Bounty from the Word

I. The first two stanzas open with a promise and a prayer.

A. The first stanza promises (Psalm 119:1-8) happiness.

1. We are to be “undefiled in the way.”

2. We are to “walk in” the LAW [Torah] of the LORD.

3. We must pray that God will “direct” our “journey.

4. We must realize that we cannot do so without God’s help.

B. The second stanza (Psalm 119:9-17) lists ways to “cleanse” our lifestyle.

1. We must “seek” God with our whole heart (verse 10).

2. We must store God’s word in our heart to prevent sinning (verse 11).

3. We must submit to the teaching of God (verse 12).

4. We must use our mouth to declare the justice of God (verse 13).

5. We must rejoice over God’s “witness” as though we had found great wealth (verse 14).

6. We will “meditate” in God’s precepts (verse 15)

7. We will have “respect” to God’s “paths” (verse 15).

8. We will “delight” in God’s statutes (verse 16).

9. We will not “forget” God’s words (verse 16).

II. The Third Stanza (Psalm 119:17-24) emphasises spiritual effectiveness.

A. The request for “bounty” is a request for growing maturity.

1. The Hebrew (GAMAL) connotes “to parcel out” – give in proportion to some standard or agreement.

a. Psalm 18:20 -- The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
b. Psalm 103:10 -- He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
c. Isaiah 63:7 -- I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

2. The request is “that I may live and keep thy word.”

a. The previous stanza stress behavioural righteousness.
b. The emphasis here appears to be on the ability to respond appropriately in all sorts of circumstances.
c. The focus is on living a life that “guards” the DABAR/LOGOS.
1) Psalm 56:4 -- In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
2) Psalm 119:42 -- So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.
3) Psalm 119:130 -- The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
4) Psalm 145:5 -- I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

B. The several requests and observations that follow are based on his own personal experiences.

1. He needs “open eyes” to see “wondrous things” from the Law.

a. The verb connotes “uncovering” or “to remove.”  It is used in the Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel) most often to indicate “removal” of God’s blessing.
b. In Psalm 119 the request is for God to “remove” that which hinders his ability to “see.”
c. Amos 3:7 -- Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

2. He is asking for the ability to “regard” or “consider” the Word.

a. Isaiah 42:18 -- Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
b. Isaiah 51:1 -- Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

3. He is expecting “wondrous things” from the Torah.

a. Psalm 40:5 -- Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us–ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
b. Psalm 98:1 -- O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
1) The great Origins in Genesis – Creation; Fall; Flood; Languages; Nations; Israel
2) The Exodus of Israel – 10 Plagues; Red Sea; 10 Commandments
3) The giving of the LAW and the Tabernacle – Leviticus
4) The preservation in the wilderness – Numbers
5) The preparation to occupy the Land – Deuteronomy

C. The experiences as a growing Believer bring identification of need.

1. He is a “stranger” in Earth.

a. This is a basic acknowledgment necessary for godly living.
b. Hebrews 11:13-16 -- These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

2. He is aware of his need of God’s supernatural illumination.

a. This implies an awareness of the dangers of error.
b. His “mind” can be fooled – 2 Corinthians 11:3 -- But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
c. His life can be robbed -- Colossians 2:8 -- Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
d. His stability in Christ can be injured – 2 Peter 3:17 -- Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

3. He knows the anguish of lack of spiritual understanding.

a. Psalm 25:1-5 -- Unto thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.
b. Psalm 119:25 -- My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
c. Psalm 119:28 -- My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

4. He sees the ultimate end of those who disregard God’s Word.

a. Romans 1: 28-32 -- And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
b. Jude 1:12-13 -- These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

5. He asks God to “roll away” a bad witness, having kept the “witness” of God.

a. Psalm 39:8 -- Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
b. Psalm 69:19 -- Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.
c. Psalm 119:39 -- Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.
d. Psalm 32:7 -- Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance.
e. Psalm 140:4 -- Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.

6. He has known the “gossip” of ungodly leaders, but has maintained a steady “meditation” in God’s Word.

a. Psalm 69:12 -- They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
b. Psalm 71:10 -- For mine enemies speak against me; and they that lay wait for my soul take counsel together.
c. Psalm 1:1-2 --Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
d. Psalm 19:14 -- Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

D. The final summary of his thoughts brings a confident affirmation to obey.

1. The testimonies have become a delight.

a. Psalm 119:77 -- Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.
b. Psalm 119:92 -- Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.
c. Psalm 119:143 -- Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

2. The testimonies have become his counsellors.

a. Psalm 33:11 -- The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
b. Psalm 73:24 -- Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
c. Proverbs 8:14 -- Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.
d. Proverbs 19:21 -- There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.
e. Proverbs 21:30 -- There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
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