The Mind of the Flesh verses the Mind of the Spirit
August 13, 2013
The Unbeliever Can’t Obey God
August 15, 2013
The Mind of the Flesh verses the Mind of the Spirit
August 13, 2013
The Unbeliever Can’t Obey God
August 15, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 10B

Open Bible pic-widePSALM 119:73-80

Hebrew IYJ-Yod

(Yodh)

“73 Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding
that I may learn
your commandments. 
74
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.
75
I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous, and that
in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76
Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.
77
Let your mercy come to me, that I may live; for your law is my delight.
78 Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with
falsehood; as for me,
I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you turn to me, that they may know your testimonies.
80
May my heart be blameless in your statutes,  that I may not be put to shame!”
Psalm 119:73-80, ESV

 The other day we learned how much God is interested in our life—every aspect of it and everything that affects us. He is so much for us than many times we are for ourselves. In today’s study we can meditate on some other exciting things about our relationship with the God of creation.

So many people today are without hope. The Psalmist talks a lot about hope throughout his writings, but we see it here in verse 74. He could have put his trust and hope in man. He could have depended on the strength of man to aid him in conducting his life. He could have…..but he didn’t. He had learned from his days of being a shepherd that his hope, his confident expectation, was in God and His Word and faithfulness to him.

God’s faithfulness and love continued to be the support in his life (vs. 76). God’s unfailing love never ceases; it doesn’t grow cold or old. It doesn’t become less. It is constant. Read Psalm 136 and every phrase declares His love endures [lasts and continues] forever. God doesn’t change (James 1:17); Jesus doesn’t change because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and this truth is crucial in your relationship with God. But God is faithful!

And because God’s faithfulness the Psalmist had no problem asking Him to keep his heart focused on His Word. “May my heart be blameless” he says in verse 80. Even when he strayed because his lost his focus, he always came back to God’s faithfulness. “Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure [clean] heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me…” (Psalm 51:9-10)

Today you can rejoice because Jesus took your sin on Himself at the Cross, and God sees you as righteous, in right standing with Him, because of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). That’s good news!