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God’s Word is a treasure Psalms 119:14

Ps 119:14
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
KJV

Is it not great to be able to rejoice in God’s word? As a christian His word should be our joy. It is a treasure to be mined. If we are bored with God’s word, or we hardly read it, then we must examine ourselves, and ask the question why?

There are many reasons to rejoice in it.

  1.   It is the source of all truth. God’s word does not lie. It is an anchor that will always keep you in one spot, which is God’s will. It will correct us, it guides us, it does not flip flop in it’s meanings. It defines what good is and what evil is. It is always true. Every man can lie but God and His word is forever true. This is something that we can truly rejoice in, as we will always have somewhere to turn to in times of trouble, or times of confusion, or hurt,  and it will always show us the true path to take. It exposes the large gate that leads to destruction, and lights up the narrow gate that leads to life.
  2. It shows us how Jesus Christ has saved us. The devil or his minions can whisper lies to our ears, or men/women on this earth can persecute us with doubt or unbelief, but we can cling to His Word, knowing it is truth and does not lie. Reenforcing our salvation in Jesus Christ.
  3. It reveals to us the character of God. How he thinks and acts. It shows us His likes and dislikes. We do not serve a god of mystery, but a God of Love, who reveals Himself to us through His Word.
  4. It lights the path that we are to walk. It is living and active, and it changes our lives, and conforms us more into the image of God. If you truly read His word, and apply it to your life, watered with repentance, then you will constantly grow and become more like Christ. We will walk more like Christ, act more like Christ, and continually to be transformed more and more, day by day, till we meet our Jesus Christr in person on that great and glorious day to come.

The reason why the psalmist compares his rejoicing to riches would be because he loves God so much, his joy is constantly for God. Have you ever seen someone on TV winning a million dollars or large some of money. They jump up and down excited yelling and screaming. And later in life they get a gleam of excitement in their eye when they repeat the story. Or have you ever seen a child on Christmas opening their present and they are very excited about what they received? When you are truly in God’s word this is the kind of excitement you receive when you dig and dig and search His word to find the answer you need and God gives you a revelation of the answer. The main difference between this and riches, would be your joy would stay and not leave you. It is a continuous joy in your life that His word brings you. Remember His word is alive and active and working in you. We serve a living God. Not a God of our creation, that never answers. We serve a Living God, the only true God, who conforms our lives into the image of His son Jesus Christ.

Now I implore you, go and read His word, spend time in it every day, mine it, and watch it transform you from the inside out!!!!!!

 

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!!