There are many things that may cause a person to forsake the word of God in one way or another. The sections and verses are not like a chain, where one link is connected to the other, but like a string of pearls were each pearl has equal, but independent value. (Spurgeon), ii. f. Oh, do not forsake me utterly! It is as the prayer of Asaph: Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek Your name, O LORD. (Psa 119:169-170) "According to Your word.". . Forever and ever. "These simple-hearted ones are frequently despised, and their simplicity has another meaning infused into it, so as to be made the theme of ridicule; but what matters it? (Spurgeon). Saying it is powerful and must not be neglected. (Psa 119:74) The common gladness of those who fear God. "We may hear the wisest teachers and remain fools, but if we meditate upon the sacred word we must become wise. When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? (Clarke), iv. In this stanza there is no specific prayer for help. 2. My soul breaks with longing i. d. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes: As the Psalmist compared himself with the proud who spoke lies, he still recognized his need for greater obedience to God. (Psa 119:159-160) Revived by the completely true and lasting word. vi. He makes us kings and priests and co-workers with Him, and He rewards all our work for Him. c. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life: The Psalmist remembered the life-giving power and character of God's word. b. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes: This is not only a pious wish; it is also a prayer for the ability to obey God's Word. That means no permission is needed as long as you credit this in the final work. Target Audience: Kindergarten-4th Grade (can be adapted for older or younger children) (Psa 119:153-154) In hard times, a plea for new life from God's word. "Keeping the eye is a grand means of ‘keeping the heart' (Numbers 15:39, Job 31:1)." ii. Historical Books iii. 3. (Spurgeon). b. It is wonderful to think that God has a custom, a pattern of action, towards those who love His name. Notably, the Psalmist asked for this so "that I may keep Your precepts." Passage: Psalm 119:105-112 (John Mason, cited in Spurgeon). a. (Spurgeon), iv. Truly, Your word is settled in heaven. (Spurgeon), iii. "Every man will insensibly contract the good or bad qualities of the company which he keeps; and should, therefore, be careful to keep such as will make him wiser and better, and fit him for the goodly fellowship of saints and angels." My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word: The Psalmist not only woke early to seek God (as in the previous verse), he also stayed away through the night to think about God and His word. Are righteous and very faithful. This is my comfort in my affliction, ii. Significantly, the words "his way" come from the Hebrew "orach, which we translate way here, signifies a track, a rut, such as is made by the wheel of a cart or chariot." He would perform his engagement, but he cannot. (Bridges), iii. (Psa 119:127-128) The word of God is precious and right. Because I keep Your precepts. Some things are clearly worthless; some things are thought by many to be worthy, but are in fact worthless. Did not delay: "The original word, which we translate delayed not, is amazingly emphatical … velo hithmahmahti, I did not stand what-what-whating; or, as we used to express the same sentiment, shilly-shallying with myself: I was determined, and so set out. "But you say, - ‘How do I know that he speaks for me?' (Psa 119:69-70) Delight in God's law despite attacks from adversaries. The Biblical Illustrator. Yet the original Hebrew has treasure in the sense of spoil or plunder from battle. (Horne). (Horne), ii. (Stephen, cited in Spurgeon). 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