Meaning Of Psalm 119

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Psalm 119 is by far the longest poem in the Psalter and the longest chapter in Scripture. It is also the most intricate with regard to structure. The format of Psalm 119 is an alphabetic acrostic, meaning that the first letters of each line in Hebrew follow through the alphabet, 8 lines per letter, thus 8 lines x 22 letters in Hebrew = 176 lines. One message of this psalm is that we are to live a lifestyle that demonstrates obedience to the Lord, who is a God of order that is the acrostic structure not of chaos. The psalm opens with two beatitudes. “Blessed” are those whose ways are blameless, who live according to God’s law, who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.
Much has been speculated when it comes to identifying the
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3, 37, 90, 122), but in other 5 verses we find two of the eight key terms (vv. 8, 48, 160, 168, 172). Though there are distinctions of meaning between the eight terms and particular nuances of God’s Word may be in view at times, they have some semantic overlap and appear be used rather interchangeably.
In almost every verse, the Word of God is mentioned. Psalm 119 affirms not only the character of the Scriptures, but it affirms that God’s Word reflects the very character of God Himself. These attributes of God ascribed to Scripture in Psalm 119 which shares both theme and vocabulary with this psalm, was written by David because Davidic dynasty was supposed to have a special relationship with the Torah this question remains, however: if indeed a Davidic king is the author of Psalm 119, and then which one was it? There are good candidates maybe David himself could have been the author. There similarities between this psalm and Psalm 19, as observed before. The psalmist frequently talks about his enemies, which is a regular theme in the Davidic psalms. Another candidate could be Solomon. The desire for obedience to God’s law expressed in this psalm matches with Solomon’s desire at the dedication of the Temple. Or the King Josiah is another viable alternative. He was a young man, surrounded by enemies, and he humbled himself before God after the Book of the Law was found. He even made a covenant with all the people of Judah walk according to
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