Godly Training (August 12, 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 (21-24) cont…

  1. Even though princes [people of high position] sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
    1. Notice that the plotting of the people in high places is a public, loud thing, whereas meditation is silent and stayed. Acts 16:22-25; John 16:33. Proverbs also says that it is to a man’s glory to overlook an offense. Great. I hate that scripture because I am not very good at overlooking an offense, because I play very good defense. I can defend myself very well, especially when I am right, which is not very often!
    2. Do any of you have situations like this in your lives? Are there those who make life hard on you with their words, whether at work or at home or even in church? Isn’t it hard to respond to difficult people?
  2. Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors.
    1. “They are my counselors”: David says something here that is vital for us to remember: Run to God’s word in a trial, not to a friend’s ear to complain about another person.
    2. God’s word has a message for you in your trials, even with difficult people. Use it, for remember: Your time in the word is directly related to the way you spend your time in the world. And it is a people who spend time in God’s word, learning and growing in it, who can say at the end of the day no matter what pair of shoes they wore, “Thank you for your mercy, Lord. I know I haven’t done everything right today, but by your grace, I am completely yours and through the encouragement of the Scriptures I am more devoted to you than yesterday.” And therein lies the joy.
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