We have a custom at our Monday Night Bible Study and it is that Paul always asks Harry to close the study with prayer and invariably Harry prays, “Lord, your Word is a lamp to our feet.” I love to be reminded of this phrase and thank Harry for his wonderful faith in God’s Word. This is a quote from Psalm 119:105. It is beautiful verse in a powerful psalm. Psalm 119 is the largest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses with almost every verse referring to God’s Word using phrases like, “Law of the Lord”, “Way of faith”, “Your precepts”, “Your commandments”, “Your judgments”, “Your statutes”, “Your word”, “Your testimonies”, “Your speech”, “Your way” and “Your Torah”. Certainly getting a message through to those who sang this psalm.
The Beatles sang a song called “Let it be” and in case you forget the title of the song, the phrase, “Let it be”, is repeated 36 times during the song. “When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.” The song goes for about 4 minutes so you get the idea “to leave things alone!”
So Psalm 119 is trying to get a message across, but it is a much more important message, to trust and live by God’s Word. It does this by using repetition so that we can get the meaning and remember it. This Psalm is a very clever piece of poetry which you can learn more by doing your own google search. For example, “This psalm is one of about a dozen alphabetic acrostic poems in the Bible. Its 176 verses are divided into twenty-two stanzas, one stanza for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet; within each stanza, each of the eight verses begins (in Hebrew) with that letter. The name of God (Yahweh/Jehovah) appears twenty-four times.” Wikipedia.
“I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.” Psalm 119:174-176, NIV.