7/25/2014

A Celebration of God's Word (Psalm 119)


Psalm 119 is a celebration of God's gift of the Scriptures and uses ten synonyms for God's word:
  1. law (25 times).
  2. testimonies (22).
  3. ways (5).
  4. precepts (21).
  5. statutes (21).
  6. commandments (21).
  7. judgment(s) (19).
  8. word(s) (25).
  9. sayings (19).
  10. path (5).
The psalmist gives several responses to the Scriptures:
  1. obey/keep/observe his word (Ps 119:4, 5, 8, 17, 34, 44, 56-57, 60, 67, 88, 100-101, 129, 134, 145, 167-168).
  2. meditate on his word (Ps 119:5, 23, 27, 48, 78, 97, 99, 148).
  3. rejoice in the word (Ps 119:14, 162).
  4. delight in the word (Ps 119:16, 24, 35, 47, 70, 77, 92, 143, 174).
  5. love God's word (Ps 119:47-48, 97, 113, 119, 127, 159, 163, 165, 167).
  6. asking God to revive him by the word or as he obeyed the word (Ps 119:25, 40, 88, 107, 149, 154, 156, 159).
Overview:
  1. God's word brings happiness and blessing (Ps 119:1-8, 1-2).
  2. God's word provides protection against sin (Ps 119:9-16, 11).
  3. God's word is wonderful and delightful (Ps 119:17-24, 18, 24).
  4. God's word strengthens amid sorrow (Ps 119:25-32, 28).
  5. God's word produces the fear of God (Ps 119:33-40, 38, 120).
  6. God's word enables one to answer anyone who taunts them (Ps 119:41-48, 42).
  7. God's word gives hope amid suffering (Ps 119:49-56, 49-50, 23, 42).
  8. God's word is our sufficient portion (Ps 119:57-64, 57; 16:5; 73:26).
  9. God's word is better than much money (Ps 119:65-72, 72; 37:16; Prov 15:16).
  10. God's word gives a good testimony (Ps 119:73-80, 74, 79-80).
  11. God's word is trustworthy even while languishing (Ps 119:81-88, 83, 86).
  12. God's word is eternal (Ps 119:89-96).
  13. God's word is sweet (Ps 119:97-104, 97, 103).
  14. God's word gives guidance (Ps 119:105-112, 105).
  15. God's word is a secure refuge (Ps 119:113-120, 114).
  16. God's word vindicates (Ps 119:121-128, 122).
  17. God's word is wonderful (Ps 119:129-136, 129).
  18. God's word is righteous (Ps 119:137-144, 138, 144).
  19. God's word is truth (Ps 119:145-152, 151-152, 160).
  20. God's word delivers and preserves (Ps 119:153-160, 153, 156).
  21. God's word gives great peace (Ps 119:161-168, 165).
  22. God's word saves the strays (Ps 119:169-176, 176).
The What, How and Why of the Word of God.