The Richness of God's Word
April 13, 2008
INTRODUCTION: The basic theme of Ps. 119 is the practical use of the Word of God in the life of the believer. What would your Christian life be like if you had no Bible? Would that make any difference? After all, what is the Bible supposed to do for our lives?
God gives us some answers to those questions in the Psalms. Almost every verse in this longest chapter in your Bible, in some way, refers to the Word of God.
The emphasis in this, the longest Psalm, is on the vital ministry of the Word of God in the inner spiritual life of God's children. It describes how the Word enables us to grow in holiness and handle the persecutions and pressures that always accompany an obedient walk of faith.
Let me attempt to capture your passion for hope, incredible hope, in the capacity of Scripture to inspire a life well-lived. This text we will study will show us what will happen in the life of those who make the Word of God the center of their lives.
Isaac Watts, in Singing Psalms, wrote:
The Blessedness of Saints
v.1-3 Blest are the undefiled in heart,
Whose ways are right and clean;
Who never from Thy law depart,
But fly from every sin.
Blest are the men that keep Thy Word,
And practice Thy commands;
With their whole heart they seek the Lord,
And serve Him with their hands.
Great is their peace who love Thy law;
How firm their souls abide!
Nor can a bold temptation draw
Their steady feet aside.
We don't really know who the author of the Psalm is, however, he is a good example to follow, for he had an intense hunger for holiness and a passionate desire to understand God's Word in a deeper way.
In all but 14 verses, he addresses his words to the Lord personally so this psalm is basically a combination of worship, prayer, praise, and admiration.
Interesting Facts About Ps 119
This psalm is a perfect acrostic structure. Consisting of 22 stanzas, of prec ...
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