I am a huge fan of the Psalms. I love the worship, the wisdom, the honesty, the ability to see and hear and feel the cry of one’s heart to God. Psalm 119 is my favorite of all. It is an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet, with every stanza devoting eight verses to each letter. Every one of the 176 verses of this Psalm refers to God’s Word – commands, laws, decrees, statutes, precepts, ordinances, word, ways, or promises.
What an ode to obedience! What a tribute to faithfulness!
Psalm 119:1-8 ~ Aleph
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they walk in all his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me (NIV, emphasis added).
Is that the cry of your heart?
The first letter of the Hebrew alphabet is Aleph. In Hebrew culture, each letter had an actual meaning. Aleph means “father.” How appropriate at the beginning to start with the head! The ancient pictograph for aleph was an ox, representing strength and leadership. That is what a Hebrew father was expected to be, and that is what God is to us. He is our Father, giving us His strength and leading us day by day.
This is the same word translated alpha in the Greek. So when Jesus said three times in Revelation, “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” He would have literally spoken, “I am the Aleph and the Tav.” Tav is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet, so, yes, He is literally the Beginning and the End.
Do you start and end every day with time set aside to spend with Jesus?
The Hebrew word aluph, which was derived from aleph, means master or lord. He is the Head, the Master, the Lord of all. Is He your Master and Lord? Or do you live life on your own terms?
The letter aleph is the first letter used in “El,” “Elohim,” and “Adonai” – all names for God. This letter is also the first letter in the Hebrew words for fire, light, and love.
“for our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29, emphasis added).
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, emphasis added).
“God is love” (1 John 4:16, emphasis added).
And every reference to the Word of God in Psalm 119, is a reference to Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:1-5,14).
When we walk in the Word, we are walking in Jesus.
So, from just eight verses of Scripture we can see that
if we make Jesus our beginning and end,
look to Him as our strength to lead us throughout our day,
allow Him to be a fire within us, light for our path, and the love of our life,
we WILL walk in His Word, His very presence, with obedience and faithfulness,
and no, He will not forsake us.
No, not ever.
Won’t you let your Father take you by the hand and lead you today?