Steps to Spiritual Health (2 of 23) by Jim Perdue

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Steps to Spiritual Health (2 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Jim Perdue
Psalm 119:1-8

This evening, we continue our series entitled, Life By The Book. This is a series on the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119. This chapter is absolutely amazing. It is a chapter in the Bible about the Bible. In fact, if you read this entire Psalm you will find less than a handful of verses that do not refer to the Word of God in some way or another. In fact, in the section we will look at tonight we see this very clearly: ''law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, rules, statutes.''

Remember, this Psalm is so very interesting and intriguing. It is formed in a perfect acrostic structure. It consists of 22 stanzas, and each stanza contains 8 verses. Each stanza, or section, represents one of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the 8 verses of every stanza begins with the corresponding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter is therefore represented 8 times. Simply amazing!

*A guest from out of town stopped me last Sunday night after our worship service. He told me a very powerful and moving story. He said, ''I began to pray in 1986 that God would give me a deep love for the Word, and He did. With tears in his eyes he explained how God had granted him an insatiable desire to read and study the Bible. He said, ''Pray, just like you prayed when you trusted Jesus as your Savior, pray that God would give you a deep love and desire for the Word. He will do it!'' Wow! That is a personal prayer of mine for this series.*

This evening, we come to Psalm 118:1-8, the first section in this spectacular chapter. And these first 8 verses help set the stage, the tone, and the tenor for the rest of the chapter. READ TEXT - PRAY

*What is it about eating healthy that just tastes so bad? There's really no other way to say it. Eating healthy is no fun! And if you're like me, your diet looks like this sometimes: candy, hotdogs, ice-cream and donuts. ...


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