Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 119:1-8. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. It is in the middle of the Bible, and it is an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet. Although most acrostics are one verse, Psalm 119 is broken up into stanzas of eight verses with each letter. The number eight means “life from the dead,” because on the eighth day Jesus came back from the dead. We are going to break this chapter up into small bite-size pieces so it is easier to digest and we can take it all in.
This first portion of Scripture starts off with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet ALEPH. The Psalmist says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.” Blessed are those who seek God with their whole heart. They keep His laws. They don’t practice sin, but walk in the ways of the LORD always.
The Psalmist professes to God that he knows God commanded us to diligently keep His precepts and confesses that he wishes he was able to do so, and then he wouldn’t be ashamed when he remembers all the commandments of God.
He declares to God that he will praise Him with a pure heart when he has learned of God’s righteous judgment. He proclaims that he will keep God’s statutes and begs God not to forsake him.
Even when we try with all of our might to walk in the ways of the LORD, we fall short, but God loves us and He will forgive us if we ask Him. He will help us and give us the strength we need to walk in His ways, if we diligently seek Him.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
Things to Think About:
- Do you desire to walk in the ways of the LORD?
- How can we learn the ways of the LORD?
- What part does praise play in our relationship with the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 119 where the Psalmist reminds us that those who walk in Your ways are blessed. Forgive us of the times we have fallen short of living the life You desire for us to live. Help us to walk righteously before You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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by Deborah H. Bateman
Suggested Verse for Bible Journaling or Scripture Memorization:
I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. – Psalm 119:8
by Deborah H. Bateman
About the Book:
Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. Psalm 119 is located in the center of the Bible and is the longest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 is about the importance of God’s Word in the life of the Psalmist and in your life as well.
Psalm 119 is broken up into twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each so Deborah crated twenty-two short daily devotional lessons which can be used for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies. Each stanza in Psalm 119 starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet so you will also learn about one letter of the Hebrew alphabet with each lesson.
Deborah includes a brief commentary, the daily Bible Scripture, a prayer, and a few questions at the end of each lesson for personal reflection or group discussion. This study will encourage you and inspire you to read and study the Bible, God’s Holy Word.
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