Psalm 119 – From the Text: The Author, Psalmist
This exercise is not in the order of our successive readings, but it is important for us to understand the importance of what we are trying to do in this class, effectively study our Bibles. We all have “attitude or perspective,” and it affects how we listen and what we see or understand from the text.
What do these verses state or imply about the context of the author?
– 25 I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word.
– 28 My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
– 51 The arrogant mock me without restraint, but I do not turn from your law.
– 53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law.
– 61 Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law.
– 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.
– 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
– 85 The arrogant dig pitfalls for me, contrary to your law.
– 107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, O LORD, according to your word.
– 150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law.
– 153 Look upon my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.
– 176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
Listening to the Text; Gathering Data about the Author; Developing Perspective, and Growing Understanding (Psalm 119)
– How does this help you?
– Does it encourage you?
– Does it seem more practical or real to consider the perspective of the Psalmist?
– Will it change how you read this section of scripture?
– How will it change the way you read?