PSALM 119 Series

I have set aside this page to gather all of the Psalm 119 meditations in one place, until this study is complete. May the Lord bless you as you read through these, and may He keep you through them. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you each day. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, nothing missing, nothing broken, no lack.

ALEPH: WALKING IN GOD’S LAW
The weapons of our warfare to defeat the spirit of the world.

ALEPH. (Psalm 119:1-8)
1Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.

What does it mean to be undefiled in a world where ones senses could be constantly assaulted with impurity?  The media constantly flood the airwaves and print with defiled thinking, to the point where many fail to recognize it as they are so desensitized to it.  The devil has not changed his original strategy of introducing doubt and unbelief into the human mind with regard to the Word of God.  This is a direct challenge to faith in God, without which it is impossible to please Him. (Heb 11:6)  Satan has been practicing his tactics for many centuries, and as he is the prince of the power of the air (which includes the airwaves), he has taken full advantage of modern technology to advance his evil agenda.  It is essential for the believer to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit, and to keep in mind that every piece of technology can be turned off when it is a source of defilement.  This selection process is similar to the parable of the wheat and the tares, with one major difference: we can easily send the defiling information to the threshing floor to be discarded, without tearing up the pure information that the Lord wants us to receive. (Mat 13:24-29)  As we stay in tune to the Holy Spirit, He will lead us and guide us in this process.
The exchange between Eve and the serpent in the Garden of Eden is the pattern for the way the devil attacks mankind now.  In order to defile the soul of God’s people, the devil will attempt to twist God’s word and get us to accept concepts that are not from God.  To remain undefiled the believer must be immersed in the pure word of God.  This is the primary way that we can know and understand God, His laws, and His will.  Time spent in the word every day, at the beginning of each day, is essential to keeping oneself unspotted by the world.  This is the diligence that God requires. (Psa 119:4) When we do this, we can quickly identify the false doctrines that the devil sprinkles into the word to try to subvert it.  God’s Word (Christ), written on our hearts, will rise up as the sword of the Spirit, and we can then defeat every lying stronghold.

It would be very dangerous, even presumptuous, to suggest that this is anything but a process.  It begins at the rebirth of our spirit and continues outward into our soul, inspiring our mind, will, and emotions to new levels of faith in walking with God.  But never be deceived into believing that you do not have an active part in this process.  We as believers must continue to practice these things on a regular basis. (2Co 10:3-6) As we submit to the Holy Spirit, the Lord will identify areas that we need to change, and we can walk out the promises He made to us in Psalm 23.  One of the greatest benefits God intends for us to receive through Christ is the restoration of our souls.  As we are purified in our hearts and minds, and increasingly so for the rest of our days on the earth, we can truly receive and walk in the law of the LORD.  This is the miraculous transforming power that God wants to, and WILLS to bring to bear in our lives.  This is His free gift of redemption, according to His plan and purpose, by which we can inherit His original intention of being His creation, in His image. (Eph 2:8; Gen 1:26-27)
1Cor 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

BETH: GOD’S CLEANSING WORD
Restoration for marriage, family, and the church.

BETH. (Psalm 119:9-16)
9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.

In the first post of this series, the Lord established that believers must be immersed in the Word of God.  This is essential to a successful walk with Him.  Now we see God’s perspective on the result of this diligence: we are cleansed by our immersion in His Word. (Eph 5:25-27) Indeed, God’s view of this process is central to His concept for marriage, the family, and the church.  By paying attention to His Word, obeying His commandments, and walking in His ways, we are sanctified in a manner that only He can execute.  This is our preparation to interact with Him on the most intimate level, whereby we are made ready to fit into His plan for us, and afterward to fit into His master plan for the ages. (Eph 2:19-22) This plan includes the distinct pleasure of becoming His dwelling place; a glorified, living, breathing temple of the LORD.  Glory to God!

