Praying God's Word Psalm 119
by Manuel Vargas
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Praying Godís Word Psalm 119
Hi, Faith-Writers I thank God for another opportunity to share His Word with you. God has led me to share the topic of ďThe Word of GodĒ in my last article. We are going to continue to share more powerful information given to us in Psalm 119 about the Word of God. Thereís so much information and revelation about the Power of Godís Word in Psalm 119. This is the longest Psalm in the Old Testament, it has 176 verses, and itís divided up in 22 sections each section corresponding to the Hebrew alphabet which makes it easier to remember and meditate on it systematically by the Hebrews as well as believers today. The purpose of sharing it in this article is to enlighten the Body of Christ in the approach we should consider when it comes to praying Godís Word.
Your Word Your Precepts Your Statutes Your Commandments
The interesting part of Psalm 119 is the way they referred to Godís Word during their Prayer, Proclamation, Testimony, and Praise. The Psalmist always started or finished his prayer with the phrases; Your Word, Your Precepts, Your Statutes, Your Commandments, Your Testimonies, Your Law, Your Judgments, Your Ways and moreÖ Whatís the big deal about this you may ask? It doesnít matter what phrase they used because all these phrases are in Godís Holy Word. In other words, Godís Word contains His Commandments, Laws, and His Preceptís and moreÖThe thought is that we need to rightly interpret the Word of God when we are seeking to understand the appropriate application of it. Itís called rightly defining the Word of God.
Religion vs. Rightly Interpreted Passages of Scripture
I would like to point out that we should be conscious of how Scripture is used by the believers in the Old Testament. Many believers today tend to be religious in their application of the Book of Psalms. Some people will write the entire Psalm out on a piece of paper and tape it to the wall or carry it around for protection. I used to do these same practices until I began reading the Word of God and coming to revelation that this is not what God intends for us to practice.
We must carefully read the Psalms and see the appropriate application that we need to take to experience the Word of God in our lives as believers today.
Acknowledging the Correct Application
Another point we must consider when it comes to reading Psalm 119 is the areas in which the Psalmist applied the Scriptures. For example, when the Psalmist said, ďHow can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word (Psalm 119:9 NKJV). The Psalmist wasnít praying and asking God for insight to cleanse his way. The Psalmist acknowledged that the only way a young man can cleanse his way is by taking heed to Godís Word. Whatís the difference? This is a statement in reference to the Psalmist revelation that he received way back when that gave him clear understanding of how we can experience Godís cleansing poweróby taking heed to His Word (that is, by practically living it out!)
By taking heed to Godís Word we can cleanse our way today! This statement is a Biblical truth that we must acknowledge and practically apply today.
When we read Psalm 119 we will learn that the Psalmist didnít just pray he did more than prayóthe Psalmist Prayed, Proclaimed, shared a point, a principle, and a testimony to Godís goodness, power and blessing in his life. So we need to rightly interpret what the Psalmist shared.
A Principle of Godís Word
Hereís what a principle reads like; How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your Word (Psalm 119:9 NKJV) The Psalmist shared a Principle with us in this verse.
A Prayer of Godís Word
Hereís what a prayer reads like; With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You (Psalm 119:10-11 NKJV) This verse is a request in prayer to God and it is also a Proclamation of sincere dedication to God by way of Psalmist hiding Godís Word in his heart so he wonít sin against God. So by carefully considering each verse in Psalm 119 we have Principles, Prayers and Proclamations. The key is acknowledging how to rightly interpret which verse applies.
The Psalm 119 List of Godís Word
Last night the Holy Spirit taught me how to breakdown the phrases the Psalmist used to explain his encounter with Godís Word and how he related it to Godís Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Righteous Judgments, Word, Testimonies and moreÖ Hereís the list the Psalmist shared;
1. The phrase (Your Precepts) is quoted 20 times in versesó4, 15, 27, 40, 45, 56, 63, 69, 78, 87, 93, 94, 100, 104, 110, 128, 134, 141, 159 and 173.
2. The phrase (Your Statutes) is quoted 21 times in versesó5, 8, 12, 16, 23, 26, 33, 48, 64, 68, 71, 80, 83, 112, 117, 118, 124, 135, 145, 155, and 171.
