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We Are the Children of God
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Joint-heirs with Christ
September 8, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 17A

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PSALM 119:129-136

Hebrew P Ph-Peh

(P, Ph)

129 Your testimonies are wonderful; therefore my soul keeps them.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts
understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant, because I long for
your commandments.

Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with
those who love your name.

Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no
iniquity get dominion over me.

Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Make your face shine upon your servant, and teach 
 me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not
keep your law.
Psalm 119:129-136, ESV

In today’s look at Psalm 119 and this particular stanza, I think you can clearly see the heart of the Psalmist. He so loves God’s Word and it saddens him when the people around him don’t follow it. The Psalmist had many years shepherding his fathers’ flocks and during that time he spent meditating on God’s Word—the Word he had at that time. He cultivated a greater understanding of God, His love, and the power of God’s Word. He knew more than his years and he could see God’s plan of redemption and grace long before Jesus came and fulfilled the Law and ushered in His unending grace and salvation for man.

In verse 130 he declares that the ‘unfolding’ or entrance of God’s Word gives light to the reader. The same word for light he also used in verse 105 that we looked at earlier; an illumination. The light—revelation—is the result of God’s Word entering your eyes, your mind, and your spirit. You can’t receive God’s revelation in His Word unless you allow it entrance, and that’s what he’s stating here.

When God’s Word entered his heart, he likened it to panting…which means to inhale eagerly, to devour. When you let God’s Word speak to you, the Holy Spirit will eagerly draw you forward into greater understanding and revelation of what God is saying to you. That’s an eager expectation in knowing God has something to tell you.

And in that expectation you are drawn further into His love, His Grace, and all that He has for you. It begins by opening His Word and allowing His Word to permeate, revitalize, invigorate your entire being. That’s where the Psalmist desired to stay. That’s where you’re called today. “…let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith….let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”(Hebrews 10:22-23, NIV)