PSALM 119

23 Outlines

 

Psalm 119 – Selected Verses

THE CRY OF MY HEART!

 

Sometimes we cry out from deep within our hearts.  Some of the things that we cry out from the heart include:

Help!

Forgive Me!

I’m sorry!

I love you!

I miss you!

Sometimes we cry out to God as David did in Psalm 119.  7 times David cries to God, “Teach me thy statutes!”  This is a good cry for us to give from our hearts.  David shares 6 reasons for this cry.

BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD – TEACH ME THY STATUTES!

Psalms 119:12 - Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

Romans 11:33-36 -  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

 

BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORGIVEN ME – TEACH ME THY STATUTES!
Psalms 119:26
- I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

Psalms 32:1-2 - Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Psalms 32:5 - I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Also consider Psalm 51:7 and 1 John 1:9.

BECAUSE I WANT TO OBEY YOU – TEACH ME THY STATUES!
Psalms 119:33-34
- Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

Psalms 119:145 - I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.

 

BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME – TEACH ME THY STATUTES!
Psalms 119:64 - The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

Psalms 119:124 - Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

 

The word “mercy” is often translated “love, steadfast love, or lovingkindness”.

BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD – TEACH ME THY STATUES!

Psalms 119:68 - Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

Psalms 145:9 - The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.


BECAUSE I WANT YOUR APPROVAL – TEACH ME THY STATUTES!
Psalms 119:135 - Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

 

Job 1:8 - And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

TEACH ME THY STATUTES

         BECAUSE YOU ARE GOD

         BECAUSE YOU HAVE FORGIVEN ME

         BECAUSE I WANT TO OBEY YOU

         BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME

         BECAUSE YOU ARE GOOD

         BECAUSE I WANT YOUR APPROVAL

 

 

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Psalm 119:1-2

GOD'S WAY TO HAPPINESS

 

As I write these notes we are approaching a New Year. These two verses can be used as a challenge as we face 1999. However, this message can be used any time as a challenge to Godly living.

We all want to be happy! The trouble is, most of us try to find our happiness in things, in what people think about us or in personal comfort. In Psalm 119:1-2 the word "blessed" means happy.

Here God tells us His way for us to achieve true happiness.

 

BE SAVED - "Blessed are the undefiled in the way..."

We are all defiled by sin! (Romans 3:9-23)

Jesus died for our sin! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Believe on Him and be saved! (Romans 10:13, Acts 4:12, John 3:36)

When are saved we become undefiled in the way! God declares us righteous. (Romans 5:1)

 

BE SATURATED - "...who walk in the law of the LORD."

When we walk in something we are surrounded by it.

True happiness for the one who is saved comes from being surrounded by and saturated in the Word of God. (Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119:15-16)

 

BE STEADFAST - "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies..."

We will be happy as we steadfastly obey God.

 

BE SEEKING - "...and that seek him with the whole heart."

We constantly seek other things and other people instead of seeking the Lord. (Psalm 27:8)

 

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THE WAY OF HAPPINESS

Psalm 119:1-2

 

Most people think that happiness depends on "happenings".

When things are going well, folks are happy. When they don't go well, they are not happy. Psalm 119:1-2 shows us how to be truly happy (blessed).

It begins with being "undefiled in the way". The undefiled in the way are those who are saved. After salvation we are happy as we spell the word "SAD"

 

S - SATURATION - Walk in the law of the Lord.

A - APPLICATION - Keep His testimonies.

D - DETERMINATION - Seek Him with the whole heart.

 

 

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Psalm 119:1-4

HAVE A GOOD DAY!

 

A good day is generally speaking a happy day!  Here are some ways to have a good day.

 

THE WONDER OF HAPPINESS 

Vs. 1a - Blessed are the undefiled in the way,

We will be happy when we have been justified by faith and have peace with God. Romans 5:1

Remember the word “blessed” means “happy”.

 

THE WALK IN HIS WORD

Vs. 1b - … who walk in the law of the Lord.

