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Give praise to our king Ps 119:12

Ps 119:12
Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
KJV

Here we find the psalmist praising God. He calls God Blessed. God is the only one who is good. In all circumstances we need to recognize that God is good and has only good intentions for us. Now the mistake we make comes when things don’t go our way and then we can fall in the trap of thinking God does not hear us, or he is ignoring us, or he is angry with us. We do not see the whole picture, nor do we see what is going on in the back ground. Many times I have wondered why things are happening, but I still trust in God and wait. Sure enough what looked like disaster turned into something good. I am not just talking about monetary things. I am talking about God developing my character, and making me more holy. Making me more righteous, by changing how I think or react to a situation. God is indeed blessed. He knows the beginning from the end. He created all things. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is the risen King. So who are we to get angry with Him. Who are we to judge Him. Who are we to question Him?

The psalmist knows all this and much more. That is why he asks God to teach him His statutes. The psalmist wants to know God’s way of thinking. He wants to follow God. He desires God’s ways. We must also have this mind set. We need to shed the humanistic liberal North American mindset that we deserve something from God. The only thing we truly deserve from God, would be His Holy Righteous Wrath poured upon us, to crush us into dust and thrown into Hell for eternity. We have sinned and rebelled against God in times past. But even though we did this to Him, He still bought us with His own blood. Jesus took all of God’s wrath upon Himself so we could go free in Him. When we trust in Jesus and serve Him, we need to know that he purchased us. We are no longer our own. We have no rights to our self.

1 Cor 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
KJV

 

So who are we to rebel against God when we are not our own?

Yesterday I met with a Man and women of God. In talking with them, they expanded my theology on this subject. They were telling me that we as Christians are dead to sin. Therefore we need to recon ourselves dead. With this they continued to explain that we as Christians have no more rights. No more rights for our needs to be met by others. We have no right to expect to be treated a certain way by others. What hit me was when they continued to explain that a dead man, if walked all over by another person, would not feel being walked over because they were dead. This I have been meditating on. It is a very true concept. We are to lose our lives for Christ sake. We are to die daily. This I knew and was practicing, but when I heard that statement, it opened so much more to that scripture. All our needs have to be met by Christ alone.

So Yes the psalmist understands where we all should be. Praising the blessed God of our salvation, and to seek Him to teach us His ways. If we think we are already there, and no one can correct , or we are perfect with God, then that is a sign of pride. We will always have growing to do. When a tree stops growing it is dead. For revival only comes in His word.

Dale Turenne

Psalms 119:8

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

Here is a very interesting verse.  What I love about the bible is you can meditate on one verse for a very long time and get so much out of it. This is a very small verse but it has so much meaning. If we just glance over it we can miss the importance of it. If we do not look at it through the covering of Jesus Christ and His Grace we can miss so much. From discussion I have had with other Christians, I learned that most gloss over  things like this and say it is old testament. It may be old testament but we will see how the principle of it can transfer to the new testament and still impact our lives through the Power of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

  • In verse 7 we learned that we will praise God with an upright heart, when we learn His ways. Now in this verse we can see that after David learned the ways of God he resolved in his heart to keep them. We as Christians in the new testament still have to have the same resolve. Yes we do it not to get saved, not to attain favor with God, but because we love Him and have a desire to follow His ways. There are some that think we do not have to make a choice to be obedient to God. Their reasoning for this idea comes from a misguided thought that we are saved by grace, therefore they have no effort on their part and God will do all the changing. They can just live how they want and it is up to God. This is a lie from satan himself. we as Christians must follow God’s commands, and it is the person doing it. Yes God helps in our struggles, and picks us up when we fail, but it is God who puts us back on track so we may walk again. Look at these verse.

Phil 2:12-13
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
KJV

  • We need to work, it is us who is doing the working, our choice. As David said ” I will keep”, and we should say the same thing, “I will obey”. When we make that choice we apply scripture to our lives, repent where we need to repent and change where we need to change. But the most awesome part of this scripture is the next line. FOR IT IS GOD WHICH WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE. Even though we make the choice to keep His commandments it is still Him who works in us and through us. That is just so amazing.  He commands us to work, to obey to change, but as we make those choices he is working in us to accomplish what His word says. This is why we must be doers of the word and not just hearers. We make the choice to DO, and then God works in us as we do the word.

