Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem on a grand scale. It is broken up into sets of eight verses, and each of those eight begins with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the first eight verses begin with the letter aleph, the second eight begin with bet… all the way to tav in the final eight. Since most Bibles introduce each stanza with a heading, you could use Psalm 119 to learn the Hebrew alphabet. I challenge you to produce just such a hymn of praise in your own language!
But this is not a random collection of praise verses; the artist has something to say. I’ll say little more than this: the word “law,” or synonyms such as statutes, commandments, testimonies, rules, precepts, word and ways appear at least 161 times in this Psalm. That’s almost one per verse.
Psalm 119 isn’t just something to get through or marvel at. It’s a glimpse of someone who both promises to keep the LORD’s statutes, and who finds his delight in [the LORD’s] commandments, which [he] loves... Whose soul is consumed with longing for Your rules at all times… Who will also speak of Your testimonies before kings, and shall not be put to shame…
Why does he take such delight in the law of the LORD? It’s in there. Come, sit and listen and even pray with the Psalmist: Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Our verses for this week are Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 119. Now let’s read it!
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.