Blog 021 - Psalm 119: Hebrew alphabet in 22 Days
Posted on June 28, 2020

Psalm 119

Hebrew alphabet - 22 days in Psalm 119

Robert Murray M'Cheyne (Scotland: 1813-1843) in his annual bible reading plan, divided the reading of this Psalm over seven days in preference to a single reading.

  W. Graham Scroggie quotes the following scholars; M'Cheyne "a sweetly monotonous meditation", Maclaren "there is music in its monotony, which is subtly varied", Spurgeon "it equally excels in breadth and thought, depth of meaning and height of fervour", Augustine "it seemeth not to need an expositor, but only a reader and listener". W. Graham Scroggie, Psalms, Pickering & Inglis, page 187.

Psalm 119 is an acrostic Psalm; it is divided into 22 portions sub-titled by the individual letters of the Hebrew alphabet with each of the portions comprised of 8 verses. I must confess that I have read this Psalm many times and wondered why it was so long, but this mistaken notion was transformed through reading the notes by W Graham Scroggie.

I wanted to pass on a simple but effective way to read, understand and appreciate this wonderful Psalm. As an addition to or a variation of your daily reading, may I suggest that you set aside a few minutes to read one portion of this Psalm each day over a period of 22 days in line with the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. By doing this you can focus on a small portion and meditate on just 8 verses at a time. I have planned to do this commencing 1 July 2020; why not join me wherever you are? To help you focus on the wonderful truths contained within this Psalm, I have listed the following recurring themes to reflect on each day:

I hope you find this helpful as you read the Word of God. Annual Bible reading plan: see link at bottom of page...

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Psalm 119 v 49-50

"Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this; your promise preserves my life."

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