Welcome back ladies! We just finished challenge week and we are on the downhill slope of talking about Psalm 119. For these next two weeks we are reflecting on some specific verses that stood out to us as we individually studied Psalm 119. Today, Annabel and Grizz talk through sections Waw and He.
- Waw. Psalm 119: 41-48
- Verse. 41 says. “Let your steadfast love come to me, O Lord…” We know that the Lord’s love will come to us when we ask for it because He promises it to us in HIs word.
- The NIV version says, “May your steadfast love come to me.”
- “Steadfast love” is a theme that we see throughout all of scripture. The ESV study Bible says this means the genuine experience of God’s grace and mercy.
- Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- His grace and His mercy has been extended to us even though we don’t deserve it.
- Verse 42 says, “Then I shall have an answer for He who taunts me, for I trust in your word.” The word “then” shows us that this is a continuation for verse 41.
- To be “taunted” means to be challenged or questioned in something. When we trust in God’s word, we have a response for the person or the thing that taunts us.
- What are the moments that we feel taunted or condemned? Any shame that someone or even yourself speaks over you is not from God. You must practice speaking the truth of God’s Word over yourself in these moments so you don’t believe the lies of the enemy.
- Psalm 63 says, “Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you.” This is what we speak over ourselves when we start to believe that what we have is not enough.
- We know from John 16:33 that we will have trouble in this world. It is no surprise when bad things happen, but we also have the hope that Jesus overcame the world! He conquered death on the cross and defeated the grave, and He is coming back for us.
- Verse 45 says, “and I shall walk in a wide place…” and if you compare versions, you will find the word “liberty” in place of “wide.”
- “Liberty” means the state of being free from oppressive restrictions by authority on one’s way of life.
- We get to walk in freedom when we are following the Lord’s rules. His law, His rules, His precepts will lead us to liberty. This is opposite of what the world claims to be true.
- Romans 6 explains that we were slaves to sin before we knew Jesus. This ultimately leads to death. The things that we might think we want in a moment don’t actually lead us to being satisfied.
- Verse 46 says, “I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame…”
- Romans 1:16 tells us, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”
- When you genuinely love God, there is a genuine desire to do what He says to do. There is no need for shame when it comes to proclaiming God’s testimonies.
- Verse 48 says, “I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love…” this is a beautiful picture of worshiping God because of who He is and for His righteous rule.
- There is a response that occurs when we read God’s word. The hope is that it leads us to think about it, process it, meditate on it, and talk about it!
- He. Psalm 119:33-40
- Lord, help us to love your commandments more! Verses 33-35 begin with the words, “teach, give, and lead” because the author knows that on his own, he is unable to understand and keep the law of the Lord.
- The only way that we will continue to love God’s commandment is by relying on Him and His word.
- “Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!” Selfishness is the root of so much of our sin! We don’t seek Him because we want what seems best for us.
- We end with Joshua 1:7-9 which gives us a picture of keeping our eyes fixed on God’s word in order to that we would know which direction we should go in.
Psalm 119 by Exodus Music
Thanks for joining us on this week’s episode of the OHT podcast! If you didn’t get to join us for challenge week, check out last week’s podcast to see what it was all about. The hope is that you would be digging into God’s word and discovering more of who He is! For more tips and resources on who to study the Bible on your own, check out last week’s show notes.