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Psalm119

Psalm 119 – A Psalm of delight and joy!

 

Alas because of its length, a lot of people are put off reading Psalm 119, let alone studying it. Yet it has a vibrant beauty and pearls of wisdom to offer Christians living in the 21st century with all its rigours, tests and temptations. As a result of thinking that, back in 2010, I did a podcast series for my own site on Psalm 119, title “Scriptural Delight”!

Why did the Psalmist write this Psalm? I think the Psalmist wrote it to encourage followers of God to firstly, lead a holy life, a life of obedient godliness and secondly, to show what true worship of God is like, through the study of His written word.

To aid the reader of the Psalm help achieve these twin goals, he wrote it as an acrostic, so as to aid memorisation! The Psalm has 22 stanzas or sections, with each line of that particular stanza beginning with the same letter from the Hebrew alphabet. For example, the first section has 8 lines, all of which begin with the letter Aleph. The second section of 8 lines would all have words beginning with the letter Beth and so on through the Hebrew alphabet until the final section, which has the letter Taw. It would be like you writing a poem that went something like this:

 

A good boy eats apples

Apples that are rosy red

Always crunchy apples

As crunchiness is best!

 

That is a poor example of what an acrostic is, but hopefully you get what I mean. That is acrostic because the first word on each line begins with the letter ‘a’. Then each subsequent section would be from B to Z. Now, while all that may be very good for helping memorizing Psalm 119 in Hebrew, in English it does not translate like that, as you can see just by looking at it! That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to memorize it though. The famous David Livingstone once won a Sunday school prize for reciting it from memory – all 176 verses!

Let me leave you with some follow through!

When was the last time you read it in one sitting? Why not do that at the next opportunity and take note of the relationship with God, that the Psalmists manages to portray within it!

 

Thank you!

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