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Deer Run School is a happening place and without the assistance of all of our dedicated volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish half of what we do. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, siblings, organizations and sometimes even random strangers who volunteer at our school. You fundraise, celebrate, read with students, practice math, laugh, play games, golf and construct. I truly believe Deer Run School is a community of people working together for the benefit of our children and I truly appreciate the efforts of all of our volunteers and the positive relationships we have been able to build working together.

Be sure to mark June 6th on your calendar because at we will pay tribute to your commitment through food, songs, liquid refreshments and perhaps even a very short speech or two! Did I mention in the first paragraph about June being a busy time? We are currently setting up classes and if our student count is accurate now, it will result in fewer changes to be made in September. If you have thoughts about a best-case scenario regarding a learning environment for your child, we need to know now as opposed to September.

Since we do not know yet exactly which staff members will be teaching in which grades, please do not request specific teachers. However, if you have insight as to how your child learns; please inform us in writing as to the type of environment you believe might be best suited to your child. Spring Concert - huge success … AND fun! Math night - excellent, great attendance, thanks for the funding council!

Treasurer BVB has agreed to keep fulfilling the role of Treasurer in the interim as unfortunately no candidates were identified tonight. It is, however, our hope that a new candidate for Treasurer will be willing to put their name forward to be voted on in a Fall meeting as BVB has indicated her wish to keep her years as Treasurer at a very respectable and much appreciated 5 years Thanks Beth! The society annual return is ready to be mailed in. Fundraising Coordinator To be filled once a volunteer has been identified Key Communicator Josh Morison put his name forward-thank-you!

To subscribe go to www. Calgary is under a weather statement for the coming days and snow is in the forecast. Make sure your child is prepared for any conditions getting to and from school. Can't wait to see them in the spring! This page location is:. Sign In. Search Me News Channel. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love. And I will walk at liberty : Having just spoken of the obedience that comes from having God's word within, now the Psalmist testifies that this brings a life of liberty.

Freedom comes through obedience and submission to God. It is proven in life after life, in both the positive and the negative: Obedience and the pursuit of God's word and wisdom leads to liberty. Disobedience, rejection of God's word, and reliance upon one's own wisdom leads to bondage. The Spirit of holiness is a free spirit; he sets men at liberty and enables them to resist every effort to bring them under subjection. The way of holiness is not a track for slaves, but the King's highway for freemen. For I seek Your precepts : "Certainly in this service David found the liberty of a king.

The precepts of God were not forced upon him; for he sought them. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed : This is an example of the liberty just mentioned. To have the boldness and ability to speak freely of God and His great word before kings and the great men of this earth shows true liberty. And I will delight myself in Your commandments : That he set this in an " I will " statement shows that delighting in God's word is a choice, a matter of the will.

The Psalmist didn't wait for a feeling of delight to overcome him; he simply said, I will delight myself in Your commandments. In the verses following he lists at least three things that come from this life of obedience: liberty , courage will not be ashamed , and delight. These are blessings to the obedient life; blessings not earned by our obedience, but simply enjoyed by the one who will keep His law continually. Which I love … which I love : The strength and the depth of the Psalmist's love for God's word is impressive.

That love is manifested not only in the feeling of delight , but also in an act of honor My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments and time and energy spent with God's word I will meditate. We may say that all true love has these three components: feeling, the giving of honor, and the desire to spend time and energy in knowing the beloved. This is a good measure of our love for God's word. My hands also I will lift up to Your commandments : "A bold expression of yearning for God's revelation in Scripture. Because it is not loved. We do not go to it, as the hungry man to his food, as the miser to his treasure.

The loss is incalculable. Psa God's word brings comfort. Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life. Speaking in the manner of men, this was a plea for God to fulfill the promises stated in His word. God wants His people to plead His stated promises back to Him in prayer. God's promises are his bonds. Sue him on his bond. He loves that we should wrestle with him by his promises.

Spurgeon said that he often carried with him a small book of God's promises "Clarke's Precious Promises" , and he turned to specific promises to help him at needful times. He binds himself down to such and such a course when he says that such and such a thing shall be.

