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The Word of God

 

Psalm 119:1-18, 89-105, 129-140

 

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INTRODUCTION:  Psalm 119 is the longest psalm and the longest chapter in the Bible. It contains 176 verses. That is eight verses for every one of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Many Bible have the Hebrew letters at the beginning of each section of eight verses. The central theme of this psalm is the word of God. At least 173 of the 176 verses mention the Bible by some title or another. Common synonyms for the Bible in the psalm include law, testimonies, ways, precepts, statutes, commandments, judgments, and word (these can all be found in the first nine verse of the psalm).

 

The evidence for the number twenty-two is not absolute, but there is significant evidence that it refers to the scriptures. The golden candlestick had a design which gave it 22 bowls with knops and flowers (Ex.25:31-34). The word of God is our lamp (Ps.119:105). The Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters. The most common length of chapter in the Bible has 22 verses. The longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119, has 176 verses which is 22 times 8.  It is about the word of God.

 

The psalm does not divide up into sub-themes easily. Its theme is the word of God and every verse points to that word in some way. Sometimes, several verses in a row point to a common topic. At other times, the sub-topics change with each verse. But this is a beautiful psalm that continually points people back to the word of God and its power in our lives. There are also numerous key verses that establish important doctrines about Godís word.

 

 

I.                     WALKING IN THE WORD (119:1-8)

 

A.      The Blessing of Walking in Godís Word (119:1-2)

 

B.      The Obedience of Walking in Godís Word (119:3-4)

 

C.      The Struggle of Walking in Godís Word (119:5-6)

 

D.      The Benefits of Walking in Godís Word (119:7-8)

 

1.       The praise of the Lord

2.       The presence of the Lord

 

 

II.                   CLEANSED BY THE WORD (119:9-13)

 

A.      Cleansing the Way of the Young Man (119:9)

 

B.      Cleansing Those Who Seek with the Whole Heart (119:10)

 

C.      Cleansing through the Hiding of Godís Word in the Heart (119:11) Ė Note: God desires for us to memorize portions of His word and hide them in our hearts (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Job 22:22; Proverbs 7:1-3).

 

D.      Cleansing So That Godís Word Might Be Proclaimed (119:12-13)

 

III.                  REJOICING IN THE WORD (119:14-18)

 

A.      Rejoicing in the Riches of Godís Word (119:14)

 

B.      Rejoicing in the Teaching of Godís Word (119:15-16)

 

1.       Meditation (v.15; Psalm 1:2)

a.      Through meditation we digest the truths of God.  This increases our understanding of Godís way and leads us to the path of wisdom. (Psalm 49:3; 119:98)

b.      Through meditation we apply the teachings of scripture to our heart and life.  We are changed to our profit. (Joshua 1:8; 1Timothy 4:15)

c.      Through meditation we are kept from sin and are brought into a position of holiness with God. (Psalm 1:1; 19:13-14)

d.      Through meditation our work for the Lord will be prosperous and we will accomplish that which He pleases. (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2-3)

e.      Meditation works as an aid to our prayer life. (Psalm 5:1-2)

f.        Meditation on the things of God strengthens us when we are being attacked by the ungodly. (Psalm 119:23, 78)

g.      Through meditation God gives us peace and joy and conquers the melancholy spirit. (Psalm 63:5; 104:33)

2.       Delight (v.16; Jeremiah 15:16)

 

C.      Rejoicing in the Keeping of Godís Word (119:17)

 

D.      Rejoicing in the unfolding of Godís Word (119:18) Ė Note: this verse is a wonderful prayer with which to begin any study of the Bible.

 

IV.                EXALTATION OF THE WORD (119:89-96)

 

A.      Exalted by Its Place in Heaven (119:89) 0 the eternity of Godís word

 

B.      Exalted by the Faithfulness of God (119:90-91)

 

C.      Exalted by Its Power in Times of Affliction (119:92-95)

 

D.      Exalted by the Broadness of Its Truth (119:96)

 

V.                  LEARNING FROM THE WORD (119:97-105)

 

A.      Learning Through Daily Meditation (119:97)

 

B.      Learning Beyond All Other Learning (119:98-100)

 

1.       Wiser than his enemies (v.98)

2.       Wiser than his teachers (v.99)

3.       Wiser than the ancients (v.100)

 

C.      Learning That Remains in the Learner (119:101-102)

 

D.      Learning That is Sweet to the Soul (119:103)

 

E.      Learning That Turns the Soul From Falsehood (119:104)

 

F.      Learning That Lightens the Way (119:105)

 

VI.                LED BY THE WORD (119:129-136)

 

A.      Led by the Light of the Word (119:129-130)

 

B.      Led by the Love of the Word (119:131-132)

 

C.      Led by the Teaching of the Word (119:133-135)

 

D.      Led by the Shunning of the Unrighteous (119:136)

 

VII.               PURIFIED BY THE WORD (119:137-140)

 

A.      Pure Words from a Pure God (119:137-138)

 

B.      Pure Words Rejected by Men (119:139)

 

C.      Pure Words Loved by Godís Servant (119:140)

 

CONCLUSION:  Do you believe in the words of God? Do you read them? Study them? Meditate upon them? Memorize them? Do you make them a part of you? This is the path to full blessing for the believer. See Joshua 1:8.

 

 

MEMORY VERSES: Psalm 119:1, 9, 11, 18, 89, 96, 97, 103, 105, 130, 133, 140

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