Verse analysis of Psalm 119:1-8

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119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of

the Lord.

May we become the undefiled. May we learn together to walk in the way

of the Law. Blessed may be modernized to read happy. Notice these

Christians are happy to walk in the way of the Lord. They are having

a good time together. When we have a good time in the Lord then we

encourage others to get what we have namely Christ. The greatest

thing that we can forfeit to the Devil is our joy. When we do so we

stop others from wanting what we have.

Is it time for an examination of your own heart? Are there areas in

your life where you are choosing to forfeit your joy to the Lord?

Remembering we loose nothing to the Devil that we do not willingly

forfeit. Ask the Lord to examine your heart and purge you of those

areas of your life where you are not walking with the Lord.

If you

have never begun your walk with the Lord please do so now.

119:2 Blessed are they that keep His testimonies, and that seek Him

with the whole heart.

Happy are those who keep the Word with their own hearts. Are there

areas of your life where you are not listening to the Word? Are you

truly seeking him with your whole heart? One way that we do this is

in quiet time. If you are not having an active quiet time I encourage

you to do so now. I have a great friend who used to say she never had

time for a quiet time. This is how she solved her problem. She set

the alarm clock 5 minutes earlier each day for a week. The next week

she set it another 5 minutes earlier. She continued this pattern

until she had worked it up to an hour a day. She now has been doing

this for 10 years and can't imagine living without her quiet time.

Another word of encouragement. What we give to the Lord he will give

back to us, pressed down and overflowing. If we give him our time he

will return it to us pressed down and overflowing. With our busy

lifestyles we can't afford to not give it to him.

119:3 They also do no iniquity: They walk in His ways.

Notice what happens to our lives when we stay in the Word. We

eliminate sin from our lives. Notice that the psalmist here is

looking at other people in this verse. Is there someone that you know

that you want to be like? Do they seem perfect to you? I would

imagine that this person has an active quiet time and is diligently

walking in the Ways of the Lord.

One of the mistakes that God has been convicting me of in the

last couple of weeks is that of praying if it be your will. We are to

instead pray the will of God. If we do not know the will of God we

are to ask and it will be revealed to us so that we can line our will

up with that of God.

Notice here that the Psalmist uses the pronoun they. He is observing

other Christians. So far he is making no contact with them. What kind

of Bible are you showing the world?

119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

Notice that the Psalmist is slowly turning his focus. He has now

slowly started to get pulled into being a Christian. He has gone from

observing it in others to identifying as a group with it. Notice also

that it takes work to keep the commandments of the Lord. We must be

diligent in doing it.

119:5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Here the Psalmist is starting to pray that God would direct his

ideas. Is that your prayer? Do you lack wisdom in some area? Let him

ask God what should I do? He will give you a clear-cut answer if you

ask in faith.

119:6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy


Notice the Psalmist here is starting to feel the guilt of sin. He is

starting the process of answering the call of the Holy Spirit on his


119:7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have

learned thy righteous judgments.

Are you able to praise God with an upright heart? God lives to hear

your praise. We enter into his courts with praise. Satan is defeated

when we begin to praise. Do you get the message? When you can't do

anything else, when all seems lost, praise God!

119:8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

The Psalmist here is declaring that he will keep God's word for fear

that God will forsake him.