Intense happiness is another way to describe “blessed”. Do you need a little more intense happiness in your life? Do you want to experience the blessed life? Psalm 119 will enable you to participate first-hand in the happy life.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible and believed to have been written by David over his life span. It is 176 verses divided into 22 sections which each contain 8 verses. The Hebrew alphabet contains 22 letters. Each section begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
The excellencies, benefits, and usefulness of the Word of God is the main topic of this Psalm. Some words used in this Psalm to describe the Word of God are statutes, commandments, precepts, and testimonies. No matter your chronological age or the number of years you have been following the Lord, the study and practical application of this Psalm will be a blessing to you.
When studying God’s Word including Psalm 119, use these 4 strategies in the order presented to experience the most from the written word: (Note: Due to the length of Psalm 119, you may choose to take 8 verses at the time to apply these strategies.)
- Read the text to understand what it says. You should read it completely through multiple times before moving on to the next strategy.
- Use the text to build understanding of what the text meant to the readers for which it was written. Attempt to identify the writer, readers, and current culture at the time of it’s original presentation.
- Identify words which need further clarity in their meaning. Use Dictionary.Com and/or Strong’s Bible Concordance to look up the meaning of words appearing in the text. Seek to summarize your understanding of what the text means in general terms.
- Draw conclusions from the reading, meaning, and understanding you have to craft principles for the meaning of the text to you. Set up a system to remember the principles and implement them in your day-to-day life.
Once you complete these 4 strategies, you will have a better knowledge of Psalm 119. When applied to your life, this knowledge will promote a blessed, fortunate, happy life.
Psalm 119 is made up of Prayers, Praise, and Proclamations. Get the most out of the text by identifying each verse as a prayer, praise, or proclamation.
Written By: Anne Gurley