All thy commandments are faithful:
They persecute me wrongfully; help thou me (Psa 119.86).
Heroism often appears in a crisis moment, but this is but its momentary manifestation. Its underpinnings are good character quietly growing largely unnoticed in spite of a thousand deterrents which effectively suppress the potential greatness of others. That daily, sustained, [...]
Thy hands have made me and fashioned me:
Give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments (Psa 119.73).
Wisdom is our greatest need, and wise is the man who knows the spring of wisdom and how to tap into it. Wise men like the psalmist know this. “Wisdom must be from God, because [...]
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 [...]
Thou art my portion, O LORD:
I have said that I would keep thy words (Psa 119.57).
Living the Christian life should never be thought of as merely keeping a set of righteous rules. Rather, it is a loving communion with God through Jesus Christ expressed in loyalty to Him and His revealed will. [...]
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 [...]
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth;
For I have hoped in thy judgments (Psa 119.43).
Discerning with certainty the exact sense in which these words were originally intended is difficult, if not impossible, yet we may glean some doctrine from it which is certain, being plainly stated and [...]
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity;
And quicken thou me in thy way (Psa 119.37).
Idolatry is the problem; revival is the answer. This inspired petition rests on that presupposition and confirms it.
Pray to escape idolatry by an increase of spiritual vitality.
THE PROBLEM OF IDOLATRY
The universal sin. As soon as [...]
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 [...]
Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law;
Yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart (Psa 119:34).
We are making good progress in grasping the message of the Bible when we learn to recognize things that are always found together, and then cease trying to divide them. For example, God’s covenant [...]
I will run the way of thy commandments,
When thou shalt enlarge my heart (Psa 119.32).
Grace is God’s favor toward the undeserving through Christ. We need grace to be converted. Christians are those who have “believed through grace” (Acts 18.27).
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fears [...]