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Summary: Psalm 119 (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: gcurley@gcurley.info)

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Reading: Psalm chapter 119 verses 1-176.

Some say that this Psalm was written in a similar time as we live today.

• It was a time of religious scepticism.

• Many people doubted whether there was a God.

• Other people were jumping from one religious fad to another.

• It was a time when profanity ran rampant. It was a wicked and sinful period.

The psalmist was possibly a young man who lived in this hostile environment:

• We do not know the name of the man who wrote this psalm,

• Although the writer refers to himself many times throughout the Psalm.

• As you read the psalm, it becomes clear that he lived in an environment hostile to faith;

• And the things of God and that he faced daily rejection, slander and great opposition.

• But when he is confronted with this opposition;

• He tightens his grip on the Word of God. He never turns loose of it

Ill:

A Father and his small son were out walking one day;

• When the lad asked how electricity;

• Could go through the wires stretched between the telephone poles.

• “I don’t know,” said his father.

• “I never knew much about electricity.”

• A few blocks farther on, the boy asked what caused lightning and thunder.

• “That too has puzzled me,” came the reply.

• The youngster continued to inquire about many things,

• None of which the father could explain.

• Finally, as they were nearing home, the boy said,

• “Dad, I hope you didn’t mind me asking all those questions.”

• “Not at all,” replied his father.

• “How else are you going to learn!”

• I hope we are going to learn this morning as we look at this Psalm:

• A special psalm:

A unique psalm:

(a).

• It is special Psalm in many ways; many of you probably know that;

• It is the longest Psalm (176 verses), & not surprising that it is the longest chapter in the Bible.

(b).

• It is also an acrostic Psalm;

• That means it follows the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Ill:

• If it were written in English it would start ‘A, B, C, D…..etc until Z.’

• Because it is Hebrew it reads ‘Aleph, Beth, Gimel…..untilTaw’.

• In most editions of the English Bible,

• The twenty-two sections (which each has eight verses) of this psalm

• Are headed by the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet;

• e.g. ‘Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc’.

• In the Hebrew Bible, not the English;

• Each verse in each section also begins with the same Hebrew letter.

• e.g. All the verses in the "aleph" section (verses 1-8);

• Also begin with the Hebrew letter "aleph."

• This was probably done to help the readers memorize and meditate on God's Word.

• e.g. Preachers today often use illiteration (ill: person, place & problem).

(c). All but five verses mention the Word of God in one way or another.

• So if you get bored you can scan the passage and try to figure them out.


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