Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. His idea was that this support (Uphold me) would come according to God's word. "It must come to me; or I shall never come to it." Are righteous and very faithful. (Trapp). I will not forget Your word. (Bridges), iv. The ancient Hebrew word here translated mercies is hesed. This was the place Job eventually came to through his long and desperate struggle through the Book of Job. (Spurgeon), ii. ‘my tongue will answer') the antiphonal praise of a choir (cf. The Psalmist finds himself thankful for God's good dealing toward him, and that it has come according to Your word. 2. i. Unless Your law had been my delight, i. i. They draw near who follow after wickedness; (Bridges), ii. For I do not forget Your law: In the lives of some, affliction drives them away from God and His word. The Masorites said that the Word of God is mentioned in every verse except Psalm 119:122. The Psalmist describes a Romans 7:21 kind of experience: I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. (Spurgeon), iii. 030921AM WFL-29 DOAGL-29 Psalm 119-10 The Disciplines of a Godly Life: Meditation Psalm 119: Part 10 The Blessing of Affliction – We Get Focused on Our Teacher Two old men sat down and wrote their summary of life. "And the Psalmist had the same remedy at the early period, as had the apostle in the later times; for God's salvation is one. a. It is confidence to the general righteousness of life. Loving God’s Word means no … His obedient life (Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes) would lead to this unashamed life. b. b. 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. (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. (Psa 119:53-54) Describing the comfort and strength the word of God brings. "Lord! ", i. " Teach me good judgment and knowledge, Can you tell me where I can find a book that will open them up to me? i. (Poole). The Psalmist seems to interrupt his thoughts on the connection between God's word and a pure life with this expression of praise. (Stephen, cited in Spurgeon). I will delight: "The word is very emphatical: evetva eshtaasha, I will skip about and jump for joy." A man will surely save his own child: Lord, save me." (Spurgeon), iii. It was right, not wrong; and it was right concerning all things. (Psa 119:136) Sorrow that others do not keep the law of God. This tells us that revival itself is according to God's word. "When we hear any promise in the word of God, let us turn it into a prayer. c. I will meditate … and contemplate … I will delight … I will not forget Your word: The greatness of God's word has led the Psalmist to great resolution of life. i. Help me! i. It is one thing to say, "God has the right to do with me as He pleases." 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. We should beware of all sins, but specially of mother-sins." "But let me not shrink from the question, do I ‘keep his testimonies' from constraint, or from love? Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter. a. Righteous are You, O LORD, and upright are Your judgments: The Psalmist understood that the righteous character of God was displayed in His word (Your judgments). This is evidence that his previous claim to justice and righteousness was not in an absolute sense. How did this man behave? And even to take away his life, as they are said to dig pits for him (Psalm 119… "Let the histories of Cain, Pharaoh, Haman, Nebuchadnezzar, and Herod, exhibit the proud under the rebuke and curse of God." (Psa 119:116-117) Held up and supported by the word of God. Give me understanding according to Your word. If God did forsake him, he would be lost. I have weighed each word, and looked at each syllable with lengthened meditation; and I bear witness that this sacred song has no tautology in it, but is charmingly varied from beginning to end. (Psa 119:73) Surrendering to the word of the Creator. Let ‘cultured intellects' invent another god, more gentle and effeminate than the God of Abraham; we are well content to worship Jehovah, who is eternally the same." . The idea is that they hunted him as if he were a wild animal. - 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. a. "He looked to God alone, he looked eagerly, he looked long, he looked till his eyes ached. This verse teaches us that this understanding does not come easily; true meditation involves some element of work. This which is here spoken of is to be understood not of a holy self loathing, but a confounding shame." (Bridges). - God's word shows us the reasons for purity, so we understand the wisdom and goodness of God's commands. Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, ‘Such am I. Thy sovereign love hath bought me - made me thine - I am thine; save me." 2. 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. This gives the insight necessary to turn in the right direction. Our small group just wrapped up The Word, six lessons from Psalm 119, and I would highly recommend it as a small group study. Yet the one who walks in God's word knows the true blessedness of living and enjoying an undefiled life. They almost made an end of me on earth, Therefore I love Your testimonies. iii. We might say that the God who actually exists is not different than His written revelation to us. The picture of a lamp says something. 