Life by the Book (1 of 23) by Jim Perdue

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Life by the Book (1 of 23)
Series: Life by the Book
Jim Perdue
Psalm 119

This evening, we begin a brand new series on a spectacular section of Scripture found in the book of Psalms; Psalm 119. We've entitled this series, Life By The Book because we need to be people who order our lives according to the Book. If we lived according to the Word of God, our lives, homes, families, and churches would be very different.

*The basic theme of Psalm 119 is the practical use of the Word of God in the life of the believer. What would your Christian life be like if you had no Bible? Would that make any difference? After all, what is the Bible supposed to do for our lives?*

God gives us some answers to those questions in the Psalms. Almost every verse in this longest chapter in your Bible, in some way, refers to the Word of God.

The emphasis in this, the longest Psalm, is on the vital ministry of the Word of God in the inner spiritual life of God's children. It describes how the Word enables us to grow in holiness and handle the persecutions and pressures that always accompany an obedient walk of faith.

Let me attempt to capture your passion for hope, incredible hope, in the capacity of Scripture to inspire a life well-lived. This text we will study will show us what will happen in the life of those who make the Word of God the center of their lives.

*Isaac Watts, in Singing Psalms, wrote: The Blessedness of Saints

v.1-3 Blest are the undefiled in heart,
Whose ways are right and clean;
Who never from Thy law depart,
But fly from every sin.

Blest are the men that keep Thy Word,
And practice Thy commands;
With their whole heart they seek the Lord,
And serve Him with their hands.

v.165 Great is their peace who love Thy law;
How firm their souls abide!
Nor can a bold temptation draw
Their steady feet aside.*

We don't really know who the author of the Psalm is; however, he is a good example to follow, for he had an intense hunger for holine ...

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