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Oh How Love I Thy Law - Part Three
King David Had a Mind Like Jesus Christ Because He Loved God's Laws
Welcome back to our hub on Psalm 119, we will continue with verses 97-144. We hope you will enjoy this study on this remarkable Psalm of David, on his Love for God's testimoninies on His laws, commandments, statutes, precepts and judgments. To know God is to love God because God is love, 1 John 4:7-8.
Some will ask, "If God is all loving why does He allow humans to die?" Well, there are a number of important reasons why this happens. One is that God has set a limit on how long we can live. He has made us temporary with free moral agency, even though we were meant to live forever. The first humans had everything going good for them, Genesis 1:26-31, 2:1-3, 18-20. They even had access to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, which if they continued to partake of would have given them eternal life. But sin cut them off from this Tree and God has set a time limit on us because of human misbehavior, Genesis 3:15, 22-24, Matthew 28:18-20.
The choices by the first two free moral agents, Adam-man and Adam-woman, were wrong choices which resulted in sin and finally their deaths. Adam died when he was 930 years of age and Eve more than likely lived as long as Adam. Now, with Satan as there ruler, because they rejected God's commandment not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they and their descendants started to sin naturally. But this was not the natural way that God wanted us to behave. Today human nature has become the twisted reasoning of the Devil, Jeremiah 17:9, Revelation 12:9. God detest that wicked reasoning fron Satan and will get rid of it in time through Jesus Christ, Matthew 28:18-20., Genesis 6;5, Jeremiah 17:10, 1 Corinthians 15:45-57.
Adam and Eve were given a big test to see which way they would go, but they chose the wrong way, James 1:13-15. Thus, God began to limit our life span after Noah's Flood. We actually have caused death to come on ourselves. We have comprimised our human nature after the "god" of this world Satan the devil, John 8:44, so we all have to die. All humans suffer this same fate because of sin, James 2:5-13. Still, sin is sin and sin causes death to the sinner, Romans 6:23. Death is the result of disobeying God and breaking His Laws, statutes and precepts given to us by God starting before the flood of Noah, Genesis 2, and then on Mount Sinai and up into our present time, Exodus 20, 1 John 3:4.
Many seem aghast that the Israelites were told to annihilate all the people of the land of Canaan, the promised land given to the Israelites. The problem with those people was the Canaanites were very wicked, filled with many evil pagan ways of Satan. God wanted to purify the new home of the Israelites and drive out the enemies of God of Israel, Joshua 23:2-16.Once again the iisraelites failed to do as God commanded them, Joshua 15:63, 16:10,23:5, 9:3-15,18, 22-27.
Israel failed to caste out their enemies , so their new land was filled with the enemies of God, that they were suposed to drive out, Judged 1:19, 21, 27-35. It did not take to long for the children of israel to follow the ways of those nations, once Joshua died, Judges 2:8-11. God would use those nations to prove whether Israel would obet Him or not, Judges 3:1-7.
This was the kind of world that king David of Israel grew up in, a land filled with the enemies of the God of Israel. This is the land of Israel were king David would learn to love the God of Israel, and write this Psalm 119, with his loving passion about God's life giving Laws, statutes, and judgments, Psalm 119:97
Now, let's read more of this Psalm of David and be inspired to serve the God of Israel, Jesus Christ, with our hearts filled with the new righteousness that comes from the Holy Spirit, Hebrews 10:15-24 - Wherefor the Holy Spirit, also is a witness to us: for after that She said before, " This is the covenant that I will make with them after those Days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more." Now, where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. Having therefore brtehren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say of His flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from and evil conscience, and our bodies washed with the pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised), and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works.
Now, let's get on with our Bible study of king David's Psalm 119:97-144.
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Psalm 119:97 - O how Love I Thy Law, it is my meditation all the Day. There should be no doubt in our minds that God's Laws and Commandments are for our benefit. Like king David we should strive to keep them with all our whole hearts, souls and minds. They lead us to salvation which is what God will reward us with when Jesus Christ returns the second time, if we are ready and waiting together in the faith and righteousness of Jesus Christ, Psalm 3:8, Romans 3:22-27.
