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Psalm 119


A Devotional Journey   
     led by Dr Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
        Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Book of Psalms (and the shortest chapter in the Bible).   Ironically it comes almost immediately after the shortest psalm (and chapter) in the Bible!  The theme is the wonderful value of the Word of God, in contradistinction from the emphasis in most psalms on the mighty acts of God in creation and redemption. 
        In eight different ways the writer refers to God's Word as the law, statutes,  precepts, commands (or commandments), ordinances, decrees, and word (for which there are two Hebrew terms used:  one referring to God's decisions, the other referring to God's promises).. 
        The psalm is divided into 22 sections, each based on a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  Thus, there are 22 stanzas and each has 8 verses, perhaps reflecting the 8 different words used for God's law.  The first three verses introduce the psalm, and the last three form its conclusion.
        The point of the psalm is to encourage the reader (or singer?) to deepen his/her spiritual life and grow thus grow in relationship to God.  The highest value is given to the meditation on and application of God's wisdom to life, not because of any legalistic compulsion, but because God is met and His grace experienced in the understanding and application of His wisdom.  In the end, our ultimate relief and hope is that we may gain understanding according to [His] word… and be delivered ... according to [His] promises.

        Today, as you read this psalm, make a list of the different values the author sees in knowing, studying and applying God=s Word in our lives.  Put it in your Bible and review it once a month.  This chapter has much to offer, because it reminds us of how blessed we are to be able to hear and comprehend God's voice and His Word at all.
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010