I Want My Heart Right
August 3, 2008
INTRODUCTION: This long Psalm in 119 seeks to convince us to make knowing and obeying the Word of God the most important activities in our lives. He reminded us in vv.65-72 how necessary God's word is when we are experiencing difficulties. We need God's word for all of life. In the previous passage (65-72) we find the Psalmist witnessing of his experience, testifying to the goodness of God, the graciousness of His dealings, and the preciousness of His word.
The Psalmist proclaims the excellent uses of adversity and at the same time, the goodness of God in affliction.
Note how he begins this section in light of all he has experienced.
I. CREATION AND ITS PURPOSE. 73
(To assume beforehand)
"Your hands have made me and fashioned me" – it excites reverence, gratitude, and affection toward God when we view Him as our Maker/Creator.
Colossians 1:16, "For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him."
Psalms 139:14, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well."
The Psalmist knew that he was not the end product of blind forces of chance. The best work, the work that displays the most tender, loving care, is work done by hand.
Ephesians 2:10, "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
Our important task in life should be to discern why God has made us.
You made me, now make me what I ought to be. He desires to be able to understand God's word in order to know God's purpose for his existence.
We should understand that we belong to God by creation and redemption.
1 Corinthians 6:19- ...
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