Read: Romans 15:1-13
Consider: When I introduced Psalm 119 (on 16 March 2018) I knew that we were in for the long haul. At that time I thought that it would take until the end of April to consider each of the 22 sections of the psalm in turn. What I hadn’t anticipated were the interruptions to the schedule, some of which were pleasant and welcome, while others were unpleasant and unwelcome. Yet through all of it God was teaching me to trust him and to learn from his Word.
When Paul wrote to the church in Rome he pointed out that everything in the Scriptures is written so that we can learn from it and be encouraged by it (Romans 15:4). My advice would be not to skip over any part of the Bible, but to read it asking God to open it up to you and surprise you with its relevance to your life and walk with him.
Psalm 119 is one of those psalms that you rarely hear preached upon, yet when you persist in reading and studying it you will be surprised by the richness of what it contains. Reviewing what we have looked at over the last two months might seem daunting. As the psalm contains 22 discrete sections, it would be too much to list all of what we have considered over this time.
What stood out for you? Perhaps it was the encouragement to turn away from worthless things, or the idea that your life could overflow with praise. You might have been impressed by the knowledge of the righteousness of God, or just how close he is to you in all aspects of your life. Whatever you have learned from this psalm, don’t just leave it there. Think about it, meditate on it, but most of all let what you have learned influence your daily walk with God.
Pray: Father, thank you for the richness of your Word. May we read and study it, so as to learn from it and to be encouraged by it. Most of all may it change us to become more Christlike. Amen