Down But Not Out (12 of 23) by Jim Perdue

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Down But Not Out (12 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Jim Perdue
Psalm 119:81-88

The focus on Psalm 119 is the Word of God. The psalmist has a deep longing and love for the Word. This psalm is a masterpiece, both in a biblical and literary sense. It has a perfect acrostic structure. Consisting of 22 stanzas, of precisely 8 verses each, each stanza represents one of the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each of the 8 verses of every one of the stanzas begins with the corresponding letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each letter is therefore represented 8 times.

It is a biblical masterpiece because nowhere else do we find such wonderful descriptions and depictions of the Word of God. *Charles Spurgeon said, ''This wonderful psalm, from its great length, helps us to wonder at the immensity of Scripture. From its keeping to one subject it helps us to adore the unity of Scripture; for it is but one. Yet, from the many turns it gives to the same thought, it helps you to see the variety of Scripture.''* There you have it: the immensity, unity, and variety of Scripture all contained in Psalm 119

And tonight, we come to verses 81-88. Once again we discover the psalmist facing the difficulties and challenges of life. But, because his focus is on the Word, there is always hope. Here in this text we find a man who is Down But Not Out. READ TEXT

*During a Monday night football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, one of the announcers observed that Walter Payton, the Bears' running back, had accumulated over nine miles in career rushing yardage. The other announcer remarked, ''Yeah, and that's with somebody knocking him down every 4.6 yards!'' Walter Payton, the most successful running back ever, knows that everyone -even the very best - gets knocked down. The key to success is to get up and run again just as hard.*

*From the diary of John Wesley: Sunday, AM, May 5 - Preached in St. Anne's. Was asked not to come back anymore. Sunday, PM, May 5 - ...

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