The tittle is a small mark in a Hebrew letter, somewhat like the crossing of a "t" or the tail on a "y.". (Clarke). He believed what 2 Timothy 3:16 says; that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. b. I cling to Your testimonies; O LORD, do not put me to shame! a. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness: The Palmist rightly understood that covetousness was a threat to walking in God's way. B. Because I have hoped in Your word. (Horne), iii. You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes: This is an important and precious line to follow the recognition of affliction and the good it has done in life. There is some reproach [disgrace] that we face as faithful followers of Jesus. e. For all are Your servants: The Psalmist looked at the created order and understood that all creation ultimately serves God and His purpose. When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? He whose whole heart cries to God will never rise from the throne of grace without a blessing." This tells us that there is may be a false or pseudo revival which is not according to Your word. As a full stomach loatheth meat and cannot digest it; so wicked men hate the word, it will not go down with them, it will not gratify their lusts." There never was, perhaps, in that town a more severe time of distress. You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies: The Psalmist had many enemies, some of them evil and some proud. Be surety for Your servant for good: The Psalmist asked God to defend and stand up for him. The Gospels (Horne). In fact, he even wanted more instruction from God, saying "Teach me Your statutes." I have seen the consummation of all perfection, "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.'" Your testimonies are wonderful: The Psalmist again declared his wonder and pleasure in the word of God. "By affliction God separates the sin which he hates from the soul which he loves." In this section we are taught by the repetition of the plea, "Let …" Taken together, these make for a healthy life with God. "But then let it be remembered, that no man can say to God with good conscience, ‘I am thine,' unless he can also go on, and say, ‘I have sought they precepts.'" i. (Bridges), v. "If the word of God be not very sweet to me, have I an appetite? (Bridges). 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." To these he was heir; he had inherited them from his fathers, and he was determined to leave them to his family for ever. To say that God is our Creator is to recognize: iv. 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. i. Nothing can show his earnestness in a stronger point of view." There can be no acceptance where there is no willingness; there is no work of free grace where there is no fruit of free will." i. (Spurgeon), iii. (Morgan), iv. ", ii. It is a defense against sin, for all the reasons discussed above and more. When the slander us, they tell lies about us and falsely accuse us. i. - The difference between vav (ו) and zayin (ז) is a tittle. c. How many are the days of Your servant? 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. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. His word never returns to him void. He must keep the commandments, but he did not need to keep their company." i. "This is part of his liberty; he is free from fear of the greatest, proudest, and most tyrannical of men." "I beseech you to let your Bibles be everything to you. This is very much the same kind of thought the Apostle Paul expressed in Romans 12:-2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Ideally, this sense of trembling fear made him run to God for His atoning, covering sacrifice. (Poole). (Psalm 83:16). "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." How sweet are Your words to my taste, 4. (Spurgeon), iii. The ancient Hebrew word here translated mercies is hesed. (Spurgeon). . (Psa 119:105) The illuminating guidance of God's word. c. Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth: They Psalmist presented these words to the LORD as if they were a sacrifice brought to an altar. Q. Pe פ: Steps Directed by God's Wonderful Word. He wanted to take that mercy and use it to walk rightly before God. Though thou be not a slave to all sin; if thou be a slave to one, the grip he hath of thee, by that one sinful affection, is sufficient to captive thee." ii. "He desires mercy as well as teaching, for he was guilty as well as ignorant." 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. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." What did the Psalmist need? My eyes fail from seeking Your salvation and Your righteous word: This was another indication of how committed the Psalmist was to the word of God, and how much he valued the salvation he found from it. (Kidner). i. iv. (Spurgeon). . Wisdom Literature -------------------- 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. To have the boldness and ability to speak freely of God and His great word before kings and the great men of this earth shows true liberty. a. Turn their eyes to me as a spectacle of God's wonderful mercy; or rather, 2. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, Yet here, the phrasing is more passionate. ii. . 2. (Kidner). It almost seems rude for a man to tell God, "It is time for You to act." 2. "If the Lord does us good, we must expect Satan to do us evil. (Spurgeon). Who walk in the law of the LORD! Psalm 119:110 "The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts." (Bridges), ii. "He goes at once to him in whom were all his fresh springs. Yet the one who walks in God's word knows the true blessedness of living and enjoying an undefiled life. