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Philippians Favorites – 3:13, 14
July 14, 2013
Philippians Favorites – 4:4
July 16, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 3A

Open Bible pic-widePSALM 119:17-24

Hebrew G-Gh-Gimel

(G, Gh)

17 “Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
20
My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
21
You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander
from your commandments.
22
Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have
kept your testimonies.
23
Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24 Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.”

Psalm 119:17-24, ESV

In our study the other day, we saw that the Psalmist said the best way to live a holy life is to live according to God’s Word. Why is that? Because when God’s Word is stored in your heart, you won’t have a desire to sin against Him or others. The Word of God, the will of God, will always lead you to following the higher Law of Love.

In today’s study we’re looking at verses 17-24 in the third “stanza” of Psalm 119, under the Hebrew letter Gimel, G-Gh. There’s a lot to glean from these verses, and it may take more than one quick glance. The Psalmist immediately begins in verse 17 by asking for God’s abundant blessings in his life—to deal bountifully with him. He knows God’s blessings come when he follows after God’s way, not only living by His Word, but hearing it, receiving it, and following it. He wants God to open his eyes to wonderful truths in the Word. You can’t totally understand God’s Word without the power of the Holy Spirit giving you understanding. Jesus promised after His resurrection that the Holy Spirit would come and be your teacher and ‘guide you into all truth’ (John 16:13). Jesus said ‘My words are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63) When the Spirit of God dwells in you, you’ll be able to understand spiritual things that your natural man can’t understand.

You and I are not of this world when we believe in Jesus Christ. Even the Psalmist agrees. He says that he is a sojourner on the earth (vs. 19). This world isn’t his—or our—final place of residency. When you’re a Christian, you are a citizen of Heaven. Philippians 3:20 says: “But we are citizens of Heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives”. (NLT) Paul tells believers in Colossians 3:1 that “if then you have been raised with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” (ESV)

We are passing through in this life here on earth. Our real life is already secured in Heaven with our God. But we don’t have to wait until we get to Heaven to experience all that God has for us. By letting God’s Word guide and direct you, as your spiritual food, you can experience more of God each day.

We’ll continue our study next time, but today grasp the importance and power of God’s Word for your life. Don’t wait until you get to Heaven to draw on God’s spiritual storehouse. All that He’s provided is available to you today.