Those Who Walk in God’s Law are Blessed

Text: Psalm 119:1-8

First stanza of Psalm 119 – Addresses the blessing that God’s word is to us. This lesson considers why we should recognize God’s word as a blessing and what we should do as a result.

Blessings Come Because God is with Us (v. 1, 8)

  • This passage begins with an acknowledgment of being blessed (v. 1) – we can be blessed because God does not forsake us (v. 8)
  • God is the giver of all good things (James 1:17; Genesis 8:22) – His blessings are a witness to Him (Acts 14:17)
  • Many blessings are given to all, regardless of their response to God (Matthew 5:43-45)
  • In Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17) – man cannot exist without God

We Are Blessed as We Observe His Testimonies (v. 1-2, 5, 8)

  • However, while it is true that all men are blessed by God, those who follow His word enjoy extra blessings
  • Many do not see God’s expectation for us to obey His word as a blessing – they see God’s authority as a prison from which they wish to be free (Psalm 2:3); yet the way of the transgressor is hard (Proverbs 13:15); following God’s word means we avoid the pitfalls of sin (Proverbs 13:21)
  • To be blessed, we must observe His testimonies (v. 2) – we must obey the Lord (Matthew 28:20)
  • As we obey, we must be blameless (v. 1) – cannot be accused; requires consistent obedience (1 Peter 2:12); people will look to accuse us, but we must not make it easy on them
  • Our ways are established as we follow Him (v. 5) – stability (Matthew 7:24-27)
  • We must resolve to obey (v. 8) – faithfulness will not happen by accident (Matthew 7:13-14)

We Must Seek God Wholeheartedly (v. 2, 4)

  • Observing His testimonies leads to being blessed, but we must do so wholeheartedly – complete and total effort; affects our entire being (Proverbs 4:23)
  • It means that God is our highest priority (Matthew 6:33)
  • It means that our lives are completely given to Him (Romans 12:1; Luke 9:23)
  • It means that we follow His word (v. 4) – requires diligent effort (2 Peter 1:3-10)

We Must Avoid Sin and Keep a Clear Conscience (v. 3, 6)

  • Many believe that Christians can “continue in sin” without concern (Romans 6:1-2) – those who teach this pervert the word of God (Jude 4)
  • God’s word is the path of righteousness (Psalm 119:172) – it trains us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16); so we must strive to avoid sin (1 John 2:1)
  • We are also to keep a clear conscience (v. 6) – but our conscience must be trained by the word of God (Acts 23:1; Hebrews 5:14)

We Must Give Thanks with an Upright Heart (v. 7)

  • We began by considering God’s blessings – should cause us to continually give thanks (Hebrews 13:15); do not take God’s blessings for granted
  • To give thanks with an upright heart means we must follow His word – Why? … thanks expressed in prayer (Colossians 4:2); God hears the prayer of the righteous (1 Peter 3:12)
  • The more we know of God’s will in His word, the more thankful we ought to be (v. 7)

Conclusion

  • Why should we pay attention to God’s word and follow it? … it is the way to receive God’s greatest blessings
  • Resolve to obey (v. 8) – God will bless us (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

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