57 You are my portion, Lord;
I have promised to obey your words.
58 I have sought your face with all my heart;
be gracious to me according to your promise.
59 I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60 I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes,
I will not forget your law.
62 At midnight I rise to give you thanks
for your righteous laws.
63 I am a friend to all who fear you,
to all who follow your precepts.
64 The earth is filled with your love, Lord;
teach me your decrees. NIV
What themes from the first seven sections of Psalm 119 do you notice recurring in this eighth stanza?
What does the writer mean in verse 57 by "portion"? What would your life look like to have the Lord as your "portion"?
Much of Psalm 119 focuses on practicing passion for God's commands (e.g. v.58). But how does verse 59 suggest that faith also involves reasoning as the rationale for following God?
Notice verse 64. In what ways is the earth filled with God's love? Why would this lead to a desire for the Lord's decrees?