Sermon preached on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Grace Baptist Church of Wilmington during the morning worship service based on Psalm 119:17-24.
Take your Bible if you will and open it to the one hundredth nineteen chapter of the book of Psalms, verses 17 to 24.
I invite you stand in the reading of God’s Word. Read Psalm 119:17-24.
Psalm 119 as you know is the longest chapter in the Bible with 176 verses. They were written with beauty and poetry.
There are 22 letters in the Hebrew Alphabet. Under these letters, we find eight on-line verses, each beginning with the Hebrew letter that corresponds to its heading.
The Lord (Yahweh) is mentioned 22x in this Psalm and there are several synonyms given for Scripture.
Scripture is call the Law, the Word, the Testimony, the Precepts, the Statutes, the Commandments, the Judgments.
The reality is that too much cannot be said for the Word of God and the man of God never tires of extolling the Word.
Here is a man of God who delights in the Word of God. This is about affection for the Word.
I believe affection for the Word of God grows in the greatest moments of affliction.
Where else can you turn for comfort and guidance? When you feel the weakest, subdued by the trials that come from living in obedience to God?
Where do you turn to for solace?
It’s at these moments that we are asking God, “Please show me what to do. What is the next step? What do you want me to do, oh God?”
We turn to God and to His precious Word.
This is exactly what the psalmist does.
Here is a man who is devoted to live by the Word. But as he does, he faces great opposition.
We find both persecution and prosecution in this Psalm.
My prayer is that you will be motivated to be a student of God’s Word with greater love and affection.
Living by the Word is not easy task but the psalmist provides six reminders as to what it will take for a child of God to be Living by the Word amid Tribulation...
1. CALLS FOR MEDIATION (VV. 17-18)
2. KNOWS ALIENATION (V. 19)
3. PROMPTS INCLINATION (V. 20)
4. AWAITS INTERVENTION (V. 21)
5. DEALS WITH ACCUSATION (V. 22)
6. ENGENDERS DETERMINATION (VV. 23-24)
17 Deal bountifully with your servant,
that I may live and keep your word.
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
19 I am a sojourner on the earth;
hide not your commandments from me!
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your rules at all times.
21 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,
who wander from your commandments.
22 Take away from me scorn and contempt,
for I have kept your testimonies.
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me,
your servant will meditate on your statutes.
24 Your testimonies are my delight;
they are my counselors. (ESV)
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