“I am determined, O God! I am determined! I will sing and praise you!”
Fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave, David steadfastly maintains his commitment to praise God. He keeps in view that God is sovereign.
How does remembering God’s sovereignty help us in any given situation?
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“I maintain a pure lifestyle, so I can appear before your altar, O LORD, to give you thanks, and to tell about all your amazing deeds.”
The psalm declares the conditions of entering and remaining in the presence of the Lord. This negative confession humbly presents itself as a holy people pleading with the holy God.
What is involved in a pure lifestyle?
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“Realize that the Lord shows the godly special favor; the Lord responds when I cry out to him.”
David speaks to those who seek to bring shame upon him, v 2. He appeals for their repentance, v. 4.
God hears his people’s prayers. They alone are so privileged. He helps those who seek him. What pleas do you make to God today?
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“Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.”
Psalm 37.37 NLT
So what does it mean to look at them?
“How blessed are those who observe [God’s] rules, and seek him with all their heart” (NET).
Psalm 119 begins with two blessings. This is the second of the two. It pairs obedience to God’s commands and a full-hearted seeking of God. What few consider a blessing today is actually even more so in the new covenant of Christ. If it was a blessing under the old law, how much more so is it a blessing today.
So how the second line connect with the first?
All your commands are reliable.
I am pursued without reason. Help me! (NET)
And in what sense is a command reliable?
One out of eight Americans die in their sleep. Surprisingly, one study found that people with sleep apnea are no more likely to do so than others. There’s a perception that the elderly die in their sleep more often than others. And, of course, there’s the dreaded Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
In the Bible, people died in war, from sickness, of old age, and from personal violence such as murder. Just like today. The first sin we have record of outside of Eden was premeditated murder. Many died as a direct result of sin — think of Nadab and Abihu, Korah, Achan, Ananias and Sapphira.
All death is a consequence of sin in the world. It was not a part of God’s original design. Continue reading