When we read the Psalms, because we don’t read it in the original language, sometimes we forget how poetic these verses really are.  Psalm 119 is unique in several ways.

First, it is the longest chapter in the Bible at 176 verses.  There are 22 sections of verses and each section contains 8 lines.  The amazing beauty is missed in the translation, and that is that each group of 8 lines all start with a different letter in the Hebrew alphabet.  If read in Hebrew, the first 8 lines would all start with Alef, the next 8 all start with Bet and so on.

In English, we don’t see this beauty, however that doesn’t meant there isn’t still beauty in the words themselves.  It is a beautiful love letter to God.  Throughout the letter, the author (most likely David) acknowledges his own failures and the impossibility to live up to what God deserves.  But at the same time, he also acknowledges the unending and undeserved love that God pours out on His people.

In fact, the author references God’s “Word” 29 times in the 22 stanzas. Knowing that Christ is called the Word of God brings a new meaning to this text that the author could not have even understood as he wrote it.  Seeing the big picture unfold through Old Testament authors as they point to the Living Christ without even knowing it is simple awesome and more evidence of the Spirit lead inspiration of the Old Testament.

The Psalm ends with the most critical gospel message of all.

I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant,
    for I do not forget your commandments.

We have all gone astray and His Word seeks us like lost sheep, as we are found and repent and rejoice in His name, we will wonder and stray again. His love is so perfect as to keep seeking us.


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