Life through God’s Word
An Introduction to Psalm 119
If you have ever been tempted to disregard Psalm 119 under an assumption that it is some dry and dusty psalm about Old Testament law, you are certainly not alone. However, in this in-depth study of the longest chapter in Scripture, Chris Wright reminds us that it is first and foremost a prayer overflowing from a deeply intimate relationship with God. It is an unfolding conversation between the psalmist’s rawest emotions and God’s word, his source of comfort, delight, guidance, grace and life-giving encouragement. As a travelling companion for our own journeys, Psalm 119 serves as a powerful reminder of how Scripture speaks to our deepest desires and our greatest needs, and how, if it is to do its work in us, we must know and love the Scripture for ourselves.
Rather than approaching the text linearly, Wright explores five recurring themes within the psalm, drawing forth deeply personal and powerful applications. This thematic approach is ideal for pastors wrestling with how to preach Psalm 119 in its entirety, as well as for personal and small group study. Discussion and reflection questions are included. This is an excellent resource for anyone desiring to foster a closer relationship with God through Scripture.
Trust-building, spine-strengthening, heart-warming – a book to renew your confidence in the God who guides, forgives, protects and restores.
Minister-at-Large, Keswick Ministries
In a day marked all too often by a superficial handling of Scripture, the analysis, depth and relevance of Chris Wright’s exposition of Psalm 119 is a joy to read.
Retired Senior Pastor, The People’s Church, Toronto, Canada
What I find most helpful about Life Through God’s Word is that Chris Wright isolates the individual, distinct threads of truth that emerge throughout Psalm 119. Then, he shows how those threads are woven together to shape our hearts, actions, emotions and obedience to God. Each page pushes and equips us to engage with God’s word, not merely skim over it.
Pastor Curtis Hill
Ogletown Baptist Church, Newark, Delaware, USA
Table of Contents
- Using This Book
- Introduction to Psalm 119
- Section 1: Personal Commitment and the Word of Truth (Psalm 119:57–64)
- God’s Word as the Focus of Faith and Commitment
- (Psalm 119:89–96, 137–144, 151, 160)
- God’s Word as the Focus of Love and Obedience
- (Psalm 119:14–16, 20, 24, 34–36, 44–48, 72, 92–97, 103, 111–112, 127–131, 163–167)
- Section 2: Personal Guidance and the Word of Light (Psalm 119:97–105)
- Light for the Path
- (Psalm 119:1–9, 101–105)
- Learning for the Pupil
- (Psalm 119:26–27, 33–34, 97–104)
- Section 3: Personal Sin and the Word of Grace (Psalm 119:9–16)
- Awareness of Sin
- (Psalm 119:129–136)
- Avoiding Sin: Strengthening Our Minds and Wills
- (Psalm 119:9–16)
- Avoiding Sin: Strengthening Our Emotions and Fait
- (Psalm 119:73–80, 153–160)
- Section 4: Personal Struggle and the Word of Lament (Psalm 119:81–88)
- When Life Gets Tough
- (Psalm 119:19–25, 81–88, 141–147)
- How Does It Feel?
- (Psalm 119:25–28, 81–83, 113–120)
- Pressing On
- (Psalm 119:145–160)
- Section 5: Personal Renewal and the Word of Life (Psalm 119:153–160)
- Threats to Life
- (Psalm 119:25–40)
- Sources of Life
- (Psalm 119:169–176)