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Psalm 119:89-96 Lamed God’s Established Word Works!

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

Psalm 119:89-96 Lamed                       God’s Established Word Works!

Verses 89-91 remind us to look around at God’s Word still at working successfully;

Verses 92-96 show how complete life is when based upon God’s Word.

Verses 89-91: (Verse 89) Halfway through this chapter emphasizing the importance of God’s Word to deal with life, we might ask: “How certain is this Word, itself?” God’s Word is “settled in heaven,” which means, nothing on earth can, has, or ever will, change it. In our world of public opinion polls, political winds, ignored constitutions, blurred or absent morals, and compromised principles, it is comforting to know God’s Word stays the same! Solomon said: “I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him” (Ecclesiastes 3:14). Jesus practically quoted this verse in Matthew 24:35, and also said: not “one jot or one tittle” (Matthew 5:18) of what God promises to do would change before its fulfillment; the Apostles of Christ (not Peter only!) were told whatever they bound on earth was already bound in heaven (Matthew 16:19); Peter taught obedience to “the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:22-25); and John said, “he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17). God’s Word is NOT settled on earth: by council votes, decrees, traditions, human creeds, smoke, ignorance, or gross immorality! (Verse 90) This is why God’s “faithfulness” (abiding characteristic) “endures to all generations.” God’s dealings with mankind is written in the Bible for all to examine. It is “the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15), who rules in men’s “nations” (Acts 14:16), but established the rules of Earth since the creation (Acts 14:17; Genesis 1), which (verse 91) “continue this day according to” God’s “ordinances” (otherwise translated as “statutes”). Since the Creation, God’s Rules rule; in mankind’s history, God’s Rules rule; in the present-day, God’s Rules rule.

Verses 92-96: (Verse 92) Through the tossing sea of “affliction” God’s “law” (words showing the straight path) prevents “perishing.” (Verse 93) Without God’s “precepts” (words calling attention to the right way) one would not have “life.” (Verse 94) Without God’s “precepts,” to whom would we know to flee for refuge? “Then Jesus said to the twelve, ‘Do you also want to go away?’ But Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’” (John 6:67-68). Belonging to God by obeying the Gospel (Mark 16:15-16) permits the Christian, with full confidence, to call: “Save me.” (Verse 95) God’s “testimonies” (words demonstrating His character) allow a saint (a.k.a. Christian) to look past the “wicked” who lie in “wait” to destroy. (Verse 96) We see the frailty of human “perfections,” but must also notice God’s “commandment is exceedingly broad” (His orders to be followed extend over anything established by people). In other words, “the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses” (Daniel 4:25).

Thought: People have butchered the Bible, misrepresented its truth, ignored its teaching, altered its doctrine, refused its improvements, questioned its truthfulness, doubted its heavenly origin – BUT NO ONE HAS EVER PROVEN THAT IT IS NOT RIGHT, NOR THAT IT HAS NOT COME FROM GOD!  If not – why not?

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 119:81-88 Kaph “Finding Strength In Weakness”

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

Psalm 119:81-88 Kaph                          “Finding Strength In Weakness”

Verses 81-83 describe our weakened condition;

Verses 84-87 show how much worse it gets;

Verse 88 make an appeal for strength.

Verses 81-83: (Verse 81) A soul may “faint” (grow weaker, dims) waiting for God’s salvation, but nothing else will do, for “hope” (anticipation) is still in God’s “word” (actual statements). (Verse 82) Eyes “fail” (strain, ache) from constant peering into God’s “word,” searching for God’s answer to: “When will You comfort me?” Under stress, strain, duress, distress, pain, or anguish, we can only tolerate so much. We ask God, not whether or not He will help, but “When.” (Verse 83) “A wineskin in smoke” dries out, becomes brittle, and useless as a liquid container. Before we become useless, we continue to remember God’s “statutes” (words defining proper conduct, lines marking out what we must do).

