They fill my heart with joy.” 3. Today, we see five positive aspects of affliction. The depth of his confidence made him want to share it with others. He didn't have the expectation that a godly life was a problem-free life. "He was not like a dog, that somehow or other can find its way back; but he was like a lost sheep, which goes further and further away from home; yet still he was a sheep, and the Lord's sheep, his property, and precious in his sight, and therefore he hoped to be sought in order to be restored." (Psa 119:31-32) Rescue me; enlarge my heart. "Christian! "He who has once preached the gospel from his heart is filled with horror at the idea of being put out of the ministry; he will crave to be allowed a little share in the holy testimony, and will reckon his dumb Sabbaths to be days of banishment and punishment." Each line of this second section of Psalm 119 begins with the Hebrew letter beth, which also means "a house." Let Him do what seems good to Him (1 Samuel 3:18). i. I will rise: "The Psalmist observed posture; he did not lie in bed and praise. No doubt Satan will tell us that it is humble to despair, but, it, is not so. (Boice) Yet at the end of the stanza, his thoughts are once again on God and His word. They know that God has deal well with them, and they know that it has been according to His word. (Clarke), iv. The close connection with God that receives and enjoys Him as one's portion also receives strength to keep His words. Because of Your righteous judgments. It also shows us that the Psalmist would not neglect God's word when he was depressed or downcast. He was willing to sacrifice legitimate things (sleep, or perhaps food) for the pursuit of God. ", i. " Augustine, Luther, and Graham are just a few historical examples. This waiting expectation shows us that faith came before experience. This is in contrast to the many who live as if God does not observe all … ways of a man. Hosea 4:1). Strengthen me according to Your word: Therefore, he prayed for strength, and that this strength would come both from and according to God's word. Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delights: Despite the difficulties of his life, the Psalmist still found delight in God's word. Read the Text. The Biblical Illustrator. It isn't "I used to love Your law" or "One day I will love Your law." Yet the writer was confident that God's word had given him greater wisdom. To keep Your precepts diligently. To Your servant: "If God's word to us as his servants is so precious, what shall we say of his word to us as his sons?" (VanGemeren), iii. It has a complex structure known as an "acrostic." (Boice), iii. (Bridges), iii. "This melting heaviness has not wrought its work, until it has bowed us before the throne of grace with the pleading cry of faith - Strengthen thou me!" (Clarke), iv. Acrostics are often Yet when our steps are directed by the word of God we will both avoid being under the dominion of sin, and we can be freed from whatever level of dominion sin may have gained. The author uses 6 topics to highlight Psalm 119; The Word, Eternal Word, Word of Truth, Guiding Word, Priceless Word, and Righteous Word. It was this life that strengthened him in the season of affliction. The proud have forged a lie against me, ‘Now I must buy oil with this, that I may see to read my Bible during these long dark nights, for it is my only comfort now when every other comfort has gone away.' (Bridges). i. He sought the face of God with a sense of urgency, reflected in the words entreated and whole heart. More modern commentators often say that it is post-exilic, coming from the days of Nehemiah or Ezra. He does not say - I will make no efforts, unless thou work for me; but if thou wilt enlarge - I will run. b. I hope for Your salvation, and I do Your commandments: The Psalmist here displays the kind of active faith and trust that saves. Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word: The Psalmist prayed on solid ground, asking on the basis of promises made in God's word. i. It is same verb in a slightly different form as used in Psalm 119:87: The almost made an end of me. I am Yours, save me; In the kaleidoscope you look once, and there is a strangely beautiful form. Although obedience does not earn these blessings, it turns us around to receive them." "Why is the young man so especially called to cleanse his way? Lessons from Psalm 119: 1. (Bridges). 4. - Learn four lessons, - I. 3. Here the Psalmist prays as one who has received the will, and now prays for the doing of it. He believed that the word of God could be understood, with the help of God Himself. iii. "Not that we would indulge morose or ascetic seclusion. "There is no treasuring up the holy word unless there is a casting out of all unholiness: if we keep the good word we must let go the evil." Take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth: This request is rooted in the understanding that it is only by the goodness and grace of God that His word does dwell with us. 26. Consider my affliction and deliver me: We are reminded that the Psalmist's life was not lived in an ivory tower or a secluded place where all he did was study the Bible all day long. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: This is the prayer of wisdom from a blessed life. i. Dross: "The scum that forms on the top when a precious metal is being refined, is discarded by the metalsmith (cf. - God's word shows us how to be born again - converted, so our inner man may be transformed after the pattern of ultimate purity, Jesus Christ. "The personal way in which the man of God did this is also noteworthy: ‘With my whole heart have I sought thee.' Yet I do not forget Your statutes. (Kidner), iii. They are so because of the work of God in them, so it is wise and worthy to pray that it would remain so. 1. I hope in Your word. We should beware of all sins, but specially of mother-sins." It was set upon God and His word (Psalm 119:43, 49, 74, 81, 114). They were freewill offerings meant to show his love and devotion to God. It is eternal." i. (Spurgeon). i. It was to find comfort in his presence distress. This experience of God's mercy increased his desire for knowledge and obedience (teach me Your statutes). Look upon me and be merciful to me, . "In the Middle Ages, under the monastic order of the Benedictines, when a novice's period of preparation was ended and he was ready to become attached to the monastery for life, there was an induction ceremony in which, with outstretched arms, the novice recited Psalm 119:116 three times … The  community repeated the words and then sang the Gloria Patri, which was a way of acknowledging that the commitments of the monastic life could only be sustained by God, to whom all glory belongs." "In the two expressions, pour forth [shall utter] and sing [shall speak], there may be a hint of, respectively, the spontaneous personal and the corporate: the former word suggesting the bubbling up of a spring, and the latter (lit. "The comparison is not a prideful assertion of superiority, but a form of exultation in the Lord himself, whose wisdom is more direct and superior." (Boice). Lesson 9 vss 65 to 72 Teth. N. Nun נ: Never-Ending Confidence in God's Word. iii. ii. I will not forget Your word. It was love and appreciation from the field of battle, not the palaces of ease and comfort. ii. My lips shall utter praise … My tongue shall speak of Your word: The Psalmist wanted his words (lips … tongue) to both praise God and to speak of His word. (Morgan), ii. He pleads nothing favorable of you; but much, very much, for you. (Morgan) They are supernatural in their nature, being free from error. A word of praise from God? i. "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." i. "From the heartfelt prayers of the surrounding verses it would seem that the young man is the psalmist himself in the first place. i. Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! He could bear that his enemies should forget him; but his zeal could not endure, that they should forget the words of his God." According to Your word implies that the Psalmist not only knew the promises of God and pled them in prayer (as in Psalm 119:49); he also received the promises by faith and experienced them. "Can each one of us now say, in this sense, ‘I have declared my ways' to the Lord? 5 Truths to Know About Psalm 119: - This Psalm is actually written as an acrostic poem. We do not go to it, as the hungry man to his food, as the miser to his treasure. What then is this prayer? The proud have me in great derision: In this section and in the previous, the idea is that the Psalmist is mocked and reproached for his love and trust in God's word. iii. In the house of my pilgrimage. We gain much understanding by considering God as Creator, and especially as the Creator of man. In these stanzas the petitions tend to drop away - stanza twenty-one (the sin/shinstanza) has no explicit prayers at all - and in their place comes a quiet, obedient waiting for God." "This is not convenient guidance for one's career, but truth for moral choices; see, for example, the kind of ‘snare' and ‘straying' that are implied in 119:110." I have confessed to thee how I have broken thy statutes; wilt thou not give me thy statutes back again?'" I will delight myself in Your statutes; Everywhere we see his track - his footsteps. i. For they are ever with me: The Psalmist was real about the abiding presence of his enemies. A wineskin in smoke was "Useless, shriveled, and unattractive because of being blackened with soot." a. I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments: The Psalmist showed a determination of life to obey the word of God. ii. Then he considered that the arrangement he had made with God was actually legalistic and pharisaical, especially in the way that it relied on the power of his own vows and resolutions. - God's word shows us the blessings of purity, and gives us an incentive to make the necessary sacrifices. i. i. (Stephen, cited in Spurgeon). We can also say that making haste to God is a sign of revival. ; Psalm 119:33 Or follow it for its reward; Psalm 119:37 Two manuscripts of the Masoretic Text and Dead Sea Scrolls; most manuscripts of the Masoretic Text life in your way 