The proud have digged pits for me,
Which are not after thy law (Psa 119.85).
We may pronounce everyone healthy but that doesn’t make them better or stop them from dying. Likewise the modern impulse to euphemize the ethical landscape is not only ineffective, but by masking the real problem, it keeps people from [...]
Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort,
According to thy word unto thy servant (Psa 119.76).
Moved by the Holy Spirit, the psalmist here prays earnestly for comfort. “I pray thee” is emphatic expression, like, “Please! I beg you!” with a focus on the desire of the speaker, used to [...]
I intreated thy favour with my whole heart:
Be merciful unto me according to thy word (Psa 119.58).
We should not pray only for ourselves, but we must not neglect praying for ourselves, whether through some false view of piety, presumption on God’s grace, or any other spiritual pitfall. God has implanted in the [...]
Remember the word unto thy servant,
Upon which thou hast caused me to hope (Psa 119.49).
Many people pray for many things without any rational justification for it. They seem to think that it is just God’s job to give them whatever they want, because that is just the way God is. To them [...]
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 [...]
Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD,
Even thy salvation, according to thy word (Psa 119.41).
“Lord, save me—again!” This title may indeed sound like heresy to some, an outbreak of the inevitable Arminian error that true believers may lose their salvation because of their free will, and then they may regain [...]
Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: Quicken me in thy righteousness (Psa 119.40).
I believe in the possibility of revival, not only on a wide scale, but also in the quiet, personal experience of an individual believer. We learn from this verse that even real Christians need spiritual renewal, and that this comes from [...]
Turn away my reproach which I fear: For thy judgments are good (Psa 119.39).
Psalm 119 lets us into the prayer closet of an eminent saint, deeply devout, and expressing his sincere and innermost thoughts and feelings to the Lord. Yet it was composed under the controlling prophetic influence of the Spirit of God as [...]
Stablish thy word unto thy servant,
Who is devoted to thy fear (Psa 119.38).
God is good and cannot lie. His promises of amazing grace to sinners are found throughout the Word like countless diamonds strewn about a field and glistening in the sun. God has chosen a great host of people throughout history [...]
My soul melteth for heaviness: Strengthen thou me according unto thy word (Psa 119.28).
Real Christians are liable to the same kind of sorrows as unbelievers. The “happy-clappy religion” so popular today has denied this and fostered unrealistic expectations of Christian experience. What may surprise even sounder believers is that in some respects, real Christians [...]