Read Psalm 119, II

Have you ever begun reading Psalm 119 in the Bible and decided about halfway down the 176 verses that a) you didn’t understand why there are Hebrew letters at the beginning of every 8 verses, and b) why the psalm was so repetitive?  “I get it already!  This guy loves God’s word!”  And did you at that time sort of gloss over the remaining verses to move past the required reading duty?

Well, that was me.  Not that I didn’t go back from time to time and really read those glossed verses.  I did.  And I tried to comprehend.  But I always shelved my questions about it for “some other time”.  You know–One day, I’m going to really dig in and figure out that chapter, because I know there is some mystery to be solved, some answer to why it is set up like this, some reason for the repetitions.”

Years, four children and three grandchildren later, I am at that “one day.” During my Biblical counseling studies, I began studying through the psalms and created a Table of Contents of sorts for ready reference, briefly summarizing #119 but intending to come back and study it later.

I went back and studied and am still studying Psalm 119.  It has changed me and deepened my understanding. In order to really understand God’s and the authors’ intent, I studied it from as many verified and scholarly resources as possible.  I wanted to make as many enriching, deepening and helpful aids for memory as possible for my own use.

Again and again I have read of the effect that Psalm 119 has had on great men and women in history and in the Church.  This is not a psalm study to keep to myself.  We all need to re-capture this Psalm!  We all need to have a VAV (hook) in the ground, staking our lives on the Word of God:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him.  Without him was not anything made that has been made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.” (WEB)

Therefore, coming to this site (very soon) will be a devotional bookletI Love Thy Law: Meditations on Psalm 119; teaching/devotional flashcards (Hebrew alef-bet on the front, memorization stanza and devotional on the back); Hebrew alef-bet flashcards and handwriting practice sheets; bookmarks; artwork (including original watercolors and photography); musiccoloring books for children (simplified wording and art) and adults; and many links to other sites where you can learn Psalm 119 and related information and appendices (Promises of God, Christ in the Psalms, and more).   Most resources will be available as free downloads, with the more cost-intensive resources available for as small a price as possible.

 

I am no Bible scholar, nor am I in any stretch of the imagination a Hebrew linguist or scholar.  But I do love God’s word and that means that I try to obey it. My heart is wicked and I need God’s help to even be interested in His Word enough to read and study and practice it.  That truth, by the way, is in Psalm 119.  I share this with any who want to be changed from the inside out in a way that brings lasting peace with God in this world preparing us for the eternal world to come.

I am a non-denominational believer in Christ.  I was raised in a Bible-believing,  educationally enlightened, mainline denominational church by loving and wise Christian parents.  I have been an active, serving member of a Bible-believing church all my life,

Theologically, I have come to finally comprehend the best of reasonable and sane theology through the works of John Murray (WTS.com), the helpful theological works of Sinclair Ferguson, and the preaching of Alistair Begg.  My best understanding of human nature are encapsulated in the works of Dr. David Powlison and Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (ccef.org). My most-referred-to spiritual mentors and models are (not in order): Amy Carmichael, Oswald Chambers, C.S. Lewis, Andrew Murray, F.B. Meyer, Henry Nouwen, Lilias Trotter, Bishop Moule, Ruth Bell Graham, St. Augustine, Matthew Henry, John Calvin, David Platt, Tim Keller, Matt Chandler, and the 1870-1890 Keswick Convention speakers and authors and missionaries. So many more have influenced me, but this gives an idea of whose shoulders I stand upon, humanly speaking.  I rejoice in their clear and loving explanations and modeling of the doctrines contained in God’s Word.

This website is for everyone!  Christ is the King of all scripture and of all men.  It is him alone that is championed and glorified here.

My prayer is that as you study through his Word here, you will find Jesus Christ to be the fulfillment of all that you seek.  He is our Creator, our Saviour and Redeemer, our Counselor, our Model, our closest Friend, and our King.  May Christ alone receive all the glory!

Tamara

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