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Psalm 119 is well known for three reasons. It is the longest of the Psalms. It is an acrostic, with eight verses beginning with each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It is about the love of the Psalmist for God’s Word.
In our reading this week, God’s Word is that which keeps us pure. It protects us from sin. For this reason, we desire to learn God’s law and judgments. As we remember His word, he protects us from sin (v. 11). He gives us more joy than we would have from riches (v. 14). He fills us with delight (v. 16).
The center of this stanza, verses 12-13, are central to the idea. The Psalmist asks that God should be blessed and teach him so he can proclaim God’s Word. The clear implication is that God’s Word is good for those who hear and receive it. Therefore, all who seek the Lord should want to spread the Word of God as well.
This is instructive to us. If we consider something important, really important, we want to live according to it. We also want to let others know how and why it is important. Do Christians do this reliably with the Christian faith? May the Lord give us a true vision of those riches he promises us.
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