Today I wanted to give an overview of where we will be headed over the next few weeks. I have often wanted to study this Psalm so I think the time is now to do so. But today I wanted to give a little overview of it. This Psalm is the longest chapter in the Bible. It is arranged in an acrostic pattern. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet and this Psalm contains 22 sections of 8 verses each. Each of the sections is given a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter. This Psalm is all about glorifying God and His word. Scripture is mentioned in at least 171 of the 176 verses.
Several great scholars of the past have studied this Psalm and have written great works on it. I will not be able to study those great works in the essence of time, but I will read some commentary and will look at it in various translations. I have read through this Psalm many times, but usually in one sitting. I think that breaking it down will give us, or at least me a greater understanding of it. I figure if the great scholars of the past studied it, it is definitely worth my time to spend at least a little time on it, right?
I love how this Psalm will point us to scripture, to God’s word over and over. I love God’s word and it is always my wish and my desire and my goal to understand it more and more. I pray that as I study this Psalm, that God will give me, will give us more love for his written word. After all, that is where we will always find Him. Oh I believe we can find Him in creation. I believe we can find Him at times in words spoken over us by pastors, teachers and sometimes friends. I believe we can find Him in the eyes of our loved ones. But I KNOW we can always find Him in the pages of scripture. After all ~
“All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Today is an invitation to study along with me. I will be using different versions of the Bible, mainly the ESV, NIV, NKJV, TPT, MSG and NLT. I will be reading some commentary out of my Blue Letter Bible app and I am also using a YouVersion devotional to get understanding. If you choose to study along, I would be so honored. Today, I will sit and read Psalm 119 in its entirety and then over the next few weeks we will take 1 section at a time. I will study and I will share my thoughts and I would love for you to share your thoughts with me. Please remember, I am no scholar, I am not a theologian of any sort, I am just a simple minded woman who loves God, loves His word and Jesus is the absolute Love of my Life! He is my very best friend and I pray I spend the rest of my days learning more and more about Him. I pray my life points others to Jesus. But I also know, I am fallible and I mess up daily, but I beg His forgiveness and yours too and I pray that tomorrow I will do better. Until tomorrow ~