Prayer in the Lord’s Name (8) – Psalm 119 on God’s Word

I don’t want to read about Samuel right now, but I actually want to go through one of the Psalms, Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Old Testament. There is one thing in this psalm that really stands out, and that is the phrase, “The Word” or, “The Word of God”.  This refers to God’s written word in the Bible and also to God’s speaking to us.  Several years ago I went through Psalm 119 and underlined the word, “word” because it is mentioned so many times in that psalm.  So right now I want to go through Psalm 119 and mention some of the places where the word, “word” is used and give you just a little commentary, but not much. Okay, the first place in Psalm 119 where the word, “word” appears is in verse 9, “How shall a young man cleanse his way?” Then it says, “By taking heed according to Thy word.” So how do we cleanse our way, or how do we know the right way to go?  We know the right way to go by the Word of the Lord.  It says, “Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.”  In other words, in heaven, there is no problem with the Word of God, yet on the earth we know there is some problem. That is why the Lord Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus taught us to pray to bring the will of God from the heavens to the earth. This little verse says, “Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.”  Yet it was God’s intention that His will also be established on the earth.   We also come to this verse in Psalm 119.  It says, “The entrance of Thy word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” Notice it does not just say that the reading of Thy words gives light, or the study of the Word gives light.  We do need to read and study the Word, but it says, “The entrance of Thy words give light.”  This passage always reminds me of John 6. There Jesus is speaking and He is talking to the disciples about a lot of things. He was talking about Himself being the Bread that came down from heaven to give life. At the end of that important portion He says, “The words that I speak unto you are spirit and life.”  Listen, in order for the Word of God to have entrance into us, number one, our hearts have to be prepared to listen to the Word.  Number two, we need to have the attitude that we are going to obey the Word of God. Then the Word of God needs to be spirit and life to us, because when it is spirit and life, it can enter into our heart.  So Psalm 119 says, “The entrance of thy Word gives light.”

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Taken from a Cable TV broadcast called In the Beginning by Drew Haninger  Message number: TV0024web site: