Psalm 119

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Scripture Truth, 2010 - Religion - 186 pages
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Psalm 119 is the longest of all the 150 Psalms and, perhaps for that reason, its 176 verses are seldom or never read completely either in public or in private meditation or study. This is an immense loss. It has a great subject: the Word of God. It shows how that Word is a treasure trove of spiritual resources for the highs and lows of the Christian's journey through life. At the moment of conversion every Christian is enrolled as a student in God's school, and finding this treasure requires daily Bible study. Meditating on each day's reading helps promote growth in spiritual maturity, experience of spiritual renewal, and the Holy Spirit can maintain praise to God in a continuous spiritual revival. Why the Psalm should be written as an acrostic is a matter of some interest. Was it simply to aid memorisation of the original Hebrew text? Do the individual letters of the Hebrew alphabet suggest themes concerning God's Word which are taken up in eight-verse sections? Does the current use of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet to represent numbers in dates aid our appreciation of the Psalm? It obviously expresses the hopes and fears of a faithful Jew, but what is in it for those under the new covenant? The author emphasises the practical lessons from this Psalm, in order that every reader might come to share his delight in the daily reading of the Word of God and the blessings this brings.
 

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Contents

Introduction
15
Analysis of Psalm 119
24
The happy result obedience
34
BETH VERSES 916
35
GODS WORD GIVES POWER FOR A HOLY LIFE
36
The Word of God keeps
37
The Word of God in my thoughts
38
The Word of God is my joy
39
verses 97120
107
MEM VERSES 97104
108
GODS WORD IS LIVING WATER
109
Reading the Bible gives spiritual intelligence
110
This wisdom never makes proud
111
It guides me in the right way
112
The proof of the pudding is in the eating
113
NUN VERSES 105112
115

The Word of God for my contemplation
40
GIMEL VERSES 1724
42
GODS WORD PROVIDES RESOURCES FOR TRIALS ALONG THE WAY
43
Prayer for illumination
44
Prayer for satisfaction
45
A rebuke to the proud
46
A reproach for the godly
47
Humble counsellors
48
verses 2548
49
DALETH VERSES 2532
50
Confession first
51
Beware of selfoccupation
52
Beware of hypocrisy
53
Devotion
54
HE VERSES 3340
56
GODS WORD MEETS OUR WEAKNESS
57
My need a contrite spirit
58
My need a yielded heart
59
My need stability
60
My need to realise my nothingness
61
VAV VERSES 4148
63
GODS WORD LEADS TO VICTORY
64
Prayer for victory over Satan
65
Prayer that I may triumph only through Him
66
A promise my lips are His
67
A promise my hands and my body are His
68
verses 4972
69
ZAIN VERSES 4956
70
Possessing our possessions
71
No promises for the proud
72
Pity the perishing without promises
73
Blesses insomnia
74
CHETH VERSES 5764
75
He is gracious
76
Transforming meditation
77
Satan seeks to rob me of the sense of Jesus presence
78
Make friends of Gods children
79
TETH VERSES 6572
81
Good may be the enemy of the best
82
Discipline results in experience
83
Evil is always plotting
84
The hidden blessings of affliction
85
Spiritual Maturity through Daily Meditation
87
YOD VERSES 7380
88
GODS WORD SHOWS US OUR RESPONSIBILITY
89
Those who are genuine
90
Let His kindness enfold you
91
Let Him keep me humble
92
Let His winsomeness clothe me
93
KAPH VERSES 8188
94
GODS WORD FOR OUR SECURITY
95
I am nothing
96
The battle continues
97
Accounted as sheep for the slaughter
98
LAMED VERSES 8996
100
GODS WORD HELPS US TO MATURE SPIRITUALLY
101
If all are His servants why not me?
102
A crisis shows what we really are
103
I am not my own but His
104
What can men do to me?
105
It helps me make decisions
116
It helps me endure
117
It helps me face life every day
118
It helps me conquer evil and sin
119
It helps me do Gods will
120
SAMECH VERSES 113120
121
It acts like a shield of faith
122
It helps me to remain standing
123
It gives me victory through Jesus Christ
124
It shows me what sin really is
125
verses 121144
127
AYIN VERSES 121128
128
Principles first then practice
129
There is need for patience and submission
130
There is need for instruction
131
The need for communion between Master and servant
132
He does all things well
133
PEH VERSES 129136
135
The blight of spiritual intellectualism
137
Always pray before reading and studying
138
The first lesson practical holiness
139
The third lesson our perfect acceptance before God
140
The fourth lesson compassion for lost souls
141
TSADDI VERSES 137144
143
GODS WORD BRINGS US NEAR TO HIM
144
Zeal for the honour of His name
145
The purity of His character
146
His righteousness
147
Comfort and victory
148
Knowing Him
149
verses 145168
151
QOPH VERSES 145152
152
The subject of prayer
153
The moment of prayer
154
The length of prayer
155
The reason for prayer
156
The comfort of prayer
157
RESH VERSES 153160
159
GODS WORD TEACHES US JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
160
He saves 161 verse 156 He is merciful
162
He knows the rebellious
163
He revives
164
SHIN VERSES 161168
166
We have the sword of the Spirit
167
We must stand firm and resist
168
We have perfect joy
169
We have perfect confidence
170
We must be perfectly obedient
171
God has a perfect path for us
172
verses 169176
173
TAU VERSES 169176
174
GODS WORD FOR CONTINUOUS REVIVAL
175
Perseverance in supplication
176
Perseverance in witnessing and preaching
177
He will continue to help
178
He will continue to revive
179
He will guide to the end
180
Conclusion
181
References
182
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