I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them!—. Let your love dictate how you deal with me; I’m your servant—help me understand what that means. 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. John Piper Jul 6, 1987 19 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God Desiring God. You’re blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. 1-8 You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. they’ve made a shambles of your revelation! it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. But when I see the wicked ignore your directions. Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. 2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. You, GOD, prescribed the right way to live; now you expect us to … but I don’t forget what you have revealed. to keep your promise to set everything right. 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 Eugene H. Peterson by NavPress Publishing. my whole life one long, obedient response. Your promise has been tested through and through. don’t let the godless take advantage of me. That’s right—you don’t go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. I’ll do whatever you say.”I called to you, “Save me    so I can carry out all your instructions.”I was up before sunrise,    crying for help, hoping for a word from you.I stayed awake all night,    prayerfully pondering your promise.In your love, listen to me;    in your justice, God, keep me alive.As those out to get me come closer and closer,    they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal;But you’re the closest of all to me, God,    and all your judgments true.I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words    that you meant them to last forever. You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. as I look for your truth and your wisdom; speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. When I took a long, careful look at your ways. “Salvation” is only gibberish to the wicked. I’m thoroughly committed to living your way. but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. This fourth section of Psalms Devotions continues with Psalm 119. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Which means that the way to succeed in the ultimate goal of life — to live for the glory of God by enjoying him … but I don’t swerve an inch from your course. Psalm 119:47, 48, 113, 127, 163, 165) is characterized as "meditation all the day" (cf. Psalm 119#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 alphab 3 That's right - you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. but I haven’t relaxed my grip on your counsel. My eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise; There’s smoke in my eyes—they burn and water. Even though troubles came down on me hard. TITLE: Psalm 119:1-8 Sermon – … The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out—. For those who love what you reveal, everything fits—. give me back my life, just as you promised. because they’ve never looked it up in your dictionary. Oh, love me—and right now!—hold me tight! Psalm 119:114 You're my place of quiet retreat; I wait for your Word to renew me. This is one of the Psalms of David written as a series of steps using the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. How long till you haul my tormentors into court? Guide me down the road of your commandments; preserve my life through your righteous ways! but the horizons can’t contain your commands! You promised, remember?When I told my story, you responded;    train me well in your deep wisdom.Help me understand these things inside and out    so I can ponder your miracle-wonders.My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn;    build me up again by your Word.Barricade the road that goes Nowhere;    grace me with your clear revelation.I choose the true road to Somewhere,    I post your road signs at every curve and corner.I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me;    God, don’t let me down!I’ll run the course you lay out for me    if you’ll just show me how. crying for help, hoping for a word from you. but I don’t forget what you have revealed. I took one look at the quitters and was filled with loathing; they walked away from your promises so casually! Answer! 145-152 I call out at the top of my lungs,    “God! John 1:14 tells that the word became flesh and became the Word -- Jesus, the Messiah of Israel. 89-96 What you say goes, God,    and stays, as permanent as the heavens.Your truth never goes out of fashion;    it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up.Your Word and truth are dependable as ever;    that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going.If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so,    I would have given up when the hard times came.But I’ll never forget the advice you gave me;    you saved my life with those wise words.Save me! my whole life one long, obedient response. of those committed to living by your rules. I’ll give total allegiance to your definitions of life. so I can always walk with my head held high. 105-112 By your words I can see where I’m going;    they throw a beam of light on my dark path.I’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back    from living by your righteous order.Everything’s falling apart on me, God;    put me together again with your Word.Festoon me with your finest sayings, God;    teach me your holy rules.My life is as close as my own hands,    but I don’t forget what you have revealed.The wicked do their best to throw me off track,    but I don’t swerve an inch from your course.I inherited your book on living; it’s mine forever—    what a gift! Psalm 119 1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. Scripture: Psalm 119:176. They’ve pushed and pushed—they never let up—. Psalm 119:11 tells us one of the keys to not sinning. 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. 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! My sad life’s dilapidated, a falling-down barn; I post your road signs at every curve and corner. The character of Jesus embodied the character of God as revealed from Genesis to Malachi: love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and self … they persistently ignored your commandments. Even though troubles came down on me hard. ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it! 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. but I keep a steady gaze on the instructions you post. I’ve been careful to do just what you said. Help me understand these things inside and out. Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place. Break open your words, let the light shine out. 2 You're blessed when you follow his directions, doing your best to find him. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going. Let your love dictate how you deal with me; I’m your servant—help me understand what that means. but I don’t swerve from the directions you gave. Psalm 119:11. 2 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 … no stumbling around in the dark for them. His love affair was with the Word of God. Psalm 119, verse 9 tells us to take heed according to God's word. but I don’t swerve an inch from your course. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile. I’ve become wiser than the wise old sages, I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil. I got my feet back on the trail you blazed. 