Hence, when you grasp the promise, you get a hold on God. To Your servant : "If God's word to us as his servants is so precious, what shall we say of his word to us as his sons? Upon which You have caused me to hope : Again the Psalmist understood that his trust and hope in God's word should not be credited to his own spiritual greatness or genius. It came because God worked in him to hope in His word. This also demonstrates that the word of God is worthy of such hope. Man has to eat his words, sometimes, and unsay his say. He would perform his engagement, but he cannot.

It is not that he is unfaithful, but that he is unable. Now this is never so with God. His word never returns to him void. Go, find ye the snowflakes winging their way like white doves back to heaven! Go, find the drops of rain rising upward like diamonds flung up from the hand of a mighty man to find a lodging-place in the cloud from which they fell! Until the snow and the rain return to heaven, and mock the ground which they promised to bless, the word of God shall never return to him void. This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life : When the Psalmist recalled how faithfully and powerfully God's word had brought him life in the past, he then found comfort in his present affliction.

It does not sing the song of deliverance therefrom. In this stanza there is no specific prayer for help. Instead, there are "statements by the writer that he trusts what God has written in his law and will continue to love it and obey its teachings. It is a way of acknowledging that suffering is common to human beings.

In the midst of affliction , the Psalmist proclaims his comfort: this is my comfort. My comfort … my affliction : In the midst of an affliction suited to the individual, the believer can also enjoy a comfort specifically suited to them. It is my affliction, and it is my comfort. Your word has given me life : All should remember especially preachers that the word of God gives life ; the preacher does not give it life.

It isn't as if the poor, dead word of God lay lifeless until the wonderful preacher came and breathed life into it. Instead, the word of God gives life - especially to dead preachers. Psa God's word adds strength to comfort. The proud have me in great derision, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. The proud have me in great derision : In this section and in the previous, the idea is that the Psalmist is mocked and reproached for his love and trust in God's word.

These proud mockers look at the Psalmist and dedication to the word of God and hold him in great derision. And so it has ever been; that those who love and trust God's word - especially with the depth and passion reflected by the Psalmist in this mighty Psalm - these ones are mocked by the proud who want nothing to do with God and His word. Yet I do not turn aside from Your law : We almost sense a note of defiance in the Psalmist. No matter how great the derision that comes from the proud , he will hold faithful to God and His word.

Great harm has been done to the cause of God when believers find themselves unable to endure this great derision , and they begin to down-grade their view of God's word and its inerrant character. Hoping to appease or impress the proud , they lead themselves and others to trust and love God's word less. Such ones should find their strength and comfort in these very passages and declare, " Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. Be satisfied with the approbation of your God. Has he not adopted you by his Spirit, sealed you for his kingdom? I have remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD, and have comforted myself : When challenged to lessen his confidence and trust in God's word by the proud mockers, the Psalmist wisely responded by increasing his confidence in God's word!

Therein he comforted himself. The proud who hold the simple believer in great derision enjoy the applause and honor of some in this world; but they can never know the comfort that the Psalmist wrote of here. So we are comforted and strengthened in hope as we remember how God has dealt with men and circumstances in the past. Psa Describing the comfort and strength the word of God brings. Indignation has taken hold of me Because of the wicked, who forsake Your law.

Your statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage. This has become mine, Because I kept Your precepts. Indignation has taken hold of me : When the Psalmist thought of the wicked - here, probably the proud who held him and others who trusted in God's word in great derision - it made him indignant. He recognized their great sin: who forsake Your law. Those who deny or depreciate God's word do just this - they forsake the word of God.

Worse yet, they often lead others to do the same. Jesus graphically described the penalty for those who lead others astray Luke Your statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage : Here the Psalmist says that God's word Your statutes make him sing with joy and confidence. Those who know the power of singing God's word have great comfort in the house of their pilgrimage.

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Even as Paul and Silas could sing in the midst of suffering Acts , so could the Psalmist. Even as a pilgrim, not yet home and afflicted, he could sing unto his God. We are hurrying through this world as through a foreign land. We are in this country, not as residents, but only as visitors, who take this country en route for glory. In the dark of night when fears and anxieties often rush in upon us, the Psalmist found comfort in the name of the LORD, revealed to him by God's word.

