Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. For that reason, some Christians
don’t always enjoy reading the entire Psalm. For it’s length, and because some
tend to avoid it, I guess you could say that Psalms 119 gets an undeserved bad
rap.

In reality, Psalm 119 is one of if not the most beautiful Psalm. It has 175
verses and it is all about God and his Word… the Word of God and the God of
the Word.

In those 175 verses God, is referred to either by personal name (God, LORD, etc.)
or by personal pronoun (thee, thou, thy, etc.) in every verse with the exception of
verse 121. In several verses he is referred to multiple times so on average he
is mentioned in every verse well over 175 times.

The Word of God is referred to in every single one of the 175 verses… the word, precepts,
law, law of God, judgment, judgments… the list goes on and on.

Psalm 119 is a Hebrew acrostic. There are 22 stanzas and each verse of each stanza in the
Hebrew begins with the corresponding letter of the Hebrew Alphabet… Aleph, Beth, Gimel,
etc.

Each stanza contains eight verses, you could easily read one stanza and one Proverb each day.
There are 31 Proverbs, you read one each day of the month and in February and the months
with only 30 days you can just read the extra Proverbs you can read the extra ones and
start over fresh each month. At this rate you will read through the Proverbs every month
and through Psalm 119 16 times in a year.

Some of the most beautiful and often quoted verses about the Word of God are found in
Psalm 119:

Verse 9 “BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.”

Verse 11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”

Verse 64 “The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.”

Verse 77 “Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.”

Verse 89 “LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”

And a favorite verse of children in school, Verse 99 “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”

Verse 103 “How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Verse 105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Verse 140 “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.”

One of my personal favorites is Verse 164 “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”

And if you have ever heard Dr. Sammy Allen preach you’ve probably heard him quote Verse
165 “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

Psalm 119 is a beautiful Psalm about a beautiful subject… the Word of God and the God
of the Word. Read it and you will be blessed. Wether you read it in one setting, or read
it over a few days or even a month… read it… you will be blessed.

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