Summer in Psalm 119

This Summer, we are taking a deep dive into the longest chapter in the book of Psalms – Psalm 119. At 176 verses, it is the longest chapter in the book of Psalms. What would the psalmist dedicate 176 verses to?

God’s law. The psalmist uses a variety of words to describe it – “law”, “ways”, “precept”, “statute”, “commandment”, “ordinance”, “testimony” or “promise”. But no matter the word he uses, it’s clear that this guy loves God’s Word.

Psalm 119 takes the form of an acrostic poem. In acrostic poems, each verse typically begins with a successive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. So the first verse would begin with aleph and the second with beth, and so on, until the poet reached the end of the alphabet.

Psalm 119 is much more complex in that every line in an entire stanza begins with the same letter. So not just one verse, but eight verses start with the letter aleph — the next eight with beth, and so on, all the way through the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Built into the very format of the Psalm is a very clear message – God’s Word speaks to all of life A to Z – or aleph to taw in Hebrew. God’s Word comprehensively addresses all human needs and situations.

The psalmist spends no time discussing the content of God’s Word – only his commitment to it and his love for it. As we dive into Psalm 119 this Summer, our prayer would be that your love and passion for God’s Word would grow and that your imagination would be stirred about what it would look like if God’s Word shaped your entire life.

Psalm 119 Challenge

Try reading or listening to Psalm 119 from start to finish several times a week. As you engage in this practice, are you noticing an increased hunger for God’s Word? What emotions do you feel toward God’s Word and His ways?

Consider listening to the psalm. A number of artists have put Psalm 119 to music:

Poor Bishop Hooper Psalm 119 album
Exodus Music Psalm 119 album

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