Psalm 119 is not only the longest psalm but also the longest chapter in the Bible. Throughout the psalm, the psalmist elevates the word of God. One commentator said that Scripture is mentioned in at least 171 of the 176 verses of Psalm 119. This psalmist knows that it is the word of God that gives life — “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word” (Psalm 119:9-16).
The psalmist asks the Lord to revive him through His word and His holy nature:
- “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word” (Psalm 119:25).
- “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way” (Psalm 119:37).
- “Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness” (Psalm 119:40).
- “Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth” (Psalm 119:88).
- “I am afflicted very much; revive me, O Lord, according to Your word” (Psalm 119:107).
- “Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O Lord, revive me according to Your justice” (Psalm 119:149).
- “Plead my cause and redeem me; revive me according to Your word” (Psalm 119:154).
- “Great are Your tender mercies, O Lord; revive me according to Your judgments” (Psalm 119:156).
- “Consider how I love Your precepts; revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness” (Psalm 119:159).
The word of the Lord revives our souls. Later in the story, John, a disciple of Jesus, states that Jesus Christ is the word, fully divine and fully human – “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5).
John said that Jesus existed from before creation and that He created all things. Jesus, the word, who is coming later in the story in the flesh to live as man, was and is God. Since Jesus is God, and the Father and the Son are one, Jesus reflects the image of God. God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the foundations for the Trinity, equally God but distinct in Persons. Jesus will fulfill all that was written in the word and willingly sacrifice Himself so that we may be revived through His works of salvation. Anyone who puts their faith in Jesus Christ will be redeemed from their fallen state and restored to His Father.
“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)” (Ephesians 2:1-5).
If your soul needs to be revived, run to Jesus! Pour out your heart to Him. He hears and He cares and He will sustain you. And keep reading. (Psalm 119)