Updated: May 18, 2019
The waves on the seashore are about as repetitive and rhythmic as you can find. The waves continually pound the shore, sometimes gently and sometimes with strength and force. But the repetition never stops. The beach is one of the most peaceful, soothing, beautiful, and inspiring places to be. The rhythm and repetition are a necessary part of the beauty and power of it.
Psalm 119 reminds me of the waves of the ocean. This entire chapter repeats expressions of love for God’s Word, of need for God’s truth and instruction, of gratitude for God’s commands. Over and over, again and again. This chapter is the longest in the Bible too (176 verses!), and I find that super fascinating. Almost like God was giving us a hidden illustration in it—that His truth and instruction must flow and continue and repeat throughout the whole length of our lives.
Almost every single verse in Psalm 119 refers to God's truth (decrees, ways, statutes, commands, instruction, word, etc.). A few excerpts:
“I have treasured Your Word."
"I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches."
"Your decrees are my delight and my counselors."
"Give me life through Your Word."
"Help me understand the meaning of Your precepts."
"I trust in Your Word."
"Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life."
"The revelation of Your Word brings light."
"I rejoice over Your promise like one who finds vast treasure."
"Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction."
It is repetitive, but powerful and beautiful at the same time. This chapter was actually written as an acrostic in the original Hebrew (isn’t that cool?!). God’s Word in our lives must be repetitive—and in that rhythm, there is power and beauty. We must go back again and again, over and over, to the Lord’s instruction. To His truth + ways. To His Word. And we get to witness and live out the power + beauty + strength in that rhythm.
Comment below with the next Scripture you'll be memorizing! If you'd like an additional challenge, read + meditate on Psalm 119 and make the words your prayer.