My Heart Stands in Awe of Your Words

Text: Psalm 119:161-168

Twenty-first stanza of Psalm 119 – In this lesson, we will focus on the idea of reverence. If we fear God, we should hold His word in the highest regard. This will cause us to respond to His word in a certain way.

We Should Stand in Awe of God’s Words (Psalm 119:161)

  • Awe is the word for fear – in this context, it is about reverence/respect for God
  • We are familiar with the concept of fearing God (Ecclesiastes 12:13; Acts 10:34-35; Matthew 10:28) – respect Him for who He is (Hebrews 12:28-29); this reverence results in obedience (Ecclesiastes 12:13); we tremble before Him, knowing His ability and willingness to punish the wicked (Hebrews 4:1-3; 1 Corinthians 10:6)
  • Just as we stand in awe of God, we must stand in awe of His words (Psalm 119:161) – respect His word (Nehemiah 8:3, 5); that respect must result in obedience (Nehemiah 8:8-18); we tremble at His word because it judges us (Hebrews 4:12) and we will be rewarded or punished based upon how we measure up (Revelation 22:12-15, 18-19)

We Should Praise God for His Word (Psalm 119:162, 164)

  • Rejoice at God’s word because it is valuable (Psalm 119:162; cf. 119:127)
  • Reasons why it is valuable (Psalm 19:7-11) – restores the soul, makes us wise, rejoices the heart, enlightens the eyes, endures forever, is true and righteous
  • Seven times a day I praise You” (Psalm 119:164) – seven is a complete number; more about being completely and continually given to praise than about an actual number of times; we should praise God regularly and consistently (Hebrews 13:15)

We Must Recognize the Distinction Between Truth and Error (Psalm 119:163)

  • There is a difference between truth and error – truth is objective, not subjective; God’s word is truth (Psalm 119:160), not what man thinks (cf. 2 Kings 5:11)
  • Our attitude toward error should not be one of compromise, tolerance, or double-mindedness – if we firmly believe that God’s word is the truth, this will affect our attitude toward error
  • Remember the reasons why we praise God for His word (Psalm 19:7-11) – error does the opposite

We Enjoy Peace as We Follow God’s Word (Psalm 119:165)

  • This does not necessarily mean we enjoy peace in the world (Psalm 119:161) – we will face persecution (2 Timothy 3:12), but we have hope (John 16:33)
  • We enjoy peace with God (1 John 1:5-7)
  • We enjoy the peace of a good conscience (Proverbs 3:21-24)
  • We enjoy the peace that comes from hope (Romans 15:4; Hebrews 6:17-18)

We Obey God’s Word in Light of Future Judgment (Psalm 119:166-168)

  • David looked forward to salvation (Psalm 119:166) – to be saved, he needed to obey; he was committed to doing this (Psalm 119:166-168)
  • He also recognized the fact that nothing in his life was hidden from God (Psalm 119:168; cf. Hebrews 4:13)
  • As we are in awe of God’s word, we must be in awe of God – fear Him and obey Him in light of the judgment (Hebrews 10:31; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Conclusion

  • We must have a great respect for God’s word
  • This must lead us to humbly obey His word

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