Vs. 3 - They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

We will also have a good day when we saturate ourselves in the Word of God.

 

THE WORK OF OBEDIENCE 

Vs. 2a – Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,

Vs. 4 - Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

It is also a good day when God is pleased with our obedience.

 

THE WHOLENESS OF HEART 

Vs. 2b - …and that seek him with the whole heart.

A day totally committed to the Lord is a good day.

 

 

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Psalm 119:1-8

A HAPPY PERSON

 

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A HAPPY PERSON - Vss. 1-3

THE CONSCIENCE OF A HAPPY PERSON - Vss. 4-6

THE COMMITMENT OF A HAPPY PERSON - Vss. 7-8

 

The word blessed means happy.

 

 

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Psalm 119:9-11

ADVICE WORTH FOLLOWING

(This could be used as a message for graduates.)

 

We all need a good word of advice from time to time.

When people embark on new experiences such as after graduation or in preparation for a new job or a marriage, it seems like good advice is appropriate.

Here is some good advice worth following:

 

TAKE HEED - Vs. 9 - A person can "clean up his act" when he constantly heeds or obeys the Word of God. 1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

TAKE HOLD - Vs. 10 - A person should grab on to following God totally. His commitment to God should be whole hearted.

 

TAKE HELP - Vs. 11 - A person should hide God's Word in his heart so that he will be strengthened against the attacks of Satan. Follow our Lord's example of using Scripture when tempted. Luke 4:1-13

 

 

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Psalm 119:11

USE THIS VERSE!

 

Talk to the average Christian, and you will find that he or she claims to have great respect and love for the Word of God.  The best way to prove that we have great respect and love for God's Word is to obey it!  Psalm 119:11 is a great verse and often quoted.  However, to best honor God we must make this verse real in our lives! We must use it!

 

THE SEED - "Thy word..." See Mark 4:14.

 

THE SOIL - "...my heart..." See Mark 4:15-20.

As I suggested in another outline, there are four kinds of hearts mentioned in Mark's Gospel.

 

A deceived heart - Vs. 15

A disturbed heart - Vss. 16-17

A distracted heart - Vss. 18-19

A discerning heart - Vs. 20

 

THE SECRET - "...have I hid..." - Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3

 

THE SUCCESS - "...that I might not sin against thee."

 

See Matthew 4:1-11 - The Lord quoted Scripture to refute the devil.

 

We will sin less as we memorize, meditate upon, and obey God's Word.

 

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PSALM 119:15-16

THIS TIME NEXT YEAR

 

Christian, where will you be this time next year?

Will you be at the same job?

Will you live in the same house?

Will attend the same school?

Will you have the same friends?

Will your health or the health of your loved ones be the same?

 

Where will you be this time next year?  You can't answer one of these questions with certainty. You can only think you'll be at the same school or be at a new school. You can only think you'll have the same job or a new job. You can only think that your health or the health of another will be same or get worse.  You can only think that you'll live in the same place or that you'll move. You can only think that you'll have the same friends or new ones.

   

Where will you be this time next year?  Although you can't answer that question, if you want things to be different, in most cases you'll have to work at it.

Granted, there are things that we can't control, and only God knows for sure where will be and what we will be doing. 

 

But if you want a different job, you'll have to work at finding one.

If want to be in a different school, and you are in a position to make your own decision, you'll have to work at applying at a new school

If you want new friends you'll have to work at developing new friendships.

If you want to live in a different house, you'll have to work at finding a place and moving there.

Health is not as definite. We can't guarantee health.  But I do know this, if we want this best health possible next year at this time, we need to work at being healthy.

 

Now, Christian, let me ask you another question.  Where will you be Spiritually this time next year?  Will you have become more like Jesus in your behavior? Will you have licked any bad habits? Will your prayer and devotional life improve? Will you be a better witness for Christ?  Will you have obeyed 2 Peter 3:18 - But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ…?

   

You are probably thinking, "I really don't know!"

But let me tell you this: You will be no better off Spiritually this time next year, unless you work at being more Spiritual this year.

