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Philippians Favorites – 3:9
July 10, 2013
Philippians Favorites – 3:10
July 12, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 1B

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PSALMS 119:1-8
Hebrew A-aleph

(A)

1Blessed 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,
3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!
4 You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be steadfast in
keeping your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes
fixed on all your commandments.
7 I will praise you with an upright heart, when
I learn your righteous rules.
8 I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!”

Psalm 119:1-8, ESV

The other day we looked at the first stanza of Psalm 119—verses 1-8 (ESV). We saw the necessity and importance of the Word in our lives every day. There’s more to God’s Word than just reading ‘words’, and as we continue through this Psalm, I trust you’ll receive God’s words each day because they are life-giving words from God. John 1:14 says it this way:  “the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us….”

If you can get a clear picture of the importance of God’s Word, you’ll be stirred or urged and nudged by the Holy Spirit to keep reading, learning, listening, and following the Word. Jesus told His disciples that “the words I have spoken to you, they are full of the Spirit and Life.” (John 6:63)  In Matthew 4:4, Jesus also said that “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Doesn’t that show you the importance of God’s Word in your life?

That’s why the Psalmist, even before Jesus’ time, said in the opening verses of Psalm 119 that when you put the Word of God first in your life, you’ll be blessed and not put to shame. The Psalmist knew God’s Word would direct him in life, it would encourage and strengthen him, give him greater understanding and wisdom, more than mere human ability, and God’s Word would provide God’s blessings.

In fact, in the first two verses blessings are pronounced on those who walk according to God’s Word. Does God want to bless you? Yes!  He is a God of blessings! His supply is never empty.

Develop a deeper hunger for God’s Word, especially as we continue in this study. “It is not hasty reading, but seriously meditating upon Holy and Heavenly Truths that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul.” (Bishop Joseph Hall, 1600’s).

Read verses 1-8 again and allow the Holy Spirit to give you a greater revelation of the Word today. This is the beginning, the Aleph, of the riches of God’s Word and Grace for you, but there’s more ahead.