This Is How the Story Ends
November 16, 2008
INTRODUCTION: Could be called the "Journaling of the Psalmist." The psalmist is summarizing the spiritual journey he has taken. Let's briefly overview his journey. He has come from "my soul clings to the dust," v.25; "my soul melts from heaviness," v.28; "I went astray," v. 67; to "I rejoice at Your word," v.162; "seven times a day I praise You," v.164; "great peace have those who love you, v.165; "I love (your testimonies) exceedingly," v.167.
It is as though he is in an accountability group and he is being very vulnerable and transparent. He has been so honest to share about the spiritual peaks and the spiritual valleys. He has alternately sung and sobbed his way through the letters of the Hebrew alphabet. His tears have at times turned into rainbows when he looked through them at the word of God, his testimony turned into a hymn.
The psalmist has magnified the wonders of the word, a word that has met him in his every need. Here in this final Hebrew letter, he relates these reflections to his desire, that being for a continual spiritual relationship to the Lord through His word. The Bible, God's word, has had an affect on his desires, his speech, his choices, his emotions, and literally his whole life!
Note now his final petition:
I. HIS SCRIPTURES. 169-172
A. THEY GIVE COMPREHENSION. 169
"Let my cry come before You" (according to Your word); he is acknowledging that God's answer to his "cry" will be understandably in agreement with His word. This prayer represents a great spiritual advance. It is not so much a prayer for immediate alleviation of his situation, as much as he wanted that. It was a prayer of acceptance, based on God's ways as revealed in God's word.
"Give us understanding" – not mere accumulation of facts, but the ability to comprehend in order to relate to life's situations. This illumination is God's alone to give. How ...
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