Psalm 119’s Most Important Lesson

”How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of the LORD.” (Psalm 119:1)

Well, that eliminates all of us, doesn’t it?!  Psalm 119 is such a majestic Psalm. It is the longest Psalm, the longest chapter in the entire Bible in fact, at 176 verses. It is divided into 22 sections of eight verses, the verses of each section all starting with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet (:1-8 all begin with Aleph, :9-16 all begin with Beth, etc.). And the theme of Psalm 119 is the incomparable word of God. It is well worth our time to read, study, and apply.  But it begins with a convicting message which must not be overlooked:

The very first verse of Psalm 119 says: “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Law of the LORD.” There is much on which to “chew” in Psalm 119, but we need to digest this first: there are NONE of us who qualify for the blessing of this first verse!  Who among us can say: “My way is BLAMELESS”? Who can assert that they walk entirely in the Law of the Lord? Sure, we should strive to do so; but the fact is, we are going to fall of it — every one of us. This is just what the scripture indicates: “there is none righteous, not even one.” (Romans 3:10)

So with all that Psalm 119 has to teach us about studying, memorizing, and applying God’s word to our lives in various situatioins, the very FIRST lesson it has to teach us is perhaps its most important: that we have all BROKEN God’s Law, and we need a Savior. Like all scripture, the most important thing Psalm 119 does, is point us to Jesus.

About Shawn Thomas

My blog,, features the text of my sermons, book reviews, family life experiences -- as well as a brief overview of the Lifeway "Explore the Bible" lesson for Southern Baptist Sunday School teachers.
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2 Responses to Psalm 119’s Most Important Lesson

  1. Norine says:

    So true. So much in Psalm 119 to live by.

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