Obey God’s Word Psa. 119:1-19 Nov. 29, 2009
The person who lives by the Word Of God displays a lifestyle the worldly person cannot produce. The walk and talk of a person’s life saturated in a normal manner with the scripture will echo kindness, concern, and a general godly manner. The history of our nation conveys many stories of people whose lives made and make a difference. A great Proverb says, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Pro.14:34 NKJV.) When one obeys the Word Of God they will reap blessings, benefits, and create a bonding. A godly life comes to those who
Obey God’s Word.
1. The . . Blessings From Obeying God’s Word. 119:1-8
A. The Blessing Of Living . . According To The Word. 119:1-4
1 How happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the law of the LORD!
2 Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.3 They do nothing
wrong; they follow His ways. 4 You have commanded that Your precepts be diligently kept.
B. The Blessing Of Not Being . . Ashamed. 119:5-6
5 If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes! 6 Then I would not be ashamed when I think about all Your commands.
C. The Blessing Of Not Being . . Abandoned. 119:7-8
7 I will praise You with a sincere heart when I learn Your righteous judgments. 8 I will keep Your statutes; never abandon me.
Just because people live in accord with the Word of God blessings flow to and from them. One large blessing comes from the fact they are not ashamed when an examination of their lifestyle comes from the Lord. In one of my pastorates a man acquired a personal license plate with the word, “blessed,” and that man regularly brought others to Christ. One of the men he brought to Christ sensed God’s call to preach, went to a Baptist College and now pastors one of our churches. At that time this man saturated his life in the Scriptures. Today a believer should know of the presence of the Holy Spirit and should not be thinking thoughts about being abandoned. He tells us He will never leave us. The Lord gives us eternal life today!
2. The . . Benefits From Obeying God’s Word. 119:9-11
A. The Benefit Of . . Purity. 119:9-10
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word.10 I have sought You with all my heart; don't let me wander from Your commands.
B. The Benefit Of Commendable . . Performance. 119:11-12
11 I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.
12 LORD, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes
Obeying God’s Word gives many benefits. One benefit delivers purity to a young man or a person of any age. The national media made fun of our emphasis called, “True Love Waits,” They interviewed a young lady and asked her what her friends said to her about this lifestyle, she answered, “they tell me they wish they had waited.” The host was shocked at the straightforward answer. The total performance of obeying God’s Word produces commendable lifestyles. I have personally never met a person who obeyed God’s Word and regretted the consequences it produced.
3. The . . Bonding From Obeying God’s Word. 119:13-16
A. A Bond To . . Proclaim The Word Of God. 119:13
13 With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth.
B. A Bond To . . Ponder Upon The Word Of God. 119:14-15
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches.15 I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways.
C. A Bond To . . Preserve The Word Of God. 119:14-15
16 I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. HCSB
Obeying God’s Word produces a bonding. The faithful children of God wants to proclaim the judgements of God. Their desire grows to help others know and understand what God wants us to share with others. They ponder the teachings of God through meditation. In addition they desire to study and share the Scriptures.
In this Psalm the Psalmist used ten different terms for God’s Word. In my opinion phrases like, righteous ordinances, judgements are righteous, Thy commandments are faithful, Thy Word is settled, and Thy Word Is truth, etc.,support the inerrant truth of Scripture. All of the 22 letters of the Hebrew Alphabet help divide the 176 verses into equal paragraphs. I think it shows appreciation and respect by the writers. It should teach us to Obey God’s Word. Amen? Amen!