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Joint-heirs with Christ
September 8, 2013
We Have An Inheritance
September 10, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 17B

Open Bible pic-widePSALM 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.

I open my mouth and pant, because I long
your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your way with
those who love your name.
133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant, and
 me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears, because people
do not keep your law.
Psalm 119:129-136, ESV

The other day we saw that when God’s Word enters your heart, you begin to inhale and devour (pant for) God’s truth as the Holy Spirit reveals greater understanding and revelation of what God is saying to you.

That is essential for your Christian walk, and the Psalmist builds on that foundation as he talks about God’s grace in his life in verse 132-133. Recognize that he didn’t understand God’s grace in its fullest revelation at this time, but with the understanding he had, he knew that God was merciful—full of mercy, bent to show favor; and that God’s mercy and grace was available to everyone who loved His Word.

In God’s mercy the Psalmist knew the Lord would direct his steps throughout his life. The Amplified version gives us such a clear picture in verse 133: “establish my steps and direct them by (means of) Your Word…” Doesn’t that remind you of Psalm 37:23? “The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way.”

Because he knew the Lord was directing his steps, he also asked for God’s grace in not letting sin rule in his life; that is, not letting anything have dominion or power over him. He knew the keeping power of God’s Word and he held to the Word, asking the Lord to enable him by His grace to be free of the dominating force of any sin that would come against him.

God’s grace is sufficient—ample, complete, more than enough. When you receive God’s abundant grace, you don’t get just a little of it for only one thing in your life. You get ALL of God’s grace in Jesus; and His grace is more than enough to carry you through everything in your life. “Grace—unearned, undeserved favor and spiritual blessing—and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17) When you allow His grace to reign in your life, you’ll be free from oppression, condemnation, and guilt.

Picture God smiling at you right now—because He is. He sees you in Christ and He is pleased. You’re one of His favorites, you know.