What is the purpose of this Website, practically speaking?
First, I invite you to read Psalm 119! Plain and simple. Take up and read!
Second, I invite you to pray these psalms along with me.
The Writing of the Prayers. Along with each stanza of 8 verses, headed by its Hebrew title, I have written a carefully researched devotional prayer. Why the extra prayer? The psalms are prayers: joint prayers with other believers as well as private prayers to God. This psalm is not to be read like a book, but said privately, publically, and acted upon in faith.
On one hand, it is sometimes hard to understand the archaic language of the Bible. On the other hand, it can be easy to gloss over the familiar in scripture and lose meaning and application of it. In relative comfort, we get lazy; but in need, we are too pressed to study and “soak” in the depth of the riches of God’s Word.
Therefore I wanted to study now and write out the results of the study in more easily identifiable terms. When I pray, I want my prayer to be guided well and accurately. I want to mean the words as I pray them, which will of course mean a “turning” of my will toward God’s own will. This “turning” is called repentence and heart-change. I need this (as Psalm 119 so often reminds me!). This is not unique to me, but is for all who desire to know God and follow Him more. Of course, the Word of God is primary to my written prayers. I write them with the hope that by hearing these stanzas re-phrased (according to good, available scholarship), they will open your heart to a fresh application, heart transformation, and renewed joy in worship of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Resources used for the prayers. The prayers are researched using standard Biblical references. The prayers follow the scripture passage itself and are a kind of paraphrase. John Calvin’s commentary has been the central one used, but other commentaries, language studies, and historical helps have provided a wide lens. I am thankful to Biblehub.com and BibleGateway.com as free resources that I link to often.
I encourage you to continue your study on these sites with maps, commentaries, word studies, and more. I also hope that you will post your comments, whether you have a correction or discussion, or want to relate a personal experience with the psalms. I would enjoy hearing from you!
Blog Posts. Finally, blog posts progressively discuss the intersection of life with each stanza as I continue to work through this psalm myself. At the end of each post, I have added FURTHER RESOURCES for deeper study, beautiful worship (song, video or audio, poetry), and greater application of the truths studied. This is where you can sit back and have a Bible Study morning for a moment or a longer period of time. I hope that you will alert others to my site, by word or by link, to encourage them to ponder the riches of this Psalm.
This psalm, God’s own inspired Word, teaches me how to express myself before God in all honesty and in all of life–the best and the worst of times. The prayers help me move past my own circumstantial self-talk that always gets in the way of godly conversation with God.
My goal is for us to read together, study together, pray together, memorize together, and encourage one another in light of the beauty, power, and holiness of God the Father, God the Son–Jesus our Savior, and God the Holy Spirit. Thank you for visiting!
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