November 28, 2018

Episode 004/005 – Psalm 119

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Hello ladies! On episodes 004 and 005, Jill and Annabel are talking about (you guessed it) Psalm 119.  Again, our desire is for women to know the scripture, to understand how to be in it, and to seek it with their whole heart.  So what better place to start than Psalm 119 which talks all about God’s Word? These episodes will focus on verses 9-16.

 

  • Verse 9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
  • What does it mean to be “pure in heart”?  The word “pure” is in the Bible about 120 times.  Meaning, this idea of purity is pretty important. Verse 9 isn’t just talking about sexual purity, but it is talking about purity in literally every way.
  • This seems like a huge task, but verse 9 immediately gives an answer as to how to keep your ways pure.  We do this by guarding our heart and our mind with God’s Word!
  • The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, is a whole story of how we are to live as believers.  It can be so easy to feel beat down by our sin and to feel like it is impossible to live a life of purity like you desire.  Sanctification is a process that takes time, and the more we are in God’s Word, the more we love God and want to be pure in heart.   
  • We can’t love both the world and Jesus.  It is impossible to love God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind and seek Him with your whole heart while pursuing the passions of your flesh.  This is especially tempting when we are not in the Word because then we are not guarding ourselves with what it says!
  • Psalm 139: 23-24 says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting!”  Pray and ask the Lord to do this for you!
  • “Guard” means to protect from harm or damage.  This is God’s heart for you in this! To protect us, not to take fun things away from us.  
  • Jeremiah 17: 9-10 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”
  • Verse 10 says, “With my whole heart I seek you, let me not wander from your commandments!” The psalmist is repeating himself from verse 2 because this is so important.
  • Repetition is SO KEY in scripture.  We pay specific attention with words that repeat because we know they are important.
  • It is easy to walk away from the Lord’s commandments when we are not in the Word.
  • To know something, you must study it.  We give our time to the things we care about and desire to know more about.
  • “Wander” means to move away from a fixed place in an aimless way.
  • When we move away from His commandments, it is literally aimless.
  • Verse 11 says, “I have stored up your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”To “store something up” is to give it careful memorization and pandering.
  • Some different ways to help “store it up”:
    • Record voice memos of you reading scripture so you can play it to yourself on repeat!
    • Write it down!
    • Make flash cards.
    • Sharpie it on your arm
    • Use dry erase marker to write it on your mirror.
    • Write it down on paper and put it in a zip-lock bag to keep in the shower!
    • Have an accountability partner.
    • Memorize with a group of people.
  • The purpose of “storing it up” is so that we don’t sin against God!
  • Psalm 37: 31 says, “The law of His God is in His heart; his steps do not slip.”
  • Verse 12 say, “Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!”
  • God deserves our praise, He is the greatest blessing, and He deserves everything we have.  He is blessed by us when we follow His statutes, but He is ALWAYS a blessing to us.
  • Verse 12 is a response to how good God is, and how we should approach Him when we get to open His Word!
  • Verse 13 says,“With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.”
  • We get to declare with our mouths who the Lord is.  When we learn about the Lord, let our next step then be to say those things out loud.  We talk about the things we are passionate about!
  • Verse 1 says, “In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.”
  • “Testimonies” means what God solemnly testifies to be His will
  • Psalm 119:111 says, “Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.”
  • The word “riches” is referenced to throughout the book of Proverbs and it is talking about actual gold and silver.  We are to delight in God’s word more than these things!
  • Verse 15 says, “I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.”
  • “Mediate” means to think deeply or carefully about something.
  • When we meditate on God’s Word, we are thinking deeply on it and caring about what it says.
  • Our eyes often cause us to sin.  We need to be careful where we set our eyes and fix them on the Lord instead of things of this earth.
  • Verse 16 says, “I will delight in your statues; I will not forget your word.”
  • When you believe that Jesus is the son of God who died for your sins and rose again, then God’s Word is your joy!  You will delight in it more than all riches. All things in your life will become immeasurably unimportant in comparison to knowing the Lord your God.
  • When you seek the Lord, He will be found.  He is not hiding from you! God wants you to know Him, and He has revealed Himself to through His Word.
  • If you are not plugged into a church and surrounded by other believers, it is going to be harder to stay fixed on God’s Word.
  • God is not done with you, He loves you, and He wants you.  Wherever you are at, He is not done with you yet. The goal isn’t “to arrive”, but to continue this process of arriving and the process of knowing the Lord your God.

We love you ladies so much!  Send us your prayer requests, tag a friend so they can find us, share a story with OHT on Instagram of how the Lord is using scripture to grow your relationship with Him! We are praying that you would turn to the Lord this week and run from your sin towards Jesus.  We are so grateful that you chose to join us today ladies–thank you for listening!

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