Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart! They also do no iniquity; they walk in His ways. You have commanded us to keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments. I will praise You with uprightness of heart, when I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; oh, do not forsake me utterly! (Psalm 119:1-8)
The Word of God in Alphabet
Language is fundamental to communication and developing an alphabet is the structure languages are built from. When teaching young children the alphabet various tools are used to help them learn all of the letters depending on the language. The Hebrew alphabet has 22 characters. An unknown psalmist used the Hebrew alphabet to teach the importance of the law of God. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible but it is a mine of wealth to clearly define the joy of contemplating on God’s word.
With each section of Psalm 119 there are eight verses representing each letter of the alphabet (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.). What is so amazing about this Psalm is the writer is able to proclaim in twenty-two ways the amazing character of the word of God. Truth be told – we could never exhaust the ways to describe the word of God.
The first eight verses begin with the Hebrew letter ALEPH. There is an exhortation to walk in the law of the Lord. Happy people are those who keep the testimonies walking in the way of the Lord. Keeping precepts and statutes is encouraged. Learning the judgments of God will bring happiness. An importance is put on the word of God requiring something more than just an expression of faith. Contrary to the opinion of many in the religious world today ‘commandment keeping’ is a vital part of our faith. The whole of Psalm 119 is about the word of God and the importance of doing something with the law of God. Walking, keeping, seeking, looking and learning the commandments of God will bring happiness.
One of the joys of reading Psalm 119 is how much the author loves the word of God. The psalm begins with a blessing. Righteous people seek the Lord with a whole heart praising Him with an upright heart. Keeping the commandments of the Lord cannot be done without our whole heart. There is so much joy in reading the words of God. The words seem to gush out of the page with a deep feeling of love for the Father.
What impact does the Bible have on your life? As we begin a day in the middle of the week how are we feeling about the word of God? Has it been our present help the last few days? Will it be part of our lives the next few days? It is easy to become so busy we only take time to read the Bible on Sunday morning and Wednesday night. Let the word of God be a joy to us each day. Hold tight the word of God in your heart. Read Psalm 119 this week and learn how to love God through His word.
The Bible becomes ever more beautiful the more it is understood. (J. W. von Goethe, Wilhelm Meister’s Travels, 1830)