If you have never read through or studied Psalm 119. You need to. Psalm 119 comes right in the middle of the entire Bible. It celebrates the Word of God. The first time I studied it, I could not believe the drawing factor this chapter brought to me. It was incredible.
Here’s an excerpt from a study I wrote for Gracefully Truthful. I wrote my own study a while back. You will find access to it at the end of this post.
129 Your statutes are wonderful;Psalm 119:129-136
therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
for your law is not obeyed.
Charles Spurgeon, in his book The Golden Alphabet, stated that this being the 17th section and the 17th letter of the alphabet, it had 8 verses beginning with the letter P. He said this octave was precious, practical, profitable, and powerful. I’ll use these words myself to speak of this 17th octave.
His Word inspires wonder in our hearts and souls. It points us to so many amazing things. I am also speechless in how often just the right scriptures come up in a study or in front of our eyes just at the right time. And then down the road, it comes up again with an entirely different focus. I never want to get away from His Word. It is Precious to me!
Yes. It gives light to our situations, it gives us the grace which we all need, and it guides our steps. You can’t get more practical than that!
In the same way, reading the scripture is so profitable to us for without it, where would we be? We would be lost in the dark, groping around with no hope. No hope because there would be no grace for our endless failures. There would not only be any light but also no guide… no map to point the way home.
Oh, yes, powerful. More powerful than a two-edged sword. The Word of God is powerful even to comfort us in distress. It can convict someone of sin. And did you know that quoting scripture is the best way to send the devil packing? Quote it aloud every chance you get! I relate to the psalmist when he says, “My eyes shed rivers of tears whenever people fail to keep Your teaching”.
Yes! God’s Word is Precious to me!
I’ll add Perfecting
Perfecting as Paul wrote to Timothy,
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:14-17
I wrote more on this Octave of Psalm 119 at Gracefully Truthful. for the Worship XI Series. Click here…
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Pastor’s Wife (retired) & Chronic Pain Warrior blogs about how to make it through anything by relating her own life experiences to her writing. She is passionate about her love for the Lord and desires to spread that passion to others. She has a great desire to encourage women who are following behind her.