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A Medley called Psalm 119

posted by xscot mcknight

Psalm 119, captured by some as Torah piety, is a “medley of praise, prayer and wisdom” (R. Allen, Psalms 101-150, Word). This Psalm, noted above by it being an acrostic with eight lines beginning with the same Hebrew letter (vv. 1-8 begin with aleph) as it works it way through 176 verses.
There are eight major terms for God’s Torah — Torah (25x), Word (24x), Rulings and Covenant (23x), Commands (22x), Statutes and Charges (21x), Sayings (19x).
In this series we will work our way through Psalm 119, and I don’t know how long it will take. Our focus will be on seeing Torah as wisdom, and Word of God as identity-shaping.
It opens with this:
“Happy are those whose way is blameless,
who follow the Torah of Yahweh.”
Blamelessness (tamin) can only be found by reading, listening, hearing, absorbing, and heeding the Torah. “Blamelessness” translates “perfection in way.” This speaks of focus, of concentration, of aim, of telos, of object, and of ambition — the ambitionm of the blessed person is to be shaped by the Torah.
The reason this blog has something about the Bible almost every day is because I believe Psalm 119:1.



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Ted Gossard

posted October 30, 2006 at 6:26 am


Scot,
Thanks and I look forward to this series.
I want to be a person of the Spirit. And of the Community. But have always been a person of the Book. And I want to be so much more so in the way God reveals for us to be.
It is no small concern to see, that while Christian bookstore shelves flourish with all kinds of Bible translations, so many good ones- yet more and more Christians seem to know less and less of the content of Scripture.
Maybe that’s an opportunity to help all of us find a better way in our approach to God and to his Word. At any rate this series can surely help us in this.



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posted October 30, 2006 at 7:55 am


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John Frye

posted October 30, 2006 at 8:18 am


Scot,
For all the celebration of Torah in Psalm 119 (and I, too, look forward to your series of posts on this amazing Psalm), I still think your phrase “Love of Torah versus Torah of Love” in JESUS CREED is simple and incredibly insightful.



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Clay Knick

posted October 30, 2006 at 8:37 am


I look forward to more of these.



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aaron

posted October 30, 2006 at 2:59 pm


I can’t think of a better way to start a Psalm. :)



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Bryan Riley

posted October 30, 2006 at 8:38 pm


Wow. Very glad you are doing this. Psalm 119 is an amazing song about God’s word and I like the thought of perfection in way, or completeness in the way. When we are obedient to God’s word in our lives, we are perfect in our way and will be found complete, blameless, whole. Hallelujah.



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Ahmad

posted October 31, 2006 at 6:25 am


peace be upon you,
May i ask the moderator, why did you remove my comment ?



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Ahmad

posted October 31, 2006 at 9:28 am


Have you been to the website and came out with the conclusion that it is not relative to Psalm 119 ?



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