This week we covered Psalms 119 – 125. We spent most of the time in the longest chapter of the Bible (119). This psalm is all about the word of God. At least ten terms are used for the word of God in this chapter: law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, judgments, word, promises, rules, ordinances. (These may vary a little with your particular translation.) Almost every verse in Psalm 119 declares something about the word of God.
This is an acrostic psalm. Each stanza begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is eight verses long. There were 22 letters and each letter precedes its stanza for a total of 176 verses.
Psalm 119:1-3 & 15 are addressed to the reader; the other verses are addressed to God. One of the key phrases we see repeated is “Teach me” … your word, statutes, precepts and so forth. As we open the Bible, we should also be saying to God, “Teach me.” Are you teachable?
In this Psalm, we continue to see verses challenging us to seek God and verses telling us of His steadfast love (or lovingkindness). Throughout this chapter we are taught the benefits of knowing and keeping the word of God. One of the most familiar verses is 11: “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.” I have found that the more of God’s word I put into my heart, the less room there is for sin. (I still manage to work ii in somehow though.)
We see that God’s word gives us life, understanding, deliverance, vision, instruction, joy and more. It lights our way and shows us the path to salvation. Thank you, God, for your magnificent word!!!
Psalms 120-125 make up part of the Psalms of Ascents (120-134). These were pilgrimage songs that were sung as the people traveled to Jerusalem for the feasts of Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. They were to remind the people of their history and heritage and to encourage them to continue trusting in God.
Next week we finish Psalms!
Blessings to you,
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