If your law had not been my delight,Psalm 119.92-93
I would have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
Psalm 119 centers on God’s word—it’s beauty, power, value, quality—and it will be our focus in this month’s scripture writing. Because we love God, we treasure the words He has inspired and preserved for our benefit. The creation declares His glory, wisdom, and majesty, but His word gives us insight into His plan for mankind, His righteous nature, and His steadfast love for us.
In his commentary on the Old Testament, Warren Wiersbe included the following helpful information on the structure of this Psalm:
“The psalm is an acrostic with eight lines in each section, and the successive sections follow the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the eight lines of 1–8 begins with the Hebrew letter aleph, the lines in 9–16 begin with beth, in 17–24 with gimel, and so on. The unknown author used eight different words for the Scriptures: law (torah), testimony, precept, statute, commandment, judgment (in the sense of “a rule for living”), word (of God), and promise.” (The Wiersbe Bible Commentary, Old Testament)
I attempted to spread the entire Psalm over the 31 days in July, but felt that breaking up the natural sections interrupted the thought-flow. In the PDF below, I have provided two different ways to approach this Psalm. In the regular version, there are eight verses per day for five days followed by two days for catch up and reflection. This maintains the structure written by the Psalmist while also allowing us to make up for interruptions, delays, or sheer lack of time. The plan concludes with Psalm 19.7-11 which also praises God’s laws/testimonies, etcetera. If eight verses per day is more than you have time for, the abridged version does not copy out the entire Psalm, but selected excerpts from the Psalm.
Click the link below to download the PDF version of this plan. If you have trouble with the link, please let me know. You can also download the image at the top of the article.
May God’s word always be the lamp to your feet and light to your path.