 

To grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ… is a command to be followed.

 

So how are we going to make sure that at this time next year we have grown Spiritually?

 

Romans 12:1-2 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

First of all, in order to grow in this coming year, we must be yielded to God.  Because God has shown us great mercy by saving us, keeping us, loving us, and protecting us, we should present our bodies to Him as a living sacrifice.  That means we make ourselves available to God to go where He wants us to go, to do what He wants us to do, and to be what He wants us to be.

 

When we are holy, we are set apart for God.

When we do what is acceptable unto God, we do what pleases Him. 

This is our reasonable service. I always think of it as the least we can do.

 

The work really starts after we yield ourselves to God.

Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to this world.  Some have rendered this phrase as "Don't let the world squeeze you into its mold."  The world here is the world system, and the Christian is warned against loving the world and being like the world. 1 John 2:15-17

  

Romans 12:2 tells us that instead of being conformed to this world, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.

  

A greater transformation has already taken place in your life if you know Christ as Savior.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

 God's Holy Spirit lives inside of you and has made a great transformation, but He wants that transformation to go even further in this coming year.  He wants transformation to continue by the renewing of your mind.  

 

Why must your mind be renewed? Very simply, you are what you think. Luke 6:45

 

What does the Holy Spirit use to renew your mind? 

He uses the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12

 

If God uses His word to renew our minds, that very simply means that we need to expose our minds as much as possible to the Word of God.  That's why you should be in Sunday School, morning service, evening service and prayer meeting.

   

But there's another way to renew our minds with the Word of God, and that's what I want to talk about in the remaining minutes of this message.

 

Turn please to Psalm 119:15-16 - I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. [16] I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

 

There are four things to do here that will renew your mind, if you decide to do just as the psalmist had decided to do. Throughout this passage the psalmist says "I will"!  

 

We are going to begin with the last statement in these verses which reminds us to

 

Remember - ...I will not forget thy word.

 

The psalmist says ...I will not forget thy word.

The psalmist was determined to remember God's Word. Why?

The psalmist was determined to remember God's Word because of the transforming power it has in the life. Psalm 119:11, 119:105, Jeremiah 15:16

 

  

So my challenge to you is to remember God's Word if you want to be different this time next year.    

Here's what I suggest you do:

·        Write out a verse on a 3 x 5 card with the verse on one side and the reference on the other.  Carry it with you.

·        Work on the verse throughout the week so you can say it to someone the next Sunday. Make yourself accountable to somebody for the saying of the verse.

·        Save the cards and review them regularly.

 

Now if you say, I can't memorize, I beg to differ with you.  Through repetition you memorize lots of things, including lists of numbers like Social Security or phone numbers.  Through repetition you can memorize Scripture.

 

Also consider this week's memory verse. You can memorize because God will enable you. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

 

Reflect - I will meditate in thy precepts...

 

To meditate on something is to mull it over in your mind.  It is to reflect on it.  It is kind of like a cow chewing her cud.  She chews on what she has eaten for awhile, then swallows it and it goes into one of her three stomachs.  Later, she brings it up again and chews some more.  This way she digests her food.

 

Reflect on the memory verses that you know.

Mull them over in your mind.

Apply them to your life.

Talk to the Lord about them. Make them a prayer, if that's applicable.

 

Will this process of meditation really help to renew your mind? Psalm 119:98-99

 

Respect - ...and have respect unto thy ways.

 

 

When I love and respect my Heavenly Father, I will strive not only to memorize and meditate on Scriptures, but I will strive to obey the teachings, the ways of God.

 

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

Psalm 119:112 - I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

 

Psalm 119:100 - I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

 

And you know that God is pleased with obedience! 1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

Rejoice - I will delight myself in thy statutes...

  

Do you want to know what you really rejoice or delight in?

Consider what you think about most.

Consider what you talk about.

What you talk about will be a dead give away for where your priorities and interests really lie.

 

I want to go back to a verse we considered earlier.

  

Jeremiah 15:16 - Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.