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, The Whole Bible (VanGemeren). The Psalmist would never forsake God's word; never stop reading, learning, meditating, and especially obeying it. His eyes fail for salvation, that is, it seems as though it would not come." (Spurgeon). Time spent in God's word was not an unpleasant duty; it was a sweet experience to be thankful for. "The Bible mirrors the character of God. i. (Spurgeon), vi. i. Psalm 119:65-72 Affliction - not a fun topic - but a familiar one nonetheless. The earth, which He established and which abides, obeys His word. He didn't need new eyes; he needed to see with the eyes he already had. a. Rivers of water run down from my eyes: This is a good example of poetic hyperbole in the Psalms. Close in prayer by praying for the kids in the group that they would understand that the only way to be saved is through Jesus’s death in our place. There was specific comfort in remembering Your judgments of old, O LORD. "I have voluntarily hired myself unto thee, chosen the things that please thee, and taken hold of the covenant … Now, this is all the wages I crave of thee, ‘Give me understanding.'" 1. 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." God does seek after us in His word. of Scripture. Lessons from Psalm 119: 1. This Bible study on Psalm 119 contains outlines, extensive cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, lessons to learn, and applications. (Psa 119:159-160) Revived by the completely true and lasting word. General Epistles If such a system had been possible, the discovery of it would have been made for us by God himself: - certainly it would if it had been desirable and useful for our profit and holiness. (Clarke), vi. If someone were to say to the Psalmist "That's your opinion; that is good for you" he would object most strongly that God's word is settled in heaven quite apart from any opinion of man. I hate and abhor lying, . 3. Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven: The Psalmist here meditated on the unchanging nature of God's word. 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." Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word: The Psalmist prayed on solid ground, asking on the basis of promises made in God's word. Carry this matchless treasure with you continually, and read it, and read it, and read it again and again. The Apostle Paul recognized the same danger: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law. And cry for help; One who truly loves the pure truth of God will naturally hate lies. Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. - His devotion to God was sincere, shown by its secrecy. i. ii. Decent and respectable tradesmen who had seen better days, were obliged to subsist on public charity. Then, shine a flashlight/ torch on it and talk about how the light helps them to see clearly. There with my open Bible before me, I 119:102b In Psalm 119 God and His revelation are merged. Though a common verse taught to children, there is much significance to it. b. vii. He understood that this meant he had obligations to God, and that God - as his Master - had obligations to him. Your salvation according to Your word. The desire was for a no sense of inward shame because one was right with God, and without a sense of public shame before the eyes of others. ii. Lesson 8 vss 57 to 64 Heth. It was only through God defending him that he could avoid the oppression of the proud. "There is constancy and order in all of creation, reflecting the ‘faithfulness' of the Lord." "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." c. I have remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself: When challenged to lessen his confidence and trust in God's word by the proud mockers, the Psalmist wisely responded by increasing his confidence in God's word! Notable examples include Charles Spurgeon, D.L. No man ever received spiritual life, or the renewal of it, from any other source but the living God. "You cannot bend the Bible to your mind; how much better it would be for you to bend your mind to the Bible, and to say, ‘O how I love thy law, - the doctrines of it, the precepts of it, the promise of it, the ordinances it enjoins upon me, the warnings it sets before me, the exhortations it gives me!' b. Not by asking for pity, but by a determined application to the law of his God." "If you can't find anything beautiful or sweet in these verses, your taste bids are terribly dulled and your eyes horribly glazed by the tawdry glitz of our culture." (Bridges). (Trapp), iv. (Spurgeon), ii. (Spurgeon), v. Yet longing that is not acted upon is more wishing than longing. i. How do the testimonies of God belong to us? iii. The Apostle Paul related something of this in 2 Corinthians 4:8-9: We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. Help me! b. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes: This is not only a pious wish; it is also a prayer for the ability to obey God's Word. "This stanza emphasizes the clarity of Scripture, the attribute of the Bible that meant so much to the Protestant Reformers, who also called it perspicuity. - God's word shows us the blessings of purity, and gives us an incentive to make the necessary sacrifices. 2. "I have said; I have not only purposed it in my own heart, but have professed and owned it before others, and I do not repent of it." Each topic is brief but deep. The Psalmist wanted his understanding of life and the world shaped - transformed - by the word of God. Minor Prophets His confidence is that God will do this through His word. a. (Boice). Johannine Writings ii. - Strict rules were given concerning forms of the letters, spaces between letters, words, and sections, the use of the pen, the color of the parchment, and so forth. i. "They who ‘fear God' are naturally ‘glad when they see' and converse with one like themselves; but more especially so, when it is one whose faith and patience have carried him through troubles, and rendered him victorious over temptations; one who hath ‘hoped in God's word,' and hath not been disappointed." (Spurgeon), iii. (Spurgeon). He felt disgusted because God and His word were being disgraced, even if it came from the disgraceful. Revive me according to Your word. b. Major Prophets c. Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments: The Psalmist felt the shame that comes when the standard of God's Word is compared to our life. Pentateuch 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). For Your judgments at all times. Most of the differences are completely inconsequential-spelling errors, inverted phrases and the like. Ministry-To-Children.com helps you tell kids about Jesus by providing age-appropriate Bible study material and Sunday School curriculum – all 100% free online. The Psalmist had reason to believe God would answer, knowing that this was God's custom … towards those who love Your name. "The whole soul of the psalmist was engaged in this good work. Perhaps the proud ones boasted that they were wiser or more educated than the writer of the Psalm. How many are the days of Your servant? "Life is absolutely essential to steadfastness in the truth. "Either, 1. a. (Kidner). (Boice). Yet this comfort was also real in the figurative night that believers may face. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, I would then have perished in my affliction, I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life, The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies, I have seen the consummation of all perfection, But Your commandment is exceedingly broad, You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation, I understand more than the ancients, because I keep your precepts, I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word, I have not departed from Your judgments, for You Yourself have taught me, Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way, I have sworn and confirmed that I will keep Your righteous judgments, I am afflicted very much; revive me, O LORD, according to Your word, Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, My life is continually in my hand, yet I do not forget Your law, The wicked have laid a snare for me, yet I have not strayed from Your precepts, Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart, I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end, I hate the double-minded, but I love Your law, You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. The Spirit of holiness is a free spirit; he sets men at liberty and enables them to resist every effort to bring them under subjection. Did you get them in seminary or college?" 2. These lessons are still undeniable based on reading the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119. i. . "Saul, under protracted trial, resorted to the devil for relief (1 Samuel 28:6-7) … Even a good man, under a few hours' trial, murmurs against God - nay, even defends his murmuring (Jonah 4:7-9). (Bridges). The one is the merit and fruit of sin; the other is an act of grace. The clinging of this verse connects well with the choosing of the previous verses. a. The Psalmist is emphasizing the idea the God's word is both a source and a measure of revival. The Passage: Psalm 119:1-11. ii. His soul aches for God, so much that it faints in waiting for the salvation he needs. ii. They fill my heart with joy.” 3. His concept was that the Biblical message is true fundamentally, apart from how one receives it or how it works in one's life. In the midst of affliction, the Psalmist proclaims his comfort: this is my comfort. (Bridges). d. And all Your commandments are truth: Because God came near to the Psalmist, he could see more clearly that all God's commandments are truth. (Psa 119:161-162) The treasure of God's awe-inspiring word. "It's not settled at Harvard." (Spurgeon), iii. (Psa 119:49-50) God's word brings comfort. 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." b. b. Without this continual support from God, he could not live - either physically or spiritually. In the beginning he is laid low; now he is joyfully running with all his strength in the race God's word sets before him. "The verb ‘open' in verse 18 is used in the Balaam story where the Lord opened Balaam's eyes so he could see the angel of the Lord standing in the road with his sword drawn. Great are Your tender mercies, O LORD; This giving of the fullness of life to God's word - in mind, heart, and habits - is a good description of what the Psalmist meant by taking heed in Psalm 119:9. i. b. Moody, William Carey, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Hudson Taylor. I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, I have sworn and confirmed My flesh trembles for fear of You, - 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. (Poole), ii. a. And teach me Your judgments. 