PE - Psalm 119: 129-136
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 seventeenth letter
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.
PE - Your Precepts Enlighten me with truth
We begin by defining "precept" and "enlighten":
Precept - a general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought.
Enlighten - give (someone) spiritual knowledge or insight, to explain something clearly.
The featured verses that we are studying today show a longing and desire for God's word. Plus, they show remorse for those who do not follow God.
- Desire for God's wonderful statues (verse 129) results in our obedience to God.
- Desire for enlightenment (verse 130) results in understanding (even for the most simple minded).
- Longing for God's commands (verse 131) results in understanding.
- Longing to love God (verse 132) results in mercy received from God.
- Desire NOT to sin (verse 133) results in God's guidance.
- Longing to learn God's decrees (verse 135) results in God shining down upon us.
- Desire to obey God's precepts (verse 134) results in redemption from God.
Finally, when God's laws are not being obeyed by those around us - streams of tears flow (verse 136) (we feel remorse).
Longing to learn more about our Lord God Almighty everyday will result in a life that glorifies God.
Previous Psalm 119 posts:
ALEPH - Psalm 119:1-8
BETH - Psalm 119:9-16
GIMEL - Psalm 119:17-24
DALETH - Psalm 119:25-32
HE - Psalm 119:33-40
WAW - Psalm 119:41-48
ZAYIN - Psalm 119:49-56
HETH - Psalm 119:57-64
TETH - Psalm 119:65-72
YODH - Psalm 119:73-80
KAPH - Psalm 119:81-88
LAMEDH - Psalm 119:89-96
MEM - Psalm 119:97-104
NUN - Psalm 119:105-112
SAMEKH - Psalm 119:113-120
AYIN - Psalm 119:121-128
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