Read: Psalm 119:73, 90, 91; Isaiah 49:5; Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:12 – 16
Psalm 119 contains many reflections about the nature and work of God. Psalm 119 affirms that God is Creator. The Bible begins with this affirmation (Genesis 1:1). At the very heart of depravity and unbelief is refusal to acknowledge the existence of God as revealed in His creation (Romans 1:20 – 25). Solomon, in summing up wisdom in Ecclesiastes, begins with the injunction, “Remember now your Creator.”
Think About It: What does the psalmist do with the theological truth that God is Creator in Psalm 119:73? What is the importance of recognizing God’s hand in making me the unique individual that I am? Do I acknowledge God’s creative work in my life? Am I rendering thanks to Him?
Prayer: Thank You Lord, for your work of Creation — including me.
Read: Psalm 119:89, 137, 144, 152; Genesis 3:1; Hosea 14:9; Revelation 15:3
Psalm 119 affirms that God reveals truth in His law. The psalm strongly proclaims that God’s Word is righteous, absolute and unchanging truth. This fact about God’s truth is always under attack; the first time Satan appears in Scripture it is to attack God’s word: “Hath God said. . .?” (Genesis 3:1).
Think About It: Psalm 119 affirms that God’s word is righteous. Why is this important? What does faith affirm about God and His word according to Deuteronomy 32:4, Hosea 14:9, and Revelation 15:3?
Prayer: Praise God that His truth is absolute, unchanging, and righteous.
Read: Psalm 119:49 – 50, 138, 151, 160; 1 Corinthians 2:12 – 16
Psalm 119 stresses that God faithfully comforts and teaches His people through His Word. The psalmist personalizes theological truth, saying in effect, “God’s Word is not only true and absolute, it is faithful for me, and this is comfort in my affliction.” In verses 64, 48, and 102 he personalizes theology in another way, asking God to teach Him and recognizing that God has taught him.
Think About It: According to 1 Corinthians 2:12 – 16, why can’t I just learn about God’s truth on my own? Why do I need His help? Am I seeking His help in learning His truth?
Prayer: Lord, enlarge my heart to receive Your truth.
Read: Psalm 119: 21, 118 – 199, 126; Psalm 7:8; Psalm 94:7
Psalm 119 affirms that God is judge. God judges the arrogant and disobedient. Those who disobey God are a living denial of this truth ; they think that God either doesn’t see, or doesn’t care.
Think About It: The psalmist personalizes the theological truth that God is judge, saying in effect, “God sees and judges me.” Read Psalm 119:75 and 168. Do I live in the knowledge that “all my ways are before” the Lord?
Prayer: Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.
Read: Psalm 119:12, 64, 68, 89, 137, 142; Psalm 118:1 – 4
Psalm 119 affirms these attributes of God: His goodness, righteousness, lovingkindness, and faithfulness. What is true of God’s word is true of the Lord Himself, and Psalm 119 mirrors the revelation about God found throughout Scripture regarding His attributes.
Think About It: The Israelites in their difficulties sometimes came to a different conclusion about God (see Deuteronomy 1:27), in spite of much evidence to the contrary. What evidence do I have in my life that confirms what Psalm 119 says about the attributes of God?
Prayer: Praise God for who He is!
Read: Psalm 119:65, 124, 149, 156, 174; Romans 5:8
Psalm 119 affirms that God saves. The psalmist personalizes the theological principles of the attributes of God. He says in effect, “God is good not only in the abstract, His goodness reaches out and touches me.”
Think About It: How has God’s goodness, lovingkindness, righteousness, and faithfulness reached out and touched my life?
Prayer: Praise God for what He has done for me.
Read: Psalm 119:57; Psalm 16:6; Psalm 73:25; Isaiah 55:2; Ephesians 3:16 – 19
Psalm 119 affirms that “the Lord is my portion.” Psalm 73:25 is an excellent explanation of what this affirmation means. The psalmist has no desire for anything other than the Lord; only the Lord truly satisfies the hunger of the heart.
Think About It: What is my portion? Am I satisfied?
Prayer: For a deeper desire for God.