3. 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." vi. "He is in the hands of oppressors, who are actively oppressing. A steady contemplation is a great advantage." i. iii. It was a continuing source of fascination to him. My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation "He wished for no deliverance but that which came from God, his one desire was for ‘thy salvation.' ii. "The worldling clutches his money-bag, and says, ‘this is my comfort'; the spendthrift points to his gaiety and shouts, ‘this is my comfort'; the drunkard lifts his glass and sings, ‘this is my comfort'; but the man whose hope comes from God feels the life-giving power of the word of the Lord, and he testifies, ‘this is my comfort.'" The earth, O LORD,is full of Your mercy; "He who is diligent in prayer will never be destitute of hope. 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. "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." 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." JOD: The Tenth Part. (Trapp). (Spurgeon). Of course, it is not only the young man who has these challenges; older men and women of every age have their own challenges to pure living. He could not love the truth without also hating lies. Left to himself, man is unable to keep the way and word of God (much less keep it to the end). We have the sense of a wonderful liberty in conversation; he spoke to God as a dear friend. (Spurgeon). My comfort … my affliction: In the midst of an affliction suited to the individual, the believer can also enjoy a comfort specifically suited to them. c. I see the treacherous and am disgusted, because they do not keep Your word: It wasn't that the Psalmist expected godly behavior from the ungodly - something that Paul warned about (1 Corinthians 5:9-13). i. My soul faints for Your salvation: The Psalmist gives a sense of desperation. ii. When you are older you can settle down and be religious and proper." This wonderful companionship is the testimony of countless Christians, who experience warm fellowship across the lines of race, class, nationality, and education. (Spurgeon), iii. "Broad, or large, both for extent and for continuance; it is useful to all persons in all times and conditions, and for all purposes to inform, direct, quicken, comfort, sanctify, and save men; it is of everlasting truth and efficacy; it will never deceive or forsake those who trust to it, as all worldly things will, but will make men happy both here and for ever." My eyes are awake through the night watches, As Ironside spoke to him he asked, "Young man, are you trying to preach Christ, are you not?" And all Your commandments are truth. Therein he comforted himself. The eightfold Vav. "It is painful to remember how much light may be shining around us on every side, without finding an entrance into the heart." (Spurgeon), ii. " It almost seems rude for a man to tell God, "It is time for You to act." b. 4. They are so because of the work of God in them, so it is wise and worthy to pray that it would remain so. 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. (Spurgeon), v. Those who love Your name: To love the name of God means to …. Good judgment: "Hebrew, the goodness of taste, an experimental sense and relish of divine things." "Why is the young man so especially called to cleanse his way? Only a God-changed heart can pray this. Yet he knew that this was not deserved, even by someone as in love with God's word as he was. Where the heart is breaking with desire there is life. "A striking feature of these verses is the coupling of God's creative, world-sustaining word with His law for man. They draw near who follow after wickedness: The Psalmist could sense that the wicked who opposed him were coming closer and becoming more of a threat to him. (Bridges), ii. Faithfulness to the truth is victory over our enemies." "Whatever was the cause of his complaint, it was no surface evil, but an affair of his inmost spirit; his soul cleaved to the dust; and it was not a casual and accidental falling into the dust, but a continuous and powerful tendency, or cleaving to the earth." How many are the days of Your servant? "Speed in repentance and speed in obedience are two excellent things. But only the spiritual man loves it; they live as if they could not live without it. (Kidner). 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. He would not know where to step without the guidance of God's word. "The initial letter with which every verse commences sounds like the Hebrew word for righteousness: our keynote is righteousness." Love the whole Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, and be prepared even to die rather than to give up half a verse of it." The wicked wait for me to destroy me, With every step dangerous, he can he ever hope to endure forever, to the very end? . Saved by Ministry-To-Children. c. Your word is very pure, therefore your servant loves it: The Bible gives us almost unending reasons to love the word God and the God who gave it to us. It will prevent us from being tyrants over others and to tolerate and love others even when their lives and thinking are decidedly against God and His word. (Bridges). Pentateuch (Boice). Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, Your word I have hidden in my heart, Because of these, please bring me new life.". His devotion to God and His word has built a love-relationship between the Psalmist and God's word. Kaph is a curved letter, similar to a half circle, and it was often thought of as a hand held out to receive some gift or blessing … He holds out his hand toward him as a suppliant." Disobedience, rejection of God's word, and reliance upon one's own wisdom leads to bondage. "If you are trying to follow God, the world is going to treat you as an alien, for that is what you will be. Augustine, Luther, and Graham are just a few historical examples. And have comforted myself. They were uncertain and uncommitted in their life. ii. ii. (Poole), iii. ii. No gun in all our arsenals can match it." Forever, to the very end. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes c. I remember Your name in the night, O LORD: This was true both literally and figuratively. ii. Turn their hearts and affections to me, which have been alienated from me, either by the artifices and calumnies of my adversaries, or by my sore and long distresses." To declare God's word (all the judgments of Your mouth) with his lips was another part of his relationship with and love for God. . "Plentiful and perpetual tears, witnesses of my deep sorrow for God's dishonour and displeasure, and for the miseries which sinners bring upon themselves." i. i. Fashioned me: "The reference to God forming him is a deliberate echo of Genesis 2, which says God ‘formed man from the dust of the ground' (Genesis 2:7)." But I delight in Your law. ", - He saw his own weakness and instability; therefore he prayed, "My soul breaks with longing. a. Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live: The Psalmist knew that he could not stand before his enemies without God holding him up. God’s Word guides our daily walk. "Observe where he begins his work - not with the eye - the ear - the tongue - but with the heart." He didn't need new eyes; he needed to see with the eyes he already had. We recognize the truth of this when we consider generations present and future. If we would be scholars we must be sufferers. The Psalmist understood that if he were to give himself entirely to God; to cling to His word as a shipwrecked man clings to a floating plank in the sea, then he could trust that God would not allow him to be put … to shame. Here we behold his face." "Since he found it hard to keep the commandments in the company of the ungodly, he gave them their marching orders. (Litany.) "To all his people he has not meted out the same measure. iii. (Boice). (Poole), ii. Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. You cannot expect to be at home in it, and if you are, well, it is an indication that you really do not belong to Christ or at least are living far from him." -------------------- b. " (Alexander Wallace, cited in Spurgeon). The Psalmist knew what he needed. So shall I keep Your law continually, It is true that we don't know the ways of God's timing; many times we have been wrong on this point. Who stray from Your commandments. Subject: Commitment to His Word. Ironside went to visit a man near death, suffering from tuberculosis. "As in previous divisions we have seen his anger with the wickedness of those who make void the law of God, here we see his pity for them in the rivers of his tears." "The reason we are not happy is that we sin, and the main reason we sin as much as we do is that we do not know the Bible well enough. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.'" Whenever I hear of churches and ministers departing from the faith, I know that piety is at low ebb among them. Consider how I love Your precepts; i. i. Revive me according to Your judgments. d. The testimony of Your mouth: The Psalmist rightly understood that the word of God actually came from the mouth of God. (Trapp), ii. We have thought God must act now, when in His wisdom and glory He worked later. Therefore Your servant loves it. i. Redeem me from the oppression of man, When the world thinks we are strange and wonders if we belong, it sees us correctly. 2. -------------------- ‘Help, Lord,' will be a fitting prayer for youth and age, for labour and suffering, for life and death. i. b. (Clarke), iii. The Gospels Direct my steps by Your word: The second request explains what he wanted to do with the mercy received from God. 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. They are about the writer's prayer life and how he learned to use God's word when praying." Can’t know God apart from knowing His Word. When God is moving in power, people make haste to get right with him. (Sibbes, cited in Spurgeon), iii. Other people reckon differently (with disagreement about verses 84, 90, 121, and 132). b. They are those who want both God and the world. 4. David's prayers made failure and doom for Ahithophel. 