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Pastor's Pen - July 8, 2007
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July 8, 2007

Psalms 119:89-176
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Psalms
Chapter 119
  1. LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
  2. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.
  3. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.
  4. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
  5. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me.
  6. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.
  7. The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies.
  8. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad.
  9. MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
  10. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.
  11. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.
  12. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.
  13. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
  14. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.
  15. How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
  16. Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
  17. NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
  18. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.
  19. I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O LORD, according unto thy word.
  20. Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.
  21. My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law.
  22. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts.
  23. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
  24. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.
  25. SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love.
  26. Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.
  27. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.
  28. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
  29. Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually.
  30. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood.
  31. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies.
  32. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.
  33. AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors.
  34. Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me.
  35. Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness.
  36. Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.
  37. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.
  38. It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.
  39. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
  40. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
  41. PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
  42. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
  43. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.
  44. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name.
  45. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
  46. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.
  47. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.
  48. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.
  49. TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
  50. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
  51. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.
  52. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
  53. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.
  54. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
  55. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.
  56. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.
  57. KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes.
  58. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies.
  59. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.
  60. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
  61. Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.
  62. They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.
  63. Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
  64. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
  65. RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
  66. Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
  67. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
  68. Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.
  69. Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
  70. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
  71. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.
  72. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
  73. SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
  74. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
  75. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
  76. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
  77. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
  78. LORD, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
  79. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
  80. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
  81. TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.
  82. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.
  83. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.
  84. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
  85. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.
  86. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.
  87. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.
  88. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.


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 There are several verses that stick out to me in this great passage that deals with the precious Word of God. One of them is found in verse 97 where David writes "O how love I thy law." The great psalmist of Israel clearly had a deep affection for the Scriptures. In fact, in verse 127 he states that he loves it more than fine gold. I wonder if we could honestly say that we love the Bible? It is good to remember that when David spoke these words he was not thinking about the psalms, for he was still writing them. He had never read the book of Proverbs, for Solomon had not yet penned it. He was not thinking about the Gospel stories of Jesus, nor of the doctrines and encouragements of the Epistles, nor of the glories of Heaven that are spelled out in the book of Revelation. He was talking predominantly about the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament. Some of the historical books, such as Joshua, were available to him, but not much more. Now, think about the great love that David had for the Scriptures. If asked to name our favorite book of the Bible, some might say Genesis, but very few of us would mention Exodus through Deuteronomy. Much of those books are filled with rules and regulations, and who wants to read about dietary restrictions, and laws for sacrifices, and genealogies? Obviously David did, and he was grateful for the privilege. The next time it seems too tedious to read the Bible, or you find its message overly complicated or boring, remember what it was that David was reading, and how much he loved it. Maybe this explains why he was the man after God's heart (I Sam. 13:14).

 A second section that is worth discussing contains verses 98-100. They read,

"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."
David reveals how much wiser the child of God becomes when he spends time meditating on the Word of God. He states three groups whose knowledge is inferior to that of the Bible reader. These groups are enemies, teachers, and the ancients. I find these groups to be representative of those who question the "intelligence" of those who serve the Lord and follow His teachings. Certainly the enemies of Truth mock the believer. They question the existence of God, they reject the notion of the Incarnation, and they scoff at the ideas that Jesus Christ was sinless, rose from the dead, and is going to someday return to establish His kingdom. Many teachers also mock Biblical truth. The educational establishment has decided that man came into existence as the result of evolution, and any one who dares to disagree is a fool. They have decided that babies in the womb are not really humans, and that most sins are nothing more than psychological problems which require medication rather than repentance. If you dare to quote the Bible to refute them, you are labeled as being ignorant, for "science" and "education" are supposedly the answers to all life's problems. If you don't hold a graduate degree from a prestigious institution, then you have no standing before these people and their "academics". Finally, the wisdom of the years is often used against the Christian. We are told what "conventional wisdom" has to say, or we hear statements like "This is how we've always done it". When we are faced with these attitudes, and when you are ridiculed for your belief in the Bible, remember that David said that the man who reads the Bible, and applies it, has more wisdom than any of these other groups.

 The Word of God is worthy of our love. Adherence to it will make us wise. It will also give us peace and the ability to stand firm in times of opposition and difficulty, for verse 165 states,

"Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them."
The Bible is a wonderful book. May we read it, meditate on it, and obey it.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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