Did you know the longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses?
21st June 2021Did you know the longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119 with 176 verses? It is an acrostic Psalm – it’s split into 8-verse sections, every verse in each section begins with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Another key feature of the Psalm is every verse (except verse 122) uses one of ten Hebrew words that describe or relate to God’s Word or His teaching. The Psalm is emphasising repeatedly that God’s Word is key to our lives and without it, life is meaningless. Why does God use ten different words to describe His law? It is not just to make the reading of the Psalm more interesting! Each word shows a different aspect or characteristic of God’s ways, helping the reader understand its importance and relevance, and how to use it and apply it in their own life. The ten words include the following meanings: To tread with the feet, walking, journeying, going somewhere To testify, reiterate, go over again, to witness To take care of, take charge of, oversee To enlighten through speech To point out, show, instruct, teach To set right, judge To show justice, rightness A picture emerges of what God’s Word is all about. It can instruct and teach us the right thing to do; it enlightens us to a different way of thinking; it reiterates what we need to learn and remember; it helps us judge between right and wrong; it allows us to choose a path through life that leads to eternal life! God’s Word is not a list of commands from a dictatorial being. God chose to leave on record for us something which would teach, nurture, help, care for and encourage us every step of our lives, if we choose to read it and listen to its message. The Psalmist penning Psalm 119 (NIV) captures some of these ideas: ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.’ v105 ‘Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.’ v97 ‘Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.’ v165 ‘Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.’ V129 The Psalm challenges us to read the Bible, to think about it, to obey it, and to ‘wait for (God’s) salvation’ (v 166). Why not start today by reading this beautiful Psalm? pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org