Psalm 119:98 - Thou through thy commandments have made me wiser than mine enemies : for they are forever with me. A wise person will seek and keep God's laws by asking for wisdom and understanding to help keep them, James 1:5, Proverbs 2:1-8, Matthew 7: 7-8. When king Solomon became king over Israel , he asked God for wisdom and understanding, 1 Kings 3:7- 15.
Psalm 119:99 - I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. We like David and his son Solomon need to keep learning God's ways statutes, precepts and judgments and know how to apply them in our daily lives, Proverbs 1:7-9 . We can learn the Laws by our Mother the Holy Spirit, John 16:13, Romans 8:1-2.
Psalm 119:100 - I understand more than the ancients, because I kept thy precepts. Like David when we seek Godly wisdom to keep God's ways, we will be wiser than people that have lived long lives but never understood God's ways on how to keep them. We cannot learn to keep God's commandments with our own human wisdom, we need the Holy Spirit's wisdom to help us, Proverbs 1:20-23, 2:1-9, John 14: 16-18.
Psalm 119:101 - I have refrained my heart from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. David sought God's wisdom, so that he would not hurry to do evil but meditated on choices that would prosper him in God's ways, Proverbs 1:10-19, 2:6-12, Jeremiah 17:5-7, 10-16-18.
Psalm 119:102 - I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me. David stayed fast in learning God's ways and will be rewarded for his trust in God's ways, statutes, laws and commandments that God taught him through the Holy Spirit, Psalm 111:1-10, 51:10-13.
Psalm 119:103 - How sweet are thy words unto my taste, yeah sweeter than honey to my mouth. David understood the sweet tastee of victory when God delivered him his enemies, Psalm 86:1-17.
Psalm 119:104 - Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. David was forever seeking God's help and was blessed for doing so, Psalm 17:1-8,15,18, 22-21, 46-50.
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Psalm 119:105 - The word is a lamp unto my feet, and a lamp unto my path. King David has also become a light unto us by writing all his Psalms, so that we can have them to reflect on them for encouragement as God's faithful workers today. Especially, Psalm 119 which is a discourse on God's Laws and now with the help of the Holy Spirit in us we can also be lights for God because we keep His righteous commandments, Matthew 5:14-16 They enrich us we the importance of why we need to keep them and that they have not been done away with as Jesus plainly shows us in, Matthew 5:17-19. Jesus Christ is the same with us today, Hebrews 13:8. He is still very much the same Lord of the Sabbath as He was in Genesis 2:1-3, Mark 2:27-28, 1 john 1:5- 10..
Psalm 119:106 - I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments. David kept his word to God and stayed with God's righteous ways until the end of his physical life. He will see God'as face again and he will then be like God, Psalm 17:1-9,15.
Psalm 119:107 - I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy word. It is through trials that we can build God's righteous character in us by faith. God tests everyone that belongs to Him, Romans 5:1-5. God did not forsake king David, neither will he forsake us as long as we accept His correction and keep growing in grace through faith by understanding how important it is to us to keep His commandments, statutes, and judgments that have not been done away, Proverbs 3:11-13, Romans 6:6-18.
Psalm 119:108 - accept, I beseech thee, the free will offering of my mouth, O Lord and teach me thy judgments. King David continually prayed to God for help. He enjoyed his relationship with God and so should we, Psalm 5:1-7. Jesus taught us how to pray and fast and what to say, even as David was taught by the God of Israel, who was Jesus Christ, Matthew 6:5-18, Psalm 102:1-9,19-27.
Psalm 119:109 - My soul is continually in my hand: yet I do not forget thy law. Our souls also should be in God's hands but we must make that free choice, life and righteousness or the wages of sin, death. Romans 6:23, 2 Timothy 3:14-17. It is a lot healthier for us to choose life the happier way of God, Psalm 25:12, Matthew 19:17. Psalm 119, is set here in the book of Psalms so we can come here and drink learn how important God's laws are to our salvation and learn to apply them to our lives and make sure we keep them, as some say they do, but they do not, because some say they are no longer needed. Matthew 6:33, 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
Psalm 119:110 - The wicked have laid a snare for me:yet I erred not from thy precepts. David was quick to draw near to David when hard times came. He spent a lot of time on his knees along with fasting to make sure he was humble before God, Psalm 31:1-3,8-12, 63:1-11.
Psalm 119:111 - Thy testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. David proclaimed that the way of God's laws, commandments, were testimonies of a covenant made to him by the God of Israel and that hewould receive eternal life, Psalm 89:1-7, 18-24.
