The Church has Christ has often prided itself for our Bible knowledge. Is there a difference between knowing the Bible and loving it as the psalmist seems to?
Of the psalm’s 176 verses some are better known than others. When Pete’s Passionate Sermon Preparation Team met, we identified verses 11, 18, & 105 as the ones we knew best. Are there other verses in this psalm that are special to you? Why?
I believe that many Christians consider the Old Testament and it’s law as a bad thing we’re glad we don’t have to submit to today. Verses such as Gal. 5:1 highlight the contrast between then and now, between liberty and law. “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Yet Psalm 119 speaks of the Law as a wonderful thing. Compare vs32, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free”. What does the psalmist see that we don’t?
Songs from the Psalm
For a psalm this long you’d think that there’d be a lot of songs written about it, but we couldn’t think of that many. Can you help us out with some more suggestions?
- How Shall the Young Secure Their Hearts? – based on v9 (GSII, SOC, SFP)
- Open My Eyes – based on v18. (GSR; SFP)
- Thy Word – based on v105 (Amy Grant, 1984. Album: Straight Ahead)
- The Statutes of the Lord (GSII) – all 5 stanzas of text come directly from Ps. 119, Brian recalls that growing up he just sang the chorus “O how I love Thy law”.
Other songs about the Bible
- Give Me the Bible (SFP, GSR)
- Word of God Speak (MercyMe, 2002. Album: Spoken For)
- Speak, O Lord (Keith Getty & Stuart Townend, 2005.) – a really wonderful contemporary prayer
- Ancient Words (Zoe Group, 2003. Album: Ancient Future)