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Psalm 119 – Part 4B

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PSALM 119:25-32

Hebrew D-Daleth

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25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
26
When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!
27
Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will
meditate on your wondrous works.

28
My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!
29
Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!
30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
31
I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!
32
I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!
Psalm 119:25-32, ESV

The other day we only got through a few verses in this stanza, verses 25-32. There is so much more in the last few verses and we’ll look at those more in-depth today, specifically verses 29-32.

The Psalmist had already discovered that false ways in this world only lead to destruction, frustration, and emptiness. He wants to be kept from getting dragged into that arena and asks the Lord to teach him His law, His Word. In fact he says ‘graciously’ teach me. I always think of a gracious host being a person who is so glad you’ve come to see them, ushers you in like you’re the most important person to them, has already prepared some nourishment for you, and just wants to sit and hear from you and encourage you. That’s how God is toward you. He wants to graciously teach you from His Word as you spend time reading it, meditating on it, and enjoying His fellowship.

Notice, too, that the Psalmist declares that he has chosen the way of faithfulness; God’s Word again is set before him. The more you follow God’s Word, the deeper your faithfulness will grow. Like a plant that starts as a seed and as it is watered, it receives nourishment and soon the first blade comes through the ground. Continual watering and nourishing produces a strong plant that soon will be able to bear fruit. That’s how you grow in faithfulness in your spiritual life. Continually feeding on God’s Word, following what He says, believing His promises, and activating your faith in His Word.

Notice that as the Psalmist does that, he also says he runs in the way of God’s commandments, His Word. He’s not only walking in the Word, he’s running in faith being empowered by God’s Word.

And what is the result when you do as the Psalmist did? Your heart will increase more and more in the Lord. You’ll grow in your understanding of God’s Word. You’ll grow in faith because you will be seeing God’s Word working in your life and in the life of others you touch.

What did Jabez ask the Lord in 1 Chronicles 4:10? “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.”  Isaiah also told God’s people that expansion and growth was coming. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2)

Growth, expansion, depth is coming. As you give God’s Word first place in your life and in your heart, you will increase, so get ready for all that God will do in and through you.