Faithful to the Word

“I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.” Psalm 119.30 Growing in faithfulness does not occur by happenstance. God calls believers, predestines us to be adopted as his sons, and gives us a righteousness not our own. None of that is accidental. It all comes about according to the kind intention of God’s will (Eph. 1.3-14). …

God’s Intervention

“Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!” Psalm 119.29 Without God’s intervention, we are without hope. This is true of every aspect of life. If it were not for God’s good providence, we would not take our next breath. In this verse, the psalmist takes that massive truth and applies it to sin. He please for …

Sorrow and Strength

“My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!” Psalm 119.28 In the depths of sorrow, the psalmist cries out to the Lord. We must keep the context in mind here. This cry of sorrow comes on the heels of confessing his ways to the Lord (26) and considering the precepts and works of God (27). Sorrow …

Understanding God’s Word and Works

“Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.” Psalm 119.27 We continue through this section of confession and lament by the psalmist. He’s called out to the Lord for life, though his soul cleaves to the dust. He has confessed his sins and begun to call on the Lord to align his thinking …

Confession and God’s Word

“When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!” Psalm 119.26 Yesterday, we looked at how God gives life according to his Word. In this verse, the psalmist continues that line of thinking, pointing out the close relation of prayer and the study of Scripture. Specifically, he speaks here of confession. If we are to come to …

God’s Life-Giving Word

“My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” Psalm 119.25 As we move into the fourth stanza of this epic psalm, we find the psalmist in anguish. In many ways, this flows understandably out of the previous section, where he reflects on life as an earthly sojourner. Here he laments that his soul clings to dust. …

Delighting in Grace

“Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.” Psalm 119.24 The psalmist, under the inspiration of the Spirit, compounds his praise of God’s Word. He continues to show Scripture’s benefits in the life of one living as a sojourner in this fallen world. This leads him to delight in the testimonies of God. What a blessed reminder this is to us. …

Grace Under Attack

“Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.” Psalm 119.23 The psalmist continues to extol the Word of God by continuing to show its power in the life of believers who wander as strangers in this dark, dying world. In the previous verse, he spoke of how the Word rebukes the insolent, accursed ones. Now he …

Grace for Trials

“Take away from me scorn and contempt, for I have kept your testimonies.” Psalm 119.22 How do you deal with accusations, scorn, and contempt? Here, the psalmist provides us a profound biblical example. His inclination in the face of scorn and contempt is to turn to God. Prayer is his strategy for protecting himself. Prayer must be our first choice in …

Longing for Grace

“You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.” Psalm 119.21 This verse delivers grim and glorious truth. It is glorious, because it extols the virtuous judgement of God. The previous verse featured the psalmist’s longing for the righteous rules (judgements) of God. Here he gives the verdict of God’s righteous judgments. Those who wander from the righteous rules of God …