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The Longest Chapter

longest Chapter

Do you know where to find the longest chapter in Scripture?  With 176 verses, it’s longer than some biblical books.

The theme of the entire chapter is introduced in the very first verse:  “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!”

As the ESV Study Bible introductory note says, this chapter celebrates the gift of God’s “covenant instruction” as “the perfect guide for life.”

Perhaps you will recognize some of the better known verses of this chapter.  They include:

  • “How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your word” (v. 9).
  • “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (v. 11).
  • “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law” (v. 18).
  • “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” (v. 71).
  • “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens” (v. 89).
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (v. 105).
  • “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your righteous rules endures forever” (v. 160).

So, where are these verses found?  Psalm 119.  If you haven’t made this acrostic poem your focus recently, do so today.  It will re-kindle your desire to delight in, learn from, meditate on, and walk in obedience to God’s Word.

Grateful for a Pastoral Team

For many years, our church has been led and served by a pastoral team.  While I am away on a combination of family vacation and study break, the Sunday preaching responsibilities will be handled effectively by other pastors on our team as follows:

Sunday, August 2             Mark Hudgins, Membership Pastor

Sunday, August 9             Justin Nalls, Middle School Pastor

I will be speaking again, Lord willing, on Sunday, August 16.  Until my return, if you are in town I am counting on you to be in church.  You’ll be blessed as you support and hear our pastoral team.

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