(William Fenner, cited in Spurgeon). 1. Saved by Ministry-To-Children. a. It isn't that God breathed into the human authors. Forever, to the very end. O LORD, do not put me to shame! (Cowper, cited in Spurgeon). Those who deny or depreciate God's word do just this - they forsake the word of God. c. That I might not sin against You: Here the Psalmist states one benefit from having God's word hidden in the heart. Beloved, this is worth recollecting, for we are very apt when we feel ourselves declining to look anywhere but to the Lord. I have confessed to thee how I have broken thy statutes; wilt thou not give me thy statutes back again?'" 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. 4. (Spurgeon), ii. (Psa 119:145-147) Crying out to God with hope in His word. 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). a. (Spurgeon), iii. Kevin Cauley. Then, shine a flashlight/ torch on it and talk about how the light helps them to see clearly. Connected to that, he proclaimed that this unchanging God has given us a word (Your law) that is truth. "Lord, I know that I don't deserve to be heard by You. 4. They know that God has deal well with them, and they know that it has been according to His word. When we have fellowship with God in and through His word, it makes our time in His law delightful. Give me understanding: In his thoughts of God as Creator, the Psalmist prayed for understanding. Nearly every loom was stopped. Great peace have those who love Your law, Passwords should have at least 6 characters. The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law, All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully, They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts, Revive me according to Your lovingkindess, Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth, Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven, Your faithfulness endures to all generations, You established the earth, and it abides. d. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes: As the Psalmist compared himself with the proud who spoke lies, he still recognized his need for greater obedience to God. We remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:18, that one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. But when he was on the scaffold he made use of a custom that allowed the condemned person to choose one psalm to be sung, and he chose Psalm 119. (Clarke), iii. The cords of the wicked have bound me, This whole passage shows us: T. Resh ר: Revival According to the Word of God. Even when they were most mirthful a sight of them made my heart heavy; I could not tolerate either them or their doings." i. (Poole), ii. God knows how to defend His own who cry to Him. My lips shall utter praise, Not by purchase, or by merit, it was his heritage … Man looks at his heritage. My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word: This was another indication of how committed the Psalmist was to the word of God, and how much he valued the salvation he found from it. (Spurgeon), 1. There can be no acceptance where there is no willingness; there is no work of free grace where there is no fruit of free will." (Spurgeon). Jesus said, "For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. c. Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually: This is the second request in this brief section to be supported by the strength that comes from God, and especially through His word. i. My soul breaks with longing I opened: "This uses a different word for open from that of verse 130. They are so because of the work of God in them, so it is wise and worthy to pray that it would remain so. (Horne), ii. a. I have seen the consummation of all perfection: The Psalmist considered the excellent things he has seen in this world. Boice comments on this thinking: "God's answer is quite different. We wouldn't know what a pure life was without God telling us. a. This confidence in one's spiritual condition and separation from those who don't follow God is notable. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth, I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches, I will meditate … and contemplate … I will delight … I will not forget Your word, I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me, My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times, Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors, I have declared my ways … teach me Your statutes, Make me understand the way of Your precepts, Remove from me the way of lying … I have chosen the way of truth. God says, If you are going to live for me, you must begin at the earliest possible moment, without delay, preferably when you are very young.". ii. 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. ‘The old is better' says one: but the oldest of all is the best of all, and what is that but the word of the Ancient of days." There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. In it all, Paul could say, "we have the same spirit of faith" (2 Corinthians 4:13). (Spurgeon), iii. Psalm 119:105 Bible Lesson about God's Word . As it has been said, "Show me your friends, and I will show you your future." Wisdom Literature Though thou be not a slave to all sin; if thou be a slave to one, the grip he hath of thee, by that one sinful affection, is sufficient to captive thee." b. iii. (Bridges). How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! "Because it was a hard thing to rightly understand this word in all its parts, and harder to put it in practice, he therefore intermixed many prayers to God for his help therein, thereby directing and encouraging others to take the same course." Our best protection from tempters and persecutors is more life." We can walk forward in life with confidence as we find direction in God's word. But while it keeps its place, what have you and I to worry about? Yet we must guard against the misunderstanding that seasons of affliction automatically make one better or godlier. "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.'" b. I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments: Once on the right path (with the feet having been turned), now the Psalmist may speed his way in the course of obedience. ii. iv. a. a. Also, the Word of God informed his praise; it was intelligent. (Bridges). "He rises superior to these sorrowful circumstances by keeping the testimonies, meditating on the statutes, and so finding delight therein." The Psalmist seems to interrupt his thoughts on the connection between God's word and a pure life with this expression of praise. We remember when Mary said to the angel Gabriel - who had just made the glorious promise that she would bear the Messiah - "Behold the maidservant of the Lord! b. ii. (Spurgeon). (Trapp). So when the door was opened, light came into the tent, illuminating everything inside." i. "I take possession of my heritage, I live on it, I live in it, it is my treasure, my portion. The Old Testament We have seen that verse 84 also seems not to mention it; verses 90, 121, and 132 may be examples too." But when the privilege is felt, we shall be early at work, following it closely morning and night." "It is only as we tremble before the exalted and holy God that we will ever see the world and its distorted values to be the empty things they are. i. i. vi. (Bridges). (Bridges). Lessons from Psalm 119: 1. (Boice). It wasn't long until he started failing in his commitment to the covenant; first in small ways and then more and more. So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. It is a shame to many Christians that they look for their sense of wonderful to be satisfied without looking to the Word of God. It is not limited as the things, even the great things of this earth are. Many lives are wasted because people find themselves unwilling or unable to turn away their eyes from worthless things. