My soul keeps Your testimonies, and I love them exceedingly: The Psalmist kept the word of God not only with his outward actions, but also with his soul. Then the man opened his Bible and spoke with Ironside until his strength was gone; he shared insights from the Bible that Ironside had not appreciated or even seen before. i. Dross: "The scum that forms on the top when a precious metal is being refined, is discarded by the metalsmith (cf. That I may live and keep Your word: This is why the Psalmist asked for God's blessing. (Spurgeon). - The revision of a roll must be made within 30 days after the work was finished; otherwise it was worthless. This hope is very much like faith. 2. Wisdom Literature … Oh, what a benefit it is to be eaten up with the love and zeal of a good thing!" (Bridges). b. Many religious people long after the promises, and they do well; but they must not forget to have an equal longing for the commandments." In saying, "Deal bountifully," the Psalmist was asking for a lot, not just a little. For You teach me Your statutes. Tell the kids that it was written as a poem with each section representing one letter of the alphabet and the whole thing is meant to be a reminder of the importance of God’s Word. (Bridges). (Psa 119:123-125) The servant of God seeks salvation in His statutes. Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, If we have the first, we must have the second. They had much in common - they both were those who knew God's word (Those who know Your testimonies). It is common to run away from exactly what we need when we feel small and despised. Has he not adopted you by his Spirit, sealed you for his kingdom? Beloved, this is worth recollecting, for we are very apt when we feel ourselves declining to look anywhere but to the Lord. "Every part of creation bears the impress of God. . Can gold, yea, fine gold, offer to me blessings such as these? a. David's prayers made failure and doom for Ahithophel. b. (Trapp). (Spurgeon). It is possible to walk the path of life not knowing where our steps fall. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word: The Psalmist speaks here of lessons learned the hard way. 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). Great harm has been done to the cause of God when believers find themselves unable to endure this great derision, and they begin to down-grade their view of God's word and its inerrant character. Without this continual support from God, he could not live - either physically or spiritually. iii. אחלי (whence אחלי, 2 Kings 5:3 ) is compounded of אח (vid., supra, p. … The Psalmist seems to interrupt his thoughts on the connection between God's word and a pure life with this expression of praise. 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." In order to keep it well we must get a firm grip of it: we cannot keep in the heart that which we have not heartily embraced by the affections.' ii. How sweet: "He expresses the fact of their sweetness, but as he cannot express the degree of their sweetness he cries, ‘How sweet!'" iv. For I will keep the commandments of my God! "The grinning of the proud will not trouble us when we remember how the Lord dealt with their predecessors in bygone periods; he destroyed them at the deluge, he confounded them at Babel, he drowned them at the Red Sea, he drove them out of Canaan: he has in all ages bared his arm against the haughty, and broken them as potters' vessels." "There may be no beauty of elocution about such prayers, no length of expression, no depth of doctrine, nor accuracy of diction; but if the whole heart be in them they will find their way to the heart of God." Remember the word to Your servant: The Psalmist understood that God could never forget His word. "As if he should say, My heart is a lean heart, a hungry heart, my soul loveth and rejoiceth in thy word. "Neither the men nor their pits were according to the divine law: they were cruel and crafty deceivers, and their pits were contrary to the Levitical law, and contrary to the command which bids us love our neighbour." Passage: Psalm 119:105-112 We should reckon ourselves to the duty of following God and His word to the end. Be satisfied with the approbation of your God. ii. "No school, but the school of Christ - no teaching, but the teaching of the Spirit - can ever give this good judgment and knowledge." It is one thing to say, "God has the right to do with me as He pleases." By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. This shows that he was not only a student of Scripture, but also a man of prayer. In it all, Paul could say, "we have the same spirit of faith" (2 Corinthians 4:13). (Bridges). (Boice). i. (Bridges), ii. ii. No man ever received spiritual life, or the renewal of it, from any other source but the living God. ii. (Spurgeon). Because I keep Your precepts. (Psa 119:175-176) Depending on the word of the God who seeks us. You reject all those who stray from Your statutes: The Psalmist here speaks of the righteous judgment of God. I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! "Are you, then, tried believer, disposed to regret the lessons you have already learned in this school? (Spurgeon). 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). 3. I am a companion of all who fear You, So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, 1. (C.S. 3. b. We could not deny the charge, or offer satisfaction … But at that moment of infinite peril, our cause was pleaded by a ‘Counselor' (Isaiah 9:6), who never was nonsuited in court, who brought irresistible pleas, and produced satisfaction that could not be denied." c. How many are the days of Your servant? (Clarke), iv. Remove from me reproach and contempt, The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; give me understanding, and I shall live: We might think that what the Psalmist needed to live was deliverance from his trouble and anguish. (Spurgeon). i. (Kidner), ii. "The strophe begins on an affirmation of the Lord's righteousness … and ends on an affirmation of his word. Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. In contrast, the Psalmist found delight in the word of God. That I will keep Your righteous judgments. 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 Spirit. Go, find ye the snowflakes winging their way like white doves back to heaven! His soul and spiritual life felt dry. b. 2. In this lesson children learn God’s word directs us in the way we should live our lives. His devotion to God and His word has built a love-relationship between the Psalmist and God's word. The living and active word of God brought forth a living and active response from the Psalmist. (Thomas Manton, cited in Spurgeon), iii. 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. You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; "Otherwise, why does he continue by asking God to sustain him, according to his promise, and uphold him so that he might be kept from sin?" (Sibbes, cited in Spurgeon), iii. Give me understanding, and I shall live. - This is a responsibility for the simple; they cannot make excuses for their average (or less) intellect or mental powers. 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." 3. Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. The present and future often look gloomy; we wonder where are the great men and women of God seen in previous generations. Who seek Him with the whole heart! 8 Undeniable Lessons from Psalm 119 8/29/2014 In these days we have enjoyed a mini-series in our church on Psalm 119. He would perform his engagement, but he cannot. (Boice), ii. (Spurgeon). We see again the course of a never-ending cycle. i. Poetical Books a. Salvation is far from the wicked: The Psalmist understood that the wicked would not be saved, even as Paul later stated (Galatians 5:19-21). (VanGemeren), iii. Materials Needed:  Bibles, blank paper, markers, flashlight That satisfaction and blessing leads to a deeper pursuit, leading to even more satisfaction and blessing. "The experience of this verse indicates a great advance upon anything we have had before: the Psalm and the Psalmist are both growing. I hope that you enjoy this series of studies in Psalm 119. 1. b. And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. i. i. iii. Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. How sweet are Your words to my taste: The Psalmist felt the word of God was as pleasant to him as sweet things - even sweeter than honey! "Here is, first, a confession of imperfection and of helplessness. Lesson 9 vss 65 to 72 Teth. Intro– (Psa 119:139-140) Zeal and love for God's word. Because God justly claims the first and the best." "Either, 1. i. d. Who seek Him with the whole heart! Obedience is not a burden, but a delight. See on v1. God is the teacher and content of revelation. My soul clings to the dust: The Psalmist used a strong image to say that he felt near death in his current crisis; dust was the place of death, the place of mourning, and the place of humiliation. For You Yourself have taught me. Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD: Though the wicked were far from salvation and far from God's word, the tender mercies of God are close to all who will seek them. We are hurrying through this world as through a foreign land. a. "Never rest content with mere longings. 2. i. The letters stood for ‘tried and proven,' exactly what the psalmist says he found to be true in his experience." Psalm 119:73 "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." Instead, he simply prayed, asking God to deal with the reproach and contempt that notable people put on him for his love of God's word. (Martin, cited in Spurgeon). The world tells us, "Have your good time when you are young; get it all out of your system. ii. A good hiding place has strength, height, is not easily seen, and is reliable. (Geisler and Nix, A General Introduction to the Bible). Did not delay: "The original word, which we translate delayed not, is amazingly emphatical … velo hithmahmahti, I did not stand what-what-whating; or, as we used to express the same sentiment, shilly-shallying with myself: I was determined, and so set out. "It would seem as though this section expressed the feelings of one in the midst of affliction. "The force of this expression is much feebler than that of the original, which literally may be rendered, ‘Thou hast commanded righteousness, thy testimonies, and truth exceedingly.' 1. i. i. It is to be feared that many, like Esau would sell this birthright treasure for the equivalent of a bowl of stew. ii. It is wonderful to think that God has a custom, a pattern of action, towards those who love His name. "The Lord's grace to him will remove disgrace and will promote the fear of God." b. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed: This is an example of the liberty just mentioned. "While studying the word he was led to study his own life, and this caused a mighty revolution. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation. It gives understanding to the simple. iv. (VanGemeren), ii. I have sworn and confirmed Until 1947, the oldest Hebrew manuscripts were from about A.D. 900. God’s Word is reliable, authoritative, the only rule of faith and practice. Because God's salvation is from and according to His word (1 Peter 1:23), it was natural for him to delight in God's word as he longed for God's salvation. b. This waiting expectation shows us that faith came before experience. Out we not to give it even in the midst of our ‘heaviness?'" We don't think about it enough, but it is wonderfully true that "You have dealt well with Your servant, O LORD." Serving as the anchor for the study, Psalm 119 demonstrates the power of God’s Word in the lives of believers and its ability to provide a warm blanket for the soul. i. i. i. Psalm 119:111 (NIRV): “Your covenant laws are your gift to me forever. (Trapp). (Bridges), v. "After tossing about on a sea of trouble the Psalmist here leaps to shore and stands upon a rock. Its variety is that of a kaleidoscope: from a few objects a boundless variation is produced. b. I will run the course of Your commandments: After beginning low in the dust, now the Psalmist is running. It was to find comfort in his presence distress. Truly, Your word is settled in heaven. This is a recognition by the psalmist of the fact that he was created by God. Instead, he prayed "Revive me according to Your lovingkindness," and not according to what he deserved or had earned. "It's not settled at Tübingen." Even when they were most mirthful a sight of them made my heart heavy; I could not tolerate either them or their doings." Having received this well-dealing from God, the Psalmist understood the need to live in good judgment and knowledge. iii. 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)." The man was almost dead and could barely speak. No muscles in his neck to turn the head? He feels the weakening of his very life under the pressure of circumstances." It could be fairly asked to every Christian: "For what amount would you deny yourself to ever hear or read God's word again?" God has given man a sense of wonder, and there are certain things that prompt it. There is gold in that word "almost." (Clarke). Psalm 119 is written in the form of an acrostic poem. More than gold, yes, than fine gold! As for myself, I shall continue to be unfashionable, and abide where I am. Ps 119:89, 142, 160 2. "And yet who of us are fit to praise, except those whom God has taught? And I shall keep it to the end. Who walk in the law of the LORD! "He has considered all the perfections of things other than Jehovah Himself, that is, of created things; and has discovered their limits." i. 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. 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. They also do no iniquity: The idea from Psalm 119:1-2 is repeated; these ones keep His testimonies, they are undefiled in the way, and they also do no iniquity. This may comfort some of you: you have not attained as yet to the holiness you admire, but you long for it: ah, then, you are a living soul, the life of God is in you." The blessings were given to him for wise and obedient living to the glory of God. a. His love and conformity to the word of God was deeply rooted, not superficial. (Kidner). "Double-minded people are people who know about God but are not fully determined to worship and serve him only. Along with other believers through the centuries, the Psalmist could say that the words of God and the actions of God were and are consistent, and show Him to be very faithful. The proud have dug pits for me, helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum – all 100% free online. i. "It is an irrevocable word. Because it is not loved. (Clarke), iv. And have comforted myself. In this the word of God is an accurate revelation of God, not only of His thoughts but also of His very character. The entire word is true, not merely portions or the concepts from the word. There may be a time in which thou callest me to fight; then thou art my Shield and Protector." Let my supplication come before You: This is another reference to prayer by the Psalmist; this time a prayer for deliverance "according to Your word." The idea is that if only God teaches him, he will then persevere and keep it to the end. "This is, as Augustine said of his mother, ‘bringing before God his own hand-writing.' "He might have been overcome by awe of the princes had it not been that a greater fear drove out the less, and he was swayed by awe of God's word. He has hoped in the word of God (ordinances) in the past, and has not been disappointed. We must also study the Bible carefully. ‘Help, Lord,' will be a fitting prayer for youth and age, for labour and suffering, for life and death. Psalm 119 is not only the longest psalm in the book of Psalms but also the longest chapter in the Bible. "If the enemy cannot cause us to withdraw our thoughts from holy study, or our feet from holy walking, or our hearts from holy aspirations, he has met with poor success in his assaults." b. Blue Letter Bible offers several daily devotional readings in order to help you refocus on Christ and the Gospel of His peace and righteousness. Yet I have not strayed from Your precepts. What then is this prayer? ii. For I seek Your precepts: "Certainly in this service David found the liberty of a king. When one lives in this glorious cycle, it feels as if the whole earth is full of the mercy of God. i. What did the Psalmist need? i. R. Tsadi צ: The Purity and Truth of God's Word. But I love Your law. The Hebrew word, as well as the English, strongly marks indecision of mind, positive action being suspended, because the mind is so unfixed as not to be able to make a choice." 1. He loves us, He chose us, He called us, He drew us to Himself. Then, shine a flashlight/ torch on it and talk about how the light helps them to see clearly. . Revive me according to Your word: From this low place, the prayer for revival came. . We can walk forward in life with confidence as we find direction in God's word. vi. c. Your word to Your servant: The Psalmist rightly received the Word of God as something personal to himself. Yet even the prayer that the proud be ashamed is a prayer for their good. They also do no iniquity; . The secret of Christian energy and success is a heart enlarged in the love of God." Hoping to appease or impress the proud, they lead themselves and others to trust and love God's word less. a. I have done justice and righteousness: As in other parts of this Psalm, this is not a claim to sinless perfection. - The difference between vav (ו) and zayin (ז) is a tittle. About Press Copyright Contact us Creators Advertise Developers Terms Privacy Policy & Safety How YouTube works Test new features vii. Yet I do not forget Your statutes. This verse is not a renunciation of those teachers. This tells us that revival itself is according to God's word. (Boice). 2. So we are comforted and strengthened in hope as we remember how God has dealt with men and circumstances in the past. For I will keep the commandments of my God! These are blessings to the obedient life; blessings not earned by our obedience, but simply enjoyed by the one who will keep His law continually. i. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, According to Your word to Your servant. (Boice). They are of no value for eternity and little value for the present age. "Often our trials act as a thorn hedge to keep us in the good pasture, but our prosperity is a gap through which we go astray." Job 29:23)." Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, The Psalmist knew what he needed. Yet those who see more than you are not necessarily smarter or better; their eyes are just more open. Revive me according to Your lovingkindess: The Psalmist looked to God for new life, for revival. a. Deal bountifully with Your servant: This is a wonderful request; boldly asking for blessing (deal bountifully), while at the same time coming humbly before God (Your servant). Those whom the world dubs as fools are among the truly wise if they are taught of God." (Boice), iii. The request for God to teach the psalmist is found in Ps. . (Morgan), ii. Paul's eyes were unveiled when he was converted (Acts 9:18); it was as if scales had dropped from his eyes. Isaiah 1:22; Jeremiah 6:28-30; Ezekiel 22:18-19)." iv. i. I rejoice at Your word In the most basic sense, this is praise for who God is (You are good), and praise for what God does (and do good). 3. The Bible not only survives; it thrives. George Wishart was the Bishop of Edinburgh in the 17th century (not to be confused with another Scot by the same name who was martyred a century earlier). Yet they found courage in God, and understood God by His word. iv. - Learn four lessons, - I. c. Your faithfulness endures to all generations: The Psalmist believed that the settled word of God was a demonstration of the faithfulness of God; and that faithfulness extends across all generations. (Bridges), iv. "The initial letter with which every verse commences sounds like the Hebrew word for righteousness: our keynote is righteousness." Whenever I hear of churches and ministers departing from the faith, I know that piety is at low ebb among them. ii. There with my open Bible before me, I i. When God is moving in power, people make haste to get right with him. Is it not the sign that the Lord will keep us also?" (Spurgeon), ii. Understanding and knowledge of the scripture is very important. You are my portion, O LORD: These are the words of a satisfied soul. S. Qof ק: Praying to the God of the Bible. He can say, "You are my portion, O LORD, and I have received that portion as You meet me in Your word and I live it out.". (Boice), ii. And I shall observe Your statutes continually. "This commences a new portion of the Psalm, in which each verse begins with the letter Vau, or v. There are almost no words in Hebrew that begin with this letter, which is properly a conjunction, and hence in each of the verses in this section the beginning of the verse is in the original a conjunction - vau." "Indeed, the bias of the new nature to keep the precepts is as prevalent, as that of the old nature to break them." a. I cry out with my whole heart … I will keep Your statutes: The Psalmist pleaded with God, crying out before Him. Make Your face shine upon Your servant, 2. iv. i. His eyes fail for salvation, that is, it seems as though it would not come." a. Yet at its core, the Bible can be understood, and Christians do understand it. Psalm 119 Sunday School Lesson for Kids November 17, 2018 by Bethany Darwin This is lesson 32 of 32 in a series of lessons called “ Praise God Through the Psalms.” “Praise God Through the Psalms” – Psalm 119:105-112 Yet this comfort was also real in the figurative night that believers may face. This is a wonderful, God honoring prayer that is heard in heaven. b. iv. Lesson 4 vss 25-32 Daleth. Let its narratives mingle with your dreams; let its precepts color your lives; let its promises cheer your darkness, let its divine illumination make glad your life. The entrance of Your words gives light; And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, Your word I have hidden in my heart, If he felt that he was completely just and righteous before God, he would not plead for God to stand as a surety for him - but he did. (Clarke). "Brethren, we can overcome sin in the power of the Lord. "It's not settled at Oxford." This mistaken idea of revival actually hinders the work of true revival. Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. I hate the double-minded, iii. When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? i. "God is not truly sought by the cold researches of the brain: we must seek him with the heart. My zeal has consumed me, While they do their worst against him - they wait for him to destroy him - he will not panic, but find refuge in the word of God. i. 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