Today, we conclude our devotions on Psalm 119. It has been my desire that you have seen the importance the Psalmist placed on God’s word. His life was centered around trust in God and obedience to the word of God.
The application for us is to do the same.
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 119:169-176 The lost sheep
Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word.
170 Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
173 Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
174 I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.
175 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
The Psalmist trusts God for understanding, deliverance, teaching, help, life, and being found. He expresses praise, witness, supplication, longing for salvation, and a sincere commitment to God’s word.
The Psalmist sees himself as a lost sheep. God is his shepherd. He desires to be in the comfort of his Shepherd.
This is a good picture of us. Many times, we, as God’s children, stray from our Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We cry to Him, to find us and bring us back into the fold. Jesus does because He cares for His sheep. He comforts us, heals our wounds, and encourages us.
This study in Psalm 119 has been about the importance of God’s word in our lives. Please consider spending more time reading, studying, and applying God’s word to your life.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001