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Oh How Love I Thy Law - Part One
Righteousness Is Keeping God's Laws, Psalm 119:172
Oh How I love I Thy Laws: It is my meditation all day long, Psalm 119:97. These verses are a very part of the song of King David one of the psalmist who wrote this beautiful Psalm 119. It is a discourse on God's Laws of love, the Ten Commandments. They are just not suggestions to be changed at the whim of men. It is the longest Psalm and one of the most lovable since it professes why we need God to help us. There was no doubt in King David's mind that we should keep them all if we desire to be righteous, Psalm 119:172 - My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy Commandments are Righteousness.
So how about you? Do you believe Jesus that they are to be kept today, John 14:15. Or do you believe in the teachings of men like Martin Luther or John Calvin that they can be changed by the church? These men say they are no longer binding on us since they were nailed to the cross. That the Old Testament Laws are now null and void because we are under grace. Any day is okay to worship God on, Proverbs 16:25, Jeremiah 17:9. You need to read Ezekiel chapters 40-46, here you will see animal scrifce being offered again.
Does grace really replace the Laws of God? The apostle Paul did not think so,Romans 6:13-23; 7:11-13, Ephesians 2:4-10. Jesus warned us of men who would teach for doctrines the commandments of men, Matthew 15:7-9. The apostle Peter also warned us of people who would try to falsely and misinterpret the apostle Paul's teaching, 2 Peter 3:16-18.
Jesus Christ, Yeshua, the God of Israel and our coming Messiah and King said he did not come to destroy the Law or the teachings of the prophets, but to fulfill them and show us how we can keep them with help from the Holy Spirit, Matthew 5;17-20, Isaiah 8:20, John 16:7-13. We should listen to God and read the Word of God and get the right answers because there is only one right interpretation of the scriptures by the Holy Spirit, 2 Peter 1:20-21. Do you listen to the Spirit? Do you want God's Laws written on the tablets of your heart by the Holy Spirit or not, Hebrews 10:15-20, Jeremiah 31:31-24?
The apostle Paul said we can keep God's laws when we have the Holy Spirit in us, so we can walk in the Spirit, Romans 8:1-4. John the apostle said we must have the Holy Spirit in us to keep God's commandments, 1 John 3:22-24. John also said this is how we know we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His Commandments and they are not grievous, 1 John 5:1-3. John said in 1 John 2:1-5, We have an advocate in Jesus and we can know Him and our Heavenly Father when we keep His commandments. But if we say we know Him and keep not His commandments we are liars, Isaiah 8:20..
Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew that the love of God hangs on how we keep God's laws, Matthew 22: 36-40. James the Lord's brother said if we break any one of God's laws we break them all, James 2:10. Nowhere in any of these Scriptures does it say that the church can change them. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and does not change what God commanded us to keep always, Hebrew 13:8, Malachi 3:6.
Martin Luther did not write the Bible but did intrepreted it according to his own understanding of the Bible from a Catholic view point. He kept Sunday as part of his Catholic teachings as an Augustinian Monk, as put forth from his Augsburg Confession, Article 28. John Calvin came from a similar back ground with his own interpretation of the word of God. Their views were skewed because neither one kept God's Sabbath Day or Holy Days.
They followed commandments based on Catholic doctrine not the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as put forth in the Bible. Certain of God's laws where changed by leaving them out or by making two laws out of one and by instituting another day for the Holy Sabbath Day. It does matter which Day we keep to God if you want a right relationship with the Elohim Godhead. According to Jesus Christ, the apostles Paul and James, Peter and Matthew and all the prophets in both the Old and New Testament it does, God's Laws are forever,Jeremiah 31:34-36.
What we need to do is examine this powerful Psalm 119 written by King David, a man after God's own heart, Acts 2:25-38; 13:22-23 and see how we can apply them to our daily lives here on earth, 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17. We need to hold fast to these teachings of David as he was inspired to write them for us today by the Holy Spirit, 2 Timothy1:13-14, Psalm 51:10-11.
Let's get started and read through this wonderful Psalm placed here in the Bible just for you, for inspiration to stir up your heart to do good works by the Law of the Spirit and bare good fruit, Romans 8:2, Galatians 5:22-23.
STANZA - ALEPH: 1
Psalm 119:1 - Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the Law of the Lord. Right away king David is telling us that we can be blessed and become less likely to sin if we walk in God's Laws the way Jesus did. Jesus said we need to become perfect even as He became perfect, Matthew 5:44-48.
