Sin and Shin
This psalm is an acrostic poem. Each stanza begins with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
161 Rulers persecute me without cause,
but my heart trembles at your word.
162 I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and detest falsehood
but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
166 I wait for your salvation, Lord,
and I follow your commands.
167 I obey your statutes,
for I love them greatly.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
for all my ways are known to you. Psalm 119:161-168
Have you ever read a Bible passage that just stopped you cold? It’s like an “aha! moment.” Suddenly the Holy Spirit has revealed something you had never seen before even though you’d read the passage dozens of times.
The psalmist understood that concept when he wrote “…like one who finds great spoil.”
These “nuggets” of Scripture are found throughout the Bible. God highlights the passages for our edification. He knows what we need and when we need it.