Let My Soul Live That It May Praise You

Text: Psalm 119:169-176

Twenty-second stanza of Psalm 119 – This final stanza focuses on the need to praise God because of His word. We considered this point a little bit in the previous lesson. This is a fitting conclusion to the study of Psalm 119. Given all that we have learned about God’s word, we should praise Him.

Praise God Because of His Word (Psalm 119:171)

  • Reasons to praise God because of His word that we have noticed already in this psalm – source of blessing (Psalm 119:1); way of purity (Psalm 119:9); provides wise counsel (Psalm 119:24); source of strength (Psalm 119:28); revives us (Psalm 119:40); path of liberty (Psalm 119:45); provides comfort (Psalm 119:52); gives us an inheritance (Psalm 119:57); disciplines us (Psalm 119:71); gives us understanding of our Creator (Psalm 119:73); separates us from evil men (Psalm 119:85); provides stability (Psalm 119:89); gives us understanding of truth and error (Psalm 119:104); guides us (Psalm 119:105); it is consistent (Psalm 119:113); it is valuable (Psalm 119:127); reveals God’s grace (Psalm 119:135); shows us righteousness (Psalm 119:144); following it allows our prayers to be heard (Psalm 119:145); source of truth (Psalm 119:160); produces reverence (Psalm 119:161)
  • How we praise God with our lips – singing [more on this point later]; praying (Acts 4:24-28, 31); speaking (Luke 1:64)

Offer Prayers in Accordance to God’s Word (Psalm 119:169-170, 173)

  • The reason why the psalmist had an expectation that God would help him was because he chose God’s word (Psalm 119:173) – we cannot expect God to hear our prayers if we do not follow His word (Psalm 34:15; 119:145-147); we choose to follow God’s precepts; God has given us free will (Deuteronomy 30:19-20; Matthew 11:28; 23:37)
  • When we pray, we are not going to receive understanding contrary to God’s word (Psalm 119:169) – Mormons often say to pray for knowledge that the book of Mormon is right, but we are to pray for wisdom (James 1:5)
  • When we pray, God is not going to answer us in a way that is contrary to His word (Psalm 119:170) – His will will be done in all things (Job 42:1-2)

Sing Songs About His Word (Psalm 119:172)

  • In our worship, we sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19) – some of these should be about God’s word
  • Singing is helpful because it is instructive (Colossians 3:16) – we can teach of God’s word through song; the music helps us to remember the truths contained in the songs

We Should Desire Salvation So That We Can Continue to Praise God (Psalm 119:174-175)

  • Like David, we likely long for salvation (Psalm 119:174) – we recognize the blessing of heaven and understand the horrors of hell (Revelation 21:4, 8)
  • Like David, we likely have a desire for life (Psalm 119:175) – eternal life (previous point) and even temporal life (we often want to prolong our lives here, not because we fear death, but so we can continue to enjoy God’s blessings)
  • Why do we want to be saved / have life? … our desire should be to praise God as long as we live on the earth (Hebrews 13:15); our desire to get to heaven should be that we can continue to praise God (Revelation 7:9-15)

We Must Be Mindful of Our Fallibility and Our Need for God (Psalm 119:176)

  • As we consider all that we have in this psalm, we need to understand a basic point – even an understanding of God’s word does not somehow unlock a state of sinless perfection; even as Christians, we will stumble into sin from time to time (1 John 1:8)
  • Remember that we need God – if He does not remember us (seek us), we have no hope
  • Never forget God’s commandments – only way to know how to please God and return to Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Conclusion

  • Without God’s word, we cannot know God or what His will for us is – we should praise Him for it
  • More than just offering empty word of praise, we must also be obedient to His word

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