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October 24, 2021 


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“Thy Word Is Truth: Part 10”

Psalms 119 v 73-80

“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. 74 They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. 75 I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. 76 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. 77 Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. 78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts. 79 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. 80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed..”

Dear Lord,

We praise You and we LOVE being in Your presence.  Thank You for the sacrifice you made for us, and all of Your creation, on the cross. Thank You for helping all our hearts to be able to rest in Your presence.  In a busy world, it is here that we find truth, grace, and mercy.  Our hearts are overwhelmingly grateful.  As our hearts overflow with gratitude, may You present opportunities for us individually and collectively as Your people, to serve. 

O Lord, thank You that You LOVE us and that You give us comfort like no other.  Thank You that You are “THE” GOD who is well acquainted with all our grief and that You ache when we ache.  Help us to remember that in the midst of struggles, trials, and utter heartbreak that You offer hope.  You are the Author of all Wisdom, Hope and Salvation.  We praise You that through the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, all things are put under Your feet.  Allow us to trust Your heart and Your Holy Bible, to teach us to believe that there is more to life than the heartache of this world.  Allow us to lean ever closer to You in the midst of this fallen world.  Thank You God for hope, peace, Your LOVE, Your comfort, and Your salvation.

Finally Lord God, we pray that You would save as many of the Lost as possible by Your precious LOVE, and Your perfect justice. Help us to share Your Gospel of good news to the Lost, let us have the ability by the power of the Holy Spirit to help them and all of us through our times of need.

We pray all these things in the name of Your beautiful Son, Jesus, Yeshua the Messiah, Amen and eternally Amen

“When God's Word really becomes a part of one's soul, that one can never be the same again.”  Days of Praise

This quote from the devotional “Days of Praise” epitomizes the “truth” of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The “TRUTH” is we are saved by grace through faith and not of any works we could ever do, for salvation IS A FREE GIFT FROM GOD, ours “if” we genuinely accept that gift…….

Ephesians 2 v 8-10

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

***There are no works of righteousness or good deeds or good works of any kind that we could ever do to save ourselves or to pay even a minute portion of our personal debt for our own sins…….***

Titus 3 v 5-6

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; “

We are saved through the BLOOD SACRIFICE of Jesus Christ and Him alone…….

But there is a big, and I mean a big qualification for being saved!!!

A non-negotiable requirement pre-ordained of God, which is an absolute prerequisite TO BE SAVED…

This requisite is ordained of God, and only by God’s grace, mercy, and LOVE working in the life of the individual by the power of the Holy Spirit MAY ANYONE COME TO A SAVING KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST.

The one requirement is THAT THE INDIVIDUAL GENUINELY CHOOSE TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR ONLY LORD, ONLY GOD, and ONLY SAVIOR…….

This choice must be heartfelt and genuine to the individual and though it is their, our choice, ONLY GOD CAN GIVE US THE ABILITY TO SAY “YES” OR “NO” TO HIM.

This is what the phrase “becomes a part of one’s soul” describes so eloquently in “Days of Praise”. Or as Psalms 119 describes as “with thy whole heart”, or the Psalmist’s continued prayer, asking God to teach him God’s ways, and pleading with God to help him keep the precepts of God. These all are ways of declaring and showing God our sincerity of conviction that WE ARE TRULY REPENTANT OF OUR SINS, and that THE INDIVIDUAL TRULY LOVES THE LORD and GOD’S WORDS THE BIBLE…….

Our good works all of which are not the cause of our salvation but rather the sincere result of our salvation are some of the evidences of our genuine LOVE for God and His living Word…

Simply saying we are Christian does not make us one, sincerely LOVING God does………………………………………….

Today as we study “Yod” the tenth division in Psalms 119, we will continue to examine the Psalmist’s devoutness and sincere LOVE for God and His Word.

*In the first place the Psalmist prays for understanding, comfort, and

mercy; and uses this argument, I am thy creature: “Thy hands have

fashioned me.”

*The Psalmist prays for understanding: Give me heavenly light and influence.

*He prays for this that he may learn God’s commandments. This was his end.

The letter: “Yod”

V 73…Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.

