What does it say?

Just one chapter today, but it’s massive! This is Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible, all 176 verses. No one can be certain who wrote this masterpiece, but my personal guess is that it would be David, the master psalmist. Whoever the author may be, this is a magnificent song that celebrates the word of God.

It is an acrostic psalm. There are 22 stanzas of eight verses that correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. All eight verses of each stanza begin with the same corresponding Hebrew letter. For example, the first Hebrew letter is aleph. So in Hebrew all the first eight verses begin with the letter aleph. The next eight verses all begin with the letter beth, the second Hebrew letter, and so on.

All of the 176 verses with the exception of three make some reference to the word of God by using terms such as testimonies, law of the Lord, precepts, his ways, statutes, judgments, word, etc.

What does it mean?

I actually wrote a book on Psalm 119 called Psalm 119: a journey into the heart of God. Some have called the Psalms the heart of God. Here, right in the heart of the heart of God is this masterpiece of a psalm that establishes the centrality, importance, power and function of God’s word.

How will I respond?

Today, I will choose one of these 22 stanzas and briefly tell what I learn about God’s word and its application to my life in that stanza. Then, I will determine how I will respond by taking some concrete action to deepen my relationship with God through his word – perhaps taking a course, reading a book, setting a personal goal for Bible reading and/or study, learning to take notes from the Sunday sermon and doing further study on my own, etc.