God’s Word is your empowering perspective

Scripture Notes on Psalm 119:89-176

If Your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life. (Psalm 119:92-93)

Discouragement can destroy your life. When affliction arrives, often it’s not the hardness of the circumstance that’s most deadly to our soul, but the hopelessness that can so quickly set in.

Without hope, we perish.

How good is God, then, that He has given us an accessible antidote against this poison of the soul!

His Word is filled with hope.

His Word is filled with truth.

His Word is filled with all you need to have courage in any calamity.

Read it. Know it. Believe it, and watch this truth bring fresh strength to your life.

God’s Word is your empowering perspective.

-Pastor Phillip

God’s promise is your comfort

Scripture Notes on Psalm 119, 1-88

Remember your word to your servant, in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. (Psalm 119:49-50)

When hard times come, where can you find hope to carry you through? Where can you turn for encouragement?

You can turn to the promises of God.

When God gives you a word, it will surely come to pass. When He makes a commitment, He will always, always keep it. When He tells you in Scripture that He will never leave you nor forsake you, He will always be true to that promise.

God remembers His word to you. Now, you remember it, too, and take heart in this truth.

God’s promise is your comfort.

-Pastor Phillip

You Will Never Be Forsaken

Do you ever fear God might abandon you?

“I will keep Your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!” -Psalm 119:8

I used to worry that God might leave me if I didn’t do what I was supposed to, but today there’s not a place in my heart that is afraid of that at all.  I don’t have to ask Him not to forsake me; I know He won’t!

How can I be so sure?

Because when Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46) it was a cry that meant two things.  It was a sign of my despair on His shoulders, and it was a promise of His triumph on my behalf.  It meant that He was taking my place, bearing the abandonment that I should have experienced for my sin.

If you have trusted Christ for salvation, then you can be confident of this today: Since Jesus was forsaken for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2), God will never forsake you for yours!

The Psalmist keeps God’s law in order to receive His favor, but as followers of Christ, you and I have received complete favor through Christ as a gift.  That means that now, we get to keep God’s law not out of fearful duty, but grateful love, and no matter how well we “perform,” He will never forsake us.

He will never forsake YOU!

 

God Wants to Build You Up, Not Beat You Down

Have you ever felt “beaten down” by the Bible?

“With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.  In the way of Your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.”  -Psalm 119:13-14

I once heard that in Australia (and a few other places) they have a concept called “Tall Poppy Syndrome.”  The idea is that people who stand out too much or upset the status quo should be “cut down to size.”

Have you ever seen the Bible used like that, not just as a set of rules, but as a ruler to measure people and beat them down?

Certainly, the Law of God serves the needed purpose of bringing conviction, but while that is sometimes necessary, it’s never God’s first choice for His children.  The Psalmist “delights” in God’s laws (“rules”, “testimonies”) because he knows that they are like a ruler, and that God’s desired purpose for that ruler is not that it would be used to cut His people down, but build them up!

As followers of Jesus, we are “being built into a spiritual house together” (1 Peter 2:5) for God’s glory, and the commands of God are there for the Master Builder to use as He shapes us for His purposes.  The Law is for our joy and our good, not to hurt us, but to help us rise up into the fullness of who God created us to be.

God wants to use the Law not to beat you down, but to build you up in Christ.

Receive it!

Sweeter than Honey

“What does he know that I don’t?”

David, the writer of Psalm 119, says, “How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey.” (Psalm 119:103) Granted, there are some nice things in the Bible, but really, “sweeter than honey?”

Here’s what David understands that we often miss when we read the Scriptures.  ALL of the Bible is good news.

  • Good news that God made the world a beautiful place and will return to make it new again.
  • Good news that God made a way for Adam and Eve and has made a way for us.
  • Good news that God is always faithful to His people no matter how long they wander in the desert or how far they go.
  • Good news that His commands lead to life, and life abundantly.
  • Good news that Jesus is the true light of the world, and has come to shine in us and through us to drive back the darkness in our world.

When you understand good news like that, it is very sweet indeed.

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