It is good for me that I have been afflicted;
That I might learn thy statutes (Psa 119.71).
“All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is the attention-grabbing title of a book by Robert Fulghum from the eighties. What did he have in mind? Simple duties like this: share everything, play [...]
Before I was afflicted I went astray:
But now have I kept thy word (Psa 119.67).
Before God, the church, and the world, this is the psalmists’ testimony of his growth in grace and a painful means by which it came. He measured his spirituality by the rule of Scripture. “I had departed from [...]
The bands of the wicked have robbed me:
But I have not forgotten thy law (Psa 119.61).
It would be easy to live as a real Christian if nearly everyone else were doing it, but standing practically alone in our commitment to God and His Word—that is an acid test of our faith.
I thought on my ways,
And turned my feet unto thy testimonies (Psa 119.59).
Two great traps keep multitudes from heaven: arrogantly thinking they are good people living a good life, and admitting they are sinners while they continue to do nothing about it. The self-righteous will be shocked to hear their doom on [...]
I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night,
And have kept thy law (Psa 119.55).
The only real Christians are radical Christians—that is, those whose faith has been and still is truly internalized, and whose good works are then but the expression of their renewed hearts. Job seems to have affirmed his [...]
My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved;
And I will meditate in thy statutes (Psa. 119.48).
Real faith, the saving kind, engages the whole person. This is the only kind of religion God requires and approves. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy [...]
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; For therein do I delight (Psa 119:35).
Immediately I would credit A. W. Pink for the striking title of our meditation1, which brings our attention to the fact that
Even true saints need compelling grace.
AN EVIDENCE OF SAINTHOOD
Let us consider the second line [...]
Remove from me the way of lying: And grant me thy law graciously (Psa 119.29).
Everyone lies, or so it seems. Surely we all suffer strong temptations to lie, and sometimes we cave. However, just as with all other sins, there are two kinds of people in this. Some are slaves to lying and never [...]