Yet this comfort was also real in the figurative night that believers may face. The words following - " And I keep Your law " - remind us that the remembrance of God in the night made for an obedient life with God in the daytime. This has become mine : This is a glorious, triumphant statement from the Psalmist. The power and goodness and comfort and strength of God's word were not only ideas or theories to him. By faith - faith that has come by God's word Romans - he can rightly say, " This has become mine!

Although obedience does not earn these blessings, it turns us around to receive them. Because I kept Your precepts : The Psalmist enjoys this triumph not only because he knows the word of God, but also because he obeys them I kept Your precepts. It isn't that the Psalmist claimed perfect obedience as shown in Psalm following , but life generally lived in faithfulness to the word of God. Psa Loyalty proclaimed and mercy requested. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; Be merciful to me according to Your word. Spurgeon observed that this was "A broken sentence. To possess God is truly to have everything.

We understand this is the broader context of Psalm It isn't as if the word of God was in one place, and the Psalmist must go another place for experience of and satisfaction found in God. Thomas Brooks - quoted in Spurgeon - said that we could answer every temptation with the reply, "The Lord is my portion. For God is an inexhaustible treasury of all riches, sufficing innumerable men; while the world has mere trifles and fascinations to offer, and leads the soul into deep and sorrowful poverty.

I have said that I would keep Your words : This promise would be an empty vow without the empowering of God in the life. The close connection with God that receives and enjoys Him as one's portion also receives strength to keep His words. Here is the Christian complete - taking the Lord as his portion, and his word as his rule.

He was public in this statement of his intentions. I entreated Your favor with my whole heart; be merciful to me according to Your word : Here the Psalmist understood both the urgency to seek and please God, and the inability to completely do so. The idea behind the words translated " Your favor " is literally, "Your face. The Psalmist here declares that he has sought the face of God. He sought the face of God with a sense of urgency , reflected in the words entreated and whole heart.

The Psalmist understood how important it was to seek the favor of God and to please Him with the life. He sought the face of God with a sense of inability , shown in the request " be merciful to me. Be merciful to me according to Your word : This is a blessed and glorious apparent contradiction. The request for mercy is never based on right or deserving, but here the Psalmist speaks as one who should expect mercy according to the promise of God's word. While we have no natural right to mercy, according to God's promise there is a spiritual right to mercy for all who ask according to His promise.

Psa A life directed towards God's word. I thought about my ways, And turned my feet to Your testimonies. I made haste, and did not delay To keep Your commandments. I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies : Time spent in God's word has given the Psalmist sober reflection about his ways. This gives the insight necessary to turn in the right direction.

He came to the word, and then he came to himself, and this made him arise and go to his father. I thought about my ways : "How many, on the other hand, seem to pass through the world into eternity without a serious thought on their ways! Multitudes live for the world - forget God and die! This is their history.

I made haste, and did not delay to keep Your commandments : Once on the right path with the feet having been turned , now the Psalmist may speed his way in the course of obedience. It is dangerous to make haste on a wrong path; it is glorious to make haste on the right way. We can also say that making haste to God is a sign of revival. When God is moving in power, people make haste to get right with him.

We are too often in haste to sin; O that we may be in a greater hurry to obey. Did not delay : "The original word, which we translate delayed not , is amazingly emphatical … velo hithmahmahti , I did not stand what-what-whating ; or, as we used to express the same sentiment, shilly-shallying with myself: I was determined , and so set out.

The Hebrew word, as well as the English , strongly marks indecision of mind, positive action being suspended, because the mind is so unfixed as not to be able to make a choice. Psa Faithfulness to God's word in adversity. The cords of the wicked have bound me, But I have not forgotten Your law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments. The cords of the wicked have bound me, but I have not forgotten Your law : The Psalmist was attacked and afflicted by adversaries; but they could not make him forget or forsake the law of God.

