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Day 14 Lenten Scripture and Meditation: Psalm 119:97-104

The Bible: The Word of God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:97-104 "Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path."

Psalm 119 is the longest of the 150 psalms. This means that Psalm 119 is also the longest chapter in the Bible. It is the prayer of one who delights in and lives by the Torah, the sacred law. With its 176 verses, Psalm 119 has more verses than 14 Old Testament books and 17 New Testament books.

Each section of Psalm 119 represents the letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section has 8 verses. It is amazing that 173 of the 176 verses contain the word "word" or a synonym for "word." In the above passage, there are eight of those synonyms. See if you can find them.

According to Psalm 119:105, the psalmist expresses his love for God's law declaring that he meditates on it all day long. He acknowledges that God's commands are good for him and are always with him because they make him wiser than his enemies. In fact, the psalmist says he has more insight than all his teachers because he meditates on God's statutes. He has more understanding then those older than he is because he obeys God's precepts.

Because of God's word, the psalmist has kept from evil. He has not departed from God's laws for they have taught him.

The writer of the psalm concludes that God's words are sweeter than honey for him, and he gains understanding from God's precept causing him to hate all evil.

Did you find the synonyms for "word" in the above passage? If not, here they are in the order of their appearance: law, commands, statutes, precepts, words, laws, words, precepts.

Be like the psalmist, and enjoy reading and meditating on God's word.

You are invited to read Lenten meditation for Day 15.

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