 

Jeremiah was called by the name of the Lord God of hosts.  In Christian vernacular we would say that he was a child of God.

Because Jeremiah belonged to God, Jeremiah delighted in the Word of God.

 

Christian, you are a child of God.

Do you rejoice or delight in the Word of God.

Delighting in God's Word will help you meditate on God's Word. Psalm 119:97

 

Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

So, this time next year where will you be?

Will you have grown Spiritually? Will you be further along in your walk with God?

You will grow Spiritually if you are transformed by the renewing of your mind.   

 

Remember - ...I will not forget thy word.

Reflect - I will meditate in thy precepts...

Respect - ...and have respect unto thy ways.

Rejoice - I will delight myself in thy statutes...

 

It's decision time now.

Where will you will be Spiritually next year at this has much to do with your commitment to memorization and mediation.

Are you willing to strive to memorize, mediate and review the memory verses this year?

Are you will to be accountable to somebody else while doing it?

 

Let's Pray

 

 

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Psalm 119:25-32

PRAYER DURING TOUGH TIMES

 

The psalmist was having a tough time.  It was so bad that his soul clung to the dust.  This was his prayer, a prayer which we can use when we have similar problems.

 

1. GIVE ME LIFE - Vs. 25 - The word quicken has to do with life.

 

2. GIVE ME INSTRUCTION - Vs. 26

 

3. GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING - Vs. 27

 

4. GIVE ME STRENGTH - Vs. 28

 

5. GIVE ME INTEGRITY - Vss. 29-30

 

6. GIVE ME CONFIDENCE - Vss. 31-32

 

 

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Psalm 119:33-35

A DISCIPLE'S PRAYER

 

TEACH ME THE WAY - Vs. 33 - "Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end."

 

GIVE ME THE WISDOM - "Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart."

 

MAKE ME TO WALK -  "Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight."

 

How willing are you to say "Make me" to God?   

 

 

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Psalm 119:41-48

THE WORD

 

LIFE (SALVATION) THROUGH THE WORD - Vs. 41

 

LIPS FOR THE WORD - Vss. 42, 43, 46

 

LIBERTY BY THE WORD - Vss. 44-45

 

LOVE OF THE WORD - Vss. 47-48

 

 

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Psalm 119:49-56

GOD'S WORD

 

ENCOURAGED BY GOD'S WORD - Vss. 49-50

 

ENTRENCHED IN GOD'S WORD - Vss. 51-52

 

ENRAGED WHEN GOD'S WORD IS VIOLATED - Vs. 53

 

ESTABLISHED BY OBEDIENCE TO GOD'S WORD - Vss. 54-56

 

 

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Psalm 119:59-63

RECIPE FOR JOY

 

REFLECT - Vs. 59a - I thought on my ways,

Self-examination is key to being right with God.  We must be honest about the condition of our hearts.

 

REPENT - Vss. 59b-60 - … and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

When we turn away from sin, we will confess it and receive forgiveness. 1 John 1:9

We will strive to be obedient to God's word.

 

REMEMBER -Vs. 61 - The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

In spite of the hardships that we face as we walk with God (Psalm 34:19, 1I Timothy 3:12).

 

REJOICE - Vs. 62 - At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

See Philippians 4:4 and Psalm 100.

 

RECRUIT - Vs. 63 - I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

Recruit friends who are of like faith.

 

 

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Psalm 119:57-63

A REFLECTIVE MEDITATION

 

MY PORTION - Vs. 57 - The Lord

When the Lord is our portion, we will strive to keep His words.

 

MY PRAYER - Vs. 58 - Wholehearted

A wholehearted prayer will seek God's mercy.

A wholehearted prayer will also claim the promises found in God's Word.

 

MY PONDERINGS - Vs. 59 - Concern my ways

As the psalmist considered the Word of God, he reflected on his behavior and changed it in order to keep God's testimonies.

 

MY PRIORITIES - Vss. 60-62 -

1. Obedience to God Vs. 60

2. The Word of God Vs. 61

3. Thanks to God Vs. 62

 

MY PARTNERS - Vs. 63 - Those that fear God and keep His precepts

 

 

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Psalm 119:63

PARTNERSHIP

 

Psalm 119:63 - "I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts."