At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You : The heart and the mind of the Psalmist are so filled with thanks and appreciation towards God that he finds his sleep interrupted by these high thoughts. I will rise : "The Psalmist observed posture; he did not lie in bed and praise. There is not much in the position of the body, but there is something, and that something is to be observed whenever it is helpful to devotion and expressive of our diligence or humility.

Thomas Manton cited in Spurgeon listed several notable lessons to be drawn from the Psalmist's midnight devotion:. He was willing to thank God when no one else could see him or be impressed by his devotion. He was willing to sacrifice legitimate things sleep, or perhaps food for the pursuit of God.

Praise requires something of both soul and body. Psa Friendship with those who are friends of God's word. I am a companion of all who fear You, And of those who keep Your precepts.

I am a companion of all who fear You : The Psalmist enjoyed the special fellowship among those who honor and hold God's word, of those who keep Your precepts. This wonderful companionship is the testimony of countless Christians, who experience warm fellowship across the lines of race, class, nationality, and education.

To meet the Christian in ordinary courtesy, not in unity of heart , is a sign of an unspiritual walk with God. He was a fellow-commoner of the College of All-saints. Even if they should exhibit some repulsive features of character, they bear the image of him, whom we profess to love. This experience of God's mercy increased his desire for knowledge and obedience teach me Your statutes. We see again the course of a never-ending cycle.

The pursuit of God in and through His word leads to satisfaction and blessing. That satisfaction and blessing leads to a deeper pursuit, leading to even more satisfaction and blessing. When one lives in this glorious cycle, it feels as if the whole earth is full of the mercy of God. It is a glorious, blessed life with the experience of mercy all around. Psa A prayer of praise and petition. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, For I believe Your commandments.

The Psalmist finds himself thankful for God's good dealing toward him, and that it has come according to Your word. He loves us, He chose us, He called us, He drew us to Himself. He makes us kings and priests and co-workers with Him, and He rewards all our work for Him. According to Your word implies that the Psalmist not only knew the promises of God and pled them in prayer as in Psalm ; he also received the promises by faith and experienced them.

We remember when Mary said to the angel Gabriel - who had just made the glorious promise that she would bear the Messiah - " Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word. This should be the life experience of every child of God. They know that God has deal well with them, and they know that it has been according to His word. But why should we delay our acknowledgment till we come out of our trial? Teach me good judgment and knowledge : This is the prayer of wisdom from a blessed life.

Having received this well-dealing from God, the Psalmist understood the need to live in good judgment and knowledge. The blessings were given to him for wise and obedient living to the glory of God. Good judgment : "Hebrew, the goodness of taste , an experimental sense and relish of divine things.

Hebrews We far too easily forget our great need to learn good judgment and knowledge , and are far too ready to trust our own heart and conscience. Conscience, therefore, must not be trusted without the light of the word of God; and most important is the prayer - Teach me good judgment and knowledge. For I believe Your commandments : He wanted God to teach him because he really did believe the commands and words of God. If we really do believe His word, then we want Him to teach us to live wisely and obediently. Psa The goodness of God seen even in correction.

You are good, and do good; Teach me Your statutes. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word : The Psalmist speaks here of lessons learned the hard way. There was a time when he was far more likely to go astray from God's word and the wise life revealed there. Yet, under a season of affliction, he was now devoted to the word of God. A time of wealth is indeed a time of special need. It is hard to restrain the flesh, when so many are the baits for its indulgence. This principle has worked its way in the life of virtually everyone who has pursed God.

This is one reason why God appoints affliction for His people 1 Thessalonians Affliction sanctified is a great blessing; unsanctified, it is an additional curse. You are good, and do good; teach me Your statutes : This is an important and precious line to follow the recognition of affliction and the good it has done in life. It shows that the Psalmist did not become bitter or resentful towards God for the affliction that brought him to greater obedience.

Despite the affliction - which we should regard as genuine - he proclaimed, " You are good, and do good. This shows how confident he was in the goodness of God. In the most basic sense, this is praise for who God is You are good , and praise for what God does and do good. These are always two wonderful reasons for praise. We do not profess to dislike trial - only the trial pressing upon us - any other cross than this; that is, my will and wisdom rather than God's.

