Mo 6/19Tu 6/20We 6/21Th 6/22Fr 6/23Sa 6/24Su 6/25
Deut. 24
Pss. 114–115
Deut. 25
Ps. 116
Deut. 26
Pss. 117–118
Deut. 27:1–28:19
Ps. 119:1–24
Deut. 28:20–68
Ps. 119:25–48
Deut. 29
Ps. 119:49–72
Deut. 30
Ps. 119:73–96

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Psalm 119 is well-known as the longest chapter in the Bible. It is broken into 22 sections (8 verses each) which correspond to the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Impressively, each verse in each section begins with that section’s letter of the alphabet (a feature you will not find carried into English translations). Imagine for a moment the labor and care that went into writing this poem. And ask yourself, what would be worthy of such artistic devotion? When you read the psalm, the answer is obvious. It’s a love poem, and it is fixated on one main object: the word of God.

In particular, the psalmist focuses on how much he loves the law of God. One of the most important things that marks the children of God is that their Father’s commandments are a delight to them. This was one of Jesus’ main lessons for His disciples just before His death: “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him” (John 14:21). The Apostle John prominently carries this theme into his New Testament writings: “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments” (1 John 2:3).

Do you delight in the law of the Lord as the psalmist does? The psalmist’s objective is not to convince us as readers that we ought to delight in God’s word; he assumes that we will if we are truly children of God. Nevertheless, there are plenty of convincing reasons for delighting in God’s word that are helpful reminders to us. Here are a few:

  • God’s word strengthens us (v. 28).
  • God’s word teaches us the way of salvation (vv. 41, 81, 94, 123, 155).
  • There is freedom in keeping God’s commandments (v. 45).
  • God’s word teaches us discernment (v. 66).
  • God’s commandments are faithful (v. 86).
  • God’s word stands forever; it is “settled in heaven” (v. 89, 152, 160).
  • Delighting in God’s law preserves us in the midst of affliction (v. 92).
  • God’s commandments make us wise (v. 98–100).
  • God’s word protects us (v. 114).
  • God’s word brings about the destruction of the wicked (v. 119).
  • Loving God’s law brings peace (v. 165).

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
—Deuteronomy 29:29

It is good for me that I was afflicted,

That I may learn Your statutes.

—Psalm 119:71

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – Tell God how much you delight in His commandments.
  • Confession – Confess ways you have grown tired of God’s word.
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for specific people in your life who have been faithful to teach you God’s law.
  • Supplication – Pray for the spread of God’s word throughout the world through the work of Bible translation.

Click HERE to ask the pastors a question about anything in your Bible reading.

This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

Recent Ask the Pastors answers . . .

Old Testament Prosperity vs. New Testament Suffering

QUESTION In the Old Testament, obeying God seems so clearly tied to physical prosperity. God even promises no miscarriages and long life in Exodus 23:26. But in the New Testament, we are actually promised suffering if we follow Christ. Why the switch in expectations...

What’s up with Ecclesiastes?

QUESTION There seem to be some pretty troubling statements in Ecclesiastes about how we are supposed to think and live. For example, Ecclesiastes 8:15, which was read in church this past Sunday, says, "There is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to...

What does it mean that love “believes all things”?

QUESTION In 1 Corinthians 13:7, what does it mean that love "believes all things, hopes all things"? It kinda sounds like that means we're supposed to just believe everything, but that doesn't seem right… ANSWER Whenever we interpret Scripture, we must use Scripture...