3. The phrase (Your Commandments) is quoted 21 times in versesó6, 10, 19, 21, 32, 35, 47, 48, 60, 66, 73, 86, 96, 98, 127, 131, 143, 151, 166, 172 and 176.
4. The phrase (Your Righteous Judgments) is quoted 5 times in versesó7, 62, 106, 160 and 164.
5. The phrase (Your Word) is quoted 39 times in versesó9, 11, 16, 17, 25, 28, 38, 41, 42, 50, 57, 58, 65, 67, 74, 76, 81, 82, 89, 101, 103, 105, 107, 114, 116, 130, 133, 139, 140, 147, 148, 154, 158, 160, 161, 162, 169, 170 and 172.
6. The phrase (Your Mouth) is quoted 3 times in versesó13, 72 and 88.
7. The phrase (Your Testimonies) is quoted 21 times in versesó14, 22, 24, 31, 36, 46, 59, 79, 95, 99, 111, 119, 125, 129, 138, 144, 146, 152, 157, 167 and 168.
8. The phrase (Your Ways) is quoted 2 times in versesó15 and 37.
9. The phrase (Your Servant) is quoted 14 times in versesó17, 23, 38, 49, 65, 76, 84, 91, 122, 124, 125, 135, 140 and 176.
10. The phrase (Your Law) is quoted 23 times in versesó18, 29, 34, 44, 51, 53, 55, 61, 70, 77, 85, 92, 97, 109, 113, 126, 136, 142, 150, 153, 163, 165 and 174.
11. The phrase (Your Judgments) is quoted 11 times in versesó20, 30, 39, 52, 75, 102, 108, 120, 137, 156 and 175.
12. The phrase (Your Wonderful Works) is quoted once in verse 27.
13. The phrase (Your Righteousness) is quoted twice in verses 40 and 142.
14. The phrase (Your Ordinances) is quoted twice in verses 43 and 91.
15. The phrase (Your Name) is quoted twice in verses 55 and 132.
16. The phrase (Your Favor) is quoted once in verse 58.
17. The phrase (Your Mercy) is quoted twice in verses 64 and 124.
18. The phrase (Your Hands) is quoted twice in verses 73 and 173.
19. The phrase (Your Merciful Kindness) is quoted once in verse 76.
20. The phrase (Your Tender Mercies) is quoted twice in verses 77 and 156.
21. The phrase (Your Salvation) is quoted 4 times in versesó81, 123, 166 and 174.
22. The phrase (Your Loving-kindness) is quoted 3 times in versesó88, 149 and 159.
23. The phrase (Your Faithfulness) is quoted once in verse 90.
24. The phrase (Your Righteous Word) is quoted once in verse 123.
25. The phrase (Your Custom) is quoted once in verse 132.
26. The phrase (Your Justice) is quoted once in verse 149.
The Purpose of the List
The point of making this list is not to impress you with a long boring list. Its design to enlighten us to several things;
1. The Psalmist always referred back to Godís Word.
2. The Psalmist always acknowledged Godís Divine ability during his challenges.
3. The Psalmist either Prayed, Proclaimed, Testified or just explained the Power of Godís Word that had a tremendous impact in his life.
The more we read Psalm 119 the better we will get a handle on understanding which verse applies to our particular situation and we can carefully apply it where itís needed.
Applying Psalm 119
We all experience battles with mental and emotion stress and sometimes we may experience an emotional meltdown. The Psalmist experienced the same thing. So what did he do to overcome the challenge of emotional turmoil? The Psalmist prayed these verses;
My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your Word (Psalm 119:25 NKJV)
My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your Word (Psalm 119:28 NKJV)
We can pray these prayers for ourselves when we are encountering the emotional turmoil that the Psalmist experienced. The practical applications in Psalm 119 is given to us in detail to single out the solution to our problems and how to deal with our problems spiritually and through prayer like the Psalmist did. We only need to add the name of Jesus after the verses we quoted or prayed. May God bless you to be a prayer warrior like the Psalmist who prayed in Psalm 119, in Jesus name, amen.
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