Delivered by the Word

I. This stanza connects strongly to the previous verse.

A. The foundation of the word is forever (Psalm 119:152).

1. Psalm 24:1-2 connects the concept to the way God created the earth.

a. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

2. Psalm 89:11 repeats the ownership the completion themes.

a. The heavens are thine, the earth also is thine: as for the world and the fulness thereof, thou hast founded them.

3. Psalm 104:5 insists the foundations are eternal.

a. Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed forever.

B. The word of God is so founded.  It cannot be undone, shaken, or destroyed by Man.

1. Isaiah 55:11So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

2. Matthew 24:35 – Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

3. 1 Peter 1:23 – Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

4. Ephesians 1:11 – In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

II. The knowledge of the Word’s eternal nature encourages direct requests.

A. Consider mine affliction, and hear me, O LORD! (Psalm 119:153); For I do not forget thy law.

1. Psalm 25:16-21 – Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.  Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.  Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.  O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

2. Psalm 88:1-9 – Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave....Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

3. Psalm 6:2-4 – Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed:

4. Psalm 40:8 – I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

5. Psalm 119:34 – Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

B. Plead my cause, and deliver me: (Psalm 119:154) quicken me according to thy word.

1. David under Saul’s persecution:  1 Samuel 24:15 – The LORD therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.

2. Nehemiah in bringing Jerusalem into right behavior: Nehemiah 13:17 – Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?

3. Nehemiah 13:25 – And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves.

4. Micah 7:9 – I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.

5. Psalm 43:1-3Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man....O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

C. The phrase “deliver me” is translated from the Hebrew hyx, chayah

1. The Hebrew word is used 262 times in the Old Testament, most often translated, “to live” – with “prosperously” implied.

2. It is translated “quicken me” (only in KJV) nine (9) times, 7 times in Psalm 119, three (3) of which are in this stanza (119:154-160).

a. Psalm 119:154 – Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
b. Psalm 119:156 – Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.
c. Psalm 119:159 – Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

3. This is very different from lag ga’al, “redeem”

4. The emphasis of hyx, chayah is to extend and prosper one’s life.

a. Psalm 30:3 – O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive that I should not go down to the pit.
b. Psalm 118:17 – I shall not die, but live and declare the works of the LORD.

III. The trust in God’s word gives understanding and strength during testing.

A. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.

1. Psalm 10:4 – The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

2. Job 21:14-15 – Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?

B. The unsaved mind is incapable of responding to God’s word – apart from the intervention of the Holy Spirit.

1. 1 Corinthians 2:14 – But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

2. Romans 3:10-11 – As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

3. John 6:44 – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

4. Biblical Description of Mans Intellect

a. Debased (Romans 1:28)
b. Hardened (2 Corinthians 3:14)
c. Blinded (2 Corinthians 4:4)
d. Futile (Ephesians 4:17)
e. Darkened (Ephesians 4:18)
f. Deluded (Colossians 2:4)
g. Deceived (Colossians 2:8)
h. Sensuous (Colossians 2:18)
i. Depraved (1 Timothy 6:5)

C. Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

1. Ephesians 2:1 – And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

2. True “life” only comes through Christ by creation (Ephesians 4:24)

IV. Persecution comes when we take on the nature and Name of Jesus Christ.

A. Many are my persecutors and mine enemies: yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.

1. 2 Timothy 3:12 – Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2. Psalm 37:12-13 – The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming.

3. Matthew 5:10-12 – Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

4. John 15:19 – If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

B. I beheld the transgressors and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.

1. Psalm 119:53 – horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

2. Psalm 119:136 – Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.

C. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

1. Psalm 119:97 – O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

2. 1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

3. Deuteronomy 7:9 – Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

D. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

1. Ecclesiastes 3:14 – I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

2. Jeremiah 29:11-13 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Psalm 37:37-40 --Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.  But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

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