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“Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.”
A blessing is pledged to all those who hear and do the word of the LORD. “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only… whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.” 
GOOD MORNING! The Psalmist writes: “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently! O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.” 
GOOD MORNING! An important question is asked by the Psalmist: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” How shall a vital, active person become and stay godly?
A New Testament passage speaks to this truth: “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
The Psalmist’s question then is a vital one for us to consider. It is when this life is fresh and full of promise that this question stands out, demanding to be personally answered.
A passage in Psalm 119 promises amazing results for all who will heed the word of God. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”  The word of God cleanses, comforts in affliction, and, when obeyed faithfully, will keep us in fellowship with our LORD and Saviour.
Let us examine this verse and what the Psalmist is testifying to. Immediately we recognize the Author of the word. “Thy word.” This Holy Bible, the whole of it, is God’s word. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” … “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
“Blessed art thou, O LORD:” the Psalmist writes by Holy Spirit direction, “teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.” 
Several times in the New Testament we read: “I would not have you to be ignorant,” then there follows careful details of some truth that we could not discover for ourselves, truth that we are to receive by faith.
We read one of the scriptural patterns of prayer as it is given to us in the Psalms: “Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me. My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.” 
GOOD MORNING! We are reading from Psalm 119. The Psalm is divided into twenty-two parts. The subject of the whole of the Psalm is the infallible word of the living God. A goodly number of adjectives are called into use by the Psalmist to present the value of God’s word. There is a New Testament passage of scripture that also does this: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
GOOD MORNING! We read a Bible passage in which the Psalmist expresses a longing to know and to have applied God’s word to daily living.
“Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.”
GOOD MORNING! Every Christian is entitled to the two-fold testimony of lip and life. The apostle wrote to the saints at Philippi, “Only let your conversation be at it becometh the gospel of Christ. … that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;”
The part of PSALM 119 that we are reading today, (verses 41-48) dwells on the desire of a godly life for the full expression of the holy will of God in the day-by-day of living. “Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.”
Psalm 119 is a very full portion of the Sacred Scriptures. In the Authorized English Version there are 176 verses. The grand theme of the Psalm is, “The living word of God.”
The Psalm is divided into 22 parts of 8 verses each; the parts are according to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which is the original language of the Psalm.
The Psalm is itself a miniature Bible, the Scriptures condensed, and it is worthy of a lifetime of meditation and examination.
GOOD MORNING! Psalm 119 has been called the alphabet of Divine love. Yes, God’s love is shown to us in His word. And, that is why “We love him, because he first loved us.”
The part of Psalm 119 we read today begins with verse 57: “Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. I entreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments. The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts. The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.”
GOOD MORNING! The ninth section of Psalm 119 testifies to the gracious purpose of the chastening from the LORD. The passage begins with a statement that magnifies the grace of God: “Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word. Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word. Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.” 
GOOD MORNING! The tenth section of Psalm 119 is a prayer, “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.”
GOOD MORNING! Trouble and affliction do come to the LORD’S people. The damp winds of adversity do go through our defenses. Tribulation does break through our canvas covers. Floods of grief and bereavement sweep over our souls, and all the barriers of courage and fortitude cannot keep them out!
The Scriptures of truth inform us, “In the world ye shall have tribulation.” When our LORD spake of the interval between His ascension and return, He said that the conditions would be so severe that, “except those days be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.”
GOOD MORNING! The living, lasting, faithful word of God is the message of this 12th section of Psalm 119, which begins with verse 89: “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.”
GOOD MORNING! Our meditation today begins with verse 97 of the 119th Psalm: “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.” 
GOOD MORNING! Today we are reading verses 105 through 112 of Psalm 119. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.” 
Not one of us can live as we ought to live without the grace of God living within our souls. For every law of God, there is also a provision of grace given, so that we might live by His precepts. “By my God,” wrote the Psalmist, “I have run through a troop,”…and.. “have I leaped over a wall.”
There is no title to Psalm 119, neither is any writer’s name mentioned. Psalm 119 is a miniature Bible. The more it is read and meditated upon, the fresher and richer it becomes. There is a length and a breadth to this great Psalm that holds the serious student enraptured. The sincere reader soon recognizes that the subject of Psalm 119 is the matchless, incomparable, living word of the living God.
We examine one verse in the great Psalm 119: “Thy testimonies are wonderful.” This is the enthusiastic praise that is the inspired word of God, written for our learning. This same praise has been echoed from soul to soul through the long centuries, for the wonder of the Bible grows on us as experience is enlarged.
The more deeply we search it, the more we feel that the Bible is not merely a book, but THE BOOK! Read the rest of this entry »
The seventeenth part of Psalm 119 begins with exclamations: “Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” 
We are reading in the great 119th Psalm: “Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”
One thought runs solidly the whole of Psalm 119, and that is: The surpassing excellence of God’s holy word. There are several synonyms used to describe the word of God: “Thy law; thy sayings; thy statutes; thy commandments; thy testimonies; thy judgments.”
The Psalmist petitions and pledges and makes declarations of devotion; and all of them rest upon the precious, infallible, everlasting word of God.
We are reading, this morning, the twentieth portion of Psalm 119, “Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments. Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
The twenty-first octave of Psalm 119 is the testimony of a devout child of God. The joy of this believer is deep and profound. Reverence and gratitude fills his soul. The everlasting promises of God are like a rainbow against the dark background of earthly circumstances. “Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.” 
The final eight verses of the 119th Psalm are a prayer. “Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.”