Use the Word

I. The Psalmists speaks of “understanding” 10 times in the Psalm.

A. There are specific prayers for understanding God’s Word.

1. Psalm 119:169 – Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word (the last stanza).

2. Psalm 119:27Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

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

4. Psalm 119:73 – Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

5. Psalm 119:125 – I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

B. There are wonderful results from understanding God’s Word.

1. Psalm 119:99 – I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

2. Psalm 119:100 – I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

3. Psalm 119:104 – Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

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

5. Psalm 119:144 – The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

II. The Psalmist requests “deliverance” – using several different concepts.

A. Psalm 119:170 – Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

1. The Hebrew word (natsal) emphasizes “sudden” rescue

2. Psalm 71:2Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

3. Psalm 31:2 – Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

B. Psalm 119:134Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts.

1. The Hebrew word (padah) emphasizes “ransom” – “redeem”

2. Psalm 49:7 – None of them can by any means redeem brother nor give to God a ransom for him:

3. Psalm 55:18 – He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

C. Psalm 119:153 – Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

1. The Hebrew word is (chalats) with an emphasis on military rescue.

2. Psalm 34:7 – The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

3. Psalm 81:7 – Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah.

D. Psalm 119:154 – Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.

1. The Hebrew word is (ga’al), the term for the Kinsman-Redeemer.

2. Frequently, the word has the sense of “revenge” or “avenge.”

3. Numbers 35:12 – And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

4. Numbers 35:19 – The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.

5. Hosea 13:14 – I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death

6. Psalm 107:2 – Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy

III.        The Psalmist also requests that he be taught the principles of God’s Word.

A. There are many requests to learn the “statutes” (decrees) of God.

1. Psalm 119:12 – Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

2. Psalm 119:26 – I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.

3. Psalm 119:33 – Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

4. Psalm 119:64 – The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

5. Psalm 119:68 – Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.

6. Psalm 119:71 – It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

7. Psalm 119:124 – Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

8. Psalm 119:135 – Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

9. Psalm 119:171 – My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

B. There are requests for the “commandments” and “judgments” of God.

1. Psalm 119:66  -- Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

2. Psalm 119:73 – Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

3. Psalm 119:102 – I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

4. Psalm 119:108Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments.

IV. The Psalmist often qualifies his requests and his praises.

A. There are many requests that are “according to” God’s word or attributes.

1. Psalm 119:169-170 – Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

2. Psalm 119:9 – Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

3. Psalm 119:25 – My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.  Psalm 119:154 -- Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. Psalm 119:156 -- Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments

4. Psalm 119:41 – Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

5. Psalm 119:58 – I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word.

6. Psalm 119:76 – Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

7. Psalm 119:149 – Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment. Psalm 119:159 -- Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness

B. There is praise expressed about God’s Word.

1. Psalm 119:175 – Let my soul live, and it shall praise (give glory) thee; and let thy judgments help me.

2. Psalm 119:7 – I will praise (give thanks) thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.

3. Psalm 119:164 – Seven times a day do I praise (give glory) thee because of thy righteous judgments.

4.Psalm 119:171 – My lips shall utter praise (sing a psalm), when thou hast taught me thy statutes.

C. There is an emotional longing for God’s Word.

1. Psalm 119:20 – My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

2. Psalm 119:40 – Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.

3. Psalm 119:131 – I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

4. Psalm 119:174 – I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.

D. There is delightful enthusiasm for God’s Word.

1. Psalm 119:16 – I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

2. Psalm 119:24 – Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

3. Psalm 119:35 – Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.

4. Psalm 119:47 – And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.

5. Psalm 119:70 – Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

6. Psalm 119:77 – Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

7. Psalm 119:92 – Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

8. Psalm 119:143 – Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.

9. Psalm 119:174 – I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.

V. The Psalmist closes the tribute with promises and prayers.

A. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.

1. Isaiah 26:8 – Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

2. Isaiah 26:9 – With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

3. Isaiah 38:19 – The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.

B. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.

1. Ezekiel 34:6 – My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

2. Ezekiel 34:16 – I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

3. John 10:27 – My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

4. Romans 10:17 – Faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the word of God

1 Corinthians 1:19-24

For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart." (Isaiah 29:14)  Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Series: 
Delight in God's Word
Lesson: 
#22
Book: 
Psalms
Verses: 
119:169-176

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