Rejoicing in God’s Word

Mark Twain heard a man boast he was going to climb Mt Sinai and read the Ten Commandments. Twain said, “I got a better idea. Stay where you are and live them. (Source Unknown). … More

Obedience
  1. What leads to a life of obedience (vv. 161-164)?
    1. Fearing (Reverencing) God’s Word in Holy Awe (v. 161). “Princes have persecuted me without cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy Word”
    2. Getting excited about God’s Word (v. 162). “I rejoice at thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil.”
    3. Hating every lie, but loving the truth (v. 163). “I hate and abhor lying but thy law do I love.”
    4. Praising God continually (v. 164). “Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.”
  2. What results from a life of obedience (vv. 165-166)?
    1. Peace in the present (v. 165). “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
    2. Hope in the future (v. 166). “Lord I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.”
  3. What motivates a life of obedience (vv. 167-168)?
    1. Love for God’s Word (v. 167). “My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.”
    2. Living in God’s presence (v. 168). “I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.”

Application

Obedience to God’s Word and loving Him will bring me great peace of mind and hope for the future.  My greatest need is not to learn new truth but to obey the truth I already know.

Psalms 119:161-168 (English Standard Version)


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