Study Guide – Psalm 119 Taw

ת Taw

169 May my cry come before you, Lord;
    give me understanding according to your word.
170 May my supplication come before you;
    deliver me according to your promise.
171 May my lips overflow with praise,
    for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word,
    for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me,
    for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, Lord,
    and your law gives me delight.
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
    and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
    Seek your servant,
    for I have not forgotten your commands. NIV

The 22nd and final acrostic stanza of Psalm 119 is represented by the last letter in the Hebrew alphabet "Taw" (pronounced "tuv"). As you read this stanza, in what ways is it a prayer of blessing upon the passion and conviction of the previous 21 stanzas?

At first glance, it might seem to stand in contrast to most of the rest of the Psalm 119. How does it actually support the transparency of the writer's focus in this psalm? Take a moment to remind yourself of other transparent moments of the writer of Psalm 119. Why is transparency necessary to make Psalm 119 true in the practice of our lives?

:::: Application Challenge :::::

To apply this last stanza, scan back through all 176 verses of Psalm 119. Let your eyes and heart rest on key verses and phrases with which the Lord wants to encourage you today. Pray with praise for these ideas and ask God to let you not forget His commands.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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