to His mercy, to teach him God’s statutes, and understanding of God’s word.
He is already doing judgement, justice, serves God, loves God’s word, and states that God’s word is right.
The Psalmist desires to grow closer to God. He wants more understanding of God and His ways.
Prayer is our vehicle into the throne room of God. God is desirous of hearing from his children. He wants to teach and bless us.
BUT we must come and ask. He expects us to come to Him with humble hearts, seeking a relationship with the God who sent His Son for our salvation. He hears our prayers. He always answers our prayers. Sometimes not the way we want. Remember He knows everything and knows that HIS decision is the best.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001