This Psalm is focused on praising God for the Bible. I’ll give total allegiance to your definitions of life. His love affair was with the Word of God. so I can carry out all your instructions.”. Open you my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law. 9-16 How can a young person live a clean life? The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest. You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. I would have given up when the hard times came. The arrogant godless try to throw me off track. but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post. I wanted your commands more than anything. 113-120 I hate the two-faced,    but I love your clear-cut revelation.You’re my place of quiet retreat;    I wait for your Word to renew me.Get out of my life, evildoers,    so I can keep my God’s commands.Take my side as you promised; I’ll live then for sure. of those committed to living by your rules. your testing has taught me what’s true and right. Help me understand these things inside and out. And let me live whole and holy, soul and body. 119:97 "O how I love Your law" In many ways Psalms 19 and 119 are the theological opposite of the historical books' and prophetic books' presentation of how Israel acted towards God's revelation. don’t let the godless take advantage of me. Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; I’ve even become smarter than my teachers. Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight; Get me on my feet again. Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well. He testifies of God's worksâ his wondrous worksâ Christ's work for us; the Holy Spirit's work in us. but I don’t swerve an inch from your course. For those who love what you reveal, everything fits—. Psalm 119:11 tells us one of the keys to not sinning. Your righteous decisions are eternal. but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 had a love affair. what you show me of your miracle-wonders. And let your promises ring from my tongue; since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel. but I don’t swerve from the directions you gave. Psalm 119:1-8 Sermon – Sermon outline by Kevin Cauley on the message of Psalm 119:1-8 and its directives regarding godly conduct, commands to live right, and the commitment to walk in the right way. ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it! not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. I’ve been careful to do just what you said. 4 You, God, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to live it. You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. How long till you haul my tormentors into court? The Message; Psalm 119 Psalm 119. How can a young person live a clean life? There have been many lengthy works written on this Psalm; one of them is by Thomas Manton, a Puritan preacher and writer, who wrote a three-volume work on Psalm 119. It is a beautiful Psalm. It encourages us through every generation to stay close and focused on His Word no matter what swirls around us in this world. 119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. but my awe at your words keeps me stable. 49-56 Remember what you said to me, your servant—    I hang on to these words for dear life!These words hold me up in bad times;    yes, your promises rejuvenate me.The insolent ridicule me without mercy,    but I don’t budge from your revelation.I watch for your ancient landmark words,    and know I’m on the right track.But when I see the wicked ignore your directions,    I’m beside myself with anger.I set your instructions to music    and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way.I meditate on your name all night, God,    treasuring your revelation, O God.Still, I walk through a rain of derision    because I live by your Word and counsel. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart. I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. I would have given up when the hard times came. they forced me to learn from your textbook. they forced me to learn from your textbook. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever—. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going. 65-72 Be good to your servant, God;    be as good as your Word.Train me in good common sense;    I’m thoroughly committed to living your way.Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place,    but now I’m in step with your Word.You are good, and the source of good;    train me in your goodness.The godless spread lies about me,    but I focus my attention on what you are saying;They’re bland as a bucket of lard,    while I dance to the tune of your revelation.My troubles turned out all for the best—    they forced me to learn from your textbook.Truth from your mouth means more to me    than striking it rich in a gold mine. after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life! This fourth section of Psalms Devotions continues with Psalm 119. 57-64 Because you have satisfied me, God, I promise    to do everything you say.I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile,    be gracious to me just as you promised.When I took a long, careful look at your ways,    I got my feet back on the trail you blazed.I was up at once, didn’t drag my feet,    was quick to follow your orders.The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out—    but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me.I get up in the middle of the night to thank you;    your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning!I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you,    of those committed to living by your rules.Your love, God, fills the earth! The wicked do their best to throw me off track. Which means that the way to succeed in the ultimate goal of life — to live for the glory of God by enjoying him … The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out—. When I took a long, careful look at your ways. don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. And let your promises ring from my tongue; since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel. Because we are reading this Psalm in English, we miss some of the beauty … My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—. 2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest. You’re blessed when you follow his directions. How long do I have to put up with all this? I get up in the middle of the night to thank you; your decisions are so right, so true—I can’t wait till morning! The wonderful character of these works of God, a wide field for devout study. as you always do to those who personally love you. give me back my life, just as you promised. now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you. It contains 176 verses. The wicked do their best to throw me off track. it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. By carefully reading the map of your Word. to keep your promise to set everything right. You’re blessed when you follow his directions. They’ve pushed and pushed—they never let up—. I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you. 73-80 With your very own hands you formed me;    now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you.When they see me waiting, expecting your Word,    those who fear you will take heart and be glad.I can see now, God, that your decisions are right;    your testing has taught me what’s true and right.Oh, love me—and right now!—hold me tight! 129-136 Every word you give me is a miracle word—    how could I help but obey?Break open your words, let the light shine out,    let ordinary people see the meaning.Mouth open and panting,    I wanted your commands more than anything.Turn my way, look kindly on me,    as you always do to those who personally love you.Steady my steps with your Word of promise    so nothing malign gets the better of me.Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women    so I can live life your way.Smile on me, your servant;    teach me the right way to live.I cry rivers of tears    because nobody’s living by your book! When they see me waiting, expecting your Word. 3 That's right - you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. Even though troubles came down on me hard. I’ve become wiser than the wise old sages, I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life! I relish everything you’ve told me of life. Now comfort me so I can live, really live; Let the fast-talking tricksters be exposed as frauds; but I kept my mind fixed on your counsel. That's right—you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back. so I can always walk with my head held high. crying for help, hoping for a word from you. How long till you haul my tormentors into court? Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order. 1. because they’ve never looked it up in your dictionary. for the way you keep everything running right. Get me on my feet again. Even though troubles came down on me hard. 33-40 God, teach me lessons for living    so I can stay the course.Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—    my whole life one long, obedient response.Guide me down the road of your commandments;    I love traveling this freeway!Give me a bent for your words of wisdom,    and not for piling up loot.Divert my eyes from toys and trinkets,    invigorate me on the pilgrim way.Affirm your promises to me—    promises made to all who fear you.Deflect the harsh words of my critics—    but what you say is always so good.See how hungry I am for your counsel;    preserve my life through your righteous ways! I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile. don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal; I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words. 145-152 I call out at the top of my lungs,    “God! no stumbling around in the dark for them. Take note of how I love what you tell me; out of your life of love, prolong my life. Psalm 119:134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts. Psalm 119, verse 9 tells us to take heed according to God's word. I’m thoroughly committed to living your way. I never make detours from the route you laid out; With your instruction, I understand life; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. Break open your words, let the light shine out. don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors. By carefully reading the map of your Word. Guide me down the road of your commandments; preserve my life through your righteous ways! I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. those who fear you will take heart and be glad. 119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. but I haven’t relaxed my grip on your counsel. ignorant as they are of God and his ways. But writing … Your promise has been tested through and through. When they see me waiting, expecting your Word. You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever—, I concentrate on doing exactly what you say—. 121-128 I stood up for justice and the right;    don’t leave me to the mercy of my oppressors.Take the side of your servant, good God;    don’t let the godless take advantage of me.I can’t keep my eyes open any longer, waiting for you    to keep your promise to set everything right.Let your love dictate how you deal with me;    teach me from your textbook on life.I’m your servant—help me understand what that means,    the inner meaning of your instructions.It’s time to act, God;    they’ve made a shambles of your revelation!Yea-Saying God, I love what you command,    I love it better than gold and gemstones;Yea-Saying God, I honor everything you tell me,    I despise every deceitful detour. This resolution is found in Psalm 119. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the, NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Bonded Leather, Black, Large Print, The Message Gift and Award Bible, Softcover, Black, The Message Compact Bible, Teal and Brown Python, The Message Outreach Edition, Large-Print, softcover, The Message, Large Print, Brown Trio Leather-Look. But when I see the wicked ignore your directions. 119:105-112 The word of God directs us in our work and way, and a dark place indeed the world would be without it. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces. Being such a long Psalm - and the longest chapter in the Bible - this Psalm has been of some historical note. If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so. 2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. When I took a long, careful look at your ways. they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal; I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words, Take a good look at my trouble, and help me—. How can a young person live a clean life? but I focus my attention on what you are saying; while I dance to the tune of your revelation. “Salvation” is only gibberish to the wicked. give me back my life, just as you promised. The format of Psalm 119 is an alphabetic acrostic, meaning that the first letters of each line in Hebrew follow through the alphabet, 8 lines per letter, thus 8 lines x 22 letters in Hebrew = 176 lines. Your commands give me an edge on my enemies; I’ve even become smarter than my teachers. 2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— But when I see the wicked ignore your directions. Steady my steps with your Word of promise, Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women. I’m all yours. relishing every fragment of your counsel. Psalm 119:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet; moreover, the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. Help!They’ve pushed and pushed—they never let up—    but I haven’t relaxed my grip on your counsel.In your great love revive me    so I can alertly obey your every word. Psalm 119:169 May my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your word. 119… and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way. While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me. They’ve pushed and pushed—they never let up—. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; I thank you for speaking straight from your heart; I learn the pattern of your righteous ways. Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. Guide me down the road of your commandments; preserve my life through your righteous ways! your decisions leave me speechless with reverence. Psalm 119 1 You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. Psalm 119:129 Wonderful are Your testimonies; therefore I obey them. those who fear you will take heart and be glad. 119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course,    walking steadily on the road revealed by God.You’re blessed when you follow his directions,    doing your best to find him.That’s right—you don’t go off on your own;    you walk straight along the road he set.You, God, prescribed the right way to live;    now you expect us to live it.Oh, that my steps might be steady,    keeping to the course you set;Then I’d never have any regrets    in comparing my life with your counsel.I thank you for speaking straight from your heart;    I learn the pattern of your righteous ways.I’m going to do what you tell me to do;    don’t ever walk off and leave me. but I’m only concerned with your plans for me. If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so. Seven times each day I stop and shout praises. 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