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, We believe that God is the loving Father of all kids. "These simple-hearted ones are frequently despised, and their simplicity has another meaning infused into it, so as to be made the theme of ridicule; but what matters it? As for myself, I shall continue to be unfashionable, and abide where I am. (Bridges), ii. "My meditations; the matter of my constant and most diligent study." It is saying written in many Bibles: "This book will keep you from sin. i. Almost is a word of God's gracious protection. Give me understanding according to Your word. Here’s 10 Lessons We Learned from Psalms 101-150 1.) "David not only acknowledges God's right to deal with him as he saw fit, and even his wisdom in dealing with him as he actually had done, but his faithfulness in afflicting - not his faithfulness though he afflicted - but in afflicting him; not as if it were consistent with his love, but as the very fruit of his love." (VanGemeren). Therefore they became his heritage forever. "When the soul is thus conscious of ‘following the Lord fully,' there is a peculiar dread of wandering. (Spurgeon). (Bridges). But it has not pleased God to give us a body of divinity; let us receive it as he has given it, each truth in its own proportion, - each doctrine in harmony with its fellow, - each precept carefully carried out into practice, and each promise to be believed, and by-and-by received. (Poole). i. ii. The Psalmist understood how important it was to seek the favor of God and to please Him with the life. Saying, "When will You comfort me?". a. Establish Your word to Your servant is much the same idea as what Mary to Gabriel regarding the word of the Lord that he brought to her: Let it be to me according to your word (Luke 1:38). It is true most of all for those who proclaim the word of God. (Spurgeon), d. This has become mine: This is a glorious, triumphant statement from the Psalmist. 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. (Kidner), iii. Yet many who walk with God understand the desperate plea of the Psalmist perfectly. We might say that God's written word is an incomplete display of His character and nature; that is, there is more to God than what we can receive from His word. "Note the realism of the double statement, They draw near … but thou art near. I also know that You, according to Your justice, see the righteousness of my cause with those who are against me. "When a man of God obtains grace for himself he becomes a blessing to others … There are professors whose presence scatters sadness, and the godly quietly steal out of their company: may this never be the case with us." vi. "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." 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. Your testimonies are wonderful: The Psalmist again declared his wonder and pleasure in the word of God. Other faculties and organs generally become so keen and active as to … Paul's eyes were unveiled when he was converted (Acts 9:18); it was as if scales had dropped from his eyes. The fasting of Esther and the Jews brought failure and doom for Haman. So the prayers in this section are stated, "Cause me to learn" and "Cause me to understand" and "Cause me to walk" and so forth. The Psalmist cried out to God as Job did: Now put down a pledge for me with Yourself (Job 17:3). - God's word washes us from impurity, and actually cleanses our life in a spiritual sense (Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3). And Your law is my delight. (Psa 119:175-176) Depending on the word of the God who seeks us. His love for and dedication to the word of God has not made him more spiritually independent, but more spiritually dependent upon God. "Meditation is recalling what we have committed to memory and then turning it over and over in our minds to see the fullest implications and applications of the truth." There may be a time in which thou callest me to fight; then thou art my Shield and Protector." i. b. It is objectively settled in heaven, whether the Psalmist or anyone else believes it to be or not to be. i. Give kids time to work on their pages and then have them share what they have drawn or written with the rest of the group. "Tears show compassion, and compassion wins others far more effectively than belligerent arguments and certainly more effectively than anger." 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. Johannine Writings 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. 2. 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. i. "We talk of goodness, but yield to discontent. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me: The Psalmist considered that his right life would be an encouragement to others who also feared God. Pray that they would see their own sinfulness and their need of a Savior. Reproach is unpleasant; it is the expression of disapproval or disappointment. -------------------- 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." I am Yours, save me; Though a common verse taught to children, there is much significance to it. b. General Epistles Do not let me be ashamed of my hope: The Psalmist could pray this because he had his hope properly set. He says that from heaven, God breathed out of them His Holy Word. One who truly loves the pure truth of God will naturally hate lies. (Morgan), ii. (Bridges), iv. 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." b. I have gone astray like a lost sheep:This great Psalm ends on a touching note. Your word is a lamp to my feet … The Lord save us from the greatest of all afflictions, an affliction lost!" Wondrous things from Your law. His concept was that the Biblical message is true fundamentally, apart from how one receives it or how it works in one's life. Again, it should be stressed that this delight goes beyond mere Bible knowledge. It is hidden in the sense that it is on the inside, where none can see it and it is safe so that none can take it away. We know how busy life can be, so we’ve kept each lesson short and sweet (10-15 minutes per day). If not, you will never learn to love God truly, and you will certainly never walk in the way that brings true blessing." Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets, invigorate me on the pilgrim way. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed In his sermon titled God's Time for Comforting, Spurgeon sought to give practical answers to the question, "When will You comfort me?". This was an additional reason to hear and obey God. They walk in His ways. He would perform his engagement, but he cannot. O LORD, revive me according to Your justice. But in 1927, a scholar named Nelson Glueck (among others) argued that the real idea behind hesed was "covenant loyalty" and not so much love or mercy. . 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