As part of my daily devotion, I read a chapter from Proverbs and five Psalms. However, whenever I reach the 24th day of every month, I make a mental note that I will need to allocate more time than usual for my devotion. On that day, I read Proverbs 24 then read Psalms 116-120, which includes Psalms 119, the longest psalm in the Bible. This psalm is a daunting 176 verses, easily more than triple than the usual number of verses I read in my daily five psalms. Many Christian believers will recognize some verses such as Psalms 119:105, quoted in a popular Christian song by Amy Grant-Thy Word.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalms 119:105 (KJV)
For some reason, it was always difficult to recall other verses in this long psalm and I was frustrated by my inability. Sometime ago, God inspired me to commit more of this psalm to memory. Apparently the ancient writer had something similar in mind when the Holy Spirit directed him to write it. This psalm is an acrostic, with 22 stanzas composed of 8 verses. Each stanza begins with a consecutive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Acrostics are often used as memory aids and there are several examples of other psalms utilizing this helpful literary device. An example of an acrostic with the English alphabet would be something like: A is for apple. B is for banana. C is for coconut…and so on.
Over the course of one month, the Holy Spirit inspired me to write blogs based upon one key verse from each stanza-22 in total. Here are some examples.
As I was writing these blogs, God opened the door to readily recall these verses that had previously eluded my memorization. In fact, because Psalms 119 is such a rich source of God’s Word, instead of dreading the 24th, I now look forward to this day to get an extra dose of God’s wisdom!
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
Psalms 119:140 (KJV)
Love and trust in the Lord; seek His will in your life.