intro to some Psalm 119 blogging

On Sunday our senior pastor challenged the church to read and study Psalm 119 during the coming week.  For me, it is an exciting assignment.  Psalm 119 (along with Psalm 19) are like love letters with Scripture as the object of the writer’s affection and devotion.

At 176 verses, it is the longest Psalm (and the longest chapter from a verse perspective).  So for me personally, the first step in preparing for the week’s study was determining how to split it up for each days study.

So I pulled out my NASB Bible (seems like I am almost always using digital versions instead of the tried and true leather-bound).  In looking at Psalm 119, I found that throughout the 176 verses it was broken into 22 subsections of 8 verses each.  I’m sure I’m supposed to remember what that’s all about … but memory fails me.

So enlisting the aid of my every comprehensive assistant google, I seek out the answer.  Found my answers at … and actually I kinda get that name … the love connection and all that …

Apparently Psalm 119 is what is known as an acrostic psalm … something we would have gotten a much greater sense of in the Hebrew Psalter than we do in an English Bible.  Each of the 22 sections of 8 verses … or stanzas … is represented/associated with one of the 22 Hebrew consonants … with the stanzas being in alphabetical order by those Hebrew consonants.

Not only that but the first word of each verse in a stanza also began with the same consonant the stanza was known for.

We lose a sense of all this in English … except for the evidence left in some Bible translations where each 8 verse stanza has a heading of the Hebrew consonant.  For example, the heading for the first eight verses is Aleph in the NASB.

Not sure how this will impact my study this week … but it seems like something good to know.

Anybody have any tips or advice for studying Psalm 119?

Heading out the door for Chemotherapy treatment #2 momentarily.  Prayers appreciated.

Hope to study and journal on the first three stanzas later today … will be interesting to see what the Lord has to reveal through the Scripture and teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Have an incredibly blessed day in the Lord my friends!



About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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2 Responses to intro to some Psalm 119 blogging

  1. Lance Ponder says:

    The only tip I can give is take it a section at a time. The common theme is love for the scriptures, generally called simply the Law and sometimes Word. V105 is very popular, but it is not the only worthy of being a stand-alone soundbite. Pick out the lines that inspire you and spend a little extra time meditating on them. I like reading that psalm, but I’ve only read it straight through a couple of times and that can be a chore.

    • bwebbjr says:

      Hi Lance – some great tips and good advice for studying Psalm 119 … and very similar to the approach I was already considering taking. Thanks!!!

      Be blessed IN Christ Jesus and His love and grace!!!


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