Sunday, August 11, 2019

Psalm 119 - HE (Hebrew Alphabet)

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HE - Psalm 119:33-40

The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119.  If you turn to Psalm 119 in your Bible you will notice that there is a strange word every 8 verses.  These "strange" words are the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  David wrote this chapter in an acrostic pattern and every letter of the alphabet is followed by 8 verses.  It is a chapter full of praise and worship.  I thought it would be fun to study Psalm 119 by summarizing each alphabetic section in an acrostic format.

I did not know anything about the Hebrew language, so I did a little research.  The Hebrew language is written from the right to the left - opposite of the English language.  There are 22 letters to the Hebrew alphabet.  Today we continue studying with the fifth letter HE.
I am also NOT a poet, so I had to research what an acrostic pattern meant.
An Acrostic Poem - is a poem where certain letters in each line spell out a word or phrase.
Example below.

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HE - Help me to follow you Lord.

The featured 8 verses that we are studying today are all about searching and yearning for God's Truth.  Look at the eagerness to follow God:
Teach me, Lord (verse 33)
Give me understanding (verse 34)
Direct me in the path of your commands (verse 35)
Turn my  heart toward your statues (also verse 36)
Turn my eyes away from worthless things (verse 37)

Fulfill your promise (also verse 38)
When we live a righteous life we will be renewed (see verse below).

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I think it will be helpful to define two words in verse 40: precept and renew.

Precept - a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought

The definition of Renew is very interesting - it can be described with five "R" words:

In other words, acting and thinking the way God wants us to will result in a refreshed life!


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  1. What a wonderful study & EXCELLENT idea 2 express praise 2 God 4 @ least 1 thing per day! I’m grateful He delivered me from 19yrs of HORRIBLE drug, alcohol, nicotine & Self addictions. Jesus Is King!

  2. Amen thank you so much for explaining and showing the acrostic style from Patriach King David. Someone I follow on social media tried to explain but I didn't understand and been ruffled for a week because I wanted to do it so bad. Even Google didn't explain it right. See how God hears our hearts desires? And He let me run into you. Amen Hallelujah Amen ❤️ 🙏 Thank you and God Bless


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