I’m working on my next book and coincidentally (Nope, don’t believe in coincidence) reached Psalm 119 in my studies this past week. My purpose in writing the book is to make clear the importance of having the Word of God, the Bible, as a vital part of our lives. As I studied this psalm, I realized just how thoroughly it covers this very topic.
Psalm 119 is not only the longest psalm but is also the longest chapter in the Bible. It is considered by many to be “the bible on the Bible” because The Bible (the Word, the Commandments, the Precepts, the Teachings…) is its topic, and it handles said topic in depth. Since my book won’t be ready for quite some time, I decided to share some of what I’ve learned here.
This post is Part 1, and in it I will cover some of what the Bible is and can do if we will pursue it like God commands us to. There’s a lot, so being the organizer I am I put it all in a spreadsheet and sorted it by rough topics. I’m sticking to bullet points and will provide verse references as well as including a few verses. The verses I quote are in the New Living Translation.
Ready? Let’s go!
- Battles Misery – “If your instructions hadn’t sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.” (v.92)
- Blesses/Makes joyful – The KJV says “blessed are…” In the NLT, “Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.” (v. 1, 2) You can see the conditions here, of course. We must be people of integrity, follow His instructions, and search for Him with all our hearts for these verses to apply to us. That’s our part, and I’ll deal with our responsibilities in Part 2.
- Comforts us – (v. 52)
- Delights us/Pleases us – (v. 24, 77, 111)
- Keeps us from judgment – “You rebuke the arrogant. Those who wander from your commands are cursed.” (v. 21) Clearly, the reverse is true too!
- Eternal – (v. 89, 152, 160) We will live by His Word forever. That includes today.
- Fair – (v. 137)
- Makes us free – “I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments.” (v. 45)
- Guides us – (v. 98, 105, 133) Verse 105 is the familiar, “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”
- Leads us to happiness – “Make me walk along the path of your commands for that is where my happiness is found.” (v. 35)
- Helps us – (v. 130, 175)
- Gives hope – (v. 43, 114)
- Gives insight – (v. 99)
- Brings joy – (v. 74, 92, 143) Verse 143 teaches us an important lesson: “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” Let stress drive you to God and His Word!
- Is just – (v. 164)
- Keeps us close to rescue – (v. 155)
- Keeps us from self-deception – (v. 29, 118)
- Keeps us from wandering – (v. 67)
- Gives us knowledge – (v. 66)
- Gives life – (v. 37, 93) Verse 93: “I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life.”
- Gives light – (v. 130)
- Helps us live as we should – (v. 7, 19)
- Helps us not compromise with evil – (v. 3)
- Saves us from shame – (v. 5, 6, 31, 39, 80)
- Helps us not sin – (v. 11, 61) Verse 11: “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
- Helps us not be dull or stupid – (v. 70)
- Gives peace – “Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.” (v. 165)
- Is perfect – (v. 138)
- Prevents stumbling – (v. 165)
- Revives us – (v. 25, 149, 156)
- Is right – (v. 128, 144, 172)
- Helps us share freely with others – (v. 46)
- Stands firm in Heaven – (v. 89)
- Helps us stay pure – ” How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.” (v. 9)
- Strengthens & encourages – (v. 28)
- Is sweeter than honey – (v. 103)
- Has been thoroughly tested – (v. 140)
- Is a treasure – (v. 111)
- Is true – (v. 91, 142, 151, 160)
- Is trustworthy – (v. 86, 138)
- Gives understanding – (v. 32, 104) In verse 32 the psalmist says, “I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.” God’s Word is worth pursuing!
- Brings unity – (v. 79)
- Is unlimited – (v. 96)
- Helps us walk in His ways – “Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.” (v. 2, 3)
- Makes us wise – (v. 98, 100)
- Gives wise advice – (v. 24)
- Is wonderful – (v. 129)
Part 2 coming up! In it, we’ll cover the psalmist’s heart and actions, which also reflect our responsibility towards the Word of God.