“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!”
And so, begins the 119th psalm. A good one to memorize. Wait a minute. Isn’t that the one with 176 verses? Might take a while, especially without getting lost among all those proclamations. But the psalmist’s use of the terms, “Your word” or, “word,” must have meant an awful lot to him. He used them forty times! In this psalm, we see that God’s word helps us not to sin against Him, revives us when we are low, gives answers when we are reproached, gives us hope, keeps us from going astray, comforts us, gives us understanding… and more. Check it out.
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
17 Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word.
25 My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word.
38 Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You.
41 Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—Your salvation according to Your word.
42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word.
43 And take not Your word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in Your ordinances.
49 Remember Your word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life.
57 You are my portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Your words.
58 I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word.
65 You have dealt well with Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.
74 Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, because I have hoped in Your word.
76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant.
81 My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word.
82 My eyes fail from searching Your word, saying, “When will You comfort me?”
89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
101 I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word.
103 How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
107 I am afflicted very much; revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.
116 Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
123 My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word.
130 The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
133 Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
139 My zeal has consumed me, because my enemies have forgotten Your words.
140 Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it.
147 I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word.
148 My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word.
158 I see the treacherous, and am disgusted, because they do not keep Your word.
160 The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
161 Princes persecute me without a cause, but my heart stands in awe of Your word.
162 I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure. I hate and abhor lying, but I love your law.
169 Let my cry come before You, O Lord; give me understanding according to Your word.
170 Let my supplication come before You; deliver me according to Your word.
172 My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.
A New Testament verse concurs with the psalmist’s “word” message. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105