Psa Delight in God's law despite attacks from adversaries. The proud have forged a lie against me, But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease, But I delight in Your law. The proud have forged a lie against me : In reading of the godly and humble character of the Psalmist, it is almost shocking to hear that he has enemies who carefully forged a lie against him. Yet he explains how this is possible: they are the proud , who are no doubt convicted in conscience and spiteful of his humble, obedient, teachable life before God.

When a friend once told Plato, what scandalous stories his enemies had propagated concerning him, - I will live so, replied the great Philosopher, that nobody shall believe them. But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart : The lies of the proud did not distract or overly discourage the Psalmist. Instead, he dedicated himself to greater obedience and honor of God, pledging to obey Him with his whole heart.

If we keep the precepts, the precepts will keep us in the day of contumely and slander. Their heart is fat as grease, but I delight in Your law : Their fat heart was not good for their physical or spiritual health. It meant that their hearts were dull, insensitive, drowning in luxury and excess. In contrast, the Psalmist found delight in the word of God.

I have nothing else to fill it but thy word, and the comforts I have from it; but their hearts are fat hearts; fat with the world, fat with lust; they hate the word. As a full stomach loatheth meat and cannot digest it; so wicked men hate the word, it will not go down with them, it will not gratify their lusts. Psa Appreciation for the goodness of God even in seasons of affliction. It is good for me that I have been afflicted, That I may learn Your statutes. The law of Your mouth is better to me Than thousands of coins of gold and silver.

It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes : The Psalmist repeats the idea from earlier in this section Psalm This repetition is an effective way to communicate emphasis. Affliction, brought under the wisdom and guidance of God's word, did genuine good in his life. I bless the Lord for the correctives of his providence by which, if he has blessed me on the one hand with sweets, he has blessed me on the other hand with bitters. I have always found it one of my best schoolmasters. Yet we must guard against the misunderstanding that seasons of affliction automatically make one better or godlier.

Sadly, there are many who are worse from their affliction - because they fail to turn to God's word for wisdom and life-guidance in such times. This also shows how valuable the learning of God's word was to the Psalmist. It was entirely worth it for him to endure affliction, if only he could learn the statutes of God in the process. This made a time of painful affliction worthwhile.

If we would be scholars we must be sufferers. God's commands are best read by eyes wet with tears. The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of coins of gold and silver : This is a logical extension of the thought in the previous verse.


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If the Psalmist understood that even trouble could be good if it taught him the word of God - if it was more valuable than his comfort - then it is also possible to say that it is more valuable than riches. This great estimation of the word of God came from a life that had known affliction. It was love and appreciation from the field of battle, not the palaces of ease and comfort. Long ago a group of Italian Jews asked to see this bible and when they had seen it they told their friends in Venice about it.

As a result a syndicate of Russian Jews tried to buy it, offering the church the weight of the book in gold. Julius the Second was Pope at that time, and he refused the offer, even though the value of such a large amount of gold was enormous … Today we pay little to possess multiple copies of God's Word. But do we value it? In many cases, I am afraid not. Who prefers the law of his God, the Christ that bought him, and the heaven to which he hopes to go, when he can live no longer upon earth, to thousands of gold and silver?

Yea, how many are there who, like Judas, sell their Saviour even for thirty pieces of silver? Hear this, ye lovers of the world and of money! The yodh stanza represents the small Hebrew letter Jesus referred to as a "jot" in Matthew : "Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Psa Surrendering to the word of the Creator. Your hands have made me and fashioned me; Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Your hands have made me : Here the Psalmist proclaims God as Creator, and understood certain obligations to God because he was fashioned by the hands of God.

The modern age, with its widespread denial of a Creator God, has a much lower sense of obligation to God as Creator. Despite the deeply seated rejection of God as Creator, man's obligation to his Maker remains. The Psalmist understood what many today forget or deny. It is, at the same time, and acknowledgement of the service we owe him, founded on the relation wich a creature beareth to his Creator. Your hands : "Oh look upon the wounds of thine hands, and forget not the work of thine hands, as Queen Elizabeth prayed. Give me understanding : In his thoughts of God as Creator, the Psalmist prayed for understanding.

