A Heart for God and His Word - Psalm 119Outline 1. The Gracious God Speaks 2. The Blessed Disciple Keeps 3. The Honest Disciple PraysReading — Psalm 119:1-18IntroductionOutline 1. The Gracious God Speaks the Word 2. The Blessed Disciple Keeps the Word 3. The Honest Disciple Prays the WordPastoral PrayerI. The Gracious God Speaks
Psalm 19:1 (ESV) — The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.Romans 1:19–20 (ESV) — For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.Psalm 119:105 (ESV) — Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
II. The Blessed Disciple Keeps
Psalm 1:1–2 (ESV) — Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Numbers 6:24–26 (ESV) — The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.Psalm 119:96 (ESV) — I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
Verse two introduces our second verb—“keep.”
• Psalm 119:33 (ESV) — Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end. • Psalm 119:44 (ESV) — I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, • Psalm 119:167 (ESV) — My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.
Seek HIMIII. The Honest Disciple Prays
• Finding himself in persecution from powerful people who ridicule his faith in an effort to shame him into abandoning it, the psalmist strengthens himself by his detailed meditations on the Word of the LORD, which is his comfort, his prized possession, his rule of life, his resource for strength, and his message of hope, all of which inspire him to desire it even more, to live by it, and to pray for its fulfillment. Allen P. Ross, A Commentary on the Psalms (90–150): Commentary, vol. 3, 463.
Conclusion / Application
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