Col 1:29
 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
KJV

  • Paul is making the choice to STRIVE according to His work. We must do the same thing, and again we see when we do, it is God working in us. But we have to do the striving, the doing, and God does the rest in us.

Heb 12:2-4
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
KJV

  • We are to look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith, but we are to STRIVE against sin. We must do it, not God for us. We are to obey God, we are to read the bible, we are to take up the word of God and use it as a mirror to our lives. When we see we have failed we repent and strive to do what the bible says, what is good and acceptable to God. When we do this He works in us to change. The word of God is Sharp, it cuts, it shapes us. But we must do the works of reading it, of studying it, of praying, of seeking God.

Now the second half David said ” O’ forsake me not utterly”. This sounds like David was afraid, and rightly so. The bible says this:

Heb 10:31
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
KJV

  • We need to fear the Lord. I hear many people try to reason saying that the bible does not mean we are to fear the Lord but to reverence the Lord. I disagree. We need to fear God. Fear is not a evil emotion. If it was an evil emotion God would be sinful to give it to us. Fear is a healthy emotion. The devil just perverts it like any emotion, jealousy, love, ect. Fear of the Lord is used thirty times in the KJV bible. And with each verse brings wisdom. I encourage you the reader to study it for yourself. You will be well rewarded.

Ps 111:10
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
KJV

  • By fearing God we become wise, and we do His will. A good example of this healthy fear is as follows. Say you have a million dollars. You have to deliver this million dollars to a bank. You have two choices. You can take the long route that goes up hills and lots of turns that will take work to go, but on this path there is always light and a police officer at every corner. Your safety is guaranteed. Or you can take a second path which is shorter and a straight line to the bank, but it goes through a dark alley infested with gangs. As you start down this path, fear of being robbed will kick in and this healthy fear will put you back on the path of safety.
  • As it is with God. If you have a healthy fear of God, not a perverted devilish fear, but a health God given fear of the Lord, if you start down the path of sin, the fear will bring wisdom to you, and place you back on the path of holiness.

Do not just read my blog, but please study for yourself, and be doers of the word. Please comment and discuss the word of God with others and myself. Have a great day, and remember, go and Serve our King!

 

Dale Turenne

 

 

 

Psalms 119:7

Ps 119:7
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
KJV

Here we see that David tells us he will praise God with an uprightness of heart. We can not praise God when we are living for ourselves. We can not praise God when we live in a lifestyle of sin, We can not praise God when we are disobeying His commands. Yes we can stand and lift our hands and sing songs and look like we are praising him on the outside, and even deceive ourselves into thinking all is good with us and God. But God does not accept praise from a disobedient person. he requires obedience from his children, and the sacrifice of praise is nothing without obedience to His word.

Mark 12:33-34
And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.
KJV

Matt 7:21-23
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
KJV

My brothers, these are new testament scriptures, who has deceived the church into thinking we do not have to obey the word of God? Who has deceived the church and teaches that God’s grace covers you and allows you to live in sin just because you confessed him as Lord. We need to obey God’s commands, and do His will not our own will. The enemy has invaded the Christian camp with propaganda and doctrine of devils. If this is the way we are living we need to repent. If we walk in darkness or sin and go to church, calling ourselves Christians and claiming we are saved, we need to realize we are not. Jesus himself will say depart from me you worker of iniquity. Does this mean we are perfect. No, but it means we walk on a path of holiness repenting if we stumble. And when we learn the true Gospel of Jesus Christ through his word, then we can truly praise him.

David said he will praise God WHEN he learned god’s righteous judgements. We can take that over to the new testament by saying we will Praise God, when we learn His word. When we learn about who God is, and obey the truths of it. Then and only then can we praise God with an uprightness of heart, knowing that the blood of Jesus as cleansed our sins, and we stand right before Him, not of our own efforts but because of what Jesus did.

As we learned from verse six, we obey God’s commands because we love him, because he saved us. If we do not follow His commands and our lives are not a lifestyle of holiness then we can conclude we are not saved and praising God in this state means nothing to Him. We need to repent and give our lives to him, for once we come to the foot of the cross our lives are no longer ours.

