Studying Psalm 119

Monday, April 13, 2015

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I knew about it. I could quote a verse or two from it. I have read it all the way through. To be honest though, I had never really study Psalm 119. Earning the right to call itself the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119 never was on my radar to study in-depth. Maybe because I thought it was repetitive. Verse upon verse of description of God's Law. Maybe for the simple fact that it IS long I decided to not spend a lot of time there. However, I am so glad I decided to slow down in this chapter and really study it. 

Lyn Smith has written a study all on the longest psalm called Word: Psalm 119: a study in 22 meditations. Honestly, I had no idea what this psalm had to offer, but I have to say that it can speak to our daily lives. I thought it was all about God's Word, and don't get me wrong. It is. Yet, it is also about how the Scriptures can get us through life. This chapter has so much to offer and Lyn Smith's study walks you through it!

Here are just a few tidbits that I never knew existed in Psalm 119:

{The sentences in boldface are actually Lyn's words.}

God is more interested in our hearts than our behaviors because He knows that the condition of our hearts determines our behaviors.

One of the running themes? When others mistreat us we need to run to God's Word for help. His Word can get us through those tough relationships.

God's Word can give us hope. {So true as I am doing a series, Verses of Hope, this year.}

Suffering is part of the process of realizing God's goodness.

As we abide in Christ, others want to abide with us.

I loved this study because Lyn makes great connections and ask questions that really make you think. I am so glad that I have taken the time to actually see what Psalm 119 was all about! His Word is more than we can ever imagine!

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