Love For God’s Word

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Appeal
  1. Three pleas for deliverance from suffering (vv. 153-156).
    1. Appeal to the Lord’s compassion - Rescue Me (v. 153). “Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.”
    2. Appeal to the Lord’s ability to deliver - Redeem Me (v. 154). “Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy Word.”
    3. Appeal to the Lord’s mercy - Revive (Quicken) Me (v. 155) “Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.”
  2. Three perspectives in seeking deliverance (vv. 157-159).
    1. Appeal to the Lord in the face of opposition (v. 157). “Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.”
    2. Appeal to the Lord in hatred for disobedience (v. 158). “I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy Word.”
    3. Appeal to the Lord because of love for the Word (v. 159). “Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy loving-kindness.”
  3. Conclusion: The bottom line is:
    1. God’s truth - “Thy word is true from the beginning:...” (v. 160).
    2. God’s righteousness - “...and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”

Application

I want to be a person who is quick to appeal to the Lord for my needs and those of others. I believe I should be more concerned about the spiritual needs than the physical needs.

Psalms 119:153-160 (English Standard Version)


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