Living the Word
August 31, 2008
INTRODUCTION; This is the 1st section in PS 119 that the Psalmist asks nothing of God; there are no petitions. He begins by emphasizing the word love to describe his devotion to God's word. The Psalmist had learned how to put the knowledge in God's word into practice in the decisions of daily life.
A newspaper editor named Charles A Dana declared, "Of all books, the most indispensable and the most useful, the one whose knowledge is the most effective, is the Bible."
Dr. Odell Shepherd, professor of English at Trinity college in Hartford, Conn., said "America rests upon 4 cornerstones, the English Bible, the English language, the common law and the tradition of liberty. But liberty, language and law might have been drawn from the Bible alone. Had we brought nothing with us across the sea besides this supreme book, we might still have been great. Without this book, America could not have become what she is and when she loses its guidance, the wisdom of America will be no more. The breath of the prophets was in the sails that drove the Mayflower. From those beginnings until now the Bible has been a teacher to our best men, a rebuke to our worst, and a noble companion to us all."
I. PSALMIST'S MEDITATION. 97
He occupied himself daily with God's word. The language speaks of saturation. There is so much to love about the Bible. There is, for instance, its common sense.
Prov 28:18 Whoever walks blamelessly will be saved, But he who is perverse in his ways will suddenly fall.
Prov 21:23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue
Keeps his soul from troubles.
Prov 28:27 He who gives to the poor will not lack,
But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
Prov 29:11 A fool vents all his feelings,
But a wise man holds them back.
Prov 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you rest; Yes, he will give delight to your soul.
Prov 27:17 As iron sh ...
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