Revival Through the Word

I. The first three stanzas set the stage for revival.

A. Psalm 119:1-8 identifies how to live in happiness.

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

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

3. We are to praise God with “uprightness of heart.”

B. Psalm 119:9-17 identifies ways to cleanse our lifestyle.

1. We will store God’s word in our heart.

2. We will “meditate” in God’s precepts.

3. We will have respect to God’s “paths”.

4. We will “delight” in God’s statutes.

C. Psalm 119:17-24 identifies the bounty from the Word.

1. The reward enables us to “open eyes” see “wondrous things” from the Law.

a. The great Origins in Genesis – Creation; Fall; Flood; Languages; Nations; Israel
b. The Exodus of Israel – 10 Plagues; Red Sea; 10 Commandments
c. The giving of the LAW and the Tabernacle – Leviticus
d. The preservation in the wilderness – Numbers
e. The preparation to occupy the Land – Deuteronomy

2. The “longing” for God’s word understands God’s judgment.

a. The proud are rebuked
b. Those that “err” are “cursed.”

3. The bounty of the Word empowers righteous reactions.

a. The Word is kept even during reproach and contempt.
b. The Word becomes a delight and a counsellor.

II. The fourth stanza (DALETH) is best understood via three themes.

A. We all come under oppression from the Enemy at times.

1. Our soul sometimes “cleaves to the dust” (Psalm 119:25).

2. Our soul sometimes “melts for heaviness” (Psalm 119:28).

3. Our soul can sometimes be tempted to do wrong.

a. To use the “way of lying” (119:29)
b. To act in a way that will “put us to shame” (119:31)

B. We all need and can be revived by God’s word.

1. We can be “quickened” by God’s Word (Psalm 119:25)

2. We can be “strengthened” by God’s Word (Psalm 119:28)

3. We can have our heart “enlarged” by God’s Word (Psalm 119:32)

C. We gain revival by clear choices and desires for God’s Word.

1. We must “declare” our ways (Psalm 119:26)

2. We must “talk” of God’s “wondrous works” (Psalm 119:27)

3. We must “choose” the way of truth (Psalm 119:30)

4. We must “stick” to God’s testimonies (Psalm 119:31)

5. We must “run” the way of God’s commandments (Psalm 119:32)

III. The hazards of spiritual oppression are very real.

A. Our soul sometimes “cleaves to the dust” (Psalm 119:25).

1. The metaphor obviously speaks of spiritual “depression.”

a. Psalm 22:15 -- My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
b. Psalm 44:25 -- For our soul is bowed down to the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the earth.

2. The Hebrew verb is translated “stuck to” or “joined to.”

a. Job 41:17 -- They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered
b. Psalm 119:31 -- I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.
c. Ezekiel 29:4 -- But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales
d. Interesting note: The word is used 54 times in the Old Testament, 7 times in the Psalms, twice in Psalm 119 – both in DALETH

B. Our soul sometimes “melts for heaviness” (Psalm 119:28).

1. The Hebrew word describes something being liquefied.

a. Job 16:20 -- My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God.
b. Ecclesiastes 10:18 -- By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.

2. The metaphor obviously describes a total “meltdown.”

a. Used for a nuclear “meltdown” – molecular destruction (see 2 Peter 3:10-12)
b. Used colloquially for a psychological break down.

3. The “meltdown” is because of “heaviness” – sorrow.

a. Proverbs 14:13 -- Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
b. Proverbs 17:21 -- He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow: and the father of a fool hath no joy.

C. Our soul can sometimes be tempted to do wrong.

1. To use the “way of lying” (Psalm 119:29)

a. Psalm 120:2 -- Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
b. Proverbs 12:22 -- Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight.

2. To act in a way that will “put us to shame” (Psalm 119:31)

a. Psalm 71:1 -- In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.
b. Psalm 119:6 -- Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.

IV. The revival from the Word of God is multi-faceted.

A. We can be “quickened” by God’s Word (Psalm 119:25).

1. The Hebrew word has a range of meaning which includes: “to prosper, to sustain life,” or “to nourish” or “to restore to health, to heal, recover.”

2. The emphasis in this context is to “recover” or “to be restored.”

a. Psalm 71:20 -- Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth
b. Psalm 85:6 -- Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
c. Psalm 138:7 -- Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me

3. The specific Hebrew term is used 15 times in Psalm 119.

B. We can be “strengthened” by God’s Word (Psalm 119:28)

1. The Hebrew word describes “standing up” – to “do” some task.

2. The imagery includes the enablement for that “strength.”

a. Psalm 40:2 -- He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings
b. Psalm 113:7 -- He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill
c. Psalm 119:106 -- I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments

C. We can have our heart “enlarged” by God’s Word (Psalm 119:32)

1. The most frequent occurrence of this Hebrew word is in metaphoric phrases involving parts of the body or bodily attributes.

a. It basically means “expanded” or “large.”
b. It is applied metaphorically as “big” in the sense of much room to grow or “plenty” of capability.
c. Psalm 81:10 -- I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide and I will fill it.

2. The use with “heart” usually implies mental and/or emotional strength.

a. 1 Samuel 2:1 -- And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
b. Psalm 4:1 -- Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.

V. The processes by which revival comes to us are described.

A. We must “declare” our ways (Psalm 119:26)

1. The Hebrew word means to “count” or “recount.”

2. The emphasis is on us “listing” our “life habits” – a conscious effort to admit what we are doing (both bad and good).

a. Psalm 51:3 -- For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
b. Psalm 119:59 -- I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.

B. We must “talk” of God’s “wondrous works” (Psalm 119:27)

1. The emphasis on us “rehearsing” God’s awesomeness.

a. Psalm 77:12 -- I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings
b. Psalm 145:11 -- They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power

2. The purpose is to encourage and increase our faith in God.

C. We must “choose” the way of truth (Psalm 119:30)

1. Psalm 43:3 -- O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

2. Psalm 138:2 -- I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

3. Psalm 145:18 -- The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

D. We must “stick” to God’s testimonies (Psalm 119:31)

1. 2 Chronicles 34:31 -- And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book.

E. We must “run” the way of God’s commandments (Psalm 119:32)

1. Proverbs 18:10 -- The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

2. Isaiah 40:31 -- But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint

VI. The requests for revival are obvious.

A. We need the Lord to “teach” us (Psalm 119:26)

1. Psalm 143:10 -- Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God

B. We need help “understanding” God’s Word (Psalm 119:27)

1. Psalm 19:12 -- Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

C. We need God’s help to refrain from untruth (Psalm 119:29)

1. Psalm 119:163 -- I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

D. We need God’s protection from foolish choices (Psalm 119:31)

1. Psalm 69:19 -- Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour

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