3. Therefore I love Your testimonies. (Boice), ii. a. If the Psalmist understood that even trouble could be good if it taught him the word of God - if it was more valuable than his comfort - then it is also possible to say that it is more valuable than riches. i. I will rise: "The Psalmist observed posture; he did not lie in bed and praise. John 3:16, Jesus faith love), The Whole Bible 5. Acrostics are often (Morgan), ii. They walk in His ways. b. Because of the vast number and quality of ancient Greek manuscripts, and the existence of relatively early copies, scholars often say that error rate is between 0.5% and 2%. (Bridges). I hate every false way. i. This line carries much the same thought, and also reflects the kind of zeal that Jesus had when He cleared the temple courts. i. (Spurgeon). The psalmist sought for salvation, as he would run from a ferocious beast for his life. i. I cry out means that the prayer was vocal. (Poole), iv. (Boice), iii. There is a purity and goodness that marks their life. For Pilate, soldiers and armies were truth; Rome was truth; Caesar was truth; and political power was truth. The Psalmist spoke freely about his great love for God and His word. a. "‘Shame' is the fruit of sin; confidence is the effect of righteousness." "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. Our best protection from tempters and persecutors is more life." (Spurgeon). i. The 119thPsalm offers some wonderful, timely, and practical lessons for daily Christian living, nearly all of which are rooted in the power and glory of God’s word. Ironside was stunned, and he asked the man: "Where did you get these things? (Psa 119:139-140) Zeal and love for God's word. "The author had not become self-righteous by his devotions, despite his reiterated claims to have obeyed the Bible's teachings." He that really longs is not content to long: he desires to have his desire fulfilled." Today, we see five positive aspects of affliction. Hezekiah's prayer meant failure and doom for the Assyrian army. Historical Books b. I have said that I would keep Your words: This promise would be an empty vow without the empowering of God in the life. That I may meditate on Your word. (Spurgeon), "The qoph stanza was almost entirely a prayer. Some have a scourge. c. Let those who fear You turn to me: The Psalmist recognized the presence of proud enemies, but he did not believe that all were against himself or God. He loves us, He chose us, He called us, He drew us to Himself. i. The proud have dug pits for me, i. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth: The Psalmist understood the importance of not only silently reading or hearing the Word of God, but also in saying it. From my sorrowful condition judge as to the proper method and time for my rescue.'" I know, O LORD, that Your judgments are right, Passage: Psalm 119:105-112 (Spurgeon). a. (Psa 119:153-154) In hard times, a plea for new life from God's word. (Spurgeon), ii. Saying, "When will You comfort me?". Have kids tell stories about times when they’ve been outside and unable to find their way and talk about what helps them in those situations. Has it any peace or prospect of comfort for me on my death bed?" I bless the Lord for the correctives of his providence by which, if he has blessed me on the one hand with sweets, he has blessed me on the other hand with bitters." But except the lamp be lighted - except the teaching of the Spirit accompany the word, all is darkness - thick darkness. 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. This is true for both the original autographs and the extremely reliable copies we have of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. "We need to be disciples or learners- ‘teach me;' but what an honour to have God himself for a teacher: how bold is David to beg the blessed God to teach him!" "The Order of the Divine mind, embodied in the Divine Law, is beautiful … It is the language of a man ravished by moral beauty. Both are the product of the same ordering mind; and not only men but ‘all things' are His ‘servants'." John Ruskin (19th century British writer), William Wilberforce (19th century British politician who led the movement to abolish the slave trade in the British Empire), Henry Martyn (19th century pioneer missionary to India), and David Livingstone (19th century pioneer missionary to Africa). Which I love, Ps 119:89, 142, 160 2. (Kidner). Let us consider a few. ii. (Spurgeon). (Horne), ii. - When the Bible gives us prophecy, it is right and true; the events described will come to pass, just as it is written. (Bridges). He sorely needs succour and strength. The request for mercy is never based on right or deserving, but here the Psalmist speaks as one who should expect mercy according to the promise of God's word. Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth: The Psalmist confidently stated the everlasting character of God's righteousness; He is righteous and will not change. In receiving this support and security, the Psalmist would use it for further obedience to God. "If Satan get a grip of thee by any one sin, is it not enough to carry thee to damnation? "Who can say this? "No school, but the school of Christ - no teaching, but the teaching of the Spirit - can ever give this good judgment and knowledge." They were uncertain and uncommitted in their life. (Spurgeon). -------------------- Every preacher should especially be able to say, "Your word is settled in heaven." i. The Psalmist asked for live and vitality to be restored and he asked that it happen according to Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, i. Faints has the idea of "coming to the end" (Kidner). That man is a ripe believer who sorrows because of the sins of others." While we have no natural right to mercy, according to God's promise there is a spiritual right to mercy for all who ask according to His promise. "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." It is true that we don't know the ways of God's timing; many times we have been wrong on this point. (Spurgeon). (VanGemeren). It does not sing the song of deliverance therefrom. This is my comfort in my affliction, We gain much understanding by considering God as Creator, and especially as the Creator of man. i. Think of all there is in the Bible that you don't see. What they meant by clarity of perspicuity is that the Bible is basically comprehensible to any open-minded person who reads it." iii. . 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