Psalm 119: ג Gimel
17 Deal bountifully with Thy servant,
That I may live and keep Thy word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Thy commandments from me.
20 My soul is crushed with longing
After Thine ordinances at all times.
21 Thou dost rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,
Who wander from Thy commandments.
22 Take away reproach and contempt from me,
For I observe Thy testimonies.
23 Even though princes sit and talk against me,
Thy servant meditates on Thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors.
Over 22 days it is my hope to soak in and meditate on Psalm 119. This is the longest chapter of the Bible with 22 sections. Each of the 22 sections is an acrostic in the original Hebrew language that alliterates each statement with one letter from the Hebrew Alphabet. In reading through this Psalm, one can find the meditations of the heart, the movements of the hands, & the all surpassing Grace of God.
Gimel provides a deeper perspective on the “devotion of a servant”. Hard times may come but the heart that desires God also knows that there is joy, delight, and blessing in the pursuit of knowing God. It is this devotion that opens the Word of God in seeking to know God Himself, not just facts about Him.
“Discipline says, I need to. Duty says, I ought to. Devotion says, I want to” -Adrian Rogers