This week message was about ‘Obey’ and recently I have read a scripture from Psalms 119 and it is the longest chapter in the bible. God values His children so much and delights of those who obey in His laws and those who obey will receive His blessing.
Well, here I would like to share some of my small little convictions from these verses below. May this Psalms be our prayer and shared the same grace and convictions from King David.
1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the LORD.
2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
3 they do no wrong
but follow his ways.
4 You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
6 Then I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
The pardoning mercy of God in Christ, is the only source of a sinner’s happiness. One who depend on God’s promises and obey His words is the most happy person because simply believe it, his ways are blameless and receive a real joy that is free from sin.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
May God continue to open our eyes to see the unsearchable riches of Christ in His commandments to become my delight and my counselors.
28 My soul is weary with sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
29 Keep me from deceitful ways;
be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws.
31 I hold fast to your statutes, LORD;
do not let me be put to shame.
32 I run in the path of your commands,
for you have broadened my understanding.
Sometime we have burdened, we cannot enjoy the peace and joy in our hearts because of carnal affections in our hearts and being accused by Satan. It is only through understand God’s statutes and willing to walk in His way, our spirit will melts into the need of Christ, willing to pour out our soul before God.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
so that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
In your righteousness preserve my life.
There are many selfishness in me, sometime my eyes just turn to the earthly things, but God’s spirit is within me, though there is struggling between the two laws, only the cross of Jesus Christ with abundant grace and promises reminds me that His laws is full of wisdom, love, protection, pure, sweetness and finally victory.
75 I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76 May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
77 Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
The mercies of God are tender mercies, just like the compassion of a Father to her son. Therefore, we ought to continue seek God, by His Holy Spirit, to give us understand of His unfailing love and mercy for us so when we face any affliction, we will know see His faithfulness.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
teach me your decrees.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted
so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
but I have put my hope in your word.
82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise;
I say, “When will you comfort me?”
84 How long must your servant wait?
When will you punish my persecutors?
85 The arrogant dig pits to trap me,
contrary to your law.
88 In your unfailing love preserve my life,
that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
95 The wicked are waiting to destroy me,
but I will ponder your statutes.
96 To all perfection I see a limit,
but your commands are boundless.
When problems come, some believers will ask why God give me this problem, why He didn’t bless me, why it doesn’t turn out to be a blessing or when will you stop Satan… There are so many doubts and I have ever questions God before, but in verse 68 said that “God is good, and what He do is good.” God has allowed problems to come because He wants me to see and experience every goodness in Jesus Christ; His love, mercy, faithfulness, hope… And only through affliction can learn to see His decrees is so precious that overwhelm all problems, and only obey His words can truly preserve my life. I love verse 96 said “to all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. “
98 Your commands are always with me
and make me wiser than my enemies.
99 I have more insight than all my teachers,
for I meditate on your statutes.
100 I have more understanding than the elders,
for I obey your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet from every evil path
so that I might obey your word.
102 I have not departed from your laws,
for you yourself have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 I gain understanding from your precepts;
therefore I hate every wrong path.
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
that I will follow your righteous laws.
Through meditation and confirmation in His words, true wisdom will come from God that gives me the understanding of the Holy Spirit, to keep me away from sins. and guide me like a lamp on my feet.
114 You are my refuge and my shield;
I have put my hope in your word.
115 Away from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commands of my God!
116 Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live;
do not let my hopes be dashed.
117 Uphold me, and I will be delivered;
I will always have regard for your decrees.
120 My flesh trembles in fear of you;
I stand in awe of your laws.
By the promises of God who gave us hopes, our hearts will more willing to obey and the more we will be watchful, lest we let our thoughts drawn to the devil plans.
141 Though I am lowly and despised,
I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
and your law is true.
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
but your commands give me delight.
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
give me understanding that I may live.
When we feel small and despised, the more we need God’s precepts because only His words can give us delights of His everlasting promises.
153 Look on my suffering and deliver me,
for I have not forgotten your law.
154 Defend my cause and redeem me;
preserve my life according to your promise.
156 Your compassion, LORD, is great;
preserve my life according to your laws.
The closer we cleave to the word of God, the more assurance we have of deliverance.
162 I rejoice in your promise
like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and detest falsehood
but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous laws.
165 Great peace have those who love your law,
and nothing can make them stumble.
168 I obey your precepts and your statutes,
for all my ways are known to you.
I like the verse 162, “rejoice in Your promise, like one who finds great spoil. “ –> I feel so loved!
And through loving God’s word will receive great peace and also the only way to subdue our carnal affections.
169 May my cry come before you, LORD;
give me understanding according to your word.
170 May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.
171 May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
173 May your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
174 I long for your salvation, LORD,
and your law gives me delight.
175 Let me live that I may praise you,
and may your laws sustain me.
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep.
Seek your servant,
for I have not forgotten your commands.
Looking back the shame I have done but also feel with gratitude. So I am learning to praise and give thanks to God everyday as His words have every good purpose in my life. May I also learn to always look up to God and willing to obey His words even I have many weaknesses.
Sharing of this song from Don Moen. May the word of God be unto you and to the people you loved.
Be It Unto Me Lyrics
Chorus:Be it unto me According to your Word According to your promises I can stand secure Carve upon my heart The truth that sets me free According to your Word O Lord Be it unto me
You promised your word will deliver Lord, we believe it's true You promised us joy like a river Lord we receive it from you These things you have spoken And you're bringing to pass This world's disappearing But your word will last
You promised to carry our sorrows Lord, we believe it's true You promised unending tomorrows Lord we receive them from you These things you have spoken And you're bringing to pass This world's disappearing But your word will last