Psalm 119:112 - I have inclined my heart to perform thy statutes always, even to the very end. David was certainly a man who sought God on all matters concerning the lives of his people Israel and even for his own short comings, Psalm 144:9-15.
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Psalm 119:113 - I hate vain thoughts: but thy law I love. David and his son Solomon knew that anything we try to do on our own efforts and not based on God's precepts and testimonies on God's law and commandments is just a whole lot of pure vanity. To imagine or to think about God nailing His laws to the cross is follishness and pure vanity on the highest level, Psalm 144: 4-8, 10-11; Ecclesiasties 9:1-3, 1:2-3, 14 - Vanity of vanities saith the preacher; all is vanity, let us hear the con clusion of the whole matter; fear God, and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of a human. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil.
Psalm 119:114 - Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. When David was under a lot of mental and physical pressure he knew that he could go to God with his problems and expect gpod to protect him because he had from experience develped faith in God's promises, Psalm 32:1-7.
Psalm 119;115 - Depart from me, ye evil doers; for I will keep the commandments of my God. David was a man of action and of great fortitude, who stood up to his enemies, Psalm 101:1-8, Proverbs 28:1,7,13.
Psalm 119:116 - Uphold me according to thy word, that I may live: let me not be ashamed of my hope. David was continually faithful to God and would not give up praising God for his mighty works , along with His protection from his enemies., Psalam 64:1-10.
Psalm 119:117 - Hold me up and I shall have respect unto thy statutes continually. David developed a great respect for God and His perfect laws and commandments and so are we to do today. It takes a lot of hard work and studying to draw near to God. Lack of It can lead to back sliding and cutting oneself off from the Holy Spirit, who would strengthen us, Psalm 51:1-6,11-15.
Psalm 119: 118 - Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood. David saw God's hand in punishing evil doers that refused to follow God's ways and statutes, many were disrespectful even among the Israelites and anyone else that refused to acknowledge David as king over Israel, Psalm 121: 1-8, 124:1-8.
Psalm 119:119 - Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like drose: therefore I love thy testimonies. God did perserve king David from all his enemies because he became very faithful to God, Psalm 140:1-4, 143:6-12.
Psalm 119:120 - My flesh trembles for fear of thee; I am afraid of thy judgments. David was not cocky with sef assurance in his own abilities, but approached God with a very humble attitude. He knew he must trust and obey God if he were to receive God's mercy, Psalm 143:1-4, 7-12, 6:1-10.
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Psalm 119:121 - I have done judgment and justice; leave me not to my oppressors. King David served God well,and tried to keep his people Israel, even his whole nation close to God. He also dealt swiftly with his enemies when they tried to conquer Israel to destroy them, 1Samuel 17:44-51. God supported David and did not let his oppressors get the upper hand over him, Psalm 2:1-12.
Psalm 119:122 - Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me. Though David had many enemies, God assured him that Hewould not let them destroy him, though at times it seemed that god might forget about David, but God did send him help and delivered him from all his enemies. David made sure that God would hear him by fasting and praying for deliverance, Psalm 102: 1-17, 24-28.
Psalm 119:123 - My eyes fail for thy salvation, and for thy word of thy righteousness. There were times when David thought that God had desserted him all together, maybe because of some hidden sins, but God was there to help him. David strove to be righteous and to keep all of God's commandments, statutes and precepts, Psalm 88:1-=16,89:1-4,15-18, 20-28.
Psalm 119:124 - Deal with thy servant according to thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. God did deal with David according to His mercy and He will deal with us likewise (because God does not lie), when we are doing His will and continue to keep seeking His ways, Psalm 31:19-24, Revelation 5:10, 22: 11-12.
Psalm 119:125 - I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies. David was able to humble himself before God and ask for a better understanding, so he could keep God's laws and commandments always, Psalm 61;1-8. to humble ones self is the first before god is the first step in making contact with the Almighty, Isaiah 66:2, Psalm 62:5-12.
Psalm 119:126 - It is time for thee, O Lord to work: for they have made void thy Law. God is always working, but some humans, ( even among the Israelites) think He is sleeping or is afar off or does not exist at all, Psalm 14:1-7. David wanted God to correct people with that attitude and lead them back to Him and offer them salvation also, Psalm 9:1-2,5-7, 9-10,18-20.
