Today's devotion from Psalm 119:1-32.
Psalm 119 is a masterpiece. It is a work of literary art that is beyond compare. As you read it, you might notice weird headings that make no sense to you. These words, aleph, beth, gimel, daleth, etc. are actually letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The reason is due to the way these verses are constructed.
The reason for the heading, aleph, is because each of those verses begin with the Hebrew letter. This occurs with every section under an alphabetic heading through the entire alphabet. Think about the attention and effort that went into constructing a psalm like this. How long did the author labor with the wording?
Even more interesting, as you read try to identify the common theme. Let me give you a hint...
How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! (119:1, CSB)
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word. (119:9, CSB)
Deal generously with your servant so that I might live; then I will keep your word. (119:17, CSB
My life is down in the dust; give me life through your word. (119:25, CSB)
Do you see the thread that links these verses together? This gifted author understands the eternal significance of God's Word. He is enamored with it and employs all his skill in praising God's Word that reveals the power, beauty, and truth of the Creator to His Creation.
As you read through these verses over the next day or two, engage in the wonder and awe displayed through each careful and precise word choice. Envision the author's care and attention as he utilizes his vast vocabulary to reflect time and again on the goodness of God and His Word. Try to grasp just a piece of this author's passion for Scripture.
Oh that we could all see the life given through His Word.