Adrian Rogers once preached:
How many of you believe the Bible is true? How many of you believe everything you read in the newspaper is true? Now, having answered those two questions, how many of you spend more time reading the newspaper than you do reading the Bible? Think about that, as believers, we spend more time reading that which we have doubts to be true than reading that which we say we believe to be true.
Today, we could change the word newspaper to online articles or even social media and make the same point. What about you? Have you neglected the God-breathed, authoritative, true Word for that which entertains, at times purposefully is fake, and actually is filled with that which does not honor God.
Psalm 119 is one of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible in both form and meaning. The form is very structured. The content is a meditation on all of Scripture. Let’s first understand the structure. In many editions of the Bible, you will notice some strange looking words at the beginning of every 8 verses. (Aleph, Beth, Gimel, etc.) These words are the Hebrew alphabet. In the original Hebrew every verse in that “8-verse” section begins with that Hebrew letter. For example verses 1-8 begin with the Hebrew letter “aleph.” (The English equivalent of “a.”) Verses 9-16 each begin with the Hebrew letter “beth.” (The English equivalent of “b.”) This structure continues throughout the entire psalm using each Hebrew letter.
Is there any reason for this structure? We cannot be certain, but perhaps the Psalmist intended this form to serve as a memory aid for reciting the chapter. Children today in our Christian school learn a Scripture memory verse for every letter of the alphabet. In much the same way, Hebrews could have memorized this chapter with the aid of their own alphabet.
Why don’t you read Psalm 119 today and look for all of the benefits of reading the Word of God.
I will start you with one. “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against God.” Psalm 119:11
Then, make a new commitment. Our church has a daily reading plan with various helps on our website at www.fbclaf.org/rtb. Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 1), we begin reading Acts 1 in our plan to read through the New Testament in one year. This is a great place to start if you need a fresh start in daily reading God’s Word.