Psalm 119 and Book progress update

Written By: carolmoye - Mar• 02•15

After resubmitting every day this weekend, I finally clicked the “Approve” button. The paperback should be available on Thursday, March 5 at Amazon planned. If I am wrong, it will be there on Friday or Saturday. Now onto formatting the Kindle. I don’t let them do that automatically. I have seen some automatic messes on Kindle; besides, I’m a bit of a control freak. I center the text on the Kindle where it is left-aligned in the print version. I also create links to so my readers have easy access to the biblical text. That’s Tuesday’s mission. I’ll review it on-line, and on my Kindle, then submit, marking it for publication on Thursday. I have used Nookpress to create a hardcover edition as well. I’ll finish that on Wednesday. It will be available at The epub version may be delayed until next week, and initially only available at Check here on Thursday for my happy update. 🙂

Psalm 119 was the most difficult of all the psalms to write. It is the longest chapter not only in  book of Psalms, but in the entire Bible. It is an acrostic poem, containing one stanza for each of the twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Each stanza contains eight verses. Each verse in that stanza begins with the same letter.

Another thing that makes Psalm 119 tricky (and le is that each line contains a synonym for the word “law”. The King James Version uses: law, statutes, judgments, precepts, testimonies, word, commandments, and way. So basically, for the first letter in the alphabet, each of the eight verses in that stanza would begin with that letter and contain one of those eight words. I challenged myself to stick to the same pattern, but using the English alphabet, which made it even longer. I also challenged myself when possible, to use more than one word with the letter featured in that stanza (alliteration). I generally avoided the use of the words statutes and precepts, and where possible, used law synonyms that corresponded with the letter of that particular stanza. At first, this process gave me terrible headaches, but after a while, I began to enjoy the challenge.

I have only included letters A-F. If you want to read the rest, buy the book. 🙂

The beauty of your law

Psalm 119


Awash in your testimony, I am absolutely joyful
Aspiring to always obey your commandments,
Anchored to your law, walking upright amid adversity
Acknowledging your law, I approach your altar
Asking you to assist me in staying true to your promises
Ashamed not, I aspire to obey your word
After correction, I apply your teachings
As I meditate on your law, advocate and advise


By studying your laws, I become pure
Breaking through the doubts, bound to your law
Being true to your word helps me behave
Blessed Lord, be my teacher
Bind your beautiful, brilliant laws to my breast
Better than bounty are your beatitudes
Becoming better balanced by your blessed Bible
Belief in your promises brings better days


Cause me to be conscious of your covenant
Captivated by your clear counsel
Chart my course with your commandments
Can’t imagine continuing without your law
Crying out to you, consuming your word
Cover me so that the callous can’t condemn me
Committed to closely following your call, I am
Counseled and calmed by your clear direction


Dust covers me. Deliver me with your word
Declaring my faith, devouring your decrees,
Decoding your instructions, I delight in your deeds
Depression deepens. Develop my faith in your promises
Deliver me from deceit as I digest your word
Devoted to daily study of your commandments,
Do not let me be disgraced as I follow your directives
Devoted to your laws, I deepen my understanding


Educate me, Lord. Make your expectations clear
Each of us needs to be eager to obey your law
Equip me to follow your edicts every day as I am
Enlightened by the education you offer
Excite me about living enriched by your way
Encourage my learning about your excellent word,
End my fear of punishment. Your expectations are fair
Every day I long for instruction, eager to live right


Failure to love me? Forget your promises? Foolishness!
Fools harass me, but I trust in your unfailing word
Faith in your laws gives me hope. I’ll not forsake them
Forever, I will follow your laws,
Feeling free to live my life fortified by your teachings
Face to face sharing your testimonies, feeling confident
Flourishing because I follow your commands,
Forging forward fervently following with faith


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  1. This is beautiful!!
    Congratulations 🙂

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