Psalm 119 is one of the most interesting psalms in the book of Psalms. Not only do modern translations retain the Hebrew letters to give us a heads up that this is a Hebrew acrostic, the contents of the psalm are fascinating and very worthwhile for us to glean something beneficial from. When you read this psalm, his hunger for God’s Word is unmistakable. He is intensely zealous to read it, digest it, and let its nutrients drive his body to action for the good of God’s people. He makes the connection that knowledge of God and God’s Word should result in obedience. That is a concept that some today seem to have forgotten or have become less worried about. There is also an unmistakable connection between God’s Word and blessing.
Now for your homework. Take out a piece of paper and draw a vertical line down the middle of it. On the left side write the heading “Benefits of God’s Word” and on the right side write “Action items.” Once you are ready read the psalm and as you go make a list of these two things under each heading with verse numbers for later reference. So, how does God’s word benefit or bless those who study it (e.g. they are blessed – 119:1, leads to pure ways – 119:9, etc) and what are we expected to do with God’s Word (e.g. hide it in our hearts – 119:11, have it on our lips – 119:13, etc). Feel free to comment here with your lists.