Godly Training (August 10, 2011)

[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.
(Psalm 119:17-24 ESV)

Time in the Word (18-20)

  1. Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
    1. “Open my eyes” “Not, ‘Give me a plainer Bible’, but ‘Open my eyes to understand the truth that I have in front of me!’”-Charles Bridges.  2 Corinthians 4:4-6.
    2. “Wondrous things” in the law, not wondrous things apart from the Bible, but wondrous things in the Bible. Romans 10:4 (Christ is the end of the law! We have forgiveness in Christ!)
  2. I am a sojourner on the earth; hide not your commandments from me!
    1. “Sojourner” means stranger or uncomfortable alien on the earth. Literally, David is saying that he is getting uncomfortable on this planet because he doesn’t belong here. He doesn’t fit in. 1 Peter 2:11 Sojourners and exiles. Hebrews 11:13-16: “The worldling is at home in the earth. The child of God is a stranger in the earth; heaven is the country of his birth.” –CB.
    2. “Hide not your commandments from me!” He says this with some exclamation because he acknowledges that as a believer in God, if the Scriptures are taken from him, what else does he have?
  3. My soul is consumed with longing for your rules at all times.
    1. “True godliness lies very much in desires.” –CHS. Psalm 42:1.
    2. “At all times”: There is perseverance here in the things of God that we would do well to imitate. Too often, we as Western evangelicals survive until the next conference, the next kit, the next program, the next video series, the next camp, the next promise keepers rally, etc. The reality is that many of us live this “youth camp” Christianity and when we get home we go back to living the same kinds of lives we lived before we went!  I don’t care what the latest kit has in it, nor do I care how effective that kit was in a 5,000 member church in California. It is easier to persevere in godliness when the only thing on your plate is the Bible. I plan on giving you as many tools as I can to help you get into your Bible, but that’s all we’ll be using. The reason that is important to me is because I care how you live your life: Your time in the word is directly related to the way you spend your time in the world.
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