Verses 84-87: (Verse 84) We ask, “how long will we live,” and “when will God payback our persecutors?” The souls of those who died in the Jewish persecution of the churches of Christ (Acts 8:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 2:14-16) asked the same question: “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:9-10). That answer came back in Revelation 19:1-2. (Verse 85) “The proud” (those lifted in their own minds above God and His word) create pitfalls (or problems) for those who serve God. “The proud” are mentioned 5 times just in this Psalm (verses 51, 69, 78, 85, 122) as representing all who disobey God’s “law” (words that guide in a straight path). (Verse 86) Dangers are not caused by God’s “commandments” (words that tell us what we should and should not do), all of which are “faithful” (producing faith), but are caused by “wrongful persecution” (undeserved, unprovoked, uncaused). “Help me!” is our appeal to our God who cares, can help, and considers our immediate plight. Christians may “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). The help we need always comes from the Lord, and His way to help is revealed in His word. (Verse 87) Though oppressed near death, we should never “forsake” (give up, quit) on God’s “precepts” (words that highlight or point out what is important).

Verse 88: With fainting soul, strained eyes, strength drying up, problems caused by “the proud,” we ask to be “revived” (have our spirit refreshed, renewed vigor, restored ability) that we may finish our task of keeping His “testimony” (words of His character and will), not that God would take over and finish what we are capable of doing. Paul said of Philemon, “For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother” (Philemon 7).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 119:73-80 Yod “Keeping Faith Through Affliction”

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

Psalm 119:73-80 Yod                   “Keeping Faith Through Affliction”

Vs. 73-74 confess the faith that God knows me;

Vs. 75-77 attribute to God good qualities that show through His ways;

Vs. 78 shows why the believer does not turn to unbelievers in troublesome times;

Vs. 79-80 state the faith of a believer who remains faithful throughout all.

Verses 73-74: (Verse 73) Begins with a quotation from Job 10:18: “Your hands have made me and fashioned me,” but Job added, “An intricate unity.” Every human is complex in working, but it works as a unity. The only thing missing from a person is the “understanding” to connect with, and use, God’s “commandments” (words showing what should and shouldn’t be done). (Verse 74) All who “fear God” are “glad” to know there’s another who has “hoped” in God’s “word” (communication of His way).

Verses 75-77: (Verse 75) “I know” (certainty based upon experience) the evidence proves that Jehovah’s “judgments” (decisions) are the standard of “right.” Abraham asked the question: “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25) God’s character is without a wrong. When “affliction” occurs, we know God wants us to emerge with a yield of “the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11). “God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone” (James 1:13). (Verse 76) Afflictions are times to see God’s “merciful kindness” (attempts to help) as “comfort,” according to His “word” (what He actually has said). He is the “God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).  (Verse 77) Affliction can help us see God’s “tender mercies” (reminders of His love for us) “that I may live” (still have purpose, knowing God cares for me). Through it all, we see God’s “law” (words guiding the straight path) is the only thing that brings “delight” (satisfaction at progress).

Verse 78: “The proud” have not triumphed by their wrongful mistreatment “with falsehood,” for the believer has survived their false attacks, seeing truth in God’s Word and ways. After the affliction and false attacks, experience gives even more reason to “meditate” (give slow, thoughtful consideration of) God’s “precepts” (what God has emphasized or pointed out).

Verses 79-80: (Verse 79) The believer who endures with faith becomes an encouragement to all others who “fear God.” Everyone who “knows God” has combined “testimonies” (words pointing beyond to God) with experiences. “For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Corinthians 1:21). (Verse 80) Our prayer should be to survive, knowing “the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5). We must never be “ashamed” of God’s “statutes” (words outlining proper actions), for we need them to remain in “the way,” for Jesus said: “where I go you know, and the way you know” (John 14:4).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 119:65-72 Teth Learning Good From Affliction

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

Psalm 119:65-72   Teth                         Learning Good From Affliction

Verses 65-66 say experience teaches;

Verses 67-72 show how God gives good lessons.

Verses 65-66: (Verse 65) Based upon what God has said He would do, no one can say God has done them wrong! Many misrepresent what God has promised; or become impatient before He has acted in their lives; or misunderstand His promises; but God has never failed His servants! (Verse 66) By following His “commandments” (precise obedience), we develop “good judgment and knowledge.” By diligent application of God’s commandments, we learn that “solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14).