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. Every preacher should especially be able to say, "Your word is settled in heaven." GOD, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course. - God's word shows us the standard of purity, so we know what is right and what is wrong. ii. The greatness of these ideas and the reality of them in his life has made such praise necessary. The one is the merit and fruit of sin; the other is an act of grace. '", ii. iv. I believe that no man who has yet lived has ever proposed a system of theology which comprises all the truth of God's Word. iv. "The Son of David might use the words in their full and absolute sense, and plead for a glorious resurrection, on the foot of his having performed a perfect obedience to the law." Yet if not for you, then for whom does he speak? ii. Within each section, all 8 verses begin with the same Yet I do not forget Your statutes: Despite his sense of weakness, he was determined to not forget Your statutes. (Spurgeon). - He regarded time as precious; he even used the hours normally given to sleep for devotion to God. Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven: The Psalmist here meditated on the unchanging nature of God's word. a. I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word: The Psalmist understood that restraining himself from evil would also help him to understand God's word better. And I love them exceedingly. "This division is remarkable in that it is one of the only two which contain no petition (other was Mem, 197-104). (Bridges). . Without this hope, his righteous life would be impossible. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, conspicuous as an elephant in your front yard. He must have his heart enlarged; that is, made bigger and stronger and better and more steadfast. In a New Testament context, this prayer has even great grounds for confidence. Pentateuch "The personal way in which the man of God did this is also noteworthy: ‘With my whole heart have I sought thee.' There must be progress - practical action - in the Christian life; and in order to blessedness we must be doing something for the Master." Seven times a day I praise You, He says that from heaven, God breathed out of them His Holy Word. The wicked have laid a snare for me, His life will be filled with God's word, in his mind (meditate … contemplate), in his heart (delight), and in his habits (not forget). (Boice). b. (Spurgeon), iii. Yet it does fulfill what Jesus later said in John 16:13: When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. The Old Testament It is dangerous to make haste on a wrong path; it is glorious to make haste on the right way. vi. i. (Psa 119:38-40) Longing for revival from God's word. (Trapp), ii. The lessons guide you, step-by-step, through Psalm 119. (Horne), ii. Understanding and knowledge of the scripture is very important. Deal with Your servant according to Your mercy, and teach me Your statutes: The Psalmist understood that when God teaches His people, it is evidence of His mercy. the same word ‘answer' for ‘sing' in Psalm 147:7; and, using other terms, the calling of the seraphim one to another in Isaiah 6:3)." - He showed great reverence to God even in secret devotion, by rising up to praise Him. It brought him great peace and stability in life (nothing causes them to stumble). We do not profess to dislike trial - only the trial pressing upon us - any other cross than this; that is, my will and wisdom rather than God's." Your word is a lamp to my feet: The Psalmist felt that as he walked the road of life, the word of God made his steps clear. What did the Psalmist need? But Scripture is mentioned in at least 171 of 176 verses. i. Since this is a Psalm glorifying God and His Word, it refers to Scripture over and over again. He came to the word, and then he came to himself, and this made him arise and go to his father." The words following - "And I keep Your law" - remind us that the remembrance of God in the night made for an obedient life with God in the daytime. Multitudes live for the world - forget God and die! (Spurgeon). The Psalmist was wise to understand that sin can come to have dominion over a man, even in some ways a man or woman who has spiritual life. It was not only a word to mankind in general, or even the covenant people; it was something personal to the Psalmist himself (Your servant). This is one reason why God appoints affliction for His people (1 Thessalonians 3:3). "Unto all thy commandments; so as not to be partial in my obedience, not to allow myself in the practice of any known sin, or in the neglect of any known duty." ii. I rise before the dawning of the morning, "This verse is extremely emotional and full of tears, for truly we are all this going astray, so that we must pray to be visited, sought, and carried over by the most godly Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God blessed forever. (Spurgeon). "The prayer reminds us of Peter walking on the sea and beginning to sink; he, too, cried, ‘Lord, help me,' and the hand of his Master was stretched out for his rescue." Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD; Come before You: "The verb q-r-b in the Hiphil is a technical term for the act of presenting an offering … He has nothing left to present but a ‘cry.'" Teaching Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour i. My life is continually in my hand, i. 