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.
17 Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
those who stray from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors. Psalm 119:17-24
How many times have we just skimmed through long passages of the Bible because we’ve read it all before several times? It’s easy after you know certain passages to just go through the motions without digging in to the “meat” of the book.
The Bible is God’s word to us. It’s a simple sentence but has powerful implications.
Yes, He gave us all of creation with its majesty and awesomeness, but the Word of God is something altogether different. He wanted to clearly communicate to us. He didn’t want to leave anything to chance. Therefore, what He had to say was of extreme importance, so much so that many have lost their lives while trying to translate this same book into other languages.
When we read the Bible, our prayer should be “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Otherwise we risk missing relevant truths for us to live by.