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Psalm 119:1-24 Week 1 Reflections

Why Write the W.O.R.D

I started writing out God’s word in 2017 a few months before my son was born. I came across a blog called The Felicity Bee now called A symphony of praise ran by Erika Michelle. There I found a bible study method she created called W.O.R.D and she herself had Inscribe the W.O.R.D plans on her website and I started doing them. The W.O.R.D bible study method allows you to approach God’s word in four different ways- write- observe- relevant- declare… First, you write out the scripture passage. Next, you make observations about the scripture passage. Then, you write out the thoughts that are relevant for you. Finally, you declare or pray that passage of scripture. Studies show that we RETAIN what we write! So we write God’s word so that we REMEMBER it! In April of this year, I decided that I wanted to share this method with you all because it has been such a blessing to me as I seek to grow in understanding God’s Word.

Writing out Psalm 119

For the next seven weeks, we will be reading and writing out Psalm 119. If you’re joining me, we just finished week 1. Every Saturday, you can expect to see my reflections posted here. Before I share my reflections for this week I wanted to share some background information on this passage! Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in Psalm. The author of this chapter is unnamed, but most commentators believe King David wrote Psalm 119. The theme that flows through this passage is “the greatness and glory of God’s word”. Psalm 119 is arranged in an acrostic pattern using the Hebrew alphabet to divide each section. David Guzik described Psalm 119 best below:

Since this is a psalm glorifying God and His word, it refers to Scripture over and over again.….

In this psalm there are eight basic words used to describe the Scriptures, God’s written revelation to us:

Law (torah, used 25 times in Psalm 119): “Its parent verb means ‘teach’ or ‘direct’; therefore coming from God it means both ‘law’ and ‘revelation.’ It can be used of a single command or of a whole body of law.” (Derek Kidner)

Word (dabar, used 24 times): The idea is of the spoken word, God’s revealed word to man. “Proceeding from his mouth and revealed by him to us…” (Matthew Poole)

Judgments (mispatim, used 23 times): “…from shaphat, to judge, determine, regulate, order, and discern, because they judge concerning our words and works; show the rules by which they should be regulated; and cause us to discern what is right and wrong, and decide accordingly.” (Adam Clarke)

Testimonies (edut/edot, used 23 times): This word is related to the word for witness. To obey His testimonies “…signifies loyalty to the terms of the covenant made between the Lord and Israel.” (Willem VanGemeren)

Commandments (miswah/miswot, used 22 times): “This word emphasizes the straight authority of what is said…the right to give orders.” (Derek Kidner)

Statutes (huqqim, used 21 times): The noun is derived from the root verb “engrave” or “inscribe”; the idea is the written word of God and the authority of His written word: “…declaring his authority and power of giving us laws.” (Matthew Poole)

Precepts (piqqudim, used 21 times): “This is a word drawn from the sphere of an officer or overseer, a man who is responsible to look closely into a situation and take action…. So the word points to the particular instructions of the Lord, as of one who cares about detail.” (Derek Kidner)

Word (imrah, used 19 times): Imrah is similar in meaning to dabar, yet a different term. “The ‘word’ may denote anything God has spoken, commanded, or promised.” (Willem VanGemeren)

Enduring Word Bible Commentary

Observations on Psalm 119:1-24

In gaining understanding of this passage of scripture, I used the “Enduring Word Bible Commentary. In this passage the Psalmist recognizes that those who walk in God’s word are BLESSED. Psalm 119:1-3 “Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
    who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
    who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!” Psalm 119: 4-8 expresses a desire for those blessings. David Guzik says “the Psalmist connects commanded obedience with the blessings to the obedient.” While he recognizes the blessing in being obedient to God’s word, the psalmist also recognizes his need to have the ability to be obedient to God’s word which is accomplished by relying on the help of the Holy Spirit. In Psalm 119: 9-16, the psalmist acknowledges that God purifies him through his word. So his response is to- take heed of God’s word, humbly ask for instruction and be committed to God’s word. In Psalms 119: 17-24 we find as the Psalmist did, that God’s word is our REFUGE in the hardest of times, so he longs for God’s Word and he asks for insight and blessing to obey God’s word.

My Reflections

As I read this passage this week I asked myself the following questions and I ask you the same:

  1. Do I recognize the blessing in living an obedient life to God in light of what his word says?
  2. Do I desire to be obedient to God’s Word and do I recognize my need for Christ as the authority in my life?
  3. Do I like the Psalmist acknowledge the cleansing power of God’s word?
  4. Is my heart’s response to take heed and be committed to God’s word
  5. And finally do I long to be in God’s word? Do I take refuge in it?

I hope that the first week of our scripture writing plan has been a blessing! Feel free to share your thoughts and what you’ve learned this week!

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Rejoice Always Scripture Writing Challenge: Philippians

Hey everyone!!

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to WRITE. I could say that life has been busy and that would be VERY true but there’s always more to a story… As we go through this challenge, you’ll hear more of that story but for now….

