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Psalm 119. “Thy Word”

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It may surprise you to learn that “Thy Word” is mentioned thirty-six times in Psalm 119. Which accounts for one fifth (or 20%) of the entire Psalm. 

[Word: אִמְרָה (fem. אֶמְרָה), “spoken word” or “commandment”.]

“Thy Word” is central to the Psalm 119 and, therefore, of very great importance to the Psalmist. On a numbers of occasions the Psalmist also uses the phrase “quicken me according to Thy Word”. The Hebrew writer says, “For the Word (Logos) of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” (Heb. 4:12-13).

The Word (Logos) of God is living (quick) and powerful. The Word (Logos) of God is God (John 1:1). Everything that was made (created) was created by Him (John 1:3).

It is essential therefore, that we hear His quickening Word. It is essential also that we preach His quickening Word - that when we open our mouths to preach, His living Word is uttered by us. Because “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word (ῥῆμα spoken) of God.” (Rom. 10:17) “…and how shall they hear without a preacher.” (Rom. 10:14)

The Psalmist frequently (on eight occasions) uses the phrase “accordIng to Thy Word.” How he trusted in the Lord’s Word, the Word of God. Clearly his faith was most truly in it. Mary believed the word of God that was brought to her by the messenger, who told her, “with God nothing shall be impossible.” Her response was, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”.

For the Word of God to be effectual it must be spoken forth out of a pure heart, and a sanctified life. A vessel of honour that is fit for the Master’s use. (See II Timothy 2:21-22)

This is what the Church of Jesus Christ needs right now - sanctified people bringing the Word of God; in prophesy and preaching. The life-giving Word of God, untainted by men and the world, creating faith in the hearts of those who hear.