lessons from psalm 119

i. Ministry-To-Children is a website that helps you with free Bible lessons, children's ministry curriculum, ideas for children's church and activities for kids Sunday school. 2. All the judgments of Your mouth. Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD; You are my portion, O LORD; There is gold in that word "almost." (Spurgeon). i. Coupled with ‘from' this word can indeed mean the beginning (e.g. The Lord has nothing to regret or to retract, nothing to amend or to reverse." We can walk forward in life with confidence as we find direction in God's word. (VanGemeren). a. I hate and abhor lying, but I love Your law: The hatred and love in this verse fit together perfectly. In Psalm 119:3 the description of those who are accounted blessed is carried further. They walk in His ways. In this Psalm there are 8 basic words used to describe the Scriptures, God's written revelation to us: The theme of the glory of Scripture is diligently explored in this Psalm, but always in connection with God Himself. ii. We should reckon ourselves to the duty of following God and His word to the end. i. "How often do we treat our Almighty Friend as if we were weary of dealing with him!" ii. a. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness: The Palmist rightly understood that covetousness was a threat to walking in God's way. God's commands are best read by eyes wet with tears." He lived a life that experienced affliction. This sense of personal need is and remains a greater motivation for diligent study than theological curiosity. Give me a bent for your words of wisdom, and not for piling up loot. You rebuke the proud: Those who stray from God's commandments are both proud (their disobedience is evidence of willfulness) and cursed (no good can come from their disobedience). - God's word gives a refuge against condemnation when one has been impure, and shows one how to repent when they have been impure, and how to come back to a pure life. iv. The way of holiness is not a track for slaves, but the King's highway for freemen." The living and active word of God brought forth a living and active response from the Psalmist. Our rule for faith and doctrine and living is the Bible itself, not the understanding or interpretation of it from even the great men of history. It does not sing the song of deliverance therefrom. "He establishes the world and it abideth. His life of obedience is lived in the presence of the living God, whereas the wicked act as if God does not see or care." "Neither the men nor their pits were according to the divine law: they were cruel and crafty deceivers, and their pits were contrary to the Levitical law, and contrary to the command which bids us love our neighbour." It must be right to accept and love what the wicked oppose. This reinforces the idea that his previous claims to righteousness were not absolute, and were made comparing himself to other men and ungodly men. A steady contemplation is a great advantage." The lessons are divided into twenty-two sections; one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. And contemplate Your ways. Beloved, this is worth recollecting, for we are very apt when we feel ourselves declining to look anywhere but to the Lord. (Clarke). As Ironside spoke to him he asked, "Young man, are you trying to preach Christ, are you not?" 8 Undeniable Lessons from Psalm 119 8/29/2014 In these days we have enjoyed a mini-series in our church on Psalm 119. Let us be confident then. - Universal Beginnings (Chuck Missler). Twice before in this Psalm, the writer has declared his love for the word of God (Psalm 119:47-48). (Psa 119:59-60) A life directed towards God's word. "From this verse let us learn to be on our guard, for we, too, have enemies both crafty and wicked. They could not hate a saint and yet love the law." Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, conspicuous as an elephant in your front yard. 3. (Psa 119:116-117) Held up and supported by the word of God. "To such slanders and calumnies, a good life is the best answer. The fifteenth letter, Samech, denotes a prop or pillar, and this agrees well with the subject matter of the strophe, in which God is twice implored to uphold his servant (119:116,117). i. - The difference between dalet (ד)  and resh (ר) is a tittle. (Poole), iii. Therefore I love Your testimonies: "Because they take out the precious from the vile, and make men the same within as without." (Psa 119:85-86) A cry for help when attacked and persecuted. The man was almost dead and could barely speak. How sweet are Your words to my taste, (Morgan), iii. a. But for a child of God, this is a prayer for constant use." 4. It is time for You to act, O LORD: We admire the holy boldness of the Psalmist. You must take heed to your daily life as well as study your Bible, and you must study your Bible that you may take heed to your daily life. b. Your word I have hidden in my heart, "This stanza has a great deal to say about the psalmist's enemies, as if at this point his thoughts were nearly monopolized by them." (Spurgeon), ii. Explain that our portion of a psalm this week starts out by comparing God’s Word to a lamp. i. He knew it was precious and enriching to life. Knowing God’s Word takes commitment and effort. So he took the covenant to the