Understanding Through the Word

I. The stanza emphasizes our clear understanding of God’s Word.

A. This is one of the three stanzas that uses all eight of the Hebrew words.

1. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter that focuses on God’s word.

2. Psalm 119 is built around eight key terms that describe the various ways that God has communicated His will and revelation to us.

3. Psalm 119:73-80 uses all eight of these terms, reinforcing the need for us to seek to understand what God has revealed.

B. This stanza opens with an emphasis on three crucial concepts.

1. The Creation is primary in our faith and understanding.

2. The Fear of the Lord is necessary for our relationships.

3. The Confidence that we gain in God’s word is important for effectiveness.

C. This Psalmist makes two major promises to God

1. He will “delight” in the Word of God.

2. He will “meditate” in the Word of God.

D. This Psalmist makes several requests for life assistance in his ministry.

1. He asks for understanding (119:73)

2. He asks for comfort (119:76)

3. He asks for long life (119:77)

4. He asks for exposure of those who attack him (119:78)

5. He asks for the return of godly associates (119:79)

6. He asks for a “healthy” heart based on the statutes (119:80)

7. He asks these several requests to prevent his being ashamed (119:80)

II.         The Psalmist gives an emphasis on three crucial concepts.

A. Creation is primary in our faith and understanding (119:73).

1. Creation is the first focus of saving faith (Hebrews 11:3)

a. Faith is absolutely necessary for salvation.
1) It comes from God Himself as a gift (Ephesians 2:8)
2) It comes through the Word of God (Romans 10:17)
b. Faith must first focus on the existence of God (Hebrews 11:6)
1) That initially comes from the creation itself (Romans 1:20)
2) That creation continues to “speak” (Psalm 19:1-4)

2. Creation is a vital part of the Gospel (Revelation 14:6)

a. The CENTRAL reference is 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
1) It is the DEFFINITION passage for the Gospel: the death, physical burial, and bodily resurrection
2) It is to be “received” and “believed” by faith, once for all
3) It is the means by which we are “saved” continually and forever
4) It is the fact upon which we firmly “stand”
5) It is emphatically to be defined, understood and preached “according to the Scriptures.”
b. The FIRST OCCURANCE is in Matthew 4:23
1) It is “preaching the gospel of the kingdom.”
2) It is vital to stress the FINAL CONSUMMATION when Christ will finally be acknowledged by every creation to be: “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:7)
c. The LAST OCCURANCE is in Revelation 14:6
1) It is “the everlasting gospel” and must be preached to all nations
2) It insists that we “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

3. Creation speaks to Who the Lord Jesus is.

a. As Creator Jesus has the ability to save us.
b. As Creator Jesus has the knowledge to save us.
c. As Creator Jesus has the right to save us.

4. Creation–Conservation–Consummation: Past–Present–Future

a. Neglect the creation – there is no foundation or ability
b. Neglect the Cross – there is no efficacy or authority
c. Neglect the coming Kingdom – there is no hope or joy

B. The Fear of the Lord is basic to spiritual and practical benefits (119:74).

1. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge -- Proverbs 1:7 

2. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate -- Proverbs 8:13 

3. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding -- Proverbs 9:10 

4. The fear of the LORD prolongeth days -- Proverbs 10:27 

5. In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge -- Proverbs 14:26 

6. The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death -- Proverbs 14:27 

7. Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith -- Proverbs 15:16 

8. By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil -- Proverbs 16:6 

9. The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil -- Proverbs 19:23 

10. By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life -- Proverbs 22:4

C. The Confidence in the Word of God brings and builds strength (119:75).

1. Psalm 118:6-9 -- The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? The LORD taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.

2. Isaiah 30:15 -- For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength

3. Acts 28:30-31 -- And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

4. Hebrews 10:35-36 -- Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

5. 1 John 2:28 -- And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

6. 1 John 3:21 -- Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

7. 1 John 5:14 -- And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

III. This Psalmist makes two major promises to God.

A. He will “delight” in the Word of God (119:77)

1. The Hebrew, sha‘shua, is shaded somewhat differently than sha,a, used in Psalm 119:47 and 119:70.

2. Sha,a, emphasises physical joy, while sha‘shua emphasises “excitement” (as at a sporting event).

3. This “excitement” is mentioned most in Psalm 119

a. Psalm 119:24 -- Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
b. Psalm 119:77 -- Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight
c. Psalm 119:92 -- Unless thy law had been my delights I should then have perished in mine affliction.
d. Psalm 119:143 -- Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights
e. Psalm 119:174 -- I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight

B. He will “meditate” in the Word of God (119:78)

1. The Hebrew, siyach, emphasises to “ponder” or “muse.”

2. Psalm 77:3 -- I remembered God, and was troubled: I complained and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah.

3. Psalm 77:6 -- I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

4. Psalm 77:12 -- I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

IV. The Psalmist begs God for some specific help in his life.

A. He asks for understanding (119:73)

1. Understanding finds its foundation in the creation power of God.

2. Psalm 119:130 -- The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

B. He asks for comfort (119:76)

1. Comfort comes with obedience and with sufficient help when needed.

2. Psalm 71:21 -- Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.

C. He asks for long life (119:77)

1. Life is God’s gift.  Long life is granted as we keep and obey God’s Word.

2. Psalm 41:2 -- The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.

D. He asks for exposure of those who attack him (119:78)

1. The opposition will come if we are engaged in godly witness.

2. Psalm 86:14 -- O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them

E. He asks for the return of godly associates (119:79)

1. Godly friends are a precious resource.  Never take them for granted.

2. Psalm 35:27 -- Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

F. He asks for a “healthy” heart based on the statutes (119:80)

1. Whole and healthy means pure and stable in righteousness.

2. Psalm 119:1 -- Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

G. He asks these several requests to prevent his being ashamed (119:80)

1. He is looking forward to his own judgment before the Lord.

2. 1 John 2:28 -- And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

Series: 
Delight in God's Word
Lesson: 
#10
Book: 
Psalms
Verses: 
119:73-80

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