The Psalmist David declares to God, “You are my Creator, you have formed me and made me who I am”. Therefore I appeal to you to give me the understanding of your Word that I might obey it always.

The world says, we were created by some chance happening, that they call the “big bang”. Even some professing Christians weaken and give in to humanistic theology and choose to believe in evolution instead of “Special Creation”, God spoke all things created into existence. Here in Psalms 119, God through David makes clear: GOD IS THE CREATOR. God formed us to be human beings.

It is advantageous to remember our creation is from divine origins not chance happenings, THAT ALL OF GOD’S CREATION WAS PLANNED and THUS PROFOUNDLY SPECIAL. It excites reverence, gratitude, and affection towards God when we view Him as our Maker, putting forth the careful skill and power of His hands in our forming and fashioning. YHWH, Jehovah God took a personal interest in us, making us with His own hands; God was doubly thoughtful, for He is described both as making and molding us. In both giving existence and arranging existence God manifested LOVE and wisdom; and therefore we find reasons for praise, confidence, and expectation in our being and well being.

As thou hast made me, teach me. Here is the vessel which thou hast fashioned; Lord, fill it. Thou hast given me both soul and body; grant me now thy grace that my soul may know thy will, and my body may join in the performance of it. The plea is very forcible; it is an enlargement of the cry, "Forsake not the work of thine own hands." Without understanding the divine law and rendering obedience to it we are imperfect and useless; but we may reasonably hope that the great Potter will complete His work and give the finishing touch to it by imparting to it sacred knowledge and holy practice.

If God had roughly made us, and had not also elaborately fashioned us, this argument would lose much of its force; but surely from the delicate art and awe-inspiring skill which the Lord has shown in the formation of the human body, we may infer that He is prepared to take equal pains with the soul till it shall perfectly bear his image.

A person without a mind is an idiot, the mere mockery of a human being; and a mind without grace is wicked, the sad perversion of a mind. We pray that we may not be left without a spiritual judgment: for this the Psalmist prayed, and he here pleads for it again; there is no true knowing and keeping of the commandments without it. ***Fools can sin; but only those who are taught of God can be holy.*** We often speak of gifted people; but those who have the best gifts are those whom God has given a sanctified understanding wherewith to know and prize the ways of the Lord.

Note well that David's prayer for understanding is not for the sake of speculative knowledge, and the gratification of his curiosity: he desires an enlightened judgment that he may learn God's commandments, and so become obedient and holy. This is the best of learning. A person may abide in the College where this science is taught all their days, and yet cry out for ability to learn more. The commandment of God is exceeding broad, and so it affords scope for the most vigorous and instructed mind: in fact, no person has by nature an understanding capable of compassing so wide a field, and hence the prayer, "give me understanding"…….

I can learn other things with the mind I have, but thy law is so pure, so perfect, spiritual and sublime, that I need to have my mind enlarged before I can become proficient in it. David appeals to his Maker to do this, as if he felt that no power short of that which made him could make him wise unto holiness. We need a new creation, and who can grant us that but the Creator himself?

2 Corinthians 5 v 17

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

He who made us to live must make us to learn; He who gave us power to stand must give us grace to understand. Let us each one breathe to heaven the prayer of this verse ere we advance a step further, for we shall be lost even in these petitions unless we pray our way through them, and cry to God for understanding.  

V 74…They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word.

Those who are genuine Christians will be glad and will rejoice at my faithfulness. For they will see God’s light, God’s LOVE, God’s living Word in my life and actions…

Matthew 5 v 16

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

When a child of God obtains grace for themselves they become a blessing to others, especially if that grace has made them a person of sound understanding and holy knowledge. God fearing men and women are encouraged when they meet with experienced believers. A hopeful person is a God send when things are declining or in danger.

When the hopes of one believer are fulfilled their companions are filled with joy and established, and led to hope also. It is good for the eyes to see a person whose witness is that the Lord is true; it is the delight of Saints to hold discussions with their more mature brothers and sisters in Christ.

