Mission Forward- “The Word Priority”
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path...Your statutes are
my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart.” (Ps 119:105, 111 NIV)
Life is a journey. We all need helpful guidance along the way. Who directs you along life’s path? Who is your guide? We all need light to guide us in the darkness. Let’s help each other entrust and invest in the Word Priority.
Psalm 119 is... (cf. Ps.1 &19)
A wisdom song, known as the “Giant Psalm” (T. Longman) for its length.
It is also known for its depth, teaching about knowing God, His Word, &
honoring Him by trusting His Word, and living by its truths.
An acrostic Psalm (cf.111,112) following the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
There are 22 stanzas of 8 verses for a total of 176 verses.
8 synonyms (D. Kidner) reflect the beauty/purpose of God’s Word.
Today, we’ll only explore the truths from one stanza (verses 105-112).
Help from Jesus to study the Psalms & OT
Jesus quoted the Psalms more than any other OT book (22,31,110,118).
Jesus knew, loved, sang, and memorized the Ps./OT (e.g., Lk. 4:14-21).
Jesus used truths from God’s Word against temptation (Mt. 4:1-11).
Jesus knew God’s Word is true and eternal (Mt. 5:17-19).
Jesus is the Word (Jn.1:1ff). Life happens connected with Him (Jn.15:5).
I need God’s Word to be my guide for...
Illumination- in the light or dark it guides/directs (v.105; Jn. 8:12).
Instruction- humility to learn: right/true/pure/best (v.108; Mt. 11:29).
Insight- The Word impacts how I see & live life (wisdom); especially in
struggles, sufferings, danger, and days of evil it protects, reminds,
and redirects (vv.107-110). Complaints & wisdom together (L. Allen).
I need a plan to practice getting God’s Word into my life everyday.
My heritage (v.111)- legacy happens when the Word impacts my days.
My heart (vv.111-112)- the Word brings joy from relationship w/ God.
My resolve (v.106)- a cherished desire to publicly honor the Lord (oath).
My reward (v.112)- committed to walk by faith, until it’s sight (Heb.11:6)!