Praying Through the Bible #68
TEXT: Psalm 119:169-176
Today, we come to the longest psalm in the book of Psalms. Psalm 119 is also the chapter with the most verses in the Bible. As you may know, this psalm is in the form of an acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is one in which each line or each stanza begins with a letter of the alphabet. Well, each of the stanzas of this psalm include eight couplets that begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This is repeated 22 times for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
This is a very deep and detailed psalm. Charles Spurgeon wrote 400 pages of commentary on this psalm alone. Thomas Manton, a Puritan preacher and writer, wrote a three-volume work on Psalm 119. Each volume is between 500 and 600 pages. Some great people have memorized this whole Psalm and found great blessing in doing so. Among them are: John Ruskin, the 19th century British writer; William Wilberforce, the British politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade in England; Henry Martyn, the pioneer missionary to India; and David Livingstone, the pioneer missionary to Africa.
If we were to look at this entire psalm, we would find that the overall theme of the psalm is God's word or God's law. The author of this psalm deems the Word of God most important. He wants us to understand that God's Word should be the top priority in our lives.
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