by Scarlett Stough
Read Psalm 119 (Each section begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet.)
1. Aleph, 1-8. What are the conditions for receiving God's blessing? What is the appropriate response to God?
2. Beth, 9-16. Jesus told us “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). In what ways can we gain a purity of heart?
3. Gimel, 17-24. Jesus said those who “hunger and thirst” for righteousness would be filled (Matthew 5:6). How does the psalmist describe the way God fills our longing?
4. Daleth, 25-32. How does God provide comfort for us in our weariness and sorrow?
5. He, 33-40. What phrases indicate the psalmist is looking to God to teach and strengthen him to keep his laws as he so much desires to do?
6. Waw, 41-48. What does the psalmist expect some of the blessings to be by learning and doing God's law?
7. Zayin, 49-56. What are some of the benefits God gives to those whose practice is to obey him?
8. Heth, 57-64. What are the actions described which fuel the psalmist's love for God's word?
9. Teth. 65-72. What was the psalmist attitude toward afflictions?
10. Yodh, 73-80. What can we learn about God from this section?
11. Kaph, 81-88. What gives hope when waiting for God to act becomes painful?
12. Lamedh, 89-96. Why can we depend on God to preserve our lives?
13. Mem, 97-104. How important are God's instructions to our decision making in daily life? How important is our attitude toward God and his word to being able to make good decisions?
14. Nun, 105-112. What makes God's word a lamp and a light for us?
15. Samekh, 113-120. What role does fear of God and awe of his word play in our commitment to him?
16. Ayin, 121-128. Since no one but God is perfectly righteous and just, how can we claim God's salvation?
17. Pe, 129-136. How does God answer this prayer for mercy, guidance, redemption for those who love him?
18. Tsadhe, 137-144. What is the psalmist attitude toward himself, and what keeps him trusting in God?
19. Qoph, 145-152. What is the psalmist's practice as he seeks God? In what ways can we do similarly?
20. Resh, 153-160. The psalmist is frank about how he feels about lawbreakers, but where is his faith for help and deliverance? What more is asked of us who have been given the Holy Spirit?
21. Sin and Shin, 161-168. What are at least two benefits to those who love God's law?
22. Taw, 169-176. How does the psalmist express his love to God and his word? How has God answered his prayer for salvation?