PSALMS 119:4

PSALMS 119:4

Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.

This verse would seem not to fit in most people’s Christianity today. What we would hear from most people are Satan’s word’s echoing in our thoughts “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Gen 3:1) What I mean by this is that we hear the same whispers but a little differently today, something like “we are not under the law but grace”, and “we do not have to have works because we are saved by grace”.

Satan plays the same old games, but he words things a little differently; he knows man’s pride and weaknesses, and wants to exploit them. There is nowhere in the bible that tells us to throw out God’s commands for our lives because we are under grace. It is quite the opposite as you will see in following quotes.

Matt 28:19-20

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

-It is simple we are to observe whatever Jesus commanded us to do.

John 14:15

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

– Because we love God we love Jesus. Because we love Jesus we keep his commandments. Psalms 119:4 says to do it diligently. This means with all our heart and soul and mind. Grace has never told us we can live ungodly and have the right to forsake God’s commands.

1 John 5:3

 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

-We are to keep God’s commandments. Now if you notice all these verses are new testament. I left the Old Testament out because people would argue that it is Old Testament. We also have to realize John told us that God’s commandments are not grievous. They are not hard. The love of God propels us to follow his commands and gives us the strength to keep them.

Titus 2:11-12

 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

– Here we find that the very grace people say they are under, teaches us to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts. That we are to live soberly righteously and godly today in this world we are in. If we do not have this grace teaching us then we do not have the grace that brought us salvation.

In conclusion what we have to do is reject the modern day thinking that because we are under grace and not the law that we do not have to obey God’s commands diligently. We need to remove from our ears the voice of Satan saying “Hath God said” and rebuke him. Embracing the bible and conforming our lives to it and its commands to live Godly in this present day.

So in response to Satan asking us, “Hath God said”, we are to respond with “yes God has said “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.”” Amen.

Please respond with added comments, even disagreements. Thanks and God bless.

Dale Turenne

 

4 thoughts on “PSALMS 119:4”

  1. Funny how many Christians use the “All you need is love” angle forgetting entirely that the entire law and commandments (not to be confused with grace and justification) is “to love the LORD … And your neighbor”. This is an example of expected Christian behavior. Accomplished by grace, but distinct from it.
    Hence the Royal LAW of love.
    It’s only hard to understand when you have scripture confirm to your own ideas of who and what God is. Refer to 2nd Commandment.

    1. I agree with you Wes. The other thing is a lot of Christians only think they know the Love side of God. Because they do not know His holiness, judgment side they pervert love to a meaning that is not biblical. We need all facets of God. His holiness, judgment, mercy, love ect. We cant have one without the other. Love now days is mostly judged by feelings, and emotions and that is why the divorce rate is so high even in Christians.

  2. Well said, Dale. I think you brought to the forefront one of the BIG lies the enemy has passed off on believers, and that is that a discussion of “obedience” is the same as a discussion of “salvation”.
    There is a time and place for each, and I think the focus of David’s Psalm here is to those who are already believers, concerned with how to express the love and gratitude that result from Salvation.
    (In contrast, what, if any, love or gratitude is expressed by the perspective that we need not pay attention any longer to instructions, or bother ourselves with effort to obey? As parents, would we think a kid with that attitude really loved us, or was grateful for the life we gave them and have sustained for them?)

    Going a little further, there is a deep well of understanding in that little word in this verse: “keep”.
    I think we easily read that as simply “obey”, but the English word “keep” actually pretty accurately mirrors the Hebrew word “shamar” from which it is translated. “Keep” to us also means “guard” or “protect”. The word “shamar” derives that from a basic idea of “fence about” or “encompass”. Like you would do to a special garden, or your prize flock of sheep.
    So, rather than just a simple emphasis on the ACTION of “obey”, you get the bigger picture of the heart ATTITUDE of “guarding” His instructions, because if we do not, they will be neglected and forgotten, perhaps even “attacked”, in which case they will certainly NOT be obeyed.

    Again, Dale, you also adequately brought to our attention that there IS an enemy, and the need for keeping/guarding is largely because he is out to attack and discredit our very Bread–“every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”. Unfortunately, our human desire for independence and self-exaltation works easily in cooperation with Satan’s drive to fight against the righteousness of God. Though our freedom from self has been purchased at the Cross, rare is the believer who remembers to “die daily” and take up that cross, by a moment-by-moment surrender to “not my will but Thine”.
    This very focus is what I hear in David’s heart as he over and over through Ps. 119 declares his value and love for God’s instructions, and his resolve to do “not my will, but Thine”.

    1. Thanks Aunt Lois. Your post are always encouraging. I like how you brought out that salvation and works are different and people when they talk about it try to lump them all in one. People try to justify their disobedience to scripture by lumping their works with grace saying that grace excludes them from works. But scripture plainly states we will know them by their fruits. If someone is truly saved and not this false sense of salvation security by saying the sinners prayer, then they will be obedient to the commands of scripture and not argue. A servant never argues with his Master. A piece of clay never tells the potter what it wants to be. We have to be moldable and pliable in the Masters hand.

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