1 Cor 6:19-20
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
KJV
Heb 12:14
 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
KJV

So we learn from scripture that we are not our own, we must peruse holiness or we will not see the Lord, if we are not obeying God’s commands he will tell us to depart. These are scary scary verses, this is why when we are right with God, perusing him, obeying His word, and studying His word we can lift our hands to heaven and give praise to our Might God, who lives forever and ever.

Have a blessed day, and remember, do not entertain yourselves with the very thing that crucified our savior to the cross. God bless.

 

psalms 119:6

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

With sin comes shame. When we try to live for ourselves and try to do things our ways we ignore the commandments of God. In doing this we sin, for we transgress God’s commandments. This will bring shame to our lives. We need to follow the commands of God, not to prove we are saved or try to get saved through obedience and earn our way, but because we love him. As Christians we are no longer under the Law, and the reason why is not because the Law and commandments of God have been abolished, but because the penalty has been paid. We are free from the law, that brought death because it accused us demanding our blood, because it needed to be satisfied. Jesus took the penalty for our sin. The wrath of God was poured out on his Son Jesus Christ. He took our place. The law of God was satisfied. In no way does this mean that we can disobey the commandments of God.

1 John 2:2-5
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
KJV

We are told in the new testament we are to keep the commandments of Jesus Christ. By keeping His commandments the word of God tells us that we know him. We keep them out of love for our Savior and the working of the Spirit of God  inside us. It is not a burden to live a holy life unto the Lord.

1 John 5:2-3
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
KJV

People who call themselves Christians that argue about living a holy lifestyle, and argue about living pure, have a problem. They are not arguing with me but with the word of God. They make excuses on why they live in sin trying to justify their life style. In doing this they are living in rebellion to the word of God.

Jesus did not abolish the law, he raised the bar. He raised the level of holiness that he requires from his disciples. If he we were not to follow His commandments anymore then he would not have expanded some of the commandments. For example :

Matt 5:27-28
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
KJV

1 John 3:15
 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
KJV

Jesus raised the bar on holiness. It’s no longer an out side holiness that was required but an inward holiness. Now in the new covenant we have the Holy Spirit living in side of us, we become a new creature in Christ. Our old man has been crucified. Therefore God requires change on the inside. The holy Spirit will wash the inside of us and begin to clean  from the inside out, and the outside appearance then will be clean also.  We are to continue in a daily sanctification by the Holy Spirit every day of our lives.

So when we follow and obey God’s commandments out of love for him, then we will not be ashamed for we will be purified by the blood of Jesus and live for him. He is our High Priest who intercedes on our behalf.  And if we sin, we can confess our sins, and he will forgive them.

1 John 2:1-2
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
KJV

So go today rejoicing in God and serve your King!!

Psalms 119 5

PSALMS 119:5

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

Here in this verse I hear David’s heart cry. He knows that God has commanded us to keep his commandments. He knows that he has not done this, and his heart is for God to direct him to keep them. He has a love for God’s word and God’s precepts and statutes. We can see this undeniably throughout psalms 119. He longs to keep them for he loves God. When he does not keep them he is grieved deeply (Psalms 51:10).

David’s desire here has been answered to us that are in Christ. David did not have the Holy Spirit indwelling him like we do (1 Cor 6:19). He was not made a new creature like we are (2 cor 5:17). So his prayer and his desire have been answered for us in Christ. We have the Holy Ghost who will direct our path (John 14:26), and chastise and corrects us if we fall off the path of righteousness ( Heb 12:5-11).

Today we have that direction in the Holy Spirit. But we still need to prayerfully seek God and ask him to guide us for His will in our lives. To gives us the boldness to proclaim His word and to live it.

We have to examine our lives to His word and repent when we are wrong and he will give us the power to live it through His grace that is in our lives.

2 Cor 13:5

 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

1 Cor 11:27-32

 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

We are commanded to examine ourselves, to judge ourselves, and in doing this we will find where we error. Then God’s grace will help us to get back on track and strengthen us to live for Him, turning from our error. This is why it is so important for us as followers of the Most High God, to read and study His word daily.

With the Holy Ghost in our lives, and we being His temple, we now have the direction we need to keep the statutes of God. God has answered David’s desire through Christ and His crucifixion. This is what David wanted to see in his life, and we now have it.  Jesus Christ gave us the Holy Spirit just for that purpose. Praise God in the Highest.

John 14:26

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

Please comment and leave your thoughts.

 

Dale Turenne