ii. b. I keep Your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before You: For the Psalmist, the knowledge that "all my ways are before You" prompted obedience. If one does not take heed, the natural path is towards impurity and degeneration. Pauline Epistles Many people look to revival as merely a time of heightened spiritual excitement, that has little purpose other than giving people a sense of blessing and thrills. The prayer comes from a heart that loves God's word (Your precepts), asking to be made alive in the righteousness of God. Yet if not for you, then for whom does he speak? . Yet he is not in despair, because he has hope in Your word. As you go through the Psalm continually ask kids (1) what is this Psalm telling us about who God is?, (2) what is this Psalm telling us about what God does and (3) what is this Psalm telling us about what God expects of His people and how His people should respond to Him. More than gold, yes, than fine gold! 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. These testimonies are supernatural, superhuman." Your word is very pure; Faithfulness to the truth is victory over our enemies." Whatever others might choose to do he had already made his choice and placed the Word in his innermost soul as his dearest delight, and however others might transgress, his aim was after holiness: ‘That I might not sin against thee.'" Hebrews 5:14." 3. We trace the line of the amazing faithfulness of God to each generation, despite the worst impulses and works of man. Kevin Cauley. We know how busy life can be, so we’ve kept each lesson short and sweet (10-15 minutes per day). God knows how to defend His own who cry to Him. "Neither is it enough that we understand or ponder God's precepts, but we must practise them, if we would be happy." iv. For You shall enlarge my heart. iii. (Spurgeon). Minor Prophets Your word I have hidden in my heart, - 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. It is fair to assess purported words of revival according to the measure, "Is this according to God's word? Hosea 4:1). (Trapp), ii. c. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it: Despite his delight and desire for God's word, the Psalmist knows he cannot walk in God's path without God's empowering. Rivers of water run down from my eyes, THE PASSING ON OF THE HERITAGE Psalm 119:111; II Timothy 1:1-7 INTRODUCTION Psalm 119:111 A. 1). With my lips I have declared This reinforces the idea that his previous claims to righteousness were not absolute, and were made comparing himself to other men and ungodly men. iii. For I will keep the commandments of my God! (Bridges). a. (Psa 119:152) Confidence in the eternal word. "The faculty of conscience partakes, with every other power of man, of the injury of the fall; and therefore, with all its intelligence, honesty, and power, it is liable to misconception. "The Lord's grace to him will remove disgrace and will promote the fear of God." 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. Remember the word to Your servant: The Psalmist understood that God could never forget His word. (Spurgeon). a. For they are ever with me. (Bridges). Let the truth, and the whole truth, be sweet to our taste." c. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life: When the Psalmist recalled how faithfully and powerfully God's word had brought him life in the past, he then found comfort in his present affliction. iii. But do we value it? "Sincerity therefore must be the stamp of my Christian profession. i. As far as our views, desires, and affections agree with what is here expressed, they come from the influences of the Holy Spirit, and no further. Guide me down the road of your commandments; I love traveling this freeway! (Bridges), v. "After tossing about on a sea of trouble the Psalmist here leaps to shore and stands upon a rock. Yet the one who walks in God's word knows the true blessedness of living and enjoying an undefiled life. iii. (Genesis 28:17). It is true that we don't know the ways of God's timing; many times we have been wrong on this point. i. i. "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. "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." The fasting of Esther and the Jews brought failure and doom for Haman. a. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies: The Psalmist had many enemies, some of them evil and some proud. "Christian! This shows how confident he was in the goodness of God. (Bridges). The late Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer used to promote the idea of "true truth." Many today want to direct their steps by something else, anything else other than the word of God. He was determined that others would hear him praise God, and speak of His word. iv. c. You are near, O LORD: Though the wicked were both near to the Psalmist and far from God's word, the Psalmist himself knew that God was near. There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, and this Psalm contains 22 units of 8 verses each. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Use semicolons to separate groups: 'Gen;Jdg;Psa-Mal' or 'Rom 3-12;Mat 1:15;Mat 5:12-22', There are options set in 'Advanced Options', The Whole Bible Make Your face shine upon Your servant, Forever, to the very end. In many cases, I am afraid not." Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way: The understanding gained by the Psalmist gave him discernment and courage; the ability to perceive and hate every false way. (Michael Bruce, cited in Spurgeon). "The word ‘wonderful' is equivalent to our use of the word miraculous. The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law: The traps set for the Psalmist were in fact directly against the law of God. Thank you for registering. ", iii. See 1 Samuel 21:2, 8, where he roundly telleth three or four lies; and the like he did, 1 Samuel 27:8, 10: this evil he saw by himself, and here prayeth against it." 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. ii. (Boice) Yet at the end of the stanza, his thoughts are once again on God and His word. (Clarke), iii. "Quickening is a great and tender mercy; and it is many mercies in one." I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Your faithfulness endures to all generations; 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. ii. (Psalm 83:16). Turn their eyes to me as a spectacle of God's wonderful mercy; or rather, 2. 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. "It's not settled at Tübingen." For God is an inexhaustible treasury of all riches, sufficing innumerable men; while the world has mere trifles and fascinations to offer, and leads the soul into deep and sorrowful poverty." What they meant by clarity of perspicuity is that the Bible is basically comprehensible to any open-minded person who reads it." Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, 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." Each of the 22 sections is given to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and each line in that section begins with that letter. (Prayer of Monica, the mother of Augustine; cited in Bridges). Submit to his dispensation. That fact is the more remarkable because its opening sentence shows that the singer is still conscious of the circumstances of trial." And contemplate Your ways. a. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me: This is the same request as in the previous verse, made upon a different reason. (Boice). "If Satan get a grip of thee by any one sin, is it not enough to carry thee to damnation? (Morgan), ii. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: This is the prayer of wisdom from a blessed life. "Who can say this? JOD: The Tenth Part. "Strange to say, in scriptural phraseology, a heart may be divided and not broken, and it may be broken but not divided; and yet again it may be broken and be whole, and it never can be whole until it is broken." i. The greatness of these ideas and the reality of them in his life has made such praise necessary. Many people - ancient and modern - think the life lived undefiled in the way is boring at best. ii. But when they would tempt us to a devious or backsliding step - when our connexion with them entices us to a single act of conformity to their standard, dishonourable to God, and inconsistent with our profession - then we must take a bold and unflinching stand." They think of themselves as exceedingly broad-minded people; yet they show little tolerance for those who disagree with them. They are understood in the light of dependence upon God, not in the sense of self-righteous pride. "He meditated in God's word because he loved it, and then loved it the more because he meditated in it." The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, (Spurgeon). You are my hiding place and my shield; . i. Spurgeon observed that this was "A broken sentence. Therefore I hate every false way. . (Boice), iii. He pleads nothing favorable of you; but much, very much, for you. 4. "To such slanders and calumnies, a good life is the best answer. "Though upright before man, he ever felt himself a sinner before God" (Bridges); and such a sinner that God must be his surety. "According to Your lovingkindness" we can pray. "It is a blessed sign of grace in the heart when God's words are sweet to us as a whole, - when we love the truth, not cast into a system or a shape, but as we find it in God's Word. b. This is true for both the original autographs and the extremely reliable copies we have of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. 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