top of his house, tore it into small pieces, and threw it to the wind. (Bridges), iv. v. "If we want to see wonderful things in the Scriptures, it is not enough for us merely to ask God to open our eyes that we might see them. "If we are revived in our own personal piety we shall be out of reach of our assailants. If someone were to say to the Psalmist "That's your opinion; that is good for you" he would object most strongly that God's word is settled in heaven quite apart from any opinion of man. - God's word shows us the standard of purity, so we know what is right and what is wrong. "He looked to God alone, he looked eagerly, he looked long, he looked till his eyes ached. ii. (Psa 119:123-125) The servant of God seeks salvation in His statutes. The best way to look away from sin is to look at something else. "These then are the Lord's people; and union with him is in fact union with them. i. (Spurgeon). We are in this country, not as residents, but only as visitors, who take this country en route for glory." Oh, do not forsake me utterly! b. "Life is absolutely essential to steadfastness in the truth. Because I have hoped in Your word: His life could give encouragement and gladness to other righteous people because his hope and attention were put upon the word of God. The loss is incalculable." "Having once chosen our road, it remains that we persevere in it; since better had it been for us never to have known the way of truth, than to forsake it, when known." It is true most of all for those who proclaim the word of God. b. "The note of urgent need on which the psalm ends is proof enough that the love of Scripture, which has motivated the scribes of every age, need not harden into academic pride. i. He binds himself down to such and such a course when he says that such and such a thing shall be. The Whole Bible We are hurrying through this world as through a foreign land. As the butcher carries the beast to the slaughter, sometime bound by all the four feet, and sometime by one only; so it is with Satan. 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(Psa 119:141-142) Holding fast to the true word. used to kneel for hours at a time and ask the Spirit of God to reveal Christ to my soul and to open the Word to my heart. Yet Jesus knew what truth was, while Pilate was still seeking. (Horne), ii. "Holy admiration of the testimonies will kindle spiritual devotedness to them - Therefore doth my soul keep them." "Sentiments fluctuate so constantly in this nineteenth century that I suppose we shall soon require to have barometers to show us the variations of doctrine as well as the prospects of the weather. As Jesus said, No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other (Matthew 6:24). This is because the eyes lead the heart, lead the mind, and can lead the whole person. . i. For I trust in Your word. Though a common verse taught to children, there is much significance to it. b. iii. (Spurgeon), iii. (Spurgeon), "The qoph stanza was almost entirely a prayer. (Bridges), ii. He has hoped in the word of God (ordinances) in the past, and has not been disappointed. Indignation has taken hold of me: When the Psalmist thought of the wicked - here, probably the proud who held him and others who trusted in God's word in great derision - it made him indignant. The concept of revival (both personal and corporate) is Biblical. In fact, he even wanted more instruction from God, saying "Teach me Your statutes." "Affliction is not the most frequently mentioned matter in stanza nine. (Morgan). - No word and no letter could be written from memory; the scribe must have an authentic copy before him, and he must read and pronounce out loud each word before writing it. (Read Psalm 119:1-8) This psalm may be considered as the statement of a believer's experience. (Luke 1:38). (Spurgeon). i. For a moment his eyes seem to be off the Bible and on his fierce oppressors instead." This was not relationship built upon feelings or subjective experiences, but upon the solid foundation of God's word. Therefore all Your precepts concerning all things I consider to be right: With great confidence, the Psalmist proclaimed the inerrancy of God's word. (Spurgeon). Here we behold his face." This tells us that revival itself is according to God's word. Here is an example of the parallelism common to Hebrew poetry, used for both explanation and emphasis. This is said with the implicit understanding that this teaching might require more affliction; yet it was the Psalmist's desire. "The word God only occurs in this one place in all this lengthened Psalm, and then it is attended by the personal word ‘my'-'my God.'" (Greenham, cited in Spurgeon), iii. It may seem to fail on earth; but it is for ever settled in heaven." The Psalmist knew that his life was different from those who did not follow God. This was of much better result; and he was close to the source of comfort and restoration when he did fail. Psalm 119:128. -------------------- v. Regarding the Greek Scriptures, there is a similarly astonishing rate of accuracy. Instead, there are "statements by the writer that he trusts what God has written in his law and will continue to love it and obey its teachings. ", - He saw his own weakness and instability; therefore he prayed, "My soul breaks with longing. d. You