Pocket Sized Thoughts – Psalm 119 – Part 1

Introduction (I) :-

This psalm stands alone in all its majesty, soaring to previously unscaled heights, where all but two verses of the 176 exalt the Word of God (or some metaphor of it). The chief theme is the word of God and its excellence above all things. The 176 verses are divided into 22 blocks of 8 verses, each block corresponding to one of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, with each verse of that block beginning with that same Hebrew letter. The author is unknown, though Ezra is favoured by some. He was a key man in the return from the exile in Babylon and was concerned less with the physical construction of the temple and walls of Jerusalem, but more that the people should be spiritually built up again by having a law (the Word) by which to live and to be identified with. To this end Ezra “prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord and to do it; to teach in Israel statutes and judgments” (Ezra 7:10). Thus, the Word of God became a foundation for God’s people. As the psalm progresses, it reveals a conflict between the world and the Word of God. But, it also reveals how the Word brings the heart to peace and victory. As with Christ Jesus, who is the embodiment of the Word, there is no greater assurance, nor better foundation to be laid in all of life, than the Word of God.

PRAYER :- “Lord, teach me the depths and truths of Your word.”