All 176 verses of Psalm 119 is a prayerful act of praise about the power, beauty and usefulness of God’s word, there is no doubt that David the Psalmist drank of the Spirit in praise and prayer in writing this long song. It’s length is an indication of God’s biggest promise. To make the Word become flesh, and be our Saviour & Christ.
v97-112, shows his heart, his feet and tongue are being ‘inclined’, to rejoice and perform God’s laws!
v99, ‘sichah’, meaning meditate with deep devotion, and v148, …”meditate in thy word”… and also 1Timothy 4:15. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
v105, The word of God is a light to help guide our walk in life. Our obedience to this faith is actually using that light and getting us where we most want to be. Closer to God and content with our Creator. While Jesus was on earth, He claimed to be the light of the world, John 8:12. Today, His Spirit is truly shining in a dark world, Eph. 5:8-9, Php. 2:15-16, Dan. 5:14 & 1Pt. 4:14.
v160, showing us the nature of truth is not one particular point or saying, but rather the summation or whole embodiment of everything the word of God must say about any given subject. Psa. 139:17, ref. John 8:30-32.
Psalm 119 is divided into 22 sections, each stanza or section begins in sequence with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, being acrostic in form. It is one of the few Psalms which has a rhyming cadence in each stanza of 8 lines, when singing it in Hebrew.
In praising God’s word, he uses 8 terms for God’s “Ordinances”, which likely gave our Lord the reason for calling the Psalms part of the law of God, Matthew 22:39-46, 5:17-18, Lk. 24:44.
1. “Word” 119:25, kidbaarekaa
2. “Sayings” 119:103, ‘imraatekaa
3. “Statutes” Psalms 119:5, chuqeykaa
4. “Judgments”, Psalms 119:39, mishpaateykaa
5. “Law”, 119:18, uwbtowraatow
6. “Commands”, Psalms 119:4, tsiwiytaah (verb)
7. “Testimonies”, Psalms 119:79, `eedoteykaa
8. “Precepts”, Psalms 119:159, piquwdeykaa
How much do we value and praise the living Word, and view Jesus as active and authoritative in our lifestyle?
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