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Psalm 119:129-176

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The Final Verses of this Alphabetic Acrostic Psalm

Psalm 119: 129-176

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Lesson Number 88

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Word of God is perfect and sufficient.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t miss the major point of Psalm 119.

Questions

  1. Review the structure of Psalm 119.
  2. What is the teaching of verse 130?
  3. How could the psalmist have confidence that the Lord would answer him any time he cried out (verses 145-152)?
  4. What is the emphasis of verses 161-168?
  5. Did the psalmist literally pray seven times a day (verse 164)?
  6. What is the major point of Psalm 119?

Answers

  1. This alphabetic acrostic psalm goes in sequence through the Hebrew alphabet with 8 verses of Hebrew poetry for each of the 22 letters. Almost all 176 verses address the practical use of the Word of God in the life of the believer.
  2. The Bible gives light and understanding to anyone who simply comes to the Lord and wants to know and keep God’s Word.
  3. Because of the truth and reliability of the Word of God
  4. Rejoicing in God’s Word
  5. Not necessarily. Seven is the number of perfection or completeness, so this verse speaks of continuous praise.
  6. It is not the impressive design of this psalm; the most important point is the emphasis on the importance of the Word of God.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Recall a time that you felt small and despised in the eyes of the world (verse 141). How did God vindicate you and show that standing on His eternal righteous Word made you a giant?
  2. Compare verses 147 and 148 of Psalm 119. Evidently it is not more spiritual to have your personal Bible study early in the morning or late at night. What time of day have you found works best for you? How have you been able to make this a consistent part of your daily routine?

Challenge

  1. In addition to your eternal deliverance, any deliverance you experience in this life will be based on the Word of God. While His deliverance may involve discipline and testing, you can be sure God is willing and able to deliver you.

Key Verses

  • “I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.” Psalm 119:147-148

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