Sunday, January 26, 2020

Psalm 119 - RESH (Hebrew Alphabet)

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RESH - Psalm 119: 153-160

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 twentieth letter
RESH.
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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RESH - Renew my lifE, O Lord, Your compaSsion is never ending like the Heavens

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There were five words that stood out in these featured verses:  defend, deliver, redeem, preserve and renew.
Let's begin by defining each word:

Defend - protect from harm or danger, attempt to justify.
Deliver (Deliverance) - the action of being rescued or set free.
Redeem - to compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (someone/something)
Preserve - to keep alive, make lasting.
Renew - to make like new;  restore to freshness, vigor or perfection.

- deliver me from my suffering (verse 153)

- defend my cause, redeem me, renew my life (verse 154)

- renew my life (verse 156)

- preserve my life  (verse 159)

- answer me, Lord (verse 145)

- save me (verse 146)

- renew my life (verse 149)


David then shows the vast difference between those who follow God and those who don't:

- Salvation is far from the wicked (they don't seek God's decrees)
verse 155

- Many are the foes who persecute me (I have not turned from God)
verse 157

- I look on the faithless with loathing (they don't obey God)
verse 158

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O Lord, deliver and redeem us - renew and preserve our lives.




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