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. The arrogant godless try to throw me off track. Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight; Get me on my feet again. Psalm 119 is just about smack dab in the middle of your Bible. Seven times each day I stop and shout praises. By carefully reading the map of your Word. Treasury of Scripture. Steady my steps with your Word of promise, Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women. My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—. Psalm 119:1-8 MSG. 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! Be blessed, GOD; train me in your ways of … As those out to get me come closer and closer. I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart so I won’t sin myself bankrupt. 1. And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me. That's right—you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. 161-168 I’ve been slandered unmercifully by the politicians,    but my awe at your words keeps me stable.I’m ecstatic over what you say,    like one who strikes it rich.I hate lies—can’t stand them!—    but I love what you have revealed.Seven times each day I stop and shout praises    for the way you keep everything running right.For those who love what you reveal, everything fits—    no stumbling around in the dark for them.I wait expectantly for your salvation;    God, I do what you tell me.My soul guards and keeps all your instructions—    oh, how much I love them!I follow your directions, abide by your counsel;    my life’s an open book before you. but I haven’t relaxed my grip on your counsel. 41-48 Let your love, God, shape my life    with salvation, exactly as you promised;Then I’ll be able to stand up to mockery    because I trusted your Word.Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever—    your commandments are what I depend on.Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me,    guard it now, guard it ever;And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces    as I look for your truth and your wisdom;Then I’ll tell the world what I find,    speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed.I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them!—    relishing every fragment of your counsel. Psalm 119:105-112 MSG By your words I can see where I’m going; they throw a beam of light on my dark path. not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. Isaiah 29:18 On that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of the deep darkness the eyes of the blind will see. I’ll give total allegiance to your definitions of life. but I’m only concerned with your plans for me. Psalm 119:129 Wonderful are Your testimonies; therefore I obey them. Psalm 119:9-16 MSG. Just as Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible, two Psalms just before, … Help me understand these things inside and out. I relish everything you’ve told me of life. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG). your testing has taught me what’s true and right. 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. Psalm 119:169 May my cry come before You, O LORD; give me understanding according to Your word. While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me. I’ve become wiser than the wise old sages, I watch my step, avoiding the ditches and ruts of evil. provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word. Psalm 119 in Greek (Septuagint or Vulgate) numbering corresponds to Psalm 120 in Hebrew numbering. they go farther and farther from the truth you reveal; I’ve known all along from the evidence of your words. since I’ve pondered and absorbed your counsel. 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. but my awe at your words keeps me stable. after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life! Being such a long Psalm - and the longest chapter in the Bible - this Psalm has been of some historical note. as I look for your truth and your wisdom; speak out boldly in public, unembarrassed. I’m single-minded in pursuit of you; don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. Psalm 119:113 - I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Psalm 119:134 Redeem me from the oppression of man, that I may keep Your precepts. The Psalmist who wrote Psalm 119 had a love affair. This resolution is found in Psalm 119. your decisions leave me speechless with reverence. But when I see the wicked ignore your directions. Take note of how I love what you tell me; out of your life of love, prolong my life. all the counsel that comes from your mouth; I delight far more in what you tell me about living. I’ve been careful to do just what you said. Each volume is between 500 and 600 pages, with a … ignorant as they are of God and his ways. You promised, remember? Oh, love me—and right now!—hold me tight! 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! so I can carry out all your instructions.”. 137-144 You are right and you do right, God;    your decisions are right on target.You rightly instruct us in how to live    ever faithful to you.My rivals nearly did me in,    they persistently ignored your commandments.Your promise has been tested through and through,    and I, your servant, love it dearly.I’m too young to be important,    but I don’t forget what you tell me.Your righteousness is eternally right,    your revelation is the only truth.Even though troubles came down on me hard,    your commands always gave me delight.The way you tell me to live is always right;    help me understand it so I can live to the fullest. I beg you from the bottom of my heart: smile. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever—. 119 1 You're blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. so I can always walk with my head held high. I love it better than gold and gemstones; Yea-Saying God, I honor everything you tell me. I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel. Steady my steps with your Word of promise, Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women. no stumbling around in the dark for them. 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. How long do I have to put up with all this? since I’ve pondered and absorbed your counsel. By carefully reading the map of your Word. it’s as up-to-date as the earth when the sun comes up. now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you. now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you. I relish everything you’ve told me of life. Take my side as you promised; I’ll live then for sure. relishing every fragment of your counsel. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—. Don’t ever deprive me of truth, not ever—. 