Word-Minded People (September 15, 2011)

[33] Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes; and I will keep it to the end.
[34] Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
[35] Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.
[36] Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!
[37] Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.
[38] Confirm to your servant your promise, that you may be feared.
[39] Turn away the reproach that I dread, for your rules are good.
[40] Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!
(Psalm 119:33-40 ESV)

In the passage before us today, the Psalmist asks God to demonstrate himself to be glorious and he acknowledges his glory in worship for two reasons:

  1. Because you are a promise-keeping God (Read 38)
    1. All of the promises of God are wrapped up in David’s descendant, Jesus Christ, and the fulfillment of the word of God is the incarnate word, Jesus Christ, who came to the earth to reconcile man to God and he proves his word to be true!
    2. Jeremiah 32:39-41; 2 Corinthians 1:20 (All of the promises are ‘Yes’ in him!)
  2. Because you are just and good (Read 39)
    1. Reproach: this is most likely a reproach from other people. Just mark it down: when you try to live a godly life, people will ridicule you for it and make fun of you for it.
    2. He went away from there and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. And on the Sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did this man get these things? What is the wisdom given to him? How are such mighty works done by his hands? Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon? And are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. (Mark 6:1-6 ESV)
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