The Word of God in Psalm
Psalm 119 is an Acrostic Psalm.
It consists of 176 verses, divided into 22 groups of eight verses each.
In the original Hebrew the eight verses of each group begin with the same
letter of the Hebrew alphabet. For example: the first eight verses
each begin with the Aleph (A), the second eight with the Beth (B); and
so on through the whole Psalm.
Acrostichion or Acrostic is a
figure of speech of repetition of the same letter at the beginning of words
or clauses used by God to draw our attention to the importance of a certain
passage of Scripture. In Psalm 119 our attention is drawn to the
entire Psalm which focuses on the greatness of the
Word of God.
Every verse in Psalm 119 (all 176 of them)
mentions the Word of God. A verse may refer to thy law, thy testimonies,
thy precepts, thy statutes, thy commandments, thy judgments, or thy way;
but every verse focuses on the Word.
The Whole Heart
Blessed are they that keep
his testimonies, and that seek him
with the whole heart.
God blesses us when we keep His Word and seek Him with our whole
heart. God cannot be relegated to a small corner of our life such
as "Sunday morning" or only at fellowship. The heart is the inner
most part of your being. It is what makes you you. It is your
innermost thought: The deepest part of you. We must seek God
and hold His Word with our whole heart.
We are to seek God's Word with our whole heart. We are to keep
God's Word with our whole being. We ask God for His divine favor
and we find it in His wonderful Word. When the world around us is
contrary, we focus our hearts on His Word. And we cry unto God to
help us understand His Word and to help us keep it with our whole heart.
Psalm 119:10 With my whole
heart have I sought thee: O let me not
wander from thy commandments.
Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, and
I shall keep thy law;
yea, I shall observe it with my whole
Psalm 119:58 I intreated thy favour with
my whole heart:
be merciful unto me according to thy word.
Psalm 119:69 The proud have forged a lie
against me: but I will keep thy precepts
with my whole
Psalm 119:145 I cried with my
whole heart; hear me,
O Lord: I will keep thy statutes.
God's Word is Very Valuable
Thy word have
I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
We seek God's Word with our whole heart and
then hide that Word deep in our souls. We hide it as if it were a
precious treasure. We keep it close. We hold it fast. We lock
it deep in our hearts so that we are continually in fellowship with our
loving heavenly father.
The Word of God is more valuable to us than all
the riches in the world. We love His word and rejoice in it as much
as we would if we found a great treasure. If we were to be given
a great sum of money we would call all our friends and relatives and have
a big party. We would be so excited and thrilled that we would tell
everyone we saw about our good fortune. We must have that kind of
attitude of rejoicing about the value of God's Word.
Psalm 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way
of thy testimonies,
as much as in all riches.
The law of
thy mouth is better
unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love
above gold; yea, above fine gold.
Psalm 119:162 I rejoice at
thy word, as
one that findeth great spoil.
We Meditate in God's Word
I will meditate
in thy precepts,
and have respect unto thy ways.
The word meditate in this verse means
to murmur or ponder. We continually run the Word of God through our
thoughts. We "murmur" it to ourselves. As we hold the treasure
of God's wonderful Word in our whole hearts we can meditate in that Word
by continually reciting it quietly to ourselves throughout the day and
into the night.
The princes and proud of this world may speak
against us and deal perversely with us but our focus must remain on God's
Word. As we continually rehearse God's Word to ourselves day and
night we will have "more understanding than all our teachers" and we will
find ourselves holding the treasure of God's Word.
Psalm 119:23 Princes also did sit and
speak against me: but thy servant did meditate
in thy statutes.
Psalm 119:48 My hands also will I lift
up unto thy commandments,
which I have loved; and I will meditate
in thy statutes.
Psalm 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed;
for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate
in thy precepts.
Psalm 119:97 O how love I thy
law! it is my meditation
all the day.
Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding
than all my teachers: for thy testimonies
are my meditation.
Psalm 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night
watches, that I might meditate
in thy word.
We Delight in God's Word
I will delight
myself in thy statues:
I will not forget thy word.
The word delight in this verse means
to look upon, to please yourself with, or to fondle.
The Word of God is so special to us that we want to hold it and look at
it and handle it. It is precious. It is that which causes us
great sensual delight.
Psalm 119:24 Thy
testimonies also are
my delight and my counsellers.
Psalm 119:35 Make me to go in the path
of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.
Psalm 119:47 And I
will delight myself in thy
commandments, which I have loved.
Psalm 119:70 Their heart is as fat as grease:
but I delight in
Psalm 119:77 Let thy tender mercies come
unto me, that I may live: for thy law
is my delight.
Psalm 119:174 I have longed for thy salvation,
O Lord; and thy law
is my delight.
A Longing Hunger for God's Word
To seek God's Word with our whole heart; To hide it like a treasure
in our soul; To meditate upon that Word day and night; To delight
ourselves in that precious Word; all are ways to express the hunger with
which we long for the food of God's Word.
My soul breaketh for the longing
that it hath unto thy judgments
at all times.
When our desire (longing) for a knowledge of
God and His wonderful Word is so great that it hurts; when we want
His Word that much, we can be assured that our hunger will be satisfied
by the nourishment God's Word supplies.
Behold, I have longed
after thy precepts:
quicken me in thy righteousness.
The old English word quicken means to
make alive. Our longing hunger is filled by the knowledge of
God's Word which gives us life. God's Word is the necessary food
needed by our souls to have the kind of full satisfying life that God planned
I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed
for thy commandments.
Just as a dog pants in anticipation of its
meal, we, with great longing, open our mouth in anticipation of God's wonderful
How sweet are thy
words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than
honey to my mouth!
God's Help is Needed
Our attitude toward God's Word will determine our spirituality.
We must seek a knowledge of His Word with our whole heart. We must
hide it like a treasure in our heart. That means we must read it!
We must study it. We must put it in our mind. We meditate upon
His Word running it continually through our thoughts. We delight
in handling His Word. It is precious to us. We hunger to be
filled with the food of God's Word.
Finally, we must have God's help if we are to truly know His Word.
We have the written Word and we have the ability to read and study it.
With God's help we can know that which He has given us. SO ASK HIM
to help. Go to God with humility and seek His help in understanding
His Word. He authored it. He will help you to learn it.
If David, who wrote this great psalm needed God's help to gain a knowledge
of God, then maybe we do too.
Psalm 119:5 O that my ways were directed
to keep thy statues!
Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that
I may behold wondrous things out of thy law
Psalm 119:27 Make me to understand the
way of thy precepts:...
Psalm 119:33 Teach me, O Lord, thy way
of thy statutes;...
Psalm 119:34 Give me understanding, ...
Psalm 119:35 Make me to go in the path
of thy commandments;...
Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart unto thy
Psalm 119:38 Stablish thy word unto thy
Psalm 119:49 Remember the word unto thy
Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in thy word:...
This study barely scratches the surface of
the wonderful truths recorded in Psalm 119. Read it. Study
it. Rejoice in God's Word. And may God order your steps in His life
As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.