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). (Spurgeon). Bridges says that some great Jewish Bible have on their frontispiece Jacob's statement of fear and astonishment connected with his vision of God at Bethel: How awesome is this place! - The difference between bet (ב)  and kaf (כ) is a tittle. God's word will be a lamp to our feet. (Spurgeon), iii. C. Gimel ג: The Word of God and the Trials of Life. (Bridges). . His soul aches for God, so much that it faints in waiting for the salvation he needs. He wrote out a covenant with God, and in a very serious and solemn way he even signed it with his own blood. He recognized their great sin: who forsake Your law. Let Your mercies come also to me, O LORD - (Clarke). ", iv. "We need no instruction in the way of sin. i. Think of all there is in the Bible that you don't see. . Give me understanding, and I shall live. (Psa 119:155-156) The wicked are far from a close salvation. "Note the realism of the double statement, They draw near … but thou art near. 2. Do not let the proud oppress me. "Spiritual desires are the shadows of coming blessings. For I have hoped in Your ordinances. And a light to my path. b. (Bridges), ii. (Kidner), "The Psalmist is approaching the end of the Psalm, and his petitions gather force and fervency; he seems to break into the inner circle of divine fellowship, and to come even to the feet of the great God whose help he is imploring. Is it not the sign that the Lord will keep us also?" i. Psalm 119:63 In the world of texting and instant messages, a “BFF” is a “best friend forever.” Friends are a wonderful blessing from our God. . One reason he found this to be so was because he understood that the righteousness of God's word is everlasting. Johannine Writings (Trapp). Some have a scourge. Isaiah 40:21; Proverbs 8:23); but here it only says ‘the head of thy word'. We may say that all true love has these three components: feeling, the giving of honor, and the desire to spend time and energy in knowing the beloved. My zeal has consumed me, - God's word shows us the reasons for purity, so we understand the wisdom and goodness of God's commands. a. i. a. Princes persecute me without a cause: In the real-life world of the Psalmist, he even interacted with princes - rulers among men, who persecuted him without a cause. i. Teach me Your statutes. ii. Those who know them best wonder at them most. ii. Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; O LORD, revive me according to Your justice: The Psalmist asked for God to hear him according to the goodness and mercy (lovingkindness) of God; he also asked God to revive him according to the justice of God. We may, indeed, be too bold in our manner of approach to God; but we cannot be too bold in our expectations from him." I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, This sacred exercise is very different from sluggish piety. For Your judgments are good. It has to do with removing a veil, or covering." There have been many lengthy works written on this Psalm; one of them is by Thomas Manton, a Puritan preacher and writer, who wrote a three-volume work on Psalm 119. The present and future often look gloomy; we wonder where are the great men and women of God seen in previous generations. . 4. (Boice), iii. I hate the double-minded, My lips shall utter praise, v. If one wants to, they can increase their love for God's word. The Psalmist finds himself thankful for God's good dealing toward him, and that it has come according to Your word. And teach me Your statutes. i. "Every man will insensibly contract the good or bad qualities of the company which he keeps; and should, therefore, be careful to keep such as will make him wiser and better, and fit him for the goodly fellowship of saints and angels." "Neither is it enough that we understand or ponder God's precepts, but we must practise them, if we would be happy." 3. Our rejoicing will be measured by our reverencing." (Spurgeon). i. "David has two descriptions for the saints, they are God-fearing and God-knowing. - God's word is a mirror that helps one to see their spiritual and moral condition, and thus walk in purity. The Psalmist understood what many today forget or deny. Turn to me: "As the believer finds trouble from the world, he prays that he may find help from the Lord's people … It is painful therefore to see Christians often walking aloof from each other, and suffering coldness, distance, differences and distrust to divide them from their brethren." This is the endurance of hope spoken of in the New Testament (1 Thessalonians 1:3), and the hope of salvation as a protecting helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:8). 4. 3. "He understands more than the aged, that is, the direct keeping of the Divine precepts is of more value than the advice of others, even though they have had long experience." iii. This means that prayer is an important (and often neglected) part of Bible study. Teth is the first letter of the Hebrew word ‘good' (tov), so it was a natural thought for the composer of the psalm to use ‘good' at the beginning of these verses." (Psa 119:12) A prayer for instruction. 