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Songs of Praise: Psalm 119:121-144

Let’s conclude our week with reading Psalm 119:121-144. (Click on the link to read the verses.)

I asked the group of fifth and sixth graders what they believed about the Bible. Did they think every word in it was right? True? She said it quietly but I heard her. When I asked her to say it again, she bravely stated, “There could be a mistake somewhere.”

As we continued our discussion, I asked them the same question I ask you now.

“How do we know? How do we know the Bible is God’s inspired Word and it contains no errors?”

The Psalmist gives his answer.

Therefore, I consider all your precepts to be right…

Psalm 119:128

Believing every single word of the Bible was inspired by God is a faith issue. Over the years when I have questioned His Word, wrestled with something, He has been faithful to show me His Word is truth.

What about you? Do you consider His precepts to be right? What step is God calling you to take to place your complete trust in His Word?

Father God, you know my heart and where it stands in relation to Your Word. Bless me with the desire and faith to wrestle with You regarding Your Way. Prove Yourself and Your Word true.

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Songs of Praise: Psalm 119:1-32

We begin our six day journey through the reading of Psalm 119. (Click on the link to read verses 1-32.)

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the entire Bible. This song of praise is different than the others we have read so far. My NIV study notes calls it A Love Poem to the Law. It is actually an alphabet acrostic. Each stanza (eight verses each) begins with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet.

Sort of like A is for apple, B for banana, C… you get the picture.

The author was most likely an Israelite, devoted to the study of God’s Word, and it was probably used for godly instruction. (NIV Study Bible Notes, Biblegateway.com)

The first four stanzas reveal to us the writer’s relationship with God’s Word.

…Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.

…With my whole heart I seek you, let me not wander from your commandments.

…I will delight in your statues; I will not forget your word.

My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.

I have chosen the way of faithfulness, I have set your rules before me.

He makes no excuses, no waver in his resolve. The author is consumed with love for God’s Word. And it makes me wonder, am I? Do I delight in His word, and seek it with my whole heart?

What about you? Are you consumed with longing for his rules? for His way?

As we continue to read Psalm 119 may we grow hungry like never before for God’s Word to become a consuming fire in our lives. May we hang on God’s every word and not rest each day until we’ve feasted on it.

Oh Lord, make me hungry for Your Word!

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