Verses 67-72: (Verse 67) It’s easy to run wild until we learn where the brick walls are. This is why, for many, it takes: drug addiction before desiring to dry out; pre-marital abuse and parenthood before trying marriage; rejecting parents before acknowledging their contributions to life; failing at jobs before learning good work habits; dented fenders before driving caution; facing loneliness before finding Christians; despairing at personal sins before obeying Jesus’ Gospel and being added to the church of Christ. Unfortunately, only then do people discover God’s Word—but at last, they do that! (Verse 68) God’s “statutes” (lines marking proper behavior), when learned, are always “good, and do good.” Jesus said only God is the source of “good” (Matthew 19:17), Jesus is the “good Teacher” (Mark 10:17), whose disciples do “good works” (Matthew 5:16), even for their enemies (Matthew 5:44-45), and are “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).  (Verse 69) Those ruled by their own pride create lies against do-gooders, but whole-hearted obedience of God’s “precepts” (words which make things clear) will keep us faithful to Him. (Verse 70) God’s “law” (words marking the straight path) keeps us on track, instead of following those whose hearts are “fat as grease” (dull, insensitive, sated by sin instead of righteousness). Isaiah’s prophecy spoke of Jews in his day (Isaiah 6:9-10), Jews in Jesus’ day (Mark 4:11-12), and Jews in Paul’s time (Acts 28:23-29). This very attitude should be avoided by all who obey Jesus Christ (Ephesians 4:17-20). (Verse 71) “Affliction” is oftentimes, not always, only a reminder that we need to re-learn and return to God’s “statutes” (words defining lines of proper conduct). (Verse 72) God’s “law” (words guiding conduct), therefore, is worth more than any “gold and silver” (valuable metals). Lessons in life through experience are costly, lessons learned through God’s Word are priceless!

Thought: Living life gives all of us ample opportunity and time to see that we need to learn what God is trying to tell us in the Bible! Life is “discipline” designed to force, even the dull-hearted and hard-headed, to see truth in God’s Word (Hebrews 12:1-11). Whether they accept it or not, they cannot plead ignorance.

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Psalm 119:49-56 Zayin Finding Comfort In Affliction

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

 

Verses 49-50 show our hope is founded upon God’s fulfilled promises;

Verses 51-54 show how this helps us;

Verses 55-56 show how this makes God’s Law our own.

Verses 49-50: (Verse 49) The “hope” of a lover is that the one loved will remember the “word” (covenant, commitment) they have made. God does not forget (2 Peter 3:9), but “remember” lets us know that enough time may have passed from the promise to the fulfillment that we have become edgy. This is why the phrase is used, for God “remembered” his covenant with Noah (Genesis 8:1), Abraham (Genesis 19:29), Rachel (Genesis 30:22), and the Israelites (Exodus 2:24). (Verse 50) When “affliction” (troubles, distresses) attacks us, our “comfort” (ease of mind, confidence) comes from remembering God’s help in the past. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). God’s Word gives us “life” (vitalizes, refreshes our spirit), Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

Verses 51-54: (Verse 51) The believer is comfortable to remain in the life set forth in God’s “law” (guide, make straight), so the “great derision” of the “proud” cannot affect me. We may be taunted for our faith, but we will never be taunted out of our faith! “For consider Him [Jesus Christ] who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (Hebrews 12:3). (Verse 52) The record of God’s “judgments of old” (decisions, actions for the “good” and punishments against the “bad”) is the written Word of God, which when studied, brings comfort to the reader. God will not miraculously give comfort to us, but has Christians who may come for aid and assistance with the proper passages (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) that we may “comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). (Verse 53) The believer may be provoked by the “wicked, who forsake” God’s law, as Solomon observed: “Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there. I said in my heart, ‘God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work’” (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17). (Verse 54) Reminding ourselves of God’s “statutes” (definite lines marking the difference between good and evil) become our “songs” while we are in our “house of my pilgrimage” (living on earth in our bodies, 2 Corinthians 5:1-4).

Verses 55-56: (Verse 55) God’s “name” gives comfort and confidence through “the night” (those dreary days, troublesome times, depressions, dreads) as long as we “keep” (observe, obey) God’s “law” and “precepts” (things to notice, directions for conduct). (Verse 56) The comfort of the word of God “has become mine” for it has guided one through “affliction” and maintained “hope.” These personal experiences are what “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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Look Unto Jesus

In Scripture we learn the value of “hanging on.” As the Chritians during the days of the first century struggled mightily, the Holy Spirit gave words of encouragment. He said to look unto Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2) and remember that our affliction, trial is not the same that many endure then. If they endured under such circumstance, how shall we not? The Lord, when called upon to stand stall in a “rail-road” occasion, look unto Him that judges all, shall we look at something else?

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