The overall message of Psalm 119 focuses on the truth of God’s Word. It encourages us through every generation to stay close and focused on His Word no matter what circumstances and challenges we face in this world. Living in the freedom and knowledge of God’s ways, obeying His law above all else, and keeping in step with His commandments is the only way to truly live wise, strong lives.
God’s Word is powerful, living, and active. It never changes, because He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His words are breathed straight from His heart to us, a love letter for life, not simply an old-fashioned, outdated book with no relevance for today. His Word is sharper than any two-edged sword.
Psalms 119 reminds us that God’s very character is reflected through His Word, He is Righteous, He is Faithful, He is Unchanging, He is True. The opening 2 verses remind us, that we are “blessed” as we walk in His Truth, and seek him with our whole heart.
The Psalm is arranged in an acrostic pattern. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter.(in Hebrew)
Since this is a Psalm glorifying God and His Word, it refers to Scripture over and over again. It is referred to in almost every verse as it is mentioned in at least 171 of the 176 verses.
In this Psalm there are 8 basic words used to describe the Scriptures (depending on translation), God’s written revelation to us:
Law (torah, used 25 times in Psalm 119):
Word (dabar or imrah, used 43 times):
Judgments (mispatim, used 23 times):
Testimonies (edut/edot, used 23 times):
Commandments (miswah/miswot, used 22 times):
Statutes (huqqim, used 21 times):
Precepts (piqqudim, used 21 times):
In some modern translations also: Way and Decree
The theme of the awesomeness of Scripture is thoroughly explored in this Psalm, but always in connection with God Himself.
While it is unclear who the author is, most popular belief is that it is King David. However, there is argument that it could be Ezra or Daniel as well.
Regardless of who wrote it, this Psalm will take us through a wide range of thoughts and emotions, while at the same time grounding you in the Word, mentoring you and equipping you.
This challenge will be done over 22 days total, one day for each section. We will do this for 6 days per week. That gives us a day each week to either catch up if we fell behind or want to study something else. Each day, write or type out the 8 verses. Then Journal your thoughts on this piece of scripture. Try to include things like observations, confessions, encouragements and how this does or could apply to your life. If you are unsure how to Journal, click on this link Journaling 101 for some instruction on a simple journaling method.
Show me you have written the verses and completed the journaling, and you will be “in the draw” to win the journal. (I won’t read your journal entries)
Looking forward to learning with you!