V 75…I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

I know God that every Word of your book is true, and any affliction that happens to me is controlled by thy sovereign will in your wisdom and mercy, only that which you allow has happened to me. Afflictions can go just so far, and then your mighty hand controls the eternal consequences…

We who would learn most must be thankful for what we already know, and be willing to confess it to the glory of God. The Psalmist had been sorely tried, but he had continued to hope in God under his trial, and now he avows his conviction that he had been justly and wisely chastened. This he not only thought but knew, so that he was positive about it, and spoke without a moment's hesitation. Saints are sure about the rightness of their troubles, even when they cannot see the intent of them. It made the godly glad to hear David say this,

And that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me. Because LOVE required severity, therefore the Lord exercised it. It was not because God was unfaithful that the believer found themselves in a sore strait, but for just the opposite reason: it was the faithfulness of God to His covenant which brought the chosen one under the rod. It might not be needful that others should be tried just then; but it was necessary to the Psalmist, and therefore the Lord did not withhold the blessing.

Often when we sin or temporarily go down our own path of choice, God delivers us through the blessing of His LOVING chastisement. The genuine Christian rejoices in God’s gracious chastising hand…

V 76…Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant.

My trust in Thee and thy mercies through thy Word are joyous comforts to me in even my greatest of trials. I suffer the agony but I see the joy and comfort set before me.

Having confessed the righteousness of the Lord, David now appeals to God’s mercy, and while he does not ask that the rod may be removed, he earnestly begs for comfort under it. Righteousness and faithfulness afford us no consolation if we cannot also taste of mercy, and, blessed be God, this is promised us in the Word, and therefore we may expect it. The words "merciful kindness, "are a happy combination, and express exactly what we need in affliction: mercy to forgive the sin, and kindness to sustain under the sorrow.

With these we can be comfortable in the cloudy and dark day, and without them we are wretched indeed; for these, therefore, let us pray unto the Lord, whom we have grieved by our sin, and let us plead the Word of his grace as our sole reason for expecting God’s favor.

Blessed be His name, notwithstanding our faults we are still His servants, and we serve a compassionate Master. Some read the last clause, "according to thy saying unto thy servant"; some special saying of the Lord was remembered and pleaded: can we not remember some such "faithful saying, "and make it the groundwork of our petitioning? That phrase, "according to thy word," is a very favorite one; it shows the motive for mercy and the manner of mercy.

***Our prayers are according to the mind of God when they are according to the Word of God.*** 

V 77…Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

Lord, let your Fatherly feelings come unto me, Abba, Daddy, show me your mercy; that I may survive…

For I truly LOVE you and thy precious Word………………………

David needed not only mercy, but "mercies, "and these must be of a very gracious and considerate kind, even "tender mercies, "for he was sore with his wounds. These gentle favors must be of the Lord's giving, for nothing less would suffice; and they must "come" all the way to the sufferer's heart, for he was not able to journey after them; all he could do was to sigh out, "Oh that they would come."

If deliverance did not soon come, he felt ready to expire, and yet he told us but a verse or so ago that he hoped in God's Word: how true it is that hope lives on when death seems written on all besides.

A heathen said, "dum spiro spero, "while I breathe I hope; but the Christian can say, "dum expiro spero, "even when I expire I still expect the blessing.

Yet no true child of God can live without the tender mercy of their heavenly Father; it; is death to us to be under God's displeasure.

Notice, again, the poetic combination of the words of our English version. Was there ever a sweeter sound than this, "tender mercies"? A person who has been grievously afflicted, and yet tenderly touched is the only person who knows the meaning of such perfect language.

How truly we live when tender mercy comes to us. Then we do not merely exist, but live; we are lively, full of life, vivacious, and vigorous. We know not what life is till we know God. Some are said to die by the visitation of God, but we live by it.

O blessed faith! It is the genuine Christian who rejoices in the law even when its broken precepts cause them to suffer.

***To delight in the Word when it rebukes us, is proof that we are profiting under it.***

Surely this is a plea which will prevail with God, however bitter our sorrows may be; if we still delight in the law of the Lord, He cannot let us die; He must and will cast a tender look upon us and comfort our hearts.

V 78…Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

The Psalmist begged that the judgments of God might no longer fall upon himself, but upon his cruel adversaries.

