THE CLARITY OF THE WORD OF GOD: Psalm 119:97-105

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SCRIPTURE

PSALM 119:97-105

97 Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
    for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
    for your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
    for I keep your precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
    in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
    for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
    sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
    therefore I hate every false way.

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light to my path.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

STUDY QUESTIONS

  1. According to verse 97, what does the Psalmist do with the Law of God? How is this more than simply reading it
  2. What are the results of this “meditation” according to verses 98-99? What does the Psalmist mean “I keep your precepts” and how does that relate to “understanding”
  3. Read verses 101-102. Why does the Psalmist “hold back his feet from every evil way” and “not turn aside from the LORD’s rules”? Who exactly has “taught” the Psalmist after he has read and meditated on the written Word of God
  4. How does the Psalmist describe God’s words in verse 103 and what does he mean
  5. According to verse 104, what does the Psalmist “get” from the LORD’s precepts? What is the result of this “[getting]? How is God’s Word described in verse 105 and what does the Psalmist mean?

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