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 119:129-136 Love the Word, Pray, Weep
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.
We will break down today’s lesson into three parts.
Verses 129-131 the Psalmist tells us how he views the word of God. It is wonderful, gives light and understanding, and he longs for God’s word.
Verses 132-135 the Psalmist requests that God would look upon him, be merciful, order his steps, deliver him from the oppression of men, and make God’s face to shine upon him.
Verse 136 gives us a picture of the Psalmist’s heart. He weeps over the lost who do not keep the word of God.
Here is a practical lesson on how to stay close to God. Love His word, pray for God to look upon you, and weep for the lost.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001