established the earth, and it abides. "The faithful servants of God may be ‘afflicted'; they may be ‘very much' and grieviously afflicted: but let them consider, that, by afflictions, their corruptions are purged away, their faith is tried, their patience is perfected, their brethren are edified, and their Master is glorified." (Boice). -------------------- Here’s 10 Lessons We Learned from Psalms 101-150 1.) (VanGermen) We don't know if the Psalmist said this about his inward condition, his outward condition, or both. In the entire text of 20,000 lines, only 40 lines are in doubt (about 400 words), and none affects any significant doctrine. We all have a new and refreshed love for God's Word through this great overview of Psalm 119. "To complain of God is dishonourable unbelief. "So astonishing is the power of this heavenly light, that from any one page of this holy book, a child, or even an idiot, under heavenly teaching, may draw more instruction than the most acute philosopher could ever attain from any other fountain of light!" "I was sorry to see such sinners. They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion." ii. (Spurgeon). We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of." "Plentiful and perpetual tears, witnesses of my deep sorrow for God's dishonour and displeasure, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves." The Psalmist didn't need new revelation; he needed to see the revelation that was already given. The entirety: "Is literally ‘the head'; hence AV, ‘from the beginning'. iii. Although many psalms were meant to be sung, this one—because it is so long—may have been read instead of sung. c. That I might not sin against You: Here the Psalmist states one benefit from having God's word hidden in the heart. Ps 119:15-16, 44; 55-56 3. (VanGemeren), iv. (Poole). My soul breaks with longing He is greater than what can be comprehended through His written word, but He is not different than what is revealed to us through that word. The picture of a lamp says something. (Poole). Lewis from Reflections on the Psalms, cited in Boice). (Clarke), iv. Sin is strong, but grace is stronger. We should think of the man who lives among others and is surrounded by the vanity of the world's joys, and all the while knows "I don't really belong here. iii. ii. c. Seek Your servant, for I do not forget Your commandments: We can surmise that God sought His servant in His word. When he considered the monstrous men who have been enemies of God's word - men in our own age like Stalin, Hitler, Mao - he knew that the word of God was lovely. Hence, when you grasp the promise, you get a hold on God." And cry for help; "A pilgrim is a person who is travelling through one country to another. "Such was David's high estimation of the testimonies of his God, that his spirits were consumed with vehement grief in witnessing their neglect. b. I hope for Your salvation, and I do Your commandments: The Psalmist here displays the kind of active faith and trust that saves. The Psalmist was willing to have faith until the experience came, and would wait for God's salvation, and wait as long as it took. "He is asking God to turn his heart toward the Bible rather than allowing him to pursue selfish gain. (Trapp), v. He did not gouge out his own eyes or pray God to do it; instead he wanted to look another way, a better way. This shows how confident he was in the goodness of God. Understanding is necessary; teachers may or may not be. Even when they were most mirthful a sight of them made my heart heavy; I could not tolerate either them or their doings." Therefore my soul keeps them: The enduring, abiding delight he had in the word of God prompted greater obedience. David's prayers made failure and doom for Ahithophel. Then, shine a flashlight/ torch on it and talk about how the light helps them to see clearly. Yet those who see more than you are not necessarily smarter or better; their eyes are just more open. a. Without it we cannot properly follow God. When we love the Bible, we find much to meditate on. iii. Since our looks to thee are often so slight, so cold, so distant, that no impression is made upon our hearts; do thou condescend continually to look upon us with mercy and power." It was to glorify God through obedience to His word, not any self-serving purpose. It is dangerous to make haste on a wrong path; it is glorious to make haste on the right way. This is a good measure of our love for God's word. b. Lesson 3 vss 17-24 Gimel. Sanctify them by Your truth. They almost made an end of me on earth, . We know this because of the value the Psalmist places on having more understanding. "This stanza emphasizes the clarity of Scripture, the attribute of the Bible that meant so much to the Protestant Reformers, who also called it perspicuity. We could not deny the charge, or offer satisfaction … But at that moment of infinite peril, our cause was pleaded by a ‘Counselor' (Isaiah 9:6), who never was nonsuited in court, who brought irresistible pleas, and produced satisfaction that could not be denied." "His best servants are not exempted from an awful dread, upon such occasions; scenes of this kind, shown in vision to the prophets, cause their flesh to quiver, and all their bones to shake." i. No muscles in his neck to turn the head? The word of God