4. a. I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law: The Psalmist knew the frustration of dealing with those who were double-minded. Freedom comes through obedience and submission to God. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed For example, GRACE – God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense – is an example of acrostic. viii. (Bridges). ", - Christian example: "I believe the reading of holy biographies has been exceedingly blessed of God. A man may sit down in the road without soiling his skin or fouling his apparel, but that is not enough. This made a time of painful affliction worthwhile. All the day: A good man, wherever he goes, carries his Bible along with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. He feels the weakening of his very life under the pressure of circumstances." iv. Disobedience, rejection of God's word, and reliance upon one's own wisdom leads to bondage. ii. This repetition is an effective way to communicate emphasis. For they are the rejoicing of my heart. "How often do we treat our Almighty Friend as if we were weary of dealing with him!" ", - He saw the danger of darkened understanding; therefore he prayed, "Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. i. Because I kept Your precepts. This (Psalm 119:84) is one of the few verses in the Psalm that does not specifically mention God's word. 3. He studied so hard that his eyes hurt. i. (Spurgeon). "Tears show compassion, and compassion wins others far more effectively than belligerent arguments and certainly more effectively than anger." (Clarke), iii. 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. Yet this comfort was also real in the figurative night that believers may face. Don’t underestimate the conversations that happen while playing “Jenga” or “Uno” with a group of kids. . "Let us not enter into the testimonies, as a dry task, or an ordinary study; but let us concentrate our minds, our faith, humility, and prayer, in a more devoted contemplation of them." In between the psalmist laments his troubles." 2. . I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; (Spurgeon). Footnotes. And upright are Your judgments. Prayer– – Close in prayer by praying for the kids in the group that they would understand that the only way to be saved is through Jesus’s death in our place. i. Forever and ever. (Boice). (Bridges). c. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word: Here the Psalmist understood both the urgency to seek and please God, and the inability to completely do so. despise and disobey them; which in Scripture use is oft called a forgetting of them, as the remembering of them is oft put for loving and practicing them." They ‘come unto' us, when we are not able to go to them." This is the teth stanza. To know the face of God shining upon His servant is to be at peace with God and to know He as at peace with you. His word tests us; it encourages us; it strengthens us; it rebukes us; it helps us; it teaches us; it gives us understanding; it protects us. Mark his dealings with you. i. i. - Every word and every letter was counted, and if a letter were omitted, or an extra letter inserted, or if any letter touched one another, the manuscript was condemned and destroyed. Plead my cause uses language from the courtroom. 4. (Spurgeon), v. Yet longing that is not acted upon is more wishing than longing. The following crafts and activities come from the Bible lesson "Thy Word is a Lamp". The lessons are divided into twenty-two sections; one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. i. Those who deny or depreciate God's word do just this - they forsake the word of God. i. Salvation is far from the wicked, About Press Copyright Contact us Creators Advertise Developers Terms Privacy Policy & Safety How YouTube works Test new features God has many ways to revive us. This man would have taken his stance not with the self-congratulating Pharisee of the parable, but with the publican who stood afar off, but went home justified." ii. Surely when I consider my own natural aversion and enmity to the law of God, and the danger of self-deception in the external service of the Lord, I have much need to pray." In contrast, the Psalmist found delight in the word of God. The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts." It is my meditation all the day. "Saul, under protracted trial, resorted to the devil for relief (1 Samuel 28:6-7) … Even a good man, under a few hours' trial, murmurs against God - nay, even defends his murmuring (Jonah 4:7-9). v. It is also because God wants to spare the young man (and the older man) the bondage of sin. (Bridges). He has hoped in the word of God (ordinances) in the past, and has not been disappointed. No other help is sufficient, but God's help is all-sufficient and we cast ourselves upon it without fear." "In order to keep God's word, must we not pray to understand it? "In the original, ‘tried, refined, purified, like gold in the furnace,' absolutely perfect, without the dross of vanity and fallibility, which runs through human writings. 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