Before I had my Psalm 119 Experience, I didn’t know I needed one.
Yet after spending five years studying Psalm 119, the longest and most intriguing chapter in the Bible, I discovered that I desperately needed a Psalm 119 Experience. So what is it?
A Psalm 119 Experience is a deeper encounter with God through His Word.
What does such an encounter with God have to do with Psalm 119?
If you haven’t done so already, read through all of Psalm 119, all 176 verses, from beginning to end without stopping. You’ll notice immediately that that the writer of this psalm focused on a personal experience with God through the Bible. But this was not a pep rally for Bible reading.
- The writer talked to God about God’s Word.
- The writer questioned God about the implications of God’s Word.
- The writer prayed based on God’s Word.
- The writer celebrated what God had said through His Word.
- The writer wondered why God had not yet fulfilled some of the promises in His Word.
Years ago, I remember talking with a friend of mine about her writing and Bible teaching. I asked her about how she made time for all that she taught and wrote. I’ll never forget her response as she said, “The Bible is my life.”
I knew her well enough to know that the Bible was not the end but the means.
Because of her focus on God’s Word, she demonstrated a vital relationship to Jesus that encouraged and inspired. The Bible was her life because God’s Word connected her with God.
In my Psalm 119 Experience, I discovered that studying Psalm 119 and writing 22 songs to help me memorize this chapter in the Bible energized my relationship with God and transformed my life. I cannot explain all that happened. It did not move forward in a way I organized and predicted. It felt experiential, something that happened to me, rather than something I orchestrated.
I would not want an experience with God that I manufactured. Our interaction with God should feel relational yet bound in His self-disclosure through His Word.
- So if you’ve drifted in your relationship with God, you need a Psalm 119 Experience.
- If your prayer life has become perfunctory and predictable, you need a Psalm 119 Experience.
- If you’ve lost interest in the Bible, you need a Psalm 119 Experience.
- If you’ve begun relying on other people for your interaction with God’s Word, you need a Psalm 119 Experience.
I can say without hesitation that the greatest gift I could give you would be a Psalm 119 Experience. All you need is God’s Word and an open heart to what God will do in you.
- Start reading Psalm 119. Read it once a day for 30 days.
- Read it in different translations.
- Use the words of Psalm 119 as the basis for your prayers.
- Write some prayers using the Psalm 119 approach to prayer.
- Begin to read more of God’s Word on an ongoing basis.
If you do and as you do, you’ll join thousands through the years who have had their own Psalm 119 Experience.