Let’s jump in…

I thought it would be appropriate to start our scripture writing challenge in the book of Philippians. At such a time where things are very uncertain, people are sick, experiencing loss in various ways and JOY is waning; Philippians would be a great book to start our challenge.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

  • Who wrote the book of Philippians? Paul wrote the book of Philippians. It was a letter.
  • Who were the recipients? The recipients of this letter were the believers in Philippi. The Philippian church was founded by Paul on his second missionary journey.
  • When and where was Philippians written? Paul wrote this letter while he was imprisoned in Rome. It was most likely written during his first imprisonment around AD 60-62.

Why is Philippians about and why could it be relevant to us today ?

Philippians is considered to be the book of joy. In fact the words “rejoice” and “joy” are found more times in this letter than in any of Paul’s other letters. By the end of this challenge, we would have learned as Paul did that “Jesus is our joy and this joy is grained more and more into our lives as our minds are renewed into His image day by day.” Paul also puts emphasis on unity and Christ. At a time where we are told to Social distance ourselves from each other and are prone to give into the worries of what life has to offer us, we too like the believers in Philippi, need to be reminded that “unity is essential for the church and for the progress of the gospel” and that Jesus is our Lord and Savior.

The Scripture Writing Plan

How will the Scripture writing plan work?

Every Sunday a reminder post will be posted with the weeks reading plan. On Monday- Friday we will write our the given day’s passage using the W.O.R.D bible study method and on Saturday we interact with each other about what we learned throughout the week.

The W.O.R.D Bible Study Method

  • Write. Write out the passage.
  • Observe. Take note of the passage
  • Relevant. How is the passage applicable to you?
  • Declare. Pray the scripture.

Will you join me on this challenge?

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December Scripture Writing Challenge- Jesus Messiah

Good Morning everyone!!!!! This was supposed to be posted a couple of days ago, but the weekend got away from me. We’ve finished up our 90 day tour through scripture and now we’re preparing for the Christmas season. Christmas is my favorite time of year, not because I get to spend a lot time with family or show love to my family through gift giving, but because I get to reflect on the birth of Jesus Christ. I get to reflect on what that means for me and what that means for everyone. So to prepare for Christmas we have some passages that we are going to go through. The Scripture writing challenge is simple for 5 minutes a day, You read the bible passage, write it out and reflect on it throughout the day. So today we’re looking at December 3rd. Let’s read, write and Reflect!!!! Have a great day everyone!!

December 1- Galatians 4:4-5

December 2- Isaiah 7:14

December 3- Malachi 4:5

December 4- Luke 1:45-49

December 5- Malachi 4:6

December 6- Genesis 15

December 7- Genesis 22:18

December 8- Jeremiah 23:5

December 9- Micah 5:2

December 10- Judges 13:22

December 11- Isaiah 25:9

December 12- Isaiah 60:6

December 13- Hosea 11:1

December 14- Isaiah 49:7

December 15- Psalms 119:99-100

December 16- Isaiah 40:3

December 17- Isaiah 25:5

December 18- Isaiah 91:1

December 19- Isaiah 6:5

December 20- Isaiah 40:11

December 21 – Psalms 34:11

December 22- Matt 20:17-19

December 23- Isaiah 53:8-10

December 24- Zechariah 12:10

December 25- Psalms 16:10

 

 

 

 

 

 

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May 2018

I Am Woman Scripture Writing Challenge May 2018

Week One

May 1- Colossians 2:10

May2- Proverbs 31:10

May 3- Proverbs 31:11

May 4- Proverbs 31: 12

May 5-Joshua 1:9

May 6-Proverbs 31:13

May 7- Proverbs 31:14

Week Two

May 8- Psalms 139:14

May 9- Proverbs 31:15

May 10- Proverbs 31:16

May 11- Luke 1:45

May 12- Proverbs 31:17

May 13- Proverbs 31: 18

May 14- Proverbs 31: 19

Week Three

May 15- Psalms 46:5

May 16- Proverbs 31:20

May 17- Proverbs 31:21

May 18- Proverbs 31:22

May 19- Proverbs 11:16

May 20- Proverbs 31:23

May 21- Proverbs 31:24

Week Four

May 22-Proverbs 31:25

May 23-Psalm 28:7

May 24-Proverbs 31:26

May 25- Proverbs 31:27

May 26- 1 Corinthians 15:10

May 27- Proverbs 31:28

May 28- Proverbs 31: 29

Week Five

May 29- 1 Peter 3:3-4

May 30- 1 Tim 3:11

May 31- Proverbs 31:30

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The I Am Woman Scripture Writing Challenge

Hey everyone starting on the May 1st, I’m introducing a challenge that’s new for this blog. About a year ago I came across a blog where a woman was challenging her readers to read their bible everyday- even for just 5 minutes- by writing out passages of scripture! At the time, I was a new mommy to a 3 month old baby and my quiet time was not consistent. I said WOW this would be perfect for me.

Now fast forward 10 months later and I want to encourage my readers to do the SAME thing. God’s Word is SO important and we should read it EVERYDAY! This is how we learn what God’s purpose for us and how He wants us to live!!!!

I thought it would be fitting to start with looking at the Proverbs 31 Woman because Mother’s Day is in May!

Everyday I will post the verse of the day and a blog about it. We will write it out and ponder on it through the day!!! Will you join me on this journey? I hope you will!!!!! Good day everyone!!!

Tristin