***God will not suffer those who hope in His Word to be put to shame, for He reserves that reward for haughty spirits: they shall yet be overtaken with confusion, and become the subjects of contempt, while God's afflicted ones shall again lift up their heads.***

The proud and the unrepentant sinner in the end, WILL GET WHAT THEY DESERVE!!!

Shame is for the proud, for it is a shameful thing to be proud. Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of.

Job 40 v 12

“Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.”

Proverb 16 v 5

“Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.”

Those who wrongfully persecute us WILL BE PUNISHED, if they do not submit to God’s will and holy Word…….

David would leave the proud in God's hands, and give himself up to holy studies and contemplations. To obey the divine precepts we have need to know them, and think much of them. Hence this persecuted Saint felt that meditation must be his chief employment.

***The child of God would study the law of God and not the law of retaliation.***

The proud are not worth a thought. The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts.

V 79…Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies.

Let those who truly LOVE Jehovah, YHWH, look at my example. I was never perfect, but with my whole heart, my whole body, and my whole soul I have LOVED HIS WAYS and SOUGHT WITH EVERY POWER OF MY BEING TO SERVE HIM, TO OBEY HIM, and VASTLY MORE IMPORTANTLY TO LOVE HIM!!!!!!! Know that I was lost but now am found, was burning but now by the grace, mercy, and the LOVE of God I AM PLUCKED OUT OF THE FIRE BY THE BEAUTIFUL SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!!!

Perhaps the tongue of slander had alienated some of the godly, and probably the actual faults of David had grieved many more. He begs God to turn to him, and then to turn his people towards him. Those who are right with God are also anxious to be right with His children. David craved the LOVE and sympathy of gracious men of all grades, of those who were beginners in grace, and of those who were mature in piety, "those that fear thee, "and "those that have known thy testimonies." We cannot afford to lose the LOVE of the least of the Saints, and if we have lost their esteem we may most properly pray to have it restored.

David was the leader of the godly party in the nation, and it wounded him to the heart when he perceived that those who feared God were not as glad to see him as aforetime they had been. He did not bluster and say that if they could do without him, lie could very well do without them; but he so deeply felt the value of their sympathy, that he made it a matter of prayer that the Lord would turn their hearts to him again.

***Those who are dear to God, and are instructed in His Word, should be very precious in our eyes, and we should do our utmost to be upon good terms with them.***

David has two descriptions for the Saints, they are God fearing and God knowing. They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion. We know some believers who are gracious, but not intelligent; and, on the other hand, we also know certain professors who have all head and no heart: the Psalmist is the man who combines devotion with intelligence. We neither care for devout dunces nor for intellectual icebergs. When fearing, and knowing walk hand in hand they cause people to be thoroughly furnished unto every good work.

If these are my choice companions I may hope that I am one of their order. Let such persons ever turn to me because they find in me agreeable company.

V 80…Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

As this section ends David prays, Lord let every part of my being be thoroughly saturated in your scriptures, in your statutes, so that I never need to be ashamed for my spiritual ignorance…

Possess me and let me possess you, your LOVE, and your blessed Word…………………………………………………….

Let us be one……………………………………….

This is even more important than to be held in esteem by good men. This is the root of the matter.

***If the heart be sound in obedience to God and His Word the Bible, all is well, or will be well.***

If right at heart we are right in the main. If we be not sound before God, our name for piety is an empty sound.

***Mere profession will fail, and undeserved esteem will disappear like a bubble when it bursts; only sincerity and truth will endure in the evil day.***

Those whom are right at heart have no reason for shame, and they never shall have any; hypocrites ought to be ashamed now, and they shall one day be put to shame without end; their hearts are rotten, and their names shall rot.

This eightieth verse is a variation of the prayer of the seventy-third verse; there David sought sound understanding, here David goes deeper, and begs for a sound heart. Those who have learned their own frailty by sad experience, are led to dive beneath the surface, and cry to the Lord for truth in the inward parts.

In closing the consideration of these eight verses, let us join with the writer in the prayer, "Let my heart be sound in thy statutes."

Lord help each of us LOVE YOUR WORD THE BIBLE…….

Submitted by: Dr. Harold Chris Smith, sbc







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