Psalm 119 is famous for being the longest by far. Today we are going to focus on verses 9-16, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the Psalm isn’t worth reading! Why not put some time aside this week to discover the whole Psalm?
Verses 9-16 may be entitled ‘Beth’ in your Bible. This is because each line of this section begins with the second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which is Beth. The theme in these verses is similar to the rest of the Psalm though: the importance of knowing and following the word of God. If we can do this, we can “stay on the path of purity”.
The Psalmist uses a few different terms for God’s word in these few verses:
If we wish to live a righteous life, we must know what God has said and, more than that, we must act on it. The Psalmist says that he will hide God’s word in his heart, speak it aloud, meditate on it and delight in it. The word of God, his commands and instructions, should be central to our walk as believers.
Let us, like the Psalmist, make a commitment to not neglect God’s word but instead to read it in big chunks, to meditate on individual verses and passages, to memorise it if we are able, to speak it aloud. May we ask God to give us a love for his word, a delight in it, that we too may rejoice in knowing it and following it.
Meditation verse: I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.