Psalm 119: 2 - Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek Him with the whole heart. Jesus sought our heavenly Father with His whole heart for us when He started His passion in the Garden of Gethsemane, Hebrews 1:1-3, 5-6, 8-12. He did God's will in giving Himself for us to fulfill God's will for us! He did it willingly. Are you willing to lay down your life for Him and the brethren if you need to. Will you let God's will be done in you,Matthew 26:39-44. He asked for strength and encouragement to do God's will. So should we, for it is not by our might and our own power but by the power of the Holy Spirit, Zechariah 4:6, John 14:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.
Psalm 119: 3 - They also do no inquity: they walk in His Ways. Jesus said that those that commit sin are the servants of sin., and the servant abideth not in the house forever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed, John 8:34-36. He that is of God heareth God's words, John 8:47b. If a man keep My sayings he shall never see death, John 8:51. I am the Way,and the Truth and the Life; no man commeth unto the Father but by Me, John 14:6. There is a time coming when sinners will have no where to hide but will need to repent of their sins right away and walk in His Ways, Isaiah 30:19-21.
Psalm 119:4 - Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. When God gives us commandments we are to keep them willingly and whole hearted. With obedience comes blessings, but with sin comes cursings and a need for correction and repentance, Leviticus 26:1-13, 14-16, 17-33, Proverb 3:12. It takes a lot of work to stay on the narrow road of salvation at this time. Curses are the result of wrong thinking about God's Ways, Proverbs 26:2,10,23, 27-28. Keeping pagan ways is certain to bring plagues on you, Revelation 18: 4-5.
Psalm 119:5 - O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes. Our fleshy carnal minds will not naturally keep God's Laws because our human minds have been tainted by Satan's evil ways. Our nature, human nature, is really filled with the Devil's nature until God opens our minds through grace and gives us time to repent of evil deeds that lead to sin, Jeremiah 17:9 - 'The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it." What normally seems right to us humans can lead to sin and death, Proverbs 16:25 - There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
So we need to follow God's ways asking for the true wisdom to follow God's laws, statutes and precepts that come from Mother wisdom the Holy Spirit, Proverbs 1:8,20-24. Jesus Christ had all these blessings from His Mother the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKadosh, Isaiah 11:2-5. We need to be more like Jesus, Philppians 2:5. The best way to do this is to listen to what he says we should do,John 14:6. Especially we should listen to the Holy Spirit who nutures us like Her little children, John 14:15-21, Psalm 131:1-3.
Psalm 119:6 - Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. Sin brings shame, guilt and afflictions on us when we break, God's Laws. Our sins could eventually lead to eternal death if not repented of, Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ. When we respect God's laws and repent of breaking them and keep them we can receive eternal life. Jesus set his perfect examples for us to follow,Matthew 19:26-28.
Psalm 119:7 - I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. The more we keep and obey God's laws we can see the results and the blessings from the right ways of God, Psalm 31:23-24. It takes time to learn all of God's laws perfectly. But when we do them we can have a clear mind when we approach God the Father, 2 Timothy1:7. It's a great feeling and delight to obey God and to be able to come to Him as a begotten son or daughter, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18.
Psalm 119:8 - I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. God will never forsake those that seek Him with a humble contrite heart like king David did, Psalm 51:1-10. To this person God will comfort, Isaiah 66:2 - For all those things hast my hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. The right fear of our heavenly parents, Father and Mother is the beginning of true knowledge, Proverbs 1:7-8.
STANZA - Beth: 2
Psalm 119:9 - Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. Do you listen to the Word of God, Jesus? He told a young man to keep many of God's commandments, Matthew 19:16-21, This has been a problem for some for many centuries since Jesus came and confirmed the New Covenant for us and returned to heaven for a set time. He set the worship examples and all we have to do is folllow Him. Jesus said, "If you love me keep my commandments." Will you keep them, John 14:15.? So how come so many do not keep them?
Psalm 119:10 - With my whole heart I have sought thee: Oh let me not wander from thy commandments. Even King David deceived himself and backslid into sin a number of times. Once we realize we have sinned we need to repent of those sins just as David did. He was sorry for his grievous sin with Bathsheba the wife of Uriah one of his most faithful soldiers, 2 Samuel 11:3-5, 15, 12:1-13. He begged God to forgive him for such terrible sins, Psalm 51:1-17.
Psalm 119:11 - Thy word I have hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. King David learned from his mistakes to seek God early. That is before his sins became a regular bad habit causing him to fall from Godf's amazing grace forever, 2 Samuel 24:2-10. God punished David by taking the lives of many of his people from Israel because he numbered his army, verse 17-25. But he did repent and received mercy from the God of Israel, who removed the plague from israel that was caused by one of David's sins.