Psalm 119:127 - Therefore Iove thy commandments above gold; yea above fine gold. David declared God's goodness and that to obey God was more important than riches or treasures of gold, Psalm 19:7-11, 108:1-13.
Psalm 119:128 - Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and hate every false way. We also are to esteem God's ways, as the only right way to go. Even as God gave grace to king David , he will also give grace to us. So we need to repent of any further sins and learn to to perfect God's ways, and have His laws written in our hearts, Jeremiah 31:33-34, Hebrews 10:15-17. King David will be there in God's Kingdom of Israel, as a shepherd over the redeemed House of Israel and House of Judah, because he did keep God's precepts,and laws. We can be there if we also follow David's examples here in Psalm 119 and all of his good works of the Spirit, Ezekiel 34:23-31, Galatians 5:22-26.
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Psalm 119:129 - Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The Great God who testified and gave to the nation of Israel, His ten Commandments, meant for them to keep them always. They did not have the Holy Spirit poured out on most of them like the New Testament Church did in faith, Acts 2:1-21. Ancient Israel was personally witnessed by Yeshua, the God Person who became Jesus Christ in the New Testiment, 1 Corinthians 10:1-5. Amncient Israel did not have the heart in them to obey God then at Mt. Sinai, Dueteronomy 5:28-29. However, now that Jesus has come and laid down His life for all of human kind, as the greatest witness ever given, Matthew 27:50-53, 28:18-20. All humans now called have access to God's throne of grace if we do as the apostle Peter said to do, Acts 2:38-41. King David was extremely happy with God's ways and so will you if you continue to avail yourself to be God's servants like Jesus Christ, Psalm 119:96-98, Luke 22:25-28.
Psalm 119:130 - The entrance of your words giveth light, it gives understanding to the simple. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to learn to obey God. It is a matter of fact that God mostly calls an average person to salvation to be as lights to the wise, so that the wise cannot glory in themselves in His presence, 1 Corinthians 1:23-29., Matthew 5;14-16. King David started out as a humble shepherd boy and became the greatest king of Israel, 1 Samuel 16:1, 3-11, 12-13, 2 Samuel 2:4, 3:9-10, 5:1-3.
Psalm 119:131 - I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for thy commandments. King David learned to put God first in his life, Psalm 41:1-2, 10-13. So can we if we are willing to keep seeking first the Kingdom of God in our lives. God will also provide the things we need in this life, Matthew 6:31-33.
Psalm 119:132 - Look upon me, and be merciful unto me, as tho used to do unto those that love thy name. Oh, to have the mind of David? We can if we seek God with all of our hearts and let the Holy Spirit writeGod's lovely laws in our hearts, Hebrews 10:15-16. God is a God of great mercy and does take notice of our ways if we approach Him with an humble heart and seek Him continually, as king David did by bearing the good fruits of the Spirit, Psalm 37:1-7,18, Mstthew 7:7-8,12. King David was developing God's mind in him and so we are to do by letting God put Jesus mind in s, Philippians 2:2-5.
Psalm 119:133 - Order my steps in thy word: and let not iniquity have dominion over me. The more we study God's word, the better we can develope God's mind in us. Then we will be able to give a great witness for Him, 2 Timothy 2:15,19. David learned to walk in God's ways continually and so can we, Psalm 107: 21-24,28,38,41-43.
Psalm 119:134 - Deliver me from the oppressions of man: so I shall keep thy precepts. King David had his share oftrials and hard times from the enemies of Israel and from the Israelites themselves. Even his own family and some of his close friends oppressed him at times. However, God delivered him from them all because he did strive to obey God's statutes,precepts and judgments and so should we, Psalm 68:1-3,19-21, 34-35,70:1-5, 31:10-11.
Psalm 119:135 - Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; teach me thy statutes. God is able to prosper those that seek Him. They shall be lights to other who see the happoiness of God lighting up our faces, Psalm 86:1-17,84:9-12, 34:4-6.
Psalm 119:136 - Rivers of water run down my eyes, because they keep not thy law. David prayed for his enemies that they would repent of their evil deeds and obey God's wonderful ways, Psalm 1:1-6.
