PSALM 119 Contemplations – Week 1 (May 3-10)

For twenty-two days, join me in meditating up a section of Psalm 119, the longest Psalm, the longest chapter in the Bible. Each day, read the eight verse section, and spend some time with the verses. There will be some suggestions for you each day.

Pastor Jeff White

Active Adoration – May 3 – Psalm 119: 1-8 Aleph. I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous ordinances. (7)

Psalm 119 has twenty-two parts, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Every verse of each section begins with that letter of the alphabet (in Hebrew). Today’s eight verses are the first section, and are filled with blessed happiness and worship. Ponder these verses and how our actions (following God) go hand in hand with our praise of God (adoration).

Blest Beginning ~ Monday, May 4 ~ Psalm 119:9-16 ~ Beth. How can young people keep their way pure? By guarding it according to your word. (9)

The first verse of this section is well known. Years ago, when I was about twenty, a dear friend and mentor gave me a study Bible, and when he signed it he wrote this verse there. It is true for every age. Read over today’s eight verses, and consider how you can guard your way of living each day by God’s guidance.

Clear Counsel ~ Tuesday, May 5 ~ Psalm 119:17-24 ~ Gimel. Your decrees are my delight, they are my counselors. (24)

As we read this third section, we may begin to see a pattern, or it may seem to be getting repetitive. It is! In fact, every verse of this Psalm has a word in it that means God’s law, way, guidance. They vary in the many English translations, but today’s eight verses have these words: 17 word, 18 law, 19 commandments, 20 ordinances, 21 commandments, 22 decrees, 23 statutes, 24 decrees. Pray about how these things have been your counsellors through the years.

Divine Deliverance ~ Wed, May 6 ~ Psalm 119:25-32 ~ Daleth. My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. (25)

Many themes of prayer and study come up over and over in this long chapter. Today’s verses deal with times of trouble and need. The soul is feeling low and sad, dealing with falsehood and shame. Remember what verses of scripture have sustained you, and why certain ones have stayed with you in your heart and mind for many years.

Education’s End ~ Thrs, May 7 ~ Psalm 119:33-40 ~ He. Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end. (33)

So much of the time we treat the Bible as our textbook. We follow Jesus as our Rabbi, our Teacher, our Master. As you go over verses 33 through 40 today, ask the Spirit of Jesus to show you what you have been taught, and how you have been trained in His school of life. Ask also to be shown what lessons are next in the faith curriculum.

Fidelity Forever ~ Fri, May 8 ~ Psalm 119:41-48 ~ Waw.  I will keep your law continually, forever and ever. (44)

This section of Psalm 119 seems to emphasize how a person sticks to the word of God and truly enjoys it. And that’s just why we stick with something – because we enjoy it, we value it, we love it. As you meditate upon these eight verses, pray that you may be led and inspired to be more faithful today than yesterday, because you love what you hear from God.

Grounded Goodness ~ Sat, May 9, Psalm 119:49-56 ~ Zayin. This is my comfort in my distress, that your promise gives me life. (50)

Today’s part of the poetry mentions hope and comfort. It mentions opponents: the arrogant, the wicked. It mentions singing! Life is a mixed bag of experiences, and Psalms deal with it all: all that happens to us, all we do and feel, all that is terrible, all that is worth celebrating. Meditate upon these verses by rewriting them in your own words, for your situation, your life today.

Holy Hurry ~ Sun, May 10 ~ Psalm 119:57-64 ~ Heth. I hurry and do not delay, to keep your commandments. (60)

‘Hurry up and wait’ is what happens to us sometimes. In this pandemic season, there can be a lot more waiting going on. We wish things would hurry up and change! Take time, with these eight verses, to consider how you rush, and how you slow down. Examine yourself, with God, to see how you are doing at quieting yourself and resting in Christ.

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