Psalm 119

Written by Heather Zempel | February 17, 2010 | Psalm 119

Today, we kick off the Garden to City Bible reading challenge! For the next year (and a few days), we will be exploring the story of God through the 66 books of Scripture. What better place to begin than Psalm 119?

The longest chapter of the Bible, Psalm 119 extols the life-giving value of the Word of God. The 176 verses are divided into twenty-two stanzas of eight lines each that form an acrostic with each stanza starting with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The Psalmist says on 10 different occasions that he “delights in the Law of God.” I find this really fascinating because, in our contemporary church context, we tend to think of “the Law” as something that is old, outdated, and bad. We think of the Law as a path to death. Not a path to life. But the Words of God were written to be a path to relationship with the Author—God himself—and it is in that path that the Psalmist delights. In the book of John, we discover that Jesus himself is The Word. As Pastor Mark says, hanging out in the Word is equal to hanging out with Jesus.

As we engage the Scriptures, I encourage you to delight in the Word of God. Each day, find something to be grateful for, to worship for, to take delight in. As you read Psalm 119 today, make it your prayer for the upcoming year.