Psalm 119 | Loving What God Says


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Fearing God and loving what God says go together. Having a deep awe and reverence for God means we have a deep awe and reverence for His Word. Do you love God’s words, statutes, laws, and commands? Psalm 119 is written by a psalmist who does.

A Fear and Love for God’s Words

 

Jesus and Me in the Psalms / Word of God; Commandment; Statute; Law; Precept; Testimony / Psalm 119

John Cole

 

SCRIPTURE:

Psalm 119:1–11 KJV

1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, And that seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: They walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us To keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed To keep thy statutes! 6 Then shall I not be ashamed, When I have respect unto all thy commandments. 7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, When I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. 8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. 9 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.

 

Eight Hebrew Words for God’s Covenant Revelation:

1. Law, torah: instruction

2. Testimonies, ‘edot: what God solemnly testifies to be His will

3. Precepts, piqqudim: what God has appointed to be done

4. Statutes, khuqqim: what the divine Lawgiver has laid down

5. Commandments, mitswot: what God has commanded

6. Judgments: mishpatim: what the divine Judge has ruled to be right

7. Word, dabar: what God has spoken

8. Word, ‘imrah: the words of God

 

Over and over again, the psalmist writes of his love for God’s words.

 

It is said in many different ways:

I seek them

I choose them

I follow them

I desire them

 

I want you to see some of the verses where the writer specifically says he loves God’s words.

 

Psalm 119:47 KJV

47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, Which I have loved.

Psalm 119:48 KJV

48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; And I will meditate in thy statutes.

Psalm 119:97 KJV

97 MEM. O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.

Psalm 119:113 KJV

113 SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts: But thy law do I love.

Psalm 119:119 KJV

119 Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: Therefore I love thy testimonies.

Psalm 119:127 KJV

127 Therefore I love thy commandments Above gold; yea, above fine gold.

Psalm 119:159 KJV

159 Consider how I love thy precepts: Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.

Psalm 119:163 KJV

163 I hate and abhor lying: But thy law do I love.

Psalm 119:165 KJV

165 Great peace have they which love thy law: And nothing shall offend them.

Psalm 119:167 KJV

167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; And I love them exceedingly.

 

What kind of person would love God’s words?

 

I want to refer us back to Psalm 111 and Psalm 112.

 

Psalm 111:10–112:1 KJV

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: A good understanding have all they that do his commandments: His praise endureth for ever. 1 Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, That delighteth greatly in his commandments.

 

Notice the righteous person described in Psalm 112 both feared God and delighted greatly in God’s commandments.

 

Fearing God and loving what God says go together:

 

Psalm 119:38 KJV

38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, Who is devoted to thy fear.

Psalm 119:63 KJV

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, And of them that keep thy precepts.

Psalm 119:74 KJV

74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; Because I have hoped in thy word.

Psalm 119:79 KJV

79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, And those that have known thy testimonies.

Psalm 119:120 KJV

120 My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; And I am afraid of thy judgments.

 

Having a deep awe and reverence for God means we have a deep awe and reverence for what He says.

 

10,000 Sermon Illustrations George Mueller Read The Bible 100 Times

Is reading the Bible a necessary part of your day or does it have a low priority in your life? George Mueller, after having read the Bible through one hundred times with increasing delight, made this statement: “I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God. Friends often say, ‘I have so much to do, so many people to see, I cannot find time for Scripture study.’ Perhaps there are not many who have more to do than I. For more than half a century I have never known one day when I had not more business than I could get through. For 4 years I have had annually about 30,000 letters, and most of these have passed through my own hands. “Then, as pastor of a church with 1,200 believers, great has been by care. Besides, I have had charge of five immense orphanages; also, at my publishing depot, the printing and circulating of millions of tracts, books, and Bibles; but I have always made it a rule never to begin work until I have had a good season with God and His Word. The blessing I have received has been wonderful.”

 

Psalm 119 is packed full of ways God’s Word is worthy of our love.

 

Let me encourage you to read it this week and see what value you can find about God’s words to us.



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