 

Who can be my partner?

Who can I work closely with?

 

In our text the Psalmist is saying, "I am the companion of anyone who fears my God and obeys his word."

 

Let us think of the word "fear" as being "respect".  The only one who can truly be my partner is the one who fears or respects the same things that I fear or respect.

 

As a Christian, there are at least four things that a partner of mine must respect.

 

RESPECT FOR GOD'S WAY

A partner of mine must agree with God's way for a person to enter Heaven through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:14-18, John 14:6, Ephesians 2:8-9 

We can not be partners with those who are unbelievers. 2 Corinthians 6:14

 

RESPECT FOR GOD'S WORD

If I truly respect God, I must respect His Word.

My partner must also respect God's Word.

Psalm 119:89, Romans 15:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:21

 

RESPECT FOR GOD'S WORK

God's work is the Great Commission. A partner of mine needs to be interested in carrying out God's plan of evangelism and church growth. Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15

 

RESPECT FOR GOD'S WALK

God has a code of conduct for us. We need to walk in obedience to Him. We must keep His precepts.  1 Samuel 15:22-23, Micah 6:8, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Galatians 6:1

 

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Psalm 119:97

LOVE AFFAIR

 

I am not defining a love affair as anything that is seedy or immoral. I am defining a love affair as an ongoing commitment of love, no matter what the circumstances.

 

People don’t just have love affairs with people.

Some have love affairs, so to speak, with sports, clothes, food, computers, guns and a host of other things.

 

The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 had a love affair.

His love affair was with the Word of God.

 

Psalm 119:113 - I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.

 

Psalm 119:163 - I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

 

Psalm 119:165 - Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

 

Psalm 119:47 - And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

 

Psalm 119:48 - My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

 

And our text: Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

   

This morning I suggest to you that an ongoing love affair with the Word of God is something every Christian should have.  If you profess to know Jesus as your Savior, and to love Him and to love your Heavenly Father, a love for God’s Word should be a characteristic of your life.

 

I would like us to answer two questions concerning a love affair with the Word of God.

 

WHY SHOULD I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD?

 

1.     I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT IT IS.

 

What is the Word of God?

It is God’s written revelation to man.

It is exactly what we are calling it, THE WORD OF GOD! 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21

 

God used the personality and circumstances of the man writing to give His Word to us, so that Paul sounds different than Peter who sounds different than Isaiah.  But each one of them delivered us the Word of God.  

  

If God didn’t care about us He wouldn’t have bothered to give us His Word.  The very fact that a righteous, loving, all powerful God would communicate to us, is one good reason to love the Word of God.

 

2.     I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF WHAT IT DOES.

 

It is God’s Word that shows us the way of salvation through faith in Christ.

It is God’s law that shows us that we are sinners in need of a Savior. Galatians 3:24

 

It is God’s Word that is used in bringing people to faith in Christ. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to bring about the new birth. 1 Peter 1:23

 

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

 

God’s Word teaches us.

God’s Word rebukes us.

God’s Word corrects us.

God’s Word shows us how to live righteously   

 

Psalm 19:7-11.

 

Notice what the Word of God does according to these verses.

 

Vs. 7 – It converts, changes, or as the NASB says, it “restores” the soul and it makes simple people wise.

 

Vs. 8 – God’s Word makes the heart to rejoice and also enlightens the eyes.  And I believe it is the Spiritual eyes that are enlightened.  We will see Spiritual things more clearly.

 

Vs. 9 – God’s Word endures forever and God’s Word is true and right.

 

Vs. 10 – God’s Word is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey.

 

Vs. 11 – God’s Word warns us. God rewards those who are obedient to His Word.

 

3.     I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE I KNOW THE AUTHOR PERSONALLY

 

This is not a salvation message per se, but what happens when a person realizes that He is a sinner, that Jesus died for His sins, and that faith alone brings forgiveness and eternal life? What happens when that person is “saved”?

 

The person is changed.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

 

The person becomes a child of God. Romans 8:15-16, John 1:12-13

 

Because we are His children, we, of course, should love Him.  And if we love Him, we should also love His Word.

I have sincere doubts if a person professes to be a born again Christian and has no interest in hearing the Word of preached and has no interest in reading it for himself, or if he can read, having it read to him.

 

4.     I SHOULD LOVE THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF IT’S IMPORTANCE TO GOD

 

My Heavenly has made his Word to be extremely important to Himself.

Psalm 138:2 - I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 

Do you see what it says here?

for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

 

There is nothing more important to God than His Word.

James Montgomery Boice – “It is as if God is saying, ‘I value my integrity above everything else. Above everything else I want to be believed.’ The verse does not have to mean that God’s other qualities are moved to second place.”

James Montgomery Boice, Psalms Volume 3, (Grand Rapids, Michigan, Baker Book House, 1998), p.1196

 

Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

HOW SHOULD I LOVE THE WORD OF GOD?

 

Psalm 119:97 says, O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

Obviously this means that the one who truly loves the Word of God will meditate on it.  That is, he or she will reflect on God’s Word continually, trying to understand it and trying to apply it to his or her life.

There will be no greater delight that to learn God’s Word and make it personal.

 

This learning is academic, but it goes further.

This learning is Spiritual!

It gives Spiritual understanding. Psalm 119:99

 

Meditating on God’s Word also leads to obedience! Psalm 119:11, Joshua 1:8

 

How important to is obedience to God?

1 Samuel 15:22-23 - ...Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. [23] For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry...

   

Not only does meditating in God’s Word lead to learning and obedience, but it leads to faith.

Romans 10:17

 

The more I meditate in God’s Word, the stronger my faith will become.  And the stronger my faith becomes, the more I will be at peace. Psalm 119:165

 

So how are we going to go about meditating on Scripture?

Hopefully, you have been doing so this morning, as you have been interacting with the teaching of the Word of God!   

   

Jesus has ordained that His Word be taught. Matthew 28:19-20

 

Jesus says, “teach”, and learning requires meditation on what is taught. You don’t do much learning if what the teacher says goes “in one ear and out the other”.

 

Ephesians 4:11-13 - And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; [12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

   

 

If you really love God’s Word, you need to set aside your excuses and get under the sound of the teaching of the word of God.

 

Another way we meditate on Scripture is by reading it for ourselves.  I personally have changed my reading habits.

I’m reading less and getting it more.

I read a verse and then think about, and apply it to my own life.

 

Spend time each day with your Bible reading it, and asking God to show you the truth of it. I suggest you start with the Book of Matthew and meander through the New Testament.

Set no preconceived goal but read enough each day to get something out of it.  

 

It is also a good idea to think about what you’ve read later in the day. Turn off the car radio and give thought to the Scriptures.  

 

A great way to start your reading is with the “Bible Reader’s Prayer”.

 

Psalm 119:18 - Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

 

Another way of meditating on God’s Word is through memorization.

   

We already mentioned Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 

Before we can hide God’s Word in our hearts, we need to hide it in our heads.

As we select and memorize specific Scriptures and then meditate on them, that will help us get the Scriptures from our heads to our hearts.

 

I suggest that you memorize at least a verse a week, and then continue to review the verses.

 

How valuable is Scripture Meditation? Psalm 1:1-3

 

Why Scripture Meditation? It is to be part of the love affair that exists between each of us and the Word of God.

 

Psalm 119:97 - O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

 

 

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Psalm 119:97-104

GOD'S WORD AND ME

 

1. LOVING IT - Vss. 97, 103 - "Oh how love I thy law..."

 

2. LEARNING IT - Vss. 98-100, 104 - "Through thy precepts I get understanding...,"

 

3. LIVING IT - Vss. 101-102 - "...that I might keep thy word."

From Sermon Seeds A48

 

 

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Psalm 119:97-104

GOD'S WORD AND ME

 

1. LOVING IT - Vss. 97, 103 - "Oh how love I thy law..."

 

2. LEARNING IT - Vss. 98-100, 104 - "Through thy precepts I get understanding...,"

 

3. LIVING IT - Vss. 101-102 - "...that I might keep thy word."

 

 

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Psalm 119:97-104

GO DEEPER!

