Sunday, August 18, 2019

Psalm 119 - WAW (Hebrew Alphabet)

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WAW - Psalm 119:41-48

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 sixth letter WAW.
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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WAW - Your Word allows me to walk in freedom.

The main focus in these verses today is about freedom.
We are free from eternal condemnation because Jesus died and rose again for ALL of our sins!  Our sins have been forgiven forever!  (click HERE to read about Forgiveness)

In these featured 8 verses we see how this glorious freedom is detailed:
May your UNFAILING LOVE come to me, Lord (verse 41)
YOUR SALVATION, according to your promise (verse 41)
I TRUST in your word (verse 42)
I have put my HOPE in your laws (also verse 43)

Eternal freedom comes from God's UNFAILING LOVE for all of us.  This SALVATION gives us HOPE for the future and when we TRUST in God for our current situation, we are able to WALK ABOUT IN FREEDOM.  (see verse below) 

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I will close today's Bible study with verse 47

"For I delight in your commandments because I love them."  Psalm 119:47


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