This cleansing and sanctification is not superficial: it takes place within the deepest recesses of the heart. (Psa 119:10-11) That is why there must be a daily level of commitment that devotes time to seeking God and listening for His response.  The parable of the sower describes this process in the Lord’s terms of seedtime and harvest. (Mat 13:3-9; Gen 8:22) We receive the word into our hearts and it changes us, and in so doing we grow and bear fruit.  The soil of our hearts is where we “take heed”, by receiving the incorruptible seed of God’s Word and letting it work. (1Pe 1:22-23) In order for this transformation to take place we must submit to the Lord with meekness, refusing to defend ways of thinking that do not conform to His way. (Mat 13:18-23) So we have to thrust aside the sinful human tendency to justify ourselves, and let the only Just and Holy Judge perform His work in tearing down strongholds.  The end result is a level of maturity and liberation that results in delight in walking with God; meditating on His way of doing things that brings real peace, and keeping His testimonies. (Psa 119:14-16)

This brings me to a word on testimonies.  Simply stated, our testimony is a statement of God’s Truth as it applies to our lives. Scripture also states that “the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.” (Rev 19:10) (You may notice that I have altered the King James translation by capitalizing the “s” in this passage.)  The word of God says that the Holy Spirit does not testify of Himself, but speaks to us what He hears. (John 16:13) Just the same way Jesus spoke only what He heard the Father say, and only did what He saw the Father do, the Holy Spirit now speaks what He hears Jesus say. (John 12:49; John 5:19) That is how we are to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, as our Comforter and guide, as though Jesus Himself is walking and talking with us on a daily basis, and indeed even moment by moment.  That is precisely what God intended when He spoke, through Moses, that He would not fail nor forsake the children of Israel, and then reaffirmed this through the Apostle Paul. (Deut 31:6-8; Heb 13:5-6) So in truth, our testimony of Truth is our own reaffirmation that Jesus is our resurrected Lord and Savior, Who dwells in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Who was given to us by God.  Therefore we are given the Spirit of prophecy, for this is the testimony of Jesus.  We have been ordained by God, when we are walking with Him to the fullest and we are seeking Him diligently at all times, to receive the full authority that Jesus gave to the original disciples, the same authority that God intended for Adam and all mankind.  This is the path to being transformed into His image.  This path of cleansing restores us to childlike innocence, and that is essential in receiving restoration of our human soul to the things of God.  Praise the LORD!
Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.
Luke 10:21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in Spirit, and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Thy sight.
GIMEL: BOUNTIFUL LIFE IN GOD’S WORD
A deeper revelation of our benefits and authority in Christ.


GIMEL. (Psalm 119:17-24)17Deal bountifully with Thy servant, that I may live, and keep Thy word.
In the last post we saw that walking with God will lead to His progressive cleansing of our hearts and restoration of our souls.  Remember that God has the same goal that He has always had for mankind: to be made in His image.  This is our reasonable service. (Rom 12:1-3) The Lord Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins, pouring out His Godhood and His soul in order to restore mankind to the Father.  Now the LORD God only requires that we dedicate our lives to Him, walking in the gifts and calling that He placed upon our lives, and He will lovingly nurture us and bless us as only our heavenly Father can.  He will indeed deal bountifully with His servants, as we keep His word and receive His abundant life.  Miracles unfold and intricate concepts are made plain and simple as we progress in our walk with Him, and this will make us seem alien to those who are not. (Psa 119:18-19) Still our minds, wills, and emotions are straining to hear the next deep revelation that His word has to offer.  It is a hunger and thirst that only He can satisfy.
Again we see the Scripture turning to testimonies here. (Psa 119:22-24) The princes of the world system will hold one in reproach and contempt for speaking the testimonies of God, yet as we are faithful to keep them the Lord will work even this to our good, allowing them to be applied in our lives like the purging fires that separate pure metals from dross. (Dan 3:1-30) The result is a deeper level of cleansing and a more fervent desire to know Him intimately.  The proud are rebuked when they overstep His purposes, and our faithfulness to follow His leading brings greater understanding.  As we respond in faith to Him in the midst of the fire and water of trials, the Lord will incline to us and the transformation occurs.  Faith is what pleases Him, and He rewards it with His abundant blessing. (Heb 11:1-10) All the while, God is working in our lives, preparing us for placement in His redemptive plan, and ultimately for our eternal purpose in the ages to come.  Consider the trials an exercise in building our faith reliance in Him, receiving instruction in the authority He has given us, and using it properly.
He purposed to make us in His image. He does not get discouraged, and He does not give up.  Every single thing He set out to do will come to pass, including delivering mankind from the fear of death that results in bondage. (Heb 2:15) This is the curse that Adam and Eve allowed when they came into agreement with the serpent, thereby handing over the authority that God had given man.  This is the curse by which the devil robbed mankind of the glory of God and the true likeness He intended.  Spiritual and physical death will be eliminated when God’s plan for the end of this current age comes to fruition.  It will be ushered in by the millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is His plan to resurrect mankind in the image of Christ (His express image) and defeat Satan, death, and hell for all eternity. (Heb 1:3; Rev 20:10; Rev 20:13-14)
Rom 8:29  For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

