Psalm 119 is the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible.
It contains 176 verses. That is eight verses for every one
of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Many Bible have
the Hebrew letters at the beginning of each section of eight
verses. The central theme of this psalm is the word of God.
At least 173 of the 176 verses mention the Bible by some
title or another. Common synonyms for the Bible in the psalm
include law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments,
judgments, and word (these can all be found in the first
nine verse of the psalm).
for the number twenty-two is not absolute, but there is significant
evidence that it refers to the scriptures. The golden
candlestick had a design which gave it 22 bowls with knops
and flowers (Ex.25:31-34).
The word of God is our lamp (Ps.119:105).
The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters. The most common length
of chapter in the Bible has 22 verses. The longest chapter
in the Bible, Psalm 119, has 176 verses which is 22 times 8. It
is about the word of God.
does not divide up into sub-themes easily. Its theme is the
word of God and every verse points to that word in some way.
Sometimes, several verses in a row point to a common topic.
At other times, the sub-topics change with each verse. But
this is a beautiful psalm that continually points people back
to the word of God and its power in our lives. There are also
numerous key verses that establish important doctrines about
IN THE WORD (119:1-8)
Blessing of Walking in Godís Word (119:1-2)
Obedience of Walking in Godís Word (119:3-4)
Struggle of Walking in Godís Word (119:5-6)
Benefits of Walking in Godís Word (119:7-8)
praise of the Lord
presence of the Lord
BY THE WORD (119:9-13)
the Way of the Young Man (119:9)
Those Who Seek with the Whole Heart (119:10)
through the Hiding of Godís Word in the Heart (119:11)
Ė Note: God desires for us to memorize portions of His word and
hide them in our hearts (Deuteronomy
6:6-9; Job 22:22; Proverbs 7:1-3).
So That Godís Word Might Be Proclaimed (119:12-13)
IN THE WORD (119:14-18)
in the Riches of Godís Word (119:14)
in the Teaching of Godís Word (119:15-16)
meditation we digest the truths of God. This increases
our understanding of Godís way and leads us to the path of
meditation we apply the teachings of scripture to our heart
and life. We are changed to our profit. (Joshua
meditation we are kept from sin and are brought into a position
of holiness with God. (Psalm
meditation our work for the Lord will be prosperous and we
will accomplish that which He pleases. (Joshua
works as an aid to our prayer life. (Psalm
on the things of God strengthens us when we are being attacked
by the ungodly. (Psalm 119:23, 78)
meditation God gives us peace and joy and conquers the melancholy
in the Keeping of Godís Word (119:17)
in the unfolding of Godís Word (119:18)
Ė Note: this verse is a wonderful prayer with which to begin
any study of the Bible.
OF THE WORD (119:89-96)
by Its Place in Heaven (119:89)
0 the eternity of Godís word
by the Faithfulness of God (119:90-91)
by Its Power in Times of Affliction (119:92-95)
by the Broadness of Its Truth (119:96)
FROM THE WORD (119:97-105)
Through Daily Meditation (119:97)
Beyond All Other Learning (119:98-100)
than his enemies (v.98)
than his teachers (v.99)
than the ancients (v.100)
That Remains in the Learner (119:101-102)
That is Sweet to the Soul (119:103)
That Turns the Soul From Falsehood (119:104)
That Lightens the Way (119:105)
BY THE WORD (119:129-136)
by the Light of the Word (119:129-130)
by the Love of the Word (119:131-132)
by the Teaching of the Word (119:133-135)
by the Shunning of the Unrighteous (119:136)
BY THE WORD (119:137-140)
Words from a Pure God (119:137-138)
Words Rejected by Men (119:139)
Words Loved by Godís Servant (119:140)
Do you believe in the words of God? Do you read them? Study them?
Meditate upon them? Memorize them? Do you make them a part
of you? This is the path to full blessing for the believer.
119:1, 9, 11, 18, 89, 96, 97, 103, 105, 130, 133, 140