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sometimes ask how they should get into God's Word. Where should they
start reading during their quiet times? While the answer to this
question is highly personal and individual, and each believer must
develop his own approach as he spends time in the Word, we often suggest
to begin one's quiet time in Psalm 119.
In virtually every verse of Psalm 119, the writer
(presumably David) speaks of God's Word (His law, statutes, testimonies,
precepts, ordinances, etc.), declaring his love for, devotion to, and
joy in it. He praises God for His Word, he meditates on the wonders of
His Word, he exhorts himself to be in the Word, and he prays that God
would cause him to have a right relationship to the Word and the Word to
have its proper impact on his life.
Though at first glance, this psalm may seem both
repetitious and overwhelming, the more one immerses himself in it, the
more it will open to him and fill his mind and heart with wonder and awe
at God's Word. Each verse can become one's own meditation, instruction,
exhortation, praise, and prayer, and worship.
This psalm is by far the longest of the 150 psalms. It
is much more than can be digested in a single reading. But it is divided
into twenty-two sections (according to the letters of the Hebrew
alphabet), each section consisting of eight verses. By numbering
the sections in one's own Bible from one to twenty-two, one can turn to
the section corresponding to the day of the month (from the 23rd to the
end of the month, choose your favorite sections) and begin his daily
reading with a manageable portion of this wonderfully rich and varied
Receive that portion as an appetizer that set's one's
mind on Christ and whets one's appetite for the Word of God for that
day. We pray that God would open your eyes, that you may behold
wondrous things out of His law (Psalm 119:18).
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