Psalm 119 celebrates the gift of God’s Word and expresses a heartfelt desire to walk according to God’s ways. An acrostic based on the Hebrew alphabet, the 176 verses of this psalm make it the longest chapter in the Bible.
Let’s look at some of the wonders of God’s Word from the first 40 verses.
Blessing is given to those who walk by God’s law, obey God’s commands, and seek Him with all their heart.
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways! (v. 1-3 ESV)
God’s Word helps us live pure lives.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word. (v. 9 ESV)
When we allow God’s Word to change our hearts, His Word keeps us from sin.
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. (v. 11 ESV)
Meditating on God’s Word helps us fix our eyes on God’s ways.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways. (v. 15 ESV)
We can ask God to teach us His Word.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes! (v. 12 ESV)
… teach me your statutes! (v. 26 ESV)
Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end. (v. 33 ESV)
We can ask God to open our eyes so that we can see the beauty of His Word.
Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law. (v. 18 NIV)
We can ask God to help us understand His Word and obey it.
Help me understand
the meaning of your precepts
so that I can meditate on your wonders. (v. 27 CSB)
Help me understand your instruction,
and I will obey it
and follow it with all my heart.
Help me stay on the path of your commands,
for I take pleasure in it. (v. 34-35 CSB)
God’s Word gives us strength.
I am weary from grief;
strengthen me through your word. (v. 28 CSB)
Father, open my eyes to see the beauty of Your Word. I want to seek You with all my heart and obey Your commands. Help me understand Your instructions. Teach me how to walk in Your ways. Strengthen me through Your Word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.