Psalm 119 Here is a simple method for reading and pondering the words of scripture. Begin with a series of questions. For example, in the first stanza of 119, there are just eight verses. Try asking, as you read, some or all of these questions.
Follow this example:
- What words are repeated?
- What attribute of God is noted?
- God has ordained His precepts; therefore, God is worthy of our praise, for He is a God of order and design for men.
- Is there a contrast or a comparison noted?
- Those who follow in God’s footsteps are blessed. In contrast, those who do not are shamed.
- Which synonyms are given?
- Precepts, ordinances, law, statutes, commands
- Is there a result from the psalmist meditation that you could apply to your life?
- No shame comes to those who focus on God’s commands.
- Is there a command that I need to obey?
- Learn God’s just regulations, keep God’s statutes
- Is there a challenge given?
- I will keep God’s statutes.
- Is there a plea to God for some area of his life to which you can relate?
- Do not abandon me; pray that my heart is predisposed or steadfastly directed towards knowing and applying God’s precepts.
- Is there a verse that I can take with me all day today?
- [Pick your own]