Read: Psalm 119:39, 62, 75, 123, 137, 140, 142, 144, 164, 172; Isaiah 5:20
The “Word” referred to by the psalmist of Psalm 119 would have been limited to the five books of Moses, since that was the extent of written revelation at the time the Psalm was composed. A Christian interpretation of the Psalm reasonably presumes that the reflections in Psalm 119 on God’s Word revealed in the Law can be expanded to apply to all of God’s revealed Word, in the book we call the Holy Bible. The overwhelming testimony of Psalm 119 is that God’s Word is righteous and good.
Think About It: How is the revelation that God’s Word is righteous and good being challenged today? What are some possible motivations behind this challenge?
Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge that your Word is pure and good, and that I am not. Conform me to your Word!
Read: Psalm 119:4, 86, 89, 96, 128, 142, 151, 152, 160; Genesis 3:1 – 4
Psalm 119 asserts that God’s Word is faithful and true. Satan has attacked this particular revelation of Psalm 119. Involved in Satan’s attack on Scripture is the temptation to change what God has said in order to make it suit our inclinations.
Think About It: Are we at liberty to change the revelation of God’s Word? Why not? What is the significance and application of Psalm 119:96?
Prayer: Praise God for the applicability of His Word.
Read: Psalm 119:21, 118-119, 120, 150, 155; 2 Timothy 2:15
Psalm 119 reveals that ignorance of or disobedience to God’s Word results in judgment. If it can be said that there is bad news about God’s revelation, it is the inherent judgment it implies. God rebukes the arrogant, rejects those who wander from His statutes, and removes the wicked from the earth. God’s judgments are to be feared.
Think About It: What are some of the natural consequences of disobedience to God’s Word? How well do I know God’s Word? What can I do to know God’s Word more thoroughly?
Prayer: For diligence in studying, and obeying, God’s Word.
Read: Psalm 119: 41, 81, 94, 123, 166, 174; Hebrews 11:39 – 40; Galatians 3:24
To understand the aspect of Psalm 119 presented in verses 41, 81, 94, 123, 166, and 174 we need to limit the context to the Word of God as David knew it: the Mosaic Law. That Law, David said, made him long for salvation; his soul languished; he hoped for salvation. Something was missing; the revelation for David was not complete.
Think About It: What is the function of the Law according to Galatians 3:24? What brought the salvation of the Old Testament saints to completion?
Prayer: Thank God for the privilege of His completed revelation in Scripture; for the privilege of having a soul that does not have to languish.
Read: Psalm 119:2, 24, 54, 65, 72, 77, 92, 111, 143, 161, 162; Psalm 16:11
The psalmist asserts that God’s Word is delightful and brings joy and comfort. Satan’s parody of true religion is that it is a grim slavery, a joyless existence. This is of course precisely what sin leads to; by contrast, biblical religion is full of delight, pleasure, and joy.
Think About It: What does the Westminster Confession of Faith say is the chief end of man? What are some ways that I am enjoying God? What could I do to enjoy Him even more?
Prayer: Lord, help me to delight in You.
Read: Psalm 119:38, 97, 100, 103, 104, 105, 129, 130; 1 Corinthians 1:20, 2:16
Psalm 119 tells us that God’s Word gives wisdom, insight, and understanding. This wisdom begins with reverence (fear) of the Lord. The wisdom that comes from God’s Word is superior to every human source and makes us wiser than our enemies, our teachers, even our elders. God’s word is a sure guide in the darkness.
Think About It: How do I access God’s wisdom? (See James 1:5 – 8.)
Prayer: Lord, grant me wisdom according to Your Word.
Read: Psalm 119:49 – 50, 93, 107, 156
God’s Word is a source of revival when we are “exceedingly afflicted” and hope seems almost gone. God’s Word has the power to revive us. God’s Word is a source of real encouragement and legitimate hope.
Think About It: What promises or doctrines of Scripture have revived me when I was “exceedingly afflicted?”
Prayer: Praise God for the power of His Word to lift my spirit and revive my soul.