From Petition to Praise by Johnny Hunt

From Petition to Praise
Johnny Hunt
Psalm 119:161-168
November 9, 2008

INTRODUCTION; As we near the close of Ps.119 it is very clear that God's Word has done its work in his heart. Note the single overview of this passage. The Bible brings the Psalmist total wonder at its truth. He begins to see it as a great treasure containing God's righteous judgments. He is finding that the more he loves His Word, the more it brings great peace. As the day of his future hope draws near, all of his ways are acknowledged as being seen clearly by his Lord. His heart finds nothing to ask for, but only praise to give.

I. HIS RADIATION. 161-163

Seen in His:
A. His Decision. 161
Based on his perspective:

1. HIS ADVERSARY IS UNCHANGED. 161a

"Princes have persecuted me without a cause" – the ruler desired to rob him of his great treasure, however, once again the Psalmist learned that when we fear God, we need not fear anyone else.

Jesus teaches the "Fear of God"

Matt 10:27-31 "Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Let goods and kindred go. This mortal life also; The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still, His Kingdom is forever.
Martin Luther

Key phrase in Ps. 119: 169 "without a cause"

His conscience is clear; it is devoid of offense

B. HIS ATTITUDE IS CHANGED 161b

"awe" – dread or tremble, because of the great and mighty God who speaks it.

- The absolute demands it makes of us.
- The day of judgment to which it points.

2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear b ...


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