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Scripture Reading: Psalm 119:1-8

The Excellencies of God's Word

(Psalm 119)

 

Intro.

1.  The Bible is not a theoretical book; it is eminently practical, Jno. 6:68.

  a.  It is a light and a lamp, Psa. 119:105.

  b.  It is a sword, Eph. 6:17.

  c.  It is bread to eat for spiritual life, Jno. 6:57-63.

  d.  It is powerful to save, Rom. 1:16; Heb. 4:12.

2.  Word of God is a tool in the hands of the righteous that blesses God and man.          

3.  Psalm 119: A tribute to the Law and Word of God.

  a.  The Excellency of God's word is on display.

  b.  "A manual for meditation and personal improvement." 

4.  Practical applications for daily living.

 

I.  GOD'S WILL IN RELATION TO HUMAN CHARACTER AND CONDUCT.

  A.  All but Four Verses (90, 121, 122, 132) Make Allusion to Godís Word.

  B.  Artistic: 22 stanzas, 8 verses each. (Each verse begins with the Hebrew letter of that stanza).

  C.  Synonyms of Godís Revealed Word:

    1.  Law (torah) (1): The law; Widest sense.

    2.  Testimonies, (2): Godís commands that witness to His character and attest to His will.

    3.  Judgments (7): Judicial pronouncements by act or word against particular conduct.

    4.  Statutes (5): Enactments of God (ordinances, v. 20).

    5.  Word (9): Utterances spoken/written by God (cf. 1 Pet. 4:11).

    6.  Precepts (4): Instructions to men to direct their conduct.

    7.  Commandments (6): Directives (precepts).

    8.  Promise (16): Godís commitments / utterances to man.

    9.  Way or ways (3): Prescribed lines of conduct.

-Psalmist looks at Godís word from these points and view, and himself in reference to it.

-The practical value of Godís word; In keeping them there is great reward (Divine blessings), Psa. 19:7-11.

 

Psalm 119 - GODíS WILL IN RELATION TO HUMAN CHARACTER AND CONDUCT: (Title each stanza, key verse in each stanza)

 

1.   v. 1-8: Divine Blessings. Granted by God to those who honor His word (v. 1-2, "Happy, fortunate;" Singularity of mind, Matt. 6:22-24).

2.   v. 9-16: Protection against Sin. Cleanses the soul (v. 9, 11, 16).

3.   v. 17-24: Fullness of Life. Spiritual perception / Counseled by God's word, v. 23-24; cf. Jno. 10:10.

4.   v. 25-32: Strength in Sorrows and Trials. Enlivening power (from despair to strength), cf. Jas. 1:2-4.

5.   v. 33-40: Establishes Fear of God. Conform me (Prov. 1:7).

6.   v. 41-48: Salvation. According to God's word (1 Tim. 2:4); Gives us answers (1 Pet. 3:15).

7.   v. 49-56: Grants Hope. Life is a pilgrimage (1 Pet. 2:11-12).

8.   v. 57-64: Godís Provisions and Care. Sustained by word (Jno. 6:63).

9.   v. 65-72: Develops Character (2 Pet. 1:4; Phil. 1:9-10).

10. v. 73-80: Separates Reverent from Proud. Influence of humility (Matt. 5:13-16).

11. v. 81-88: Enables Endurance when Persecuted (Matt. 5:11-12).

12. v. 89-96: Service to God (1 Cor. 7:23).

13. v. 97-104: Wisdom to Avoid Sin (cf. Rom. 7:7).

14. v. 105-112: Light (Jno. 8:12).

15. v. 113-120: Security (Eph. 6:13-17).

16. v. 121-128: Supreme Standard of Authority (Col. 3:17).

17. v. 129-136: Satisfies the Soul (Matt. 5:6).

18. v. 137-144: Reveals the Nature of God (1 Pet. 1:15-16).

19. v. 145-152: God is Near. Confident hope (Heb. 13:5-6).

20. v. 153-160: Deliverance (Psa. 22:19-24).

21. v. 161-168: Incites Praise of God (Rev. 19:1-2).

22. v. 169-176: Godís Helping Hand to Man (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

 

Conclusion

We must honor Godís word by using it every day. It will sustain our lives, bringing us into Godís presence now and forever.

 

 

 

By: Joe R. Price

Posted: February 17, 2016