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. what you show me of your miracle-wonders. It contains 176 verses. PSALM 119 THE WONDER OF THE WORD Psalm 119 has as its theme “The Word of God.” Some peculiarities about Psalm 119 are: • It is the longest Psalm, having 176 verses; • God is addressed or referred to in every one of the 176 verses; • In every verse of this Psalm (except in 5 verses: 84, 90, 121, 122, 132) the Word of Read verse in The Message Bible Psalm 119:114 (NASB) Psalm 119:165 - Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. I wanted your commands more than anything. I’ll recognize the sound of your voice. I’ve been slandered unmercifully by the politicians. Get me on my feet again. as you always do to those who personally love you. You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by GOD. But I’ll never forget the advice you gave me; I look high and low for your words of wisdom. your testing has taught me what’s true and right. I grasp and cling to whatever you tell me; Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—. those who fear you will take heart and be glad. after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life! Get me on my feet again. Oh, I’ll guard with my life what you’ve revealed to me, And I’ll stride freely through wide open spaces. Follow Desiring God on Facebook. 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. Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight; I’m feeling terrible—I couldn’t feel worse! Psalm 118 Psalm 120 Psalm 119:1-8 The Message (MSG) 119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. I’m a friend and companion of all who fear you. Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. It says, speaking to God, “Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against thee.” The way not to sin is to treasure the word of God in your heart. Because we are reading this Psalm in English, we miss some of the beauty … I took one look at the quitters and was filled with loathing; they walked away from your promises so casually! And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me! I’m thoroughly committed to living your way. 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. Your Word and truth are dependable as ever; that’s what you ordered—you set the earth going. Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well. 153-160 Take a good look at my trouble, and help me—    I haven’t forgotten your revelation.Take my side and get me out of this;    give me back my life, just as you promised.“Salvation” is only gibberish to the wicked    because they’ve never looked it up in your dictionary.Your mercies, God, run into the billions;    following your guidelines, revive me.My antagonists are too many to count,    but I don’t swerve from the directions you gave.I took one look at the quitters and was filled with loathing;    they walked away from your promises so casually!Take note of how I love what you tell me;    out of your life of love, prolong my life.Your words all add up to the sum total: Truth. 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’ve committed myself and I’ll never turn back from living by your righteous order. relishing every fragment of your counsel. 119… but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me. but I don’t swerve from the directions you gave. they persistently ignored your commandments. Guide me down the road of your commandments; preserve my life through your righteous ways! 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3 That's right—you don't go off on your own; you walk straight along the road he set. so I can spend all my time keeping your Word. I wanted your commands more than anything. Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes so I can see what you show me of your miracle-wonders. those who fear you will take heart and be glad. and sing them as I walk this pilgrim way. Where needed, I include verses that the lectionary skipped. But writing … Jul 6, 1987. so I can carry out all your instructions.”. You’re blessed when you follow his directions. 169-176 Let my cry come right into your presence, God;    provide me with the insight that comes only from your Word.Give my request your personal attention,    rescue me on the terms of your promise.Let praise cascade off my lips;    after all, you’ve taught me the truth about life!And let your promises ring from my tongue;    every order you’ve given is right.Put your hand out and steady me    since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel.I’m homesick, God, for your salvation;    I love it when you show yourself!Invigorate my soul so I can praise you well,    use your decrees to put iron in my soul.And should I wander off like a lost sheep—seek me! 17-24 Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life;    not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road.Open my eyes so I can see    what you show me of your miracle-wonders.I’m a stranger in these parts;    give me clear directions.My soul is starved and hungry, ravenous!—    insatiable for your nourishing commands.And those who think they know so much,    ignoring everything you tell them—let them have it!Don’t let them mock and humiliate me;    I’ve been careful to do just what you said.While bad neighbors maliciously gossip about me,    I’m absorbed in pondering your wise counsel.Yes, your sayings on life are what give me delight;    I listen to them as to good neighbors! I would have given up when the hard times came. And let your promises ring from my tongue; since I’ve chosen to live by your counsel. for the way you keep everything running right. The Message; Psalm 119 Psalm 119. For those who love what you reveal, everything fits—. MSG Psalm 119 1-8 You’re blessed when you stay on course, walking steadily on the road revealed by God. don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted. 5 Oh, that … of those committed to living by your rules. don’t let the godless take advantage of me. As those out to get me come closer and closer. Your promise has been tested through and through. Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the whole Bible. Psalm 117 Psalm 119 Psalm 118 The Message (MSG) 118 1-4 Thank God because he’s good, because his love never quits. By carefully reading the map of your Word.I’m single-minded in pursuit of you;    don’t let me miss the road signs you’ve posted.I’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart    so I won’t sin myself bankrupt.Be blessed, God;    train me in your ways of wise living.I’ll transfer to my lips    all the counsel that comes from your mouth;I delight far more in what you tell me about living    than in gathering a pile of riches.I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you,    I attentively watch how you’ve done it.I relish everything you’ve told me of life,    I won’t forget a word of it. When I took a long, careful look at your ways. for the way you keep everything running right. If your revelation hadn’t delighted me so. 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’ve banked your promises in the vault of my heart. My eyes grow heavy watching for some sign of your promise; There’s smoke in my eyes—they burn and water. SUBJECT: Passage Study. Psalm 119:163 - I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Micah 7:9 Because I have sinned against Him, I must endure the rage of the LORD, until He argues my case and executes justice … The commandment is a lamp kept burning with the oil of the Spirit, as a light to direct us in the choice of our way, and the steps we take in … because they’ve never looked it up in your dictionary. Be generous with me and I’ll live a full life; not for a minute will I take my eyes off your road. How can a young person live a clean life? I cherish your commandments—oh, how I love them!—. The wicked hemmed me in—there was no way out—. Sunday Evening Message. The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest. 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