Psalms 119:1 - 176
ESV - 1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.
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Containing 176 verses, Psalm 119 is the longest single chapter in the Bible. The author of Psalm 119 is unknown, but most scholars agree that it was written by David, Ezra, or Daniel. Each of these...
It amazes me that Psalm 19 and 119 both magnify the Law. As Michael has pointed out the Law is perfect - sure - right - pure. They are more to be desired than gold, it warns us of our behavior and the consequences thereof, and is worthy of medication. And the Law covers human behavior as individuals and as a corporate body. In other words, it addresses every aspect of life on Planet Earth. Yet some think it stands abolished and super-ceded by the Gospel, although the NT says just the opposite: Mat. 5:17, Rom. 3:31, etc. What was abolished was the Levitical system - priesthood, sacrifices, etc.- Heb. 10.
What I Do with God’s Word 1. Trust it (Psalm 119:169) This verse says, “Thy word is TRUE from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.” One of God’s attributes is truthfulness. Because God embodies perfect truth, He cannot lie (Titus 1:2), and His Word cannot lie. The Bible is entirely true and dependable (can be trusted). 2. Use it (Psalm 119:24) This verse says, “Thy testimonies are my delight and my COUNSELLERS.” Psalm 119:23-24 tell us that those who meditate on God’s wisdom get “wise advice” (Psalm 119:24, NLT), i.e. God’s wisdom = “my COUNSELLERS” (KJV). He sings, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (v.105). 3. Not only do I trust the Word of God and use the Word of God, but I also LOVE it (Psalm 119:97 “O how LOVE I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.”) and DELIGHT in the Word of God. I REJOICE in it: Psalm 119:111 “Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the REJOICING of my heart.” I ask God to open my eyes to it, “that I may behold WONDROUS things out of [His] law” (Psalm 119:18). The Bible, the Word of God, certainly is WONDROUS. Conclusion: “Oh how I love Thy holy Word, Thy gracious covenant, O Lord! It guides me in the peaceful way; I think upon it all the day.” --(William Cowper from Cowper’s Poems in Olney Hymns)
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