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. For I do not forget Your law. Psalm 119 is not just long. ii. "God is not truly sought by the cold researches of the brain: we must seek him with the heart. Establish Your word to Your servant, Because I kept Your precepts. The entirety: "Is literally ‘the head'; hence AV, ‘from the beginning'. - The ink must be of no other color than black, and it had to be prepared according to a special recipe. range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed But all have the cross, and this is a daily cross." b. c. My eyes fail from searching Your word: This indicates how diligently the Psalmist read and studied God's word. "Such was David's high estimation of the testimonies of his God, that his spirits were consumed with vehement grief in witnessing their neglect. . (Spurgeon), ii. "Every part of creation bears the impress of God. He didn't just want liberty from man's oppression so he could serve himself; but so that he could properly obey God. a. 2. Because it is settled in heaven, it will not change on earth. (John 18:37-38). "The general desire expressed in this division is that for guidance. The closest parallel to this pattern in Scripture is found in Lamentations 3, which is also divided into 22 sections, and there are a few other passages in the Hebrew Scriptures which use an acrostic pattern. When one lives in this glorious cycle, it feels as if the whole earth is full of the mercy of God. (Spurgeon). The proud who hold the simple believer in great derision enjoy the applause and honor of some in this world; but they can never know the comfort that the Psalmist wrote of here. b. 4. אחלי (whence אחלי, 2 Kings 5:3 ) is compounded of אח (vid., supra, p. … "The word ‘wonderful' is equivalent to our use of the word miraculous. vi. (Horne). The translators have mended it by insertions, but perhaps it had been better to have left it alone, and then it would have appeared as an exclamation, - ‘My portion, O Lord! Coupled with ‘from' this word can indeed mean the beginning (e.g. (Trapp), iv. I will meditate: "Truths lie hid in the heart without efficacy or power, till improved by deep, serious, and pressing thoughts … A sudden carrying a candle through a room, giveth us not so full a survey of the object, as when you stand a while beholding it. 4. Can it heal my broken heart Can it give relief to my wounded spirit? ii. He was a fellow-commoner of the College of All-saints." According to Your word to Your servant. A man may sit down in the road without soiling his skin or fouling his apparel, but that is not enough. "Verse 175, the next to the last verse, is a good biblical statement of what the Westminster Shorter Catechism calls ‘the chief end of man,' namely, to glorify God and to enjoy him forever: ‘Let me live that I may praise you.' A verification email has been sent to the address you provided. (Bridges), iii. He praised God and His word (Your testimonies) as righteous measures of judgment. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word: Trust in God's word gives an answer to those who reproach us. 1. (Psa 119:75-77) Comfort from God's word in a time of affliction. It is referred to in almost every verse. "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." He did not have a conditional appreciation of the word of God; he loved it in good times and bad. These are always two wonderful reasons for praise. The Psalmist here declares that he has sought the face of God. That satisfaction and blessing leads to a deeper pursuit, leading to even more satisfaction and blessing. 4. (Stephen, cited in Spurgeon), iii. i. It isn't that God breathed into the human authors. 1. Give me understanding, and I shall live. How little do crowns and sceptres become in the judgment of that man who perceives a more majestic royalty in the commands of his God." 4. Submit to his dispensation. This lesson will help you digest this "elephant" and be better for the experience. This gives new understanding to some wonderful statements of Scripture: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:8) ii. There are 190 chapters in his work, more than one chapter for each verse. iii. a. I have declared to thee my ways; now, wilt thou teach me thy ways? Sometimes spoil is fought for, and riches from God's word must be fought for. General Epistles b. Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Yet the writer was confident that God's word had given him greater wisdom. 4. Upon which You have caused me to hope. Pentateuch No matter how diligently the Psalmist would seek after God and seek to please Him, he would always remain in need of mercy. (Psa 119:61-62) Faithfulness to God's word in adversity. ii. Oh, that my ways were directed - Each column must have no less than 48 and no more than 60 lines. The Gospels Hear my voice according to Your lovingkindness; It is wonderful to think that God has a custom, a pattern of action, towards those who love His name. Lesson 5: Psalm 119: 105-128 “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.” Psalm 119:111 Savor: taste and enjoy completely; delight in . 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