(176 verses, 23:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Psalm 119, the longest psalm, focuses on the Word of God and expounds in various ways. Eight words repeatedly describe God’s Word: Law, testimonies, precepts, statutes, commandments, rules, word, and promises. Understanding each is essential to understanding the depth and nuance to this Psalm’s poetic treatment of the Word.
- An acrostic poem, each of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet is given eight verses.
- This picture of the first stanza, verses 1-8, highlights how each verse begins with the same letter. This pattern is continued, for each different letter, in all 22 stanzas/176 verses.
- Here is a simple bible study going through the entirety of Psalm 119.
- A simple prayer from within the psalm, from verse 94: “I am yours save me.” This simple prayer to God affirms a right relationship—God is God and I am not. It also teaches divine monergism, that God alone works salvation—save me! What a simple, perfect prayer!
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Rev. Benjamin Tyler Holt