Psalm 119 is divided into twenty-two 8-verse segments, with each verse of the segments beginning with its own Hebrew letter. Lamedh is found in verses 89-96, and lamedh is the tallest of all the Hebrew letters, so that means it stands out.
Lamedh shows us big proportions. Words like eternal, boundless, established, enduring, and forever are prominent in these eight verses. The psalmist is inviting us to climb up into God’s Word and get a bigger view, a higher vantage point of who God is.
Consider the opening verse of this section: Your Word, O LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Eternal—think of the implications! If what God says—His Word—is eternal, then…
- it continues through all generations (v. 90)
- it endures even when everything else fades away (vv. 90-91)
- it has no limits or frontiers (v. 96)
At every single moment in my life, my eternal, enduring, limitless God knows the outcome or consequence of each option I could choose. His Word can so transform my mind that I can always choose the most Christ-glorifying option. The Spirit of Truth—my eternal Counselor—can guide me with God’s Word.
I never have to be at a loss. I am never stumped. I always have access to eternal Truth.
The psalmist got this: If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction (v. 92).
Through God’s firmly-established Word I have—
- Eternal Counsel
- Enduring Help
- Limitless Strength
And you have all of this, too, through God’s Word!
Psalm 119 is a great place to start to make Bible reading a daily habit. Scientists tell us that you only need 21 days to make a new habit, and in Psalm 119 you have 22 days of daily reading that will transform your heart and mind.