I am no Biblical Scholar, just a chick who loves God and His Word. This is the biggest reason that Psalm 119 stands as my favorite Chapter in the Bible as well as favorite Psalm. I think it appeals to the teacher, student and child within me because it was written for the purpose of instruction, is broken down logically into sections and the original language it was written in may have served to teach it's students in both the educational and spiritual realms. No compartmentalizing here, folks! No secular and spiritual division. The purpose of education fueled the spiritual and the spiritual served the purpose of education. God's people were and are the prime example of the effectiveness of the marriage of the two. Why are we so dull that we would need to remove such amazingly rich, effective and powerful tools for building ethical integrity and moral character into the foundation of education for children? Oh, my I digressed. Here I am, I am back now! Did you really believe this would be a short post? Ha!
Back to Psalm 119
This Psalm is what is known as an alphabetical acrostic and is broken down into 22 sections of 8 verses (stanzas or strophes). Each strophe starts off with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet and continues in order to completion, checking in at 176 verses in all! The chart below shows each character, which is also at the break of each part in our own Bible, today. There is a traditional view that David authored this Psalm, however there is also strong support for other possibilities. While researching the topic I found that both Jeremiah and Ezra potentially could have authored this Psalm. Although I am a fan of Jeremiah, after all he is the Weeping Prophet ( I so relate), the two camps hold strongest for Ezra or David in Rabbinical teaching. I became fascinated with Ezra as I dug into my little project and believe that this scribe and teacher of God's word may be the author, but I am no expert- so just sharing my thoughts. David was a man after God's own heart, loved the Law and is credited with a majority of the Psalms, and it is believed by some that he taught Solomon through Psalm 119. Now there is an intriguing picture.
Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever.
Please join me on a journey of discovering and exploring this Psalm. I am posting the verses regularly here and you can join in and be encouraged, share your favorite verses, and creative displays from Psalm 119!
|I like to take the 8 verses and write them out for my little Scripture Stand!|