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6-2-2015 A Shameless Existence

There is no reason to be ashamed, if we obey God. David said, “You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments” (Psalm 119:4-6 NKJV). “Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, That I may not be ashamed” (Psalm 119:80 NKJV). The sinners who condemn Christians and Bible-believers are the one who should be ashamed! David also said, “Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood” (Psalm 119:78 NKJV). “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20 NKJV). No one is wrong who serves God.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Psalm 119 Aleph

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.

Aleph:                         Walking “In The Way”

Verses 1-3: The “undefiled” are “in the way” described, because they “walk in the law of the LORD.” Sin is a “transgression” of (crossing over) God’s Law (Hebrews 2:2-3), obedience is respecting and staying within that Law. “Law” is from a word meaning to “direct, guide, teach,” God’s Law led to Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:19-24). This “walk” must be “with the whole heart,” and will help one “do no iniquity.”

Verses 4-6: God has “commanded” that we should “keep His precepts diligently,” that is, apply ourselves to what His instructions say. “Statutes” are the marked-out lines that show the course of conduct God wants us to follow. If “my ways were directed” by God’s Law, then “I would not be ashamed” to read His ways. Many people quit their Bible study, it seems, because they find things God expects of them and they don’t want to do them!

Verses 7-8: God has given us His “righteous judgments,” or decisions that are right, but the choice to follow them is left up to the individual. Praise to God flows from a heart full of: His Word, submission, appreciation, association with God. When we study and see what God expects, we immediately realize we need His help to accomplish it.

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

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