DALET: QUICKENED BY GOD’S WORD


Rescuing the soul that is stuck in the mud.
22 Meditations on Psalm 119, PART 4
DALET. (Psalm 119:25-32)
25My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken Thou me according to Thy Word.
“My soul cleaves unto the dust.”  The Hebrew word for dust here can also mean clay, earth, or mud.  The mud is where the world spends its time, and if you step outside of the Word too long it can suck you in like quicksand.  That is why the Lord warns us not to be conformed to the world: the flow of this world system will suck you in if you let it, and carry you straight down the drain. (Rom 12:2)  When your soul is stuck in the mud, meditating on God’s word is the key to revival and restoration.  It will quicken, or make alive, your mind, will, and emotions.  It will strengthen you, and as you renew your perspective toward God His testimonies come back into view.  He is the Faithful Potter.  He will transform you by the power of His testimonies, and you are able to stand up and declare your ways before God, Who hears our cries and responds by teaching His ways on a deeper spiritual level. (Psa 119:26)

When your soul “melts with heaviness”, that is when you are close to breakthrough and strengthening. (Psa 119:28).  The Hebrew for melting here means pouring out or dropping through.  This is similar to the state that Jesus experienced in the Garden of Gethsemane as He prayed, just before the crucifixion.  It was the pouring out that the Holy Spirit described in Isaiah 53. (Isa 53:10-11) This is the height of intercessory sacrifice that God purposed to redeem mankind.  When your soul melts with heaviness, you are taking upon yourself the character of Christ, and God will respond with His power and glory. (Gal 3:27) He will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1Pe 5:10) The LORD responds to this pouring out of the soul as though the seed of Christ Himself were in you, and by His sacrifice God has spoken that many shall be justified.  As you focus your thoughts on His righteous judgments He has promised to draw near and heal you, and to bring His power into your circumstances.

The end result of this type of intercession is a heart that is more fully opened to God’s commandments, and as He writes His laws there we are quick to recognize and perform them. (Psa 119:32) Every shred of vanity and deceit is stripped away as we submit to God, and the depth of His just judgments penetrates our beings and lays us open to His Spirit. (Heb 4:13) This is a move of preparation in our hearts that enables us to receive impartation and anointing more fully.  Seeking Him with a whole, submissive heart, His response will be the abundant recompense His Word has promised. (Heb 10:35-39) Deliverance, preservation, healing, and wholeness.  The peace and prosperity that is described in 3 John 2.  God will pull your soul out of the mud and reward your obedience with His testimonies. ( Heb 11:4-5) This is the building block to a much higher level of faith toward God.

Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

For an overview of the Scriptural basis for pulling down strongholds, and to define the terms, please visit: Targeting Our Weapons.  There is also the initial posting on this blog, which is the central focus of the Jericho Daily concept: STRONGHOLDS, IMAGINATIONS AND HIGH THINGS.

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