He recognized that this was something often misunderstood, and one could ask for and expect help in understanding both God as Creator and our obligations to our Maker. We gain much understanding by considering God as Creator, and especially as the Creator of man. Man - man alone - bears his image, his likeness. Everywhere we see his track - his footsteps. Here we behold his face.

That I may learn Your commandments : The understanding of God and man as Creator and creature should lead to this humble relationship where man admits his need to learn , to learn God's word commandments , and to receive His word as commands from a wise, loving, and righteous Creator. Psa The common gladness of those who fear God. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me, Because I have hoped in Your word. Those who fear You will be glad when they see me : The Psalmist considered that his right life would be an encouragement to others who also feared God. This was an additional reason to hear and obey God.

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Because I have hoped in Your word : His life could give encouragement and gladness to other righteous people because his hope and attention were put upon the word of God. Without this hope, his righteous life would be impossible. Psa Comfort from God's word in a time of affliction. Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; For Your law is my delight. Your judgments are right … in faithfulness You have afflicted me : His attention upon God's word has given the Psalmist wise and godly perspective even in seasons of suffering. He can proclaim the rightness of God's judgments even when he is afflicted.

It is one thing to say, "God has the right to do with me as He pleases. This was the place Job eventually came to through his long and desperate struggle through the Book of Job. He came to know that the judgments of the LORD were right , and even understood God's faithfulness in affliction. Let Him do what seems good to Him 1 Samuel Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word : The Psalmist prayed on solid ground, asking on the basis of promises made in God's word.

With such promises, he asked for merciful kindness in his affliction. According to Your word : "Our prayers are according to the mind of God when they are according to the word of God. I hunger; I need; I thirst; I wait. Here is thy hand-writing in thy word … I am resolved to be as importunate [persistent to the point of annoyance] till I have obtained, and as thankful afterwards, as by they grace I shall be enabled … Thy promises are the discoveries of thy purposes, and vouchsafed [graciously given] as materials for our prayers; and in my supplications I am resolved every day to present and tender them back to thee.

Your word to Your servant : The Psalmist rightly received the Word of God as something personal to himself. It was not only a word to mankind in general, or even the covenant people; it was something personal to the Psalmist himself Your servant. Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight : The Psalmist prayed with the understanding that God's tender mercies came to him through the Word law of God.

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By staying close to God's word and letting it fill his life, he also received God's tender mercies. Without the gift of these tender mercies we find ourselves lost and discouraged. The whole earth, in its brightest visions of fancy, destitute of the Lord's love, can never cheer nor revive the soul. In the midst of the wide distribution, let me claim my interest. Let them come unto me. Psa The contrast between the proud and those who fear God. Let the proud be ashamed, For they treated me wrongfully with falsehood; But I will meditate on Your precepts.

Let those who fear You turn to me, Those who know Your testimonies. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes, That I may not be ashamed. Let the proud be ashamed : The Psalmist said this not only out of a sense of God's righteousness, but also out of a sense of being personally wronged. These proud ones had treated him wrongfully with falsehood ; therefore they should be put to shame.

Shame is not for the holy, for there is nothing in holiness to be ashamed of. If the proud ones who opposed the Psalmist knew he was praying against them, they had reason to be afraid. David's prayers made failure and doom for Ahithophel. The fasting of Esther and the Jews brought failure and doom for Haman.

Hezekiah's prayer meant failure and doom for the Assyrian army. God knows how to defend His own who cry to Him. Yet even the prayer that the proud be ashamed is a prayer for their good. Psalm But I will meditate on Your precepts : In contrast to the proud who loved lies, the Psalmist loved and meditated on God's Word.

The proud are not worth a thought. The worst injury they can do us is to take us away from our devotions; let us baffle them by keeping all the closer to our God when they are most malicious in their onslaughts. I will meditate : "Truths lie hid in the heart without efficacy or power, till improved by deep, serious, and pressing thoughts … A sudden carrying a candle through a room, giveth us not so full a survey of the object, as when you stand a while beholding it. A steady contemplation is a great advantage. Let those who fear You turn to me : The Psalmist recognized the presence of proud enemies, but he did not believe that all were against himself or God.

