The book of Psalms is the longest book in the Bible and Psalm 119 is the longest psalm. In that chapter alone are the following seven words that are slso scattered throughout all of the Bible. Many times while reading scripture we come across words that we may not always know what they mean.
The words found in Psalm 119 are: statutes – commandments – laws – precepts – judgements – word - testimonies. These seven words are repeated or mentioned 151 times by the psalmist. While each word itself has a slightly different meaning, they all mean to follow and obey God’s holy words of truth as written throughout all of scripture.
The psalmist is pouring out his heart and soul during times of great anguish and is sharing his devotion and obedience in faith regarding his circumstances. It’s a beautiful and powerful way of expressing our love and commitment to God through meditation and prayer.
Here are several verses in Psalm 119 that use all seven words.
v13-16 With my lips I have declared all the judgements of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget (but remember) Your word. (emphasis mine)
v18,19 Open my eyes, that I may see Wonderous things from Your law, Do not hide Your commandments from me.
Powerful action words spoken to strengthen our faith and love of Christ. I will declare - rejoice- meditate - contemplate – delight - remember
While it would take much more than this blog to help you understand the meaning of these seven words let me give you a simple definition of each one.
LAW God is Sovereign over all His creation and Has absolute authority. We as creatures are subject to that authority. People, governments, municipalities etc. Obedience to the moral laws of God are not optional but required.
PRECEPTS Commonly suggests something advisory, instructive and communicated through the teaching of scripture on behavior and conduct.
STATUTES Laws enacted by a legislative or governing body for worship, praise and confession of sins.
TESTIMONIES People (Godly men/women, prophets) who are of faith and testify to the existence and truth of our great and powerful creator, God Almighty
COMMANDMENT(S) Are the Ten commandments and the need to worship and serve Him only.
WORD Are the divine living words of God speaking through all the various authors of scripture.
JUDGEMENTS God’s sovereign authority of judging one’s actions, thoughts and obedience to His moral laws of truth, righteousness and justice. Includes nations and their leaders. God is the supreme, final judge of all humankind.
My friends take time today and experience how these words of truth will fill your heart with great peace and joy. You will be amazed at how fulfilling and nourishing these verses are to your soul. Spend time in Psalm 119 this week and let the words fill your Heart, Mind and Soul.
Start today – Don’t delay and change your life - Let the words of God speak to you and be filled with a peace and joy beyond measure.
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