doesn't merely point us towards mercy and salvation, as if it were a self-help book. The old man replied: "My dear young man, I learned these things on my knees on the mud floor of a little sod cottage in the north of Ireland. I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, With every step dangerous, he can he ever hope to endure forever, to the very end? ", - Great mercies: "A man may be stirred up to diligence by a sense of gratitude to God for great mercies. ii. "There is constancy and order in all of creation, reflecting the ‘faithfulness' of the Lord." a. "I beseech you to let your Bibles be everything to you. H. Het ח: Hurrying to God with All My Heart. For they do not seek Your statutes. "The Hebrew word for ‘entrance' is pethach. How sweet: "He expresses the fact of their sweetness, but as he cannot express the degree of their sweetness he cries, ‘How sweet!'" The powerful promises of Psalm 119 teach us how to commune with God in the good times and the bad, revealing the critical role God’s Word is to play in our day-to-day lives. That I may live and keep Your word: This is why the Psalmist asked for God's blessing. Give me understanding according to Your word. (Luther, cited in Boice). (Spurgeon). 4. "O shame to Christians who feel so little affection to the Gospel of Christ, when we see such cordial, conscientious, and inviolate attachment in a Jew to the laws and ordinances of Moses, that did not afford a thousandth part of the privileges!" But I will consider Your testimonies. i. i. 2. For he pleads the merit of his own blood." The letters stood for ‘tried and proven,' exactly what the psalmist says he found to be true in his experience." There may be a time in which thou callest me to fight; then thou art my Shield and Protector." Settled in heaven: The Psalmist also declared his belief that the word of God was exactly that - not the words of man, but the very words of God. Hear this, ye lovers of the world and of money!" The manuscript evidence for the accuracy of the Hebrew text is established. "He begs for a liberality of grace, after the fashion of one who prayed, ‘O Lord, thou must give me great mercy or no mercy, for little mercy will not serve my turn.'" I have always found it one of my best schoolmasters.'" "The want of this spirit is ever a feature of hardness and pride - a painful blot upon the profession of the gospel … The same yearning sympathy forms the life, the pulse, and the strength of Missionary exertion, and has ever distinguished those honoured servants of God who have devoted their time, their health, their talent, their all." It gives understanding to the simple. c. The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies: The Psalmist speaks of his enemies in an almost causal way. . iv. The foundation for a morally pure life is found in God's word. There is not much in the position of the body, but there is something, and that something is to be observed whenever it is helpful to devotion and expressive of our diligence or humility." Minor Prophets (Boice), iii. iii. ii. "The ‘law' of God is ‘made void' by those who deny its authority, or its obligation; by those who render it of none effect, through their traditions or their lives." The entrance of Your words gives light; For I have sought Your precepts: The basis of this confidence was a relationship built upon the word of God (Your precepts). Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it: The Psalmist understood and appreciated the purity of God's word. (Psa 119:57-58) Loyalty proclaimed and mercy requested. i. vii. Pauline Epistles i. (Spurgeon), ii. ii. General Epistles "God looks not at the elegancy of your prayers, to see how neat they are; nor yet at the geometry of your prayers, to see how long they are; nor yet at the arithmetic of your prayers, to see how many they are; nor yet at the music of your prayers, nor yet at the sweetness of your voice, nor yet at the logic of your prayers; but at the sincerity of your prayers, how hearty they are." (Bridges). First it may be in a small or seemingly insignificant area, but that dominion will grow in size and strength until my spiritual life is in serious compromise. Isaiah 1:22; Jeremiah 6:28-30; Ezekiel 22:18-19)." Your judgments I have laid before me: This is how the Psalmist was able to choose the way of truth. So when the door was opened, light came into the tent, illuminating everything inside." The servant may perform the statutes of God, but it is only the son who ‘delights in them.'" "A second time he asks for consideration. i. He found understanding of the word of God even more important. "The ancients are had in high repute, but what did they all know compared with that which we perceive in the divine precepts? This principle has worked its way in the life of virtually everyone who has pursed God. 3. Passage: Psalm 119:105-112 ii. In prayer, the Word of God shows us: iv. b. He runs, open-mouthed, to take in the cooling air; the heart beating high, and the muscular force nearly expended through fatigue. (Psa 119:12) A prayer for instruction. These passages put the word of God outside the created world and indicate that the word of God is more permanent and enduring that creation itself. "To all his people he has not meted out the same measure. c. Do not let the proud oppress me: