Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Psalm 119:1-8 NLT


[1] Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.

[2] Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts.

[3] They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.

[4] You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.

[5] Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees!

[6] Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands.

[7] As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should!

[8] I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!

Reflection . . .

Psalm 119 is what is called an Acrostic Psalm. That means that each section of the Psalm begins with the next letter of the Hebrew alphabet as its structure. This one is the longest of all the Acrostic Psalms and makes use of all the letters of the alphabet. It begins with the Hebrew letter “Aleph”

This first section of Psalm 119 sets up the whole Psalm focusing it on God’s Word.

Those who love God’s Word . . .

  • Are Joyful
  • Follow the Lord’s instructions
  • Obey His commands
  • Search for Him with all their hearts
  • Do not compromise with evil
  • Walk only in the Lord’s paths

Those who love God’s Word . . .

  • Are charged to keep His commands
  • Desire to consistently reflect what He decrees
  • Will not be ashamed when compared with God’s Word
  • Learn God’s righteous regulations
  • Thankfully live as they should
  • Will obey His decrees