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The Alphabet of God’s Word

I believe that words are so important. The Bee Gees sang a song which referred to the importance of words; “It’s only words and words are all I have”. You know God says the same to us. He has words, lots of them, and He wants us to hear them and obey them. Using God’s words can have an incredible impact on our lives. 

There is a tradition that King David used Psalm 119 to teach his young son Solomon the alphabet, the alphabet with a difference, not just the alphabet for writing letters: the alphabet of the spiritual life. This is what he had to say:

How can a young person live a pure life? By obeying your word. With all my heart I try to obey you. Don’t let me break your commands. I have taken your words to heart so I would not sin against you.

Psalm 119:9-11. (NCV)

Sound advice to those today who are a parent. Solid principles and values do not go out of style or time. These words must have had some impact for David’s son Solomon to whom this alphabet was taught. He had a visit from a Queen thousands of miles away seeking Solomons’ advice. This would have been no easy trip. A journey though that was worth the time and effort to undertake. The conclusion of that visit was it was well worth it. The same message God has to say to you and me, reading God’s advice is well worth it, and yes it will take time and it will require effort, but the same conclusion awaits you as it did the Queen of Sheba. 

Psalm 119 is arranged in an acrostic pattern. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter. It then covered a topic of which the young boy (Solomon) was to learn.  

David Guzik has written this to help us:

God’s written revelation to us covers a variety of subjects from God’s: Law, Judgments, Testimonies, Commandments, Precepts and Word to name a few.

  • God’s Word is powerful “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Whatever you are going through, you need to speak out God’s Word because God’s Word is powerful. His Word is more powerful than any problem. Don’t let your problems discourage you. 
  • God’s Word cannot be broken Although the heart can be easily broken the Word of God cannot be broken. You might feel broken, but God’s Word cannot be broken. The Bible says, “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). That means that no matter what happens in your life, God’s Word will always be the same. He will always love you. He will always be there for you. He will always listen to your prayers.
  • God’s Word will take you higher When God breathes His living Word into you, you will rise up. Every negative word spoken to you will not matter. God’s Word will take you higher. The Bible says, “Come here and listen to the words of the LORD your God” (Joshua 3:9). Why? Because God word has so many promises to lift us out of every situation. God is more than match for every situation you will ever face. 

I hope you can see out of just this one psalm and a few verses the richness of reading your Bible.

Life is the subject of today, especially in these different times. I heard today of how many deaths there were in a local hospital. There is now more than ever I believe an appreciation for life. God is very much interested in both your physical life and spiritual life, and to that end He has ensured you have His word to reap the best possible benefit for LIFE. So READ IT.

Author Edward Lawrence

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