Sunday, October 23, 2011

Psalms 119

Today's reading in our daily plan is Psalm 119. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • Today we’re reading Psalms, chapter 119 in the Verve Bible Reading Plan. This is the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. It is the prayer of someone who delights in and lives by the Old Testament laws. It has 176 verses. The verses are divided into twenty-two stanzas, one stanza for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. If it was written in Hebrew you would notice that within each stanza, the eight verses begin with the same Hebrew letter. There’s no way we can talk about the whole chapter so let’s pick out a few gems:
  • The first stanza sets the tone for the entire chapter. It talks about how if someone follows the laws of God they’re lives will be blessed.
  • Many of the stanzas teach us the way to live a pure life is to live by the guidelines God gives us. It encourages us to memorize the Bible so we can recall it in times of need.
  • Frequently in this chapter, the author asks God to teach him to understand the Bible more and to apply it to his life.
  • In the last verse, the author asks God to continue to find him when he wanders away from God.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • Many times in this chapter we read about how God’s guidelines give us freedom. This isn’t what we normally think. Most people think God wants to restrict us from having fun but God wants us to live pure lives so we can live free lives. Lives free from guilt, painful consequences, and bad decisions.
  • God wants a relationship with us but we all turn away from him at times in our life. The key is quickly noticing our wandering and promptly turn back to God.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • A good practice to get into is to read through the book of Psalms and find a psalm that applies to your life that day and re-read it to God like a prayer. Chapter 119 is a great one to turn to real quick and flip through and do this exercise. 
  • Did any stanza stand out in your mind as applicable to you today? Read it again but as a prayer to God.