As short as Psalm 117 is, Psalm 119 is long. I often wonder if it is revered because it is 176 verses long. But in reality it is a reverential Psalm because it invites us to take a closer look at the Word of God. Moreover, to delight in greater understanding of God’s laws, decrees, commandments, statutes, precepts, promises, sayings, judgments, testimonies, ways is to realize that God’s Word can and does take on a life of its own within our lives.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote the following: Psalm 119 becomes especially difficult for us, perhaps, because of its length and monotony. In this case a rather slow, quiet, patient advance, is helpful. Then we recognize that the apparent theme, namely the love of God’s word. As this love can never cease, so also the words which confess it can never cease.
Take time to read through Psalm 119, and then remember, confess and fall in love again with the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us! May we see in new light God’s glory which is as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14). Amen and amen.