Your Testimonies Are Righteous Forever

Text: Psalm 119:137-144

Eighteenth stanza of Psalm 119 – The focus of this lesson is on righteousness. God’s word is righteous because He is righteous. We can also be righteous if we follow His word.

God is Righteous (v. 137, 142)

  • God is the definition of righteous (v. 137) – righteous in all His ways (Psalm 145:17); He is perfectly/completely right (1 John 1:5; Numbers 23:19)
  • Everlasting righteousness (v. 142) – righteousness is His nature and He does not change (Malachi 3:6); God existed in the beginning (Genesis 1:1); righteousness existed with Him and predates man/society; therefore, the standard of righteousness does not change

God’s Word is Righteous (v. 138, 144)

  • Based upon the fact that God is righteous (v. 137, 142) – His judgments are upright and His law is truth (cf. Psalm 19:7-9)
  • God’s word is a reflection of Him (v. 138) – commanded in righteousness; Jesus was the Word in the flesh (John 1:1, 14) and was perfect/sinless (1 Peter 2:22); God also commanded His testimonies in faithfulness, which means His word is steadfast/secure (Psalm 119:89)
  • God’s word is righteous forever (v. 144) – His word will not change (Psalm 119:89; 1 Peter 1:25); forever we can go to it for understanding that leads to life (Romans 1:16-17; Galatians 1:6-9)

We Must Be Zealous (v. 139)

  • Zeal is a burning desire to please God – David was consumed by zeal because others had forgotten God’s words; zeal for God means we will be zealous for the things of God
  • Parallel with Jesus cleansing the temple (Psalm 69:9; John 2:13-18) – defended God’s house, openly opposed error, and His right to oppose them was questioned; but His actions were in harmony with God’s word
  • To apply it here, we can replace God’s house with God’s word – we must defend God’s word (Philippians 1:16; 1 Peter 3:15), we must openly oppose error (Romans 16:17; 2 John 10-11; Titus 1:9; 2 Corinthians 10:5), and our right to voice opposition will be questioned (Titus 2:15; Acts 26:24-25); but our actions must be in harmony with God’s word (Colossians 3:17; Romans 2:21)
  • Zeal does not permit us to act rashly without regard to what is right (Romans 10:2; Matthew 7:22-23)

We Must Delight in God’s Word (v. 140, 143)

  • God’s word is pure (v. 140) – nothing impure/wrong in it (Psalm 12:6; Titus 1:2); this applies to every word of God (Proverbs 30:5; Psalm 119:160)
  • God’s word provides help in time of trouble (v. 143) – God, through His word, is a shield for us (Proverbs 30:5); when trouble comes, we need the word of the Lord (Matthew 7:24-27)

We Must Humbly Obey (v. 141)

  • I am small and despised” – despised by others, as we will be (Matthew 5:11-12); also shows that David did not think too highly of himself (Matthew 5:3; Romans 12:3)
  • Yet I do not forget Your precepts” – this means that David obeyed God’s word (cf. Psalm 119:153, 157); the righteousness of God is found in His word (Romans 1:16-17); we must humbly obey it (James 1:21-22)

Conclusion

  • God is righteous – therefore, His word is righteous
  • We can be righteous, but only if we follow His word – let us be zealous for God and humbly obey Him

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