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Psalm 119:137 - Righteous art thou, O Lord, and upright are thy judgments. We to can be righteous if we follow king David's examples here in Psalm 119. God's commandments, statutes, judgments and testimonies are for our own good as David tells us in Psalm 119:172. we need to first stop breaking them and receive God's grace, which means letting Jesus Christ live His life in usby faith with the Holy Spirit teaching us, Acts 2:38-39, Romans 3:20-31. John the apostle reafrims us that we are to keep God's commandments because God the Father gives us a new life through Jesus Christ, John 5:1-5, 11-12.
Psalm 119:138 - Thy testimonies that thou hast given are righteous and very faithful. Yes, if we follow God's word from Mount Sinsi right up into our our days, we can be blessed, but if we do not, than we will reveive curses reserved for the wicked, Leviticus 26:3-13,14-24,27-39,40-41. This is the number one reason why our nation today, theUnited States of america, is losing all it's blessings. We are part of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel and God's blessings and cursings have followed us down through the centuries, Leviticus 26:42-46. God knows who we are and will soon redeem us and bring us back to the land He gave to our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (see our link toYair Davidiy's web page, www.britam.org , about the Tribe of Manesseh). All Israel will be saved with the Gentiles, Romans 11:25-26, Jeremiah 30:7-9.
Psalm 119:139 - My zeal hast consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. King David could be upset because his enemies did not know enough about the God of Israel. He was concerned for them also and hoped hat they would seek God and His ways in the future, Psalm 108:3-5,11-13,103: 6-22, 86:3-16.
Psalm 119:140 - Thy words are pure, therefore thy servant loveth it. King David loved God's laws, because they were full of the pure words of God. They were given to Israel by the God of Israel, to teach them, and us, to love God and all humans created in their image, Exodus 20:1-22. Jesus Christ, reaffirmed that God's laws are laws of love, Matthew 22:37-40. John the apostle also said God's commandments are love, 1 John 4:3,6-12.
Psalm 119:141 - I am small and despised: yet I do not I forget thy precepts. Though king David became one of the greatest kings of Israel because he was able to humble himself before God Almighty, Psalm 10:17-18. Moses was also considered the meekest man alive in his day, yet God did many great works through him, Numbers 12:3-7. God will be the sameway to us making us glad and happy, if we will humble our selves before Him and repent of our sins, and receive God's grace through Jesus Christ, Acts 2:32-41.
Psalm 119:142 - Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, thy law is truth. King David learned from a very personal relationship with God Almighty, and so can we, Psalm 18:1-3,20-21. Jesus Christ is the way and the truth and the door to our heavenly Father, by the Holy Spirit and we can have access to all three of them, John 14:6, 10;1-9. We need to be zealous and seek first the kingdom of God in our lives, Matthew 6:31-334. All we have to do is to knock, seek, and ask, and the door will be opened to us through Jesus Christ, Matthew 7:7.
Psalm 119:143 - Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. King David had many trials and test which God used to build David's character through faith and righteousness. These examples of faith have made a role model for many of us as we experience reading about his sore trails which he overcame through perserverance. So we can see that following God is a great experience in faith. Jesus Christ is our greatest role model to follow. He gave His life for us and we can expect the Him to help us develpe His righteousness by overcoming to the end of our lives, Matthew 28:18-20. Jesus Christ's righteousness is what defeated Satan. He was tempted in all points but never sinned and he warned us to expect persecution, but He overcame this world for us so we must endure to the end of our lives, Matthew 4:1-10, Ephesians 3:9-19, Revelation 3:12, 21. Matthew 5:10-12.
Psalm 119:144 - The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me the understanding and I shall live. Though king David died and is still in his grave, he will live again at the second coming of Jesus Christ. If we are as faithful as he was we also shall meet Jesus Christ in the air, 1 Corinthians 15:51-58. So don't forget to take the first step if you have not done it yet, Acts 2:38-39.
We will stop here with this Bible study for now on this portion of Psalm 119. We shall return and finish our last episode on 119:145-176. Please come back and find out more of what king David has to say about God's Holy Laws and Commandments. I'm sure he will inspire you with all his faithful words, Oh how I love thy Law., Remember Jesus Christ said he is the way and the truth and the life to eternal life to our heavenly Father. If you know Jesus you also learn about his Father's plans for you too, John 14:6-7, If you keep God's commandments and become righteous you can also receive eternal life, Revelation 22:11-14.Amen.
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