Read: Psalms 119 (whatever you didn’t read last week…)
As noted last week, Psalm 119 is the “A to Z” (at least the Hebrew equivalent) of celebration concerning God’s revealed “law” (or “word” or “precepts,” etc.).
Some of the passages from this “song” are familiar, including the psalmist’s claim that, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (can we truly say this?).
Testimony with the celebration
In addition to reflecting on Gods precepts and statutes, we would do well to reflect on how God reveals himself in this song. Does the psalmist celebrate only the “law,” or is this ultimately a reflection on who God is and what he has done?
Depending on the stanza, God is seen as a righteous judge, a gracious master, and a constant guide. He is a source of blessing and strength (if we take the time to see Him as such).
Some of us struggle with the psalms because we are not experts at poetry – let alone Hebrew poetry. But a careful look shows that this song goes beyond flowery phrases and pleasant platitudes.
As with much of Scripture, there’s a lot of real life here, too. Look for references to the wicked and their influence, and look for God’s deliverance from that influence. God “shows up” in many ways. The psalmist sees this, and offers praise; may we do the same!