This verse (Psalm 119:22) is another rare example of a verse in the Psalm that does not mention the word of God in some way. i. i. Dross: "The scum that forms on the top when a precious metal is being refined, is discarded by the metalsmith (cf. (Boice). . The Psalmist understood how important it was to seek the favor of God and to please Him with the life. Law (torah, used 25 times in Psalm 119): "Its parent verb means ‘teach' or ‘direct'; therefore coming from God it means both ‘law' and ‘revelation.' b. The blessings were given to him for wise and obedient living to the glory of God. The LORD Himself is satisfaction to the Psalmist because God has come to him through His word. i. Ps 119:89, 142, 160 2. The one is the merit and fruit of sin; the other is an act of grace. We have so much more riches and sweetness in the word of God than he did; yet most of us seem to value it less. "God is not truly sought by the cold researches of the brain: we must seek him with the heart. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart: The Psalmist rejoiced in God's word with a deep heart-felt joy. . (Trapp), iv. iii. If they cannot make us sin they have missed their mark. Thomas Manton (cited in Spurgeon) listed several notable lessons to be drawn from the Psalmist's midnight devotion: - His devotion was earnest and passionate; the daylight hours did not give him enough time to thank God. He prayed for the power to live an unashamed life. "Young man, the Bible must be your chart, and you must exercise great watchfulness that your way may be according to its directions. Yet, under a season of affliction, he was now devoted to the word of God. (Psa 119:63-64) Friendship with those who are friends of God's word. (Horne), iv. Though this illustration speaks about the difficult nature of David's trial, it also speak to the character of the trial: "Our trials are smoke, but not fire; they are very uncomfortable, but they do not consume us." Man has to eat his words, sometimes, and unsay his say. It refers principally to those integri viae (vitae). b. I hate every false way. i. I think the psalmist means this, ‘My Lord, I have told thee all; now, wilt thou tell me all? viii. . "Therefore; because of that exact purity and holiness of it, for which very reason ungodly men either despise or hate it." (Morgan), iv. David was forsaken, not like Saul. These lessons are still undeniable based on reading the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119. Unless Your law had been my delight: The Psalmist rejoiced that the word of God had been his delight. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, Before two-thirds of the psalm was sung, his pardon arrived and his life was spared. ", ii. (Spurgeon). This nearness creates the most lowly view of himself, and leads him to close the Psalm upon his face in deepest self-humiliation, begging to be sought out like a lost sheep." Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; This is a question that some - even some who are numbered among the people of God - never seem to ask for themselves. a. Disobedience, rejection of God's word, and reliance upon one's own wisdom leads to bondage. (Morgan). And Your law is truth. Do not leave me to my oppressors. Various lessons in each Psalm teach us that God’s word is able to address all situation in life if we will trust in Him. (Bridges), viii. Historical Books "What got him through his afflictions was his lifelong habit of reading, marking, learning, meditating upon, spiritually digesting, and above all obeying God's Law." "Blessedness is ascribed to those who treasure up the testimonies of the Lord: in which is implied that they search the Scriptures, that they come to an understanding of them, that they love them, and then that they continue in the practice of them. I understand more than the ancients, (Spurgeon). What they meant by clarity of perspicuity is that the Bible is basically comprehensible to any open-minded person who reads it." It is a suspicious circumstance when they are found speaking well of any part of it; it is a Judas' kiss in order to betray its interests. (Boice). 3. - This is a responsibility for the simple; they cannot make excuses for their average (or less) intellect or mental powers. (Genesis 28:17). My eyes fail from searching Your word, Such ingrained habits are more and more difficult to break the more they are experienced; and it is almost impossible to break such habits without replacing them with another habit. i. "The believer, like David, is a man of large expectations. The servant properly depends upon the master for his bounty. Can’t know God apart from knowing His Word. He wanted deliverance, but wanted it only as it was consistent with God's revealed word and will. Your statutes have been my songs Luke-Acts 1. "There is a twofold shame; the shame of a guilty conscience; and the shame of a tender conscience. - When the Bible tells us of God, it is right and true; it reveals to us what the nature and heart and mind of God is, as much as we can comprehend. 2. b. The Psalmist knew what he needed. "We may expect a master to teach his own servant the meaning of his own orders." a. I have known of old: The Psalmist had an old relationship with the word of God. "Lord! 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