119 Alef

Psalm 119 is longer than a giraffe’s neck.  176 verses!  That’s longer than several books in the Bible.  The 119th chapter of psalms is a "love song" about God’s words and commands.  In just a short time this long chapter can lift your soul’s desire to walk steady with God.

Walkway1In our English translations we can’t quite see what’s going on, however.  119 is powerfully poetic.  It moves and walks with rhythm and eloquent grace.  The chapter is structured into sections by the Hebrew alphabet.  In each section, the words begin with the next letter.  So for instance, the words in the first section (119:1-8) start with "A" and the words in the next section (119:9-16)) start with "B", and so on. 

Meditate on these words today (from the Message)… Reflect on how God’s commands, rather than being restrictive, actually bring us freedom and joy.  How can this be?~~~

1 You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God.
2   You’re blessed when you follow his directions,
      doing your best to find him.
3   That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;
      you walk straight along the road he set.
4  You, God, prescribed the right way to live;
      now you expect us to live it.
5   Oh, that my steps might be steady,
      keeping to the course you set;
6   Then I’d never have any regrets
      in comparing my life with your counsel.
7  I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;
      I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.
8   I’m going to do what you tell me to do;
      don’t ever walk off and leave me.

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