Psalms 119 - Lesson #4 Review Quiz
Psalms 119: 73-96 – A Joyful Journey Bible Study
Lesson #4 Review
Psalms 119:73-76-“Disciplined for our own good”
- What were the four bullet points from these verses?
- Why do you think discipline is such a big part of following Jesus and how do you obtain it?
- What kind of “fear” is God talking about in our lesson?
Psalms 119:77-80-“Give Me Mercy”
- In verse 77, what is My Delight?
- What are we suppose to concentrate on?
Psalms 119:81-88-“Let’s Take a New Journey”
- What are some of the despairing words used in these verses?
- What are some action words we can take, so we don’t get caught up in despair?
alms 119: 89-91-“Faithful IN His Plans”
- God’s Word is ________________.
- What are we to extend to every generation?
- Be thankful ____ all things.
- What does Jeremiah 29:11 say?
Psalms 119:92-96-“I Will Never Forget!”
- What sustains us?
- What are we to work at?
- Even perfection has its ___________.
- What is the definition of perfection?
- Who is Perfect?
“Perfection isn’t Flawless”
“Perfection isn’t Flawless”
92 If your instructions hadn't sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.93 I will never forget your commandments, for by them you give me life.94 I am yours; rescue me! For I have worked hard at obeying your commandments. 95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on your laws.96 Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.
Verse 92, sounds like the writer had been in deep depression and the Word of God sustained and brought him back to life; the living Word of God brings peace and joy. Have you ever been so depressed you felt like you were going to die or wanted to die? That is a deep pit and one that satan would love to keep us in!
The bible tells us that God always makes a way out of our troubles and heartache, we just need to seek Gods face and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, strength and hope to fight the fight, not give up and persevere to the end! If you are feeling this way at the time of reading this lesson, please don’t give up, find a Christian counselor or trusted friend, one you can share your deepest sorrow and pain with, don’t carry it alone, that’s a dangerous place to be.
These verses go on to tell us that we need never forget Gods Word, as they will rescue us if we turn our lives over to Jesus and do what His Word tells us. The way we keep Gods Word in our hearts so we never forget it, means we have to read and read and read and study and listen to the Word of God. If you are diligent to spend time with Jesus, He will give you the direction and counsel you need to overcome the “stuff” in your live, we have to work hard at obeying His commandments.
There will always be opposition and difficult people in our lives, that is a given, that’s just life. As our verses say, “I will quietly keep my mind on your laws”. Keeping watch over your mind and being careful of what thoughts you entertain throughout your day will make a difference in your attitude and actions toward others.
Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit. What is perfection? The condition, state or quality of being free as possible from all flaws or defects – the action or process of improving something until it is faultless or as faultless as possible.
I know someone that most people would consider this person to be a “perfectionist. These types of people are some of the best people for getting a job done with excellence and pride and also expect everyone around them to do the same.
These people can be very controlling and difficult to work and live with. Their expectations are high, which is good, but there is no flexibility and grace for others. They can oftentimes come across as being rude, arrogant and mean. Yes perfection has its limits – perfection is NOT perfect. I don’t think anyone or anything can really be “perfect and absolutely flawless”.
I do know one person that is flawless, perfect and NO ONE can dispute the fact- JESUS is perfect!
God’s Word is PERFECT and there is NO LIMIT to what God can do through us if we listen and obey His commands.
Spend time with Him – Talk to Him – Find out what He wants for you, He won’t hurt you, He loves you!
81 I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word.82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me?83 I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, but I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.84 How long must I wait? When will you punish those who persecute me?85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me.86 All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause.87 They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments.88 In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws.
Valley Journeys in Life
Waiting in despair and pain: Have you ever felt like this?
- Ø I am worn out waiting for your rescue.
- Ø When will you comfort me? I am shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke.
- Ø When will you punish those who persecute me? These arrogant people who hate your instructions have dug deep pits to trap me.
- Ø Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments.
The journey we’re on today may not be “worded” exactly like these verses, but you get the jest of what the writer is feeling and you can empathize with him. It may have been yesterday or it may be tomorrow, but you feel the pain as you read these verses.
Thank God, there is light at the end of the tunnel and there is HOPE for us. We will “come out” on the other side with regained joy, peace and victory; but there is a price to pay to obtain our victory. The instructions are found in these very same verses. Do your part “obey the word” and the Holy Spirit of God will do His part to “walk you out of your despair”.
How To - Reach and obtain the Mountaintop Journeys in Life
- Ø I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true.
- Ø I have not forgotten to obey your decrees.
- Ø All your commands are trustworthy
- Ø In your unfailing love, spare my life; then I can continue to obey your laws.
No need to add any comments to these verses, they are plain and simple. Follow these directions and you will overcome and obtain your promises. Don’t forget to thank Jesus when you do “come out” of your valley’s and reach the mountaintops again. We are quick to complain but slow to compliment and give thanks IN all things.
Give me Mercy
“Give Me Mercy”
77 Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live, for your instructions are my delight.78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me; meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.79 Let me be united with all who fear you, with those who know your laws.80 May I be blameless in keeping your decrees; then I will never be ashamed.
Prayer to Jesus and God:
Father, surround me with your tender mercies so I may live a life that is pleasing to you, one day at a time. Help me concentrate on the commands and scriptures in your Holy Word. Guide me to the place of worship where you want me to be united with other believers in fellowship, forgiveness, grace and service; all of us working together for you, regardless of our denominations.
Help me be blameless and faithful, filled with compassion and a burning desire to keep your word hidden in my heart; it will be there for me when I need it in my daily temptations. Help me to be what you want me to be and fill me with the fruit of your Holy Spirit afresh every morning when I get up; in keeping this prayer I will not be ashamed of my faith or testimony for you.
Amen and Amen.
“Disciplined for our own good”
73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.74 May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.75 I know, O Lord, that your regulations are fair; you disciplined me because I needed it.76 Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.
- Ø Give me sense to follow your word.
- Ø I have put my hope in your word.
- Ø You discipline me because I need it.
- Ø Let your unfailing love comfort me.
You made me; you created me – this reminds me of a verse in the bible where God speaks of knowing me before I was born, while still in my mother’s womb, at the moment of conception. God has always been there for me, leading me to His saving Grace.
I can’t say how this all works, but I do believe we all have an appointed time for our salvation, some at an early age and some at an older age. Whatever age it may be, I pray we respond to His calling when He does convict and call us to Him.
The days are getting shorter and shorter, the times show that the bible is being fulfilled and Jesus is coming soon! Do you know Him as your Savior? Has the Holy Spirit been tugging at your heart? Don’t keep putting Him off, you don’t know when He may say this is your last day on this earth; be ready to go when He calls you. He made us, He created us for a purpose and that does not mean going through life aimlessly without purpose, hope and His direction.
Father show us what your will is for our lives, and help us be motivated and passionate about following through with what you want us to do. “Now give me the sense to follow your commands”. Amen and Amen.
“May all who fear you find in me a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word”. When I meditate, ponder on this verse this morning, I see the word “fear” as meaning “respect” and not fear as in being afraid of someone or something.
This verse is telling us, that those who are Christians and hold dear to (respect, reverence and know Jesus as their Savior), also find or see in us and our lifestyle Jesus love, joy, and hope, and that they enjoy being around us. May we be a joy to be around and also be willing to share hope filled words from Jesus.
How is your attitude lately? Is it gloom and doom? Do people shy away from being around you because you have a tendency to be negative or complaining all the time? Only if the shoe fits…….. you can change shoes and put on some new ones.
If you’re in a rut, don’t stay there. God’s Word tells us we will have troubles in this life, that’s a given. Remember that simple saying: Make lemonade out of lemons. Be sweet-it will take work around some people I know. God help us be a joy to be around!
“I know, O Lord, that your regulations are fair; you disciplined me because I needed it”. I always say “It hurts good”. If you’re a parent you know all about how important it is to disciple your children and grandchildren, it’s for their own good. God does the same thing with us. If we are not willing to listen and obey, we are guilty of causing Him to discipline us in order to get us turned around and going in the right direction again.
Do you need disciplined right now? Have you been disciplined lately? Do you realize why the discipline has come upon you? Pray about it, ask God to help you through whatever it is you’re going through right now. Walk by faith, not by sight. Trust Jesus that He knows what is best for you; He oftentimes wants us going a totally opposite direction of what we think we want. I can’t begin to count the many times in my life where I did NOT want to go a certain direction, only to find out, that was exactly where God wanted me; when I gave in and decided to obey and follow His directions, I was and am blessed!
Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant. Amen and Amen.