Psalm 119:12 - Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. David was willing to be taught by God so he would not keep on sinning against Him. God chastening of David had dreadful results on others around him and on hmself. He realized that his human nature was opposed to God's laws and decided it was better to be blessed by God rather than be punished for his sins. He took God's statutes serious from than on and wrote many Psalms like this one declaring God's good benefits for Isareal if they obeyed Him, Psalm 31:19-24.
Psalm 119:13- With my lips i have declared all thy judgments of thy mouth. David told his people about God's mercy on him and encouraged them to seek God always because God is the living God who has given us laws, statutes and judgments to keep them from being snared by the evil ways of Satan, Psalm 138:1-8.
Psalm 119:14 - I have rejoiced in the way of your testimonies, as much as in all riches. David appreciated God's forgiveness and encouraged his people to do the same thing if they wanted blessings, Psalm 144:9-15.
Psalm 119:15 - I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. To meditate on God's laws helps us to respect God's righteous ways of living because they lead to eternal life. When we see the results of keeping them and not keeping them we can evaluate very quickly the benefits of keeping them, Psalm 115:1-18.
Psalm 119:16 - I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Real happiness comes only from keeping God's ways. Sin destroys happy people so it is always better to rejoice in the ways of God. Only a fool would think evil of God's perfect ways, Psalm 14:1-7.
STANZA - Gimet: 3
Psalm 119:17 - Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. God will bless us and keep us from danger and prosper us in many ways. The goal for us is eternal life if we obey God and keep all His commandments Psalm 34:4-6,21-22; 33:18-22. God will take care of His faithful servants in hard times, Revelation 3:7-13.
Psalm 119:18 - Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderous things out of thy law. God will give us wisdom and take care of our needs, Psalm 113:5-9; 111:1-10. God will bless the righteous with long life and be with us to deliver you from all our enemies.
Psalm 119:19 - I am a stranger in ther earth: hide not thy commandments from me. God will look after us and write His Laws and statutes in our hearts and mine so we can keep them always, Ezekiel 36:26-30.
Psalm 119:20 - My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times. Once we have tasted God's grace, we should be seeking Him with our whole heart to obey God's ways because of His mercy on us. We need to ask for wisdom to obey God and to help others come to know Him, James 1:5, 3:17-18.
Psalm 119:21 - Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments. God will punish the wicked if they do not repent of their evil deeds and break God's commandments. There are curses and plagues on people who do not keep God's ways, Revalation 18:4-5; 22:11-15.
Psalm 119:22 - Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. We can receive forgiveness and blessings when we stop sinning and begin to obey God's righteous testimonies about God's laws. Psalm 69 7-16.
Psalm 119:23 - Princes did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Who is like God that can deliver us from those that hate us. We will sing about all His great mercies on us, Psalm 89:1-7,14-18, Jeremiah 30:7-22.
Psalm 119:24 - Thy testimonies are my delight and my counselors. King David had a lot to be thankful for and so should we. He wrote many of hese amazing Psalms to show his appreciation to the God of Israel, Psalm145:1-21. His son Solomon also spoke highly about the Holy Spirit in the book of Proverbs as Mother Wisdom, Proverbs 3:1-19, John 14:26. We all need to ask for more wisdom so we can keep God's ways through knowing His laws, statutes, and testimonies, James 1:5-12.
STANZA - Daleth: 4
Psalm 119:25 - My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. Though king David lived only 70 years his life was full of trials. His happiest times were when he obeyed God. David's repentant heart is what we all need, 1 Kings 2:1-3, 10-11, Isaiah 57:1-2. God will raise him up or quicken him in the future to rule under Jesus Christ forever, Jeremiah 30:9.
Psalm 119:26- I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. David stayed close to God after suffering various trials. He taught his son Solomon and the nation of israel to obey God. He was forever asking God to teach him more of God's ways, Psalm 70:1-5; 67:1-7; 51:9.
Psalm 119:27 - Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I speak of they wonderous works. If we listen to God we will not sin as often, but will praise God's name . We will teach God's ways to other people so they to can receive eternal life by grace for their obedience, Psalm 1:1-6.
Psalm 119:28 - My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according to thy word. There are times when everything seems to go wrong for us. This would be a good time to seek God's help so He will strenghten us to bare good fruit and stay on track with Him even in what may seem to be a hopeless situation, Proverbs 14:26-27.
Psalm 119:29 - Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. God can teach us how to overcome our deceitful hearts, Jeremiah 17:9-13, Psalm 111:1-10.
Psalm 119:30 - I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me. King David opened his mind with all his heart to learn God's truths. He had his eyes opened to see and receive an excellent understanding from the God of truth Jesus Christ, John 14:6, Psalm 146:1-10.
Psalm 119:31 - I hae stuck to thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame. God will never forsake the righteous persons that seek after Him. God's hand is with the righteous, Psalm 118:1-14.
Psalm 119:32 - I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. The best way to get started is to believe in Jesus, repent, and be baptized so you can receive the Holy Spirit to help you keep God's commandments and to become born again, Acts 2:38,
STANZA - HE: 5
Psalm 119:33 - Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I will keep them to the end. John 3:3-8. In order for God to teach us we must be willing to be teachable by the Holy Spirit and apply God's statutes to our lives forever. We must believe who God is and that He will reward us with blessings and even eternal when we do His will, Revelation 22:12, Matthew 5:19.
Psalm 119:34 - Give me understanding and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. God expects us to put His ways first in our lives. To do whatever it takes to keep His Laws, 1 Thessalonians 5::5-23.
Psalm 119:35 - Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for there in I delight. God needs to put the Holy Spirit in us so that we will continue to be willing to do His will. With the Holy Spirit in us we should make right choices and obey God, Romans 8:9, 15-16.
Psalm 119:36 - Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not unto covetousness. We should be satisfied with whatever we have when we keep God's commandments because God can increase us wth blessings, Matthew 6:25-34. The rich young man coveted his wealth more than to obey God, his coveting of his own wealth made it an idol to him, Matthew 19:21-22. This will not work because we would be breaking the 2nd and 10th Commandments of idolatry and coveting, Exodus 20:4-6,17.
Psalm 119:37 - Turn away my eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken me in thy way. The best way to keep God's laws is to be humble and to listen to do whatever God wants us to do if we want to be in God's Kingdom, Proverbs 28:14, Ecclesiastes 1:14-17, 12:8, James 4:1-17.
Psalm 119:38 - Stablish thy word to thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear, God will not forsake those that trust in Him and do His will, 2 Timothy 1:7. God keeps his word to us , Isaiah 66:9-10. The meek and righteous shall inherit the earth and be filled with God's goodness, Matthew 5:5-6.
Psalm 119:39 - Turn away the reproach which I fear: for all thy judgments are good. God will forgive our sins so we need to repent of sin and we shall be blessed forever, Jeremiah 30:17-22.
Psalm 119:40 - Behold, I longed for the precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. God will reward us according to our faith in keeping His Laws. We need His grace first, Hebrews 12:1-2,22-28, Revelation 22:12.
STANZA - VAU: 6
Psalm 119:41 - Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. There is a time coming in the future when God will redeem His people Israel and even all the Gentiles, Romans 11:25-27. There will be no more Gentiles because all will be spiritual Jews and absorbed into the new Israel, Romans 2:28-29. King David will be there at this time, Ezekiel 37:23-24, Revelation 20:12, 21:1-7.
Psalm 119:42 - So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproaches me: for I trust in thy word. God will put the right words in our mouths to answer those that hate us. He will also destroy those that will not listen to us and if they do not change their attitudes for good, Zechariah 14:9-16, 21, Joel 3:9-16, Zephaniah 3:9-10.
Psalm 119:43 - And take not my word of truth out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. King David died serving God He will be saved with all Israel in that Day, Ezekiel 37:25-38.
Psalm 119:44 - So shall I keep thy Law continually forever and ever. David will be a King over Israel when Jesus Christ returns. He received God's grace and he kept God's ways and laws, Psalm 139:1-4, 14-18, 23-24.
Psalm 119:45 - And I will walk at liberty: for I will seek all thy precepts. David will walk as a Son of God in israel because he sought God's precepts, judgments and laws, Psalm 89:15-28, 35-37.
Psalm 119:46- I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings and I will not be ashamed. David was not afraid to speak of God;s mercies while he was alive in Israel. He will also speak for Christ in the New Jerusalem at Jesus Christ return, Psalm 145:8-21.
Psalm 119;47- I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. David was always praising God for His righteous ways, Psalm 37:23-28, 31-34, 39-40.
Psalm 119:48 - My hands I will also lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved, and I will meditate in thy statutes. David learned to love God's commandments with his whole heart, might and soul. He will live again because he would not quit obeying and praising God's ways once he learned them, Psalm 11:3,6. David was happy to obey God and could sleep well at night with peace of mind, Psalm 4:7-8.
I hope you have enjoyed this first part of Psalm 119:1-48? I will be back with more of this beautiful Psalm by David. If you are a new person to the Bible, you may want to know just where God's Ten Commandments are located in the Bible and what each commandment says we are to do. The Ten Comandments can be found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Dueteronomy 5:4-22. Read them and let the Holy Spirit write them in your heart and mind, Romans 8:1-4. Baptizm is needed for a better understanding so do as the apostle Peter said to do in Acts 2:38. Amen.
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