March 07, 2016

WHEN I OPEN MY BIBLE...


WHEN I OPEN MY BIBLE, Psalm 119:9-16

How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”    

THE KEY AIM OF THIS PORTION OF SCRIPTURE?

To instill within our hearts a holy respect for God’s Word and the necessity of appropriately res-ponding to it. WE MUST READ OUR BIBLES WITH A VIEW TO:

1.  OBEDIENT CONFORMATION (9b)
“By taking heed according to Your word.”

2.  WARY ANTICIPATION (10b)
“Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!”

3.  DEEP-DOWN APPRECIATION (11a)
“Your word I have hidden in my heart.” (11a)

4.  SOUGHT-FOR EDUCATION (12)
“Teach me Your statutes.”

5.  READY DECLARATION (13)
“With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.”

6.  HAPPY CELEBRATION (14)
“I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches.”

7.  CONTINUED MEDITATION (15a)
“I will meditate on Your precepts…”

8.  SEARCHING CONTEMPLATION (15b)
“…and contemplate Your ways.”

9.  HEART-FELT GRATIFICATION (16a)
“I will delight myself in Your statutes…”

10.    DETERMINED RECOLLECTION (16b)

   “I will not forget Your word.”