First Christian Reformed Church || Lynden

Thy Word is a Lamp

This morning’s sermon is brought to you by the letter N and by the numbers 8 and 22. N is the Hebrew letter that begins each of these eight verses. Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem, twenty two stanzas of eight verse each, each stanza beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. I wonder if Jewish parents use it to teach their children their ABCs or in their case their ABGs, aleph, beth, gimel. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. A remarkable thing about this Psalm is that it is written about one thing. Almost every sing verse has one subject in mind. It is a Psalm written in praise of the Bible. It’s a love song about Scripture. How can a person praise the Bible for 176 verses? Wouldn’t you run out of things to say and ways to say it? You would think that 176 verses just about the Bible would become repetitive. Yet it’s like the Psalmist is holding a diamond, looking through every possible facet of that diamond, and in every facet he finds new beauty, treasures, depths, yet another quality that Scripture possesses. It’s amazing how many different words he uses, each with a different shade of meaning, to describe this book. He uses six of them just in our text. Your word, your righteous rules, your law (Torah), your precepts, your testimonies, and your statutes. In other stanzas he uses commands, commandments, ordinances, judgments, promise, and ways. Verse 105 is one of the most familiar verses in Psalm 119 and one of the most familiar in all the Bible. We were reminded just a bit ago of the great value of songs that put Scripture to music and put it into our hearts and minds from childhood on.
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