Psalm 119 – Part 1

This is the first in a series of 15 devotionals from Psalm 119, the longest single chapter, and arguably the longest prayer, in the Bible. We will update the content near the first of each month for you to study at your own pace. Each devotional will contain an eight-verse section of the chapter. Although each verse is not technically a prayer to God, taken as a whole Psalm 119 is a prayer concerning God’s Word.  If you’re ever confused about what you think about the Word of God, you can pray this prayer back to the Lord… He will dispel all confusion. Your soul will be edified and built up like never before. 

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Psalm 119:33-40: Know And Experience God’s Transforming Power Through His Word    

We can speed up the process of our spiritual growth to maturity if, in prayer, we would be less occupied with circumstantial bliss and self-preservation and humbly cry to the Father to make us into the image of His Son.  We would turbo-charge the process if we added… obedience to His Word in all things.

 

V.33    “Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes, And I shall observe it to the end.
 
           “Teach me”.  This is a statement (and a position) of humility.  Are you on a humble learning curve with God, or do you have the Christian life all figured out?  If you’ve got God’s ways all figured out and in a neat little system, then you’ve got God in a box (your box) and His Spirit, who wants to sanctify you is probably quenched.  God’s ways are not our own and He will do things that we don’t expect in ways that we don’t expect.  Our mission needs to be to learn of His ways and commit to walking in them “to the end.”  If you have a hard time thinking of the “ways” of the Lord, just read the proverbs.  Do you have a question (about anything or any circumstance) or an issue that you are experiencing frustration about?   Pray this simple prayer asking God to teach you about that from His Word (assuming you are willing to read and study it).  And then tell Him, “God if you will teach me, I will obey what I learn.”  Watch God work powerfully in your life turning that area of frustration into blessing!

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Psalm 119:41-43

While the theme of the “ה” (pronounced “hey”) strophe emphasized the work of God in the life of the Believer through His Word; the theme of the “ו” (ponounced “vau” or “waw”) strophe emphasizes the work of the believer in response to the Word of God.

One very important point is that the “work” of God is prompted out of His lovingkindness toward us.  So also, the work of the believer in response to the Word of God is also prompted out of our love for God and His Word (Vv. 47-48).  God’s Work for us in salvation and in sanctification is a “grace” (gift) towards us.  Our work for God is a “grace” (thanksgiving) back toward Him (I Jn. 4:19; 5:3).

V.41    “May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me…according to Your word” The chief vessel of God’s grace (Lovingkindness and salvation) is His Word.  The world we live in is under enemy control; its cosmic system appeals totally to the senses (or our fleshly nature).  Deliverance comes when we walk by faith, trusting the Word of God.  Here, in submission to God by faith in His Word, we circumvent the ways and means of the enemy.  When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit (walking by faith and not by sight), we are continually supplied with His: protection, provision, comfort, guidance, wisdom, equipping for battle etc.  God’s Word is the one power source for the believer that Satan cannot corrupt or influence.  God has preserved it and provided it for us; and when we hide it in our hearts we are under its continual blessing no matter what spiritual battles we may face.


Run hard, He’s worth the effort

Before you engage this devotion, pause for a moment in humility; pray and ask the Lord to open your heart to His Word.

The next strophe or (stanza) in our study of Psalm 119 is the daleth (Heb. ד), strophe.  Daleth is the fourth letter in Hebrew alphabet and each of the next eight lines of this strophe begin with the letter Daleth (Vv. 25-32).  The theme is the way of God vs. the way of man.  The Psalm begs the question… are we going to walk in God’s way or ours?  If we cleave to His way through His Word, we’ll experience the divine joy and strength that this world could never bring.  If we cling to our ways, we will experience depression, weakness, failure and sorrow – guaranteed. We cannot sow to the flesh and reap God’s blessing (Gal. 6:7-8).

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