There were others who feared God, and he could find companionship with them. They had much in common - they both were those who knew God's word Those who know Your testimonies. They possess both devotion and instruction; they have both the spirit and the science of true religion.

Turn to me : "As the believer finds trouble from the world, he prays that he may find help from the Lord's people … It is painful therefore to see Christians often walking aloof from each other, and suffering coldness, distance, differences and distrust to divide them from their brethren. Turn their eyes to me as a spectacle of God's wonderful mercy; or rather, 2.


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Turn their hearts and affections to me, which have been alienated from me, either by the artifices and calumnies of my adversaries, or by my sore and long distresses. Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes : As the Psalmist compared himself with the proud who spoke lies, he still recognized his need for greater obedience to God. He asked God and depended on Him for an obedient blameless heart and life.

Such examples should make us prayer according to Psalm : Search me, O God, and know my heart. That I may not be ashamed : This is a valid desire. The Psalmist wanted a life lived unashamed. The desire was for a no sense of inward shame because one was right with God, and without a sense of public shame before the eyes of others.

His obedient life Let my heart be blameless regarding Your statutes would lead to this unashamed life. In this section we are taught by the repetition of the plea, " Let … " Taken together, these make for a healthy life with God. Such is the case here. This is the kaph stanza. Kaph is a curved letter, similar to a half circle, and it was often thought of as a hand held out to receive some gift or blessing … He holds out his hand toward him as a suppliant.

Psa Seeking comfort in the Word of God. My soul faints for Your salvation, But I hope in Your word. My eyes fail from searching Your word, Saying, "When will You comfort me? My soul faints for Your salvation : The Psalmist gives a sense of desperation. His soul aches for God, so much that it faints in waiting for the salvation he needs.

Yet he is not in despair, because he has hope in Your word. Faints has the idea of "coming to the end" Kidner. It is same verb in a slightly different form as used in Psalm : The almost made an end of me. Fainting is a loss of strength; a collapse. Here the Psalmist felt that his soul was so weak, so empty of strength that it was unable to stand. This place of desperate yet not despairing is known to the followers of God. The Apostle Paul related something of this in 2 Corinthians : We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

In it all, Paul could say, " we have the same spirit of faith " 2 Corinthians Your salvation : What he wanted was God's salvation. But I hope in Your word : In contrast to the sense of weakness and failing, the Psalmist found hope and strength in God's word. This is the endurance of hope spoken of in the New Testament 1 Thessalonians , and the hope of salvation as a protecting helmet 1 Thessalonians How did this man behave?

When his soul was fainting, his hope in the word kept him from sinking. I hope in Your word : "Beloved, let none of us give way to despair. No doubt Satan will tell us that it is humble to despair, but, it, is not so. The pride of despair is truly terrible. I believe that, when a man altogether doubts the power of God to save him, and gives himself up to sin because he thinks he cannot be saved, so far from there being any humility in it, it is the prouder action that depraved flesh and blood can perform.

Man, how darest, thou say that there is no hope for thee? My eyes fail from searching Your word : This indicates how diligently the Psalmist read and studied God's word. He studied so hard that his eyes hurt. One reason he loved God's word so much was because he studied it so intently. God's word yields its treasures to us in proportion to our searching it. Saying, "When will You comfort me? It was to find comfort in his presence distress. This sense of personal need is and remains a greater motivation for diligent study than theological curiosity.

In his sermon titled God's Time for Comforting , Spurgeon sought to give practical answers to the question, "When will You comfort me? Psa Appreciating weakness and trusting God and His word. For I have become like a wineskin in smoke, Yet I do not forget Your statutes. How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me? I have become like a wineskin in smoke : The Psalmist felt weak, as if he were a fragile wineskin that had turned dry and made black with smoke.

His soul and spiritual life felt dry. A wineskin in smoke was "Useