Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, (Bridges). (Poole), iii. (Spurgeon). (Psa 119:116-117) Held up and supported by the word of God. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, I have declared to thee my ways; now, wilt thou teach me thy ways? a. "Lord, I know that my sins are righteously forgiven because of what Jesus did on the cross. "It was well that the sufferer could truthfully assert that this persecution was without cause. The second and last of two small group studies looking at lessons from lockdown. How many are the days of Your servant? Other times spoil is found, and the riches from God's word are simply received. Depart from me, you evildoers, 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." A word of praise from God? It is pure in its sense, pure in its language, pure in its spirit, pure in its influence, and all this to the very highest degree - ‘very pure'." You can freely license our resources under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International. Let Your mercies come … Your salvation according to Your word: Here the Psalmist acknowledged that mercy and salvation come from God to man through the Word of God. e. That I may not be ashamed: This is a valid desire. He prayed that God would empower and enable him to turn away his eyes and attention from such things. Keep means doing, not only hearing. Upon which You have caused me to hope. 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. Visit our inductive Bible studies for more studies on this and other books of the Bible. It had to be prepared by a Jew only, and the skins were fastened together by strings taken from clean animals. i. "David has two descriptions for the saints, they are God-fearing and God-knowing. How does he seek it? Many lives are wasted because people find themselves unwilling or unable to turn away their eyes from worthless things. (Bridges). As my Master, undertake thy servants' cause, and represent me before the faces of haughty men till they see what an august ally I have in the Lord my God." How can a young man cleanse his way? Can’t know God apart from knowing His Word. "But if we take the Lord as our portion, we must take him as our king. (Spurgeon), d. This has become mine: This is a glorious, triumphant statement from the Psalmist. We must also study the Bible carefully. Here we see the Psalmist get personal. Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. This means that prayer is an important (and often neglected) part of Bible study. I am Your servant; (VanGemeren), iv. . (Spurgeon). (Bridges). (Bridges). This kind of reproach we expect and receive as followers of Jesus (Hebrews 13:13, 1 Peter 4:14). (Kidner), iii. vi. 2. (Psa 119:101-102) The word of God keeps one from evil. God knows how to defend His own who cry to Him. S. Qof ק: Praying to the God of the Bible. "To complain of God is dishonourable unbelief. He didn't just want liberty from man's oppression so he could serve himself; but so that he could properly obey God. The full thought is, If we are to be kept from sin, it must be by the grace of God exercised through the teaching of his Word." i. a. I am Yours, save me: This speaks of the wonderful relationship between the Psalmist and His God, flowing from the word of God. This is especially meaningful in a day when relativism has a strong hold in the everyday thinking of people. Help me! In general, Christians do understand the Bible in agreement. (Boice), ii. 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. God's promises are his bonds. He runs, open-mouthed, to take in the cooling air; the heart beating high, and the muscular force nearly expended through fatigue. It also shows us that the Psalmist would not neglect God's word when he was depressed or downcast. Let us not be content to read the word without obtaining some light from it in our understanding." d. I will praise You with uprightness of heart: The Psalmist found it not only important to praise God, but to do it with uprightness of heart. "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. The Old Testament Isaiah 40:21; Proverbs 8:23); but here it only says ‘the head of thy word'. iii. To know Him is to know His word. B. i. "Perhaps however ‘a messenger of Satan' may ‘buffet us.' Therefore my soul keeps them. "They say that they are thinking out their doctrines. It made things more clear, not less. When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? ii. (Gurnall, cited in Spurgeon), ii. Your testimonies also are my delight The ending section of this great Psalm emphasizes the Psalmist's great need for God and his dependence upon Him. Is it not the sign that the Lord will keep us also?" By staying close to God's word and letting it fill his life, he also received God's tender mercies. "It's not settled at Heidelberg." b. Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105 (NIV)–Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. F. Vav ו: Liberty Comes from Loving God's Word. He had known persecution (119:22-23), he had known deprivation and fear for his life (119:17), seasons when he seemed to get nothing from God's word (119:18), he had also known loneliness, rejection, and a sense of abandonment (119:19-20). Now he says "I understand more than the ancients. For they have regarded Your law as void: Prompting the bold plea was the observation that many disregarded the word and law of God. And I shall keep it to the end. . It is a glorious, blessed life with the experience of mercy all around. M. Mem מ: Loving the Sweetness of God's Word. (Spurgeon). In a careless or half-hearted state, wanderings are not watched, so long as they do not lead to any open declension." THE PASSING ON OF THE HERITAGE Psalm 119:111; II Timothy 1:1-7 INTRODUCTION Psalm 119:111 A. a. He prays for the grace of true and fearlessly joyous confession. d. The testimony of Your mouth: The Psalmist rightly understood that the word of God actually came from the mouth of God. "He who has once preached the gospel from his heart is filled with horror at the idea of being put out of the ministry; he will crave to be allowed a little share in the holy testimony, and will reckon his dumb Sabbaths to be days of banishment and punishment." "The general desire expressed in this division is that for guidance. "If you are trying to follow God, the world is going to treat you as an alien, for that is what you will be. (Bridges), iii. "The other epithet he gives them is, that they are ‘tender' mercies; because the Lord is easy to be entreated; for he is slow unto wrath, but ready to show mercy." "To me there is no explanation of those words except that which involves verbal and infallible inspiration. But now I keep Your word. (Bridges). Later the emperors Diocletian and Julian tried to destroy it by force. c. I remember Your name in the night, O LORD: This was true both literally and figuratively. . a. God is one; and we will not know Him closely until our heart is one and we seek Him with the whole heart. Like dross: Sin is really very much like dross. He confessed fully and freely before God. v. "I do not think that there could possibly be a more appropriate conclusion of such a Psalm as this, so full of the varied experience and the ever-changing frames and feelings even of a child of God, in the sunshine and the cloud, in the calm and in the storm, than this ever-clinging sense of his propensity to wander, and the expression of his utter inability to find his way back without the Lord's guiding hand to restore him." (Trapp), ii. ii. This man would have taken his stance not with the self-congratulating Pharisee of the parable, but with the publican who stood afar off, but went home justified." We can almost hear a challenge from the Psalmist: "You live your compromising, impure life that thinks it knows pleasure and satisfaction; I will cleanse my way and give the fullness of my life to God and His word, and we will see who will be more blessed, more happy, and more filled with life.". It is proven in life after life, in both the positive and the negative: Obedience and the pursuit of God's word and wisdom leads to liberty. (Spurgeon). (Boice), iii. b. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, II. In this section the Psalmist saw many things that hinder his reception of the Word of God and his fellowship with God, and he prayed to be preserved from them. Reading and studying and meditating on God's word was not a burdensome chore; it was a delight. (Psa 119:45-48) Loving the word that brings liberty. Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, It showed him the next few steps to take. (Kidner), ii. (Trapp). It is dangerous to make haste on a wrong path; it is glorious to make haste on the right way. b. If it’s in the OT they have to go to your left side and if it’s NT they have to go to your right side. (Bridges). The law of Your mouth is better to me "Thus we see every man is eaten up with some kind of zeal. "Let it be perfect-all given up to thee, and all possessed by thee." You shift the glass a very little, and another shape, equally delicate and beautiful, is before your eyes. (Bridges), ii. Psalm 119:73 "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." "This appears to refer to such spoil as is acquired by stripping the dead in a field of battle, taking the rich garments of the slain chiefs; or it may refer to plunder in general. b. They had forgotten His words. "This division is remarkable in that it is one of the only two which contain no petition (other was Mem, 197-104). "Herbert Lockyer recounts a story concerning the largest Bible in the world, a Hebrew manuscript weighing 320 pounds in the Vatican library. "The initial letter with which every verse commences sounds like the Hebrew word for righteousness: our keynote is righteousness." It does not sing the song of deliverance therefrom. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; . (Boice), ii. Remove me from the way of lying: "A sin that David, through diffidence, fell into frequently. O LORD, do not put me to shame! 3. "The psalmist is saying that, like the Levites, he wants his portion of divine blessing to be God himself since nothing is better and nothing will ever fully satisfy his or anyone else's heart but God himself. The Gospels In this Psalm there are 8 basic words used to describe the Scriptures, God's written revelation to us: The theme of the glory of Scripture is diligently explored in this Psalm, but always in connection with God Himself. (Psa 119:163-164) Continually praising the God of the word. Perhaps the proud ones boasted that they were wiser or more educated than the writer of the Psalm. Therefore they became his heritage forever. (Thomas Manton, cited in Spurgeon), iii. But Scripture is mentioned in at least 171 of 176 verses. Your word I have hidden in my heart, "The author had not become self-righteous by his devotions, despite his reiterated claims to have obeyed the Bible's teachings." He did not want an unrighteous or unwise deliverance. (Bridges). Philippians 2:13 tells us that it is God's work in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Lesson 9 vss 65 to 72 Teth. But only the spiritual man loves it; they live as if they could not live without it. i. I cry out means that the prayer was vocal. For Your judgments at all times. Oh, do not forsake me utterly! a. a. Oh, how I love Your law! Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. "The Lord is almighty to pardon; but he will not use it for thee an impenitent sinner. First it may be in a small or seemingly insignificant area, but that dominion will grow in size and strength until my spiritual life is in serious compromise. (Boice). We have the sense of a wonderful liberty in conversation; he spoke to God as a dear friend. ii. The fifteenth letter, Samech, denotes a prop or pillar, and this agrees well with the subject matter of the strophe, in which God is twice implored to uphold his servant (119:116,117). The Psalmist would never forsake God's word; never stop reading, learning, meditating, and especially obeying it. Look upon me and be merciful to me, Without it we cannot properly follow God. (Psa 119:49-50) God's word brings comfort. 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). That I might not sin against You. Teach me Your statutes. (Spurgeon). Look … be merciful: Yet God's look - the turning of His attention - would be a curse and not a blessing unless it was accompanied by His mercy. The Old Testament The proud have forged a lie against me: In reading of the godly and humble character of the Psalmist, it is almost shocking to hear that he has enemies who carefully forged a lie against him. c. That I might not sin against You: Here the Psalmist states one benefit from having God's word hidden in the heart. Yet he explains how this is possible: they are the proud, who are no doubt convicted in conscience and spiteful of his humble, obedient, teachable life before God. (Spurgeon). Yet contempt is even worse; it is the feeling that a person or thing is beneath consideration, that they are worthless and useless. It is the reverse of being ‘settled in heaven,' it is not even settled in the mind of its inventor." He is praying rather than preaching." We can simply say that God is blessed; He wants us to share His blessedness. Read the Text. (Genesis 43:9)" (Bridges), v. "We should have been crushed beneath our proud adversary the devil if our Lord Jesus had not stood between us and the accuser, and become a surety for us." For Your law is my delight. Man, how darest, thou say that there is no hope for thee?" 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). Zeal implies energy and action. I have declared my ways, and You answered me; This was obedience in more than outward action; it was obedience in soul. If we really do believe His word, then we want Him to teach us to live wisely and obediently. Wisdom Literature III. He loves us, He chose us, He called us, He drew us to Himself. The New Testament (J.C. Ryle, Anglican Bishop cited in Boice). Revive me, O LORD, according to Your lovingkindness: An idea stated before (Psalm 119:88) is here repeated. 4. (Kidner). 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