 

When people drill wells to find water they often go several hundred feet deep before they find any. Sometimes they are required to go deeper before they find the needed water.

 

We as Christians have a tremendous source of blessing. It is the Bible. The Bible however runs far deeper than just surface reading. Most Christians stay too near the surface and never learn to go deeper into the word. They drill only a few feet into the word, when, in reality there is much more available if one would just learn to go deeper.

 

Perhaps the greatest passage that discusses the Word of God is Psalm 119. It is the Psalm of "The Book." Almost every one of its 176 verses refers to the Bible in some way.

 

Psalm 119:97-104 seems to be inviting us to go deeper into the Word of God, so that we will not be just receiving surface blessing.  As we go deeper, we will discover great blessings hidden below the surface.

 

THE WAY OF THE WORD Vs. 97

When we go the way of the Word, we love the Word of God and meditate in it.

When we love something or someone:

We can't get enough of that person of thing.

We can't talk enough about that person or thing.

We can't think enough about that person or thing.

 

When we love the Word of God:

We can't get enough of the Word of God.

We can't talk enough about the Word of God.

We can't think enough about the Word of God.

 

Remember that our love of the Word is really a reflection of how much we love the author of the Word. For thoughts on meditation see Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:2-3, Psalm 119:11, and Jeremiah 15:16.

 

 

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THE WISDOM FROM THE WORD Vss. 98-100

 

The wisdom I receive from God's Word makes me:

Wiser than my enemies - Vs. 98

Wiser than my teachers - Vs. 99

Wiser than the ancients - Vs. 100

 

THE WALK IN THE WORD Vss. 101-104

Psalm 119:1 tells me to walk in the law of the Lord.

A walk in the law of the Lord is Selective - Vs. 101

A walk in the law of the Lord is Steady - Vs 102

A walk in the law of the Lord is Sweet - Vs. 103

A walk in the law of the Lord is Solid - Vs. 104

 

 

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Psalms 119:129,130,133

GOD'S WORD

 

THE WONDER OF GOD'S WORD - Vs. 129

Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12

 

THE WORTH OF GOD'S WORD - Vs. 130

The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

Psalm 119:98-100, 105,

 

THE WALK IN GOD'S WORD - Vs. 133

Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.

Psalm 119:1-2

 

 

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Psalm 119:165

WHAT A PROMISE!

 

"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."

 

People are looking for peace today! The trouble is that they usually look in the wrong places. They look for peace through people or circumstances or money. They don't look to the Lord!  Here is a promise for peace that God will keep if we meet His criteria.

 

GREAT COMPOSURE (or COMFORT or CONSOLATION)

God promises peace. Of course, peace is found in the Lord Jesus Christ! John 14:27, John 16:33, Matthew 11:28

In Isaiah 9:6 He is called "the Prince of Peace".

 

GREAT CONDITION

The condition for peace is that a person love God's Word.

One does not love God's Word unless less they know and obey God's Word. Psalm 119:97, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 1:1-3

When we obey God's Word we will:

1. Know Christ as Savior - Romans 5:1

2. Keep our eyes focused on Christ - Isaiah 26:3

3. Commit our needs to God in prayer - Philippians 4:6-7

 

GREAT CONFIDENCE

The one who loves God's Word will be a person of confidence. "Nothing shall offend them." Proverbs 29:25, Proverbs 3:6-6, Isaiah 40:31

 

 

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Psalm 119:169-176

LET ME

 

LET ME SPEAK - Vss. 169-172

To God - Vss. 169-171

For God - Vs. 172

 

LET ME BE HELPED - Vss. 173-174

 

LET ME LIVE - Vss. 175-176

 

 

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