Suffering, Scripture, Prayer

The Aquila Report | 6/14/2018 | Staff
emilia (Posted by) Level 3
It’s frequently overlooked, but the songwriter behind Psalm 119 had a reason for writing. It wasn’t that he went to a Bible conference and was so full of fresh insights and faith that he just had to write a song all about God’s Word. Rather, this song was brought about by a time of great suffering in his life. Throughout the meditations on Scripture are frequent references to his own shame (v6), destitution (v25), affliction (v67), the wicked generally (v53), and the wicked persecuting him (v84). In other words, had the Psalmist not been persecuted, we wouldn’t have this wonderful song.

When we think of Psalm 119, we might think “really long Psalm” or “acrostic song” (i.e., each section starts with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet) or “a really long, acrostic song all about Scripture (all but a few of the 176 verses make specific reference to God’s Word). Rarely do we think “suffering.” But here in this longest-of-songs is a treasure trove of how to prayerfully think about suffering. Consider a few ways this song can be a steady counselor during times of hardship.

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It’s frequently overlooked, but the songwriter behind Psalm 119 had a reason for writing. It wasn’t that he went to a Bible conference and was so full of fresh insights and faith that he just had to write a song all about God’s Word. Rather, this song was brought about by a time of great suffering in his life. Throughout the meditations on Scripture are frequent references to his own shame (v6), destitution (v25), affliction (v67), the wicked generally (v53),...
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