Studies in Psalm 119

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Choose Life

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Choices abound. We all have to make hundreds of decisions that determine the outcome of our lives. Whether major or minor, they all add up and shape our lives. Do we follow the way of God or follow our own way? We all need to evaluate the options and make up our minds. The more […]

Beth: The Basis of Cleansing

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The second stanza starts with a question which it immediately answers.  Then in the next seven verses the psalmist opens his heart speaking to God about what he has done in taking heed to His Word. Verse nine begins asking, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy […]

Figures of Speech in Psalm 119

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God uses figures of speech in His Word to point out what He wants emphasized. The ones that follow emphasize important points germane to the proper understanding of Psalm 119. As we mentioned in the Day 3 teaching, the use of 14 different Hebrew synonyms is the figure of speech synonymia. This repetition of words […]

God Is Always Seeking Us

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As we come to the end of this magnificent psalm, we meet with a somewhat unexpected finale.  There is no crescendo; it doesn’t build to a climax.  There is no note of assurance and confidence.  Rather, it seems to fade away in a wistful, humble confession:  “I have gone astray like a lost sheep.” Psalms […]

Tau: Confidence to Approach God

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We have now come to the final section of Psalm 119. We have journeyed with the psalmist through a wide variety of his personal experiences. He has focused on the Word of God and stressed his desire to obey it. With the alphabet exhausted, the psalmist fills his concluding strophe with repeated cries for help. […]

Schin: The Awesome Word

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In this section the psalmist declares his awe for the Word of God he had come to love. It doesn’t matter what people do or what the circumstances are, nothing should alter our reverence for God and His Word. While most people stand in awe of powerful people, our heart is awed by God’s Word. […]

Make God’s Word Your Daily Companion

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Psalm 119 is about meditation in the Word of God and the fruits of that meditation as the Word of God is internalized and made the pattern for a man’s thoughts.  That comes to pass through constant reading and reflection on the Word of God, the application of it in one’s mind to the daily […]

Resh: The Basis of Victory

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In the resh strophe the psalmist asks God three times to “quicken” him, and twice he asks God to “deliver” him. He also pleads for God to plead his cause in the manner of an advocate in a court of law. (Compare 1 Samuel 24:15; Psalms 35:1; 43:1). His adversaries’ case against him was without […]

Delight to Remember

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Our attitude toward God’s Word is important. The psalmist did not see God’s Word as restricting or irksome. Rather, it was a source of joy and rejoicing. Because they were the rejoicing of his heart, he took God’s testimonies as a heritage forever (111). He rejoiced in the way of God’s testimonies as much as […]

Koph: God’s Word, Basis of Passionate Prayer

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In this section we find passionate prayer as its first three verses record his cries to God. Passion in prayer isn’t captured heaping up grand-sounding words and phrases. Jesus reminds us that we will not be heard for our many words (Matthew 6:7). Rather, passionate prayer is built on permanent promises. The psalmist rose before […]