This psalm paints a picture of contrasts, between the person who follows God and His teachings, and the one who scorns God and His ways. The one who follows God deliberately turns away from the paths followed by those who have no concern for God.
Following God involves giving close attention to God’s teachings, both to understand and to obey them. It will take time, but ultimately this results in a life of fruitfulness and fellowship with God.
Psalm 119 is one of the acrostic psalms, organized by the beginning letter of each line. In verses 105 through 112, all the verses start with the Hebrew letter nun, which corresponds to our letter N. In English, that pattern is pretty much hidden except by the section headings, but it explains why the verses of each section may not seem to have much to do with each other.
What all 176 verses of this psalm have in common is that they say something about God’s teachings, which using the word law, instruction, commandments, precepts, etc. They remind us of the importance of knowing and following God’s commands, and of the blessings that come from doing so.
2 Timothy 3:14-17
Earlier in this chapter, Paul talked about those who go astray and lead others astray in various kinds of sin. Living in such an environment will be difficult, but those who want to live a godly life will continue in the teachings of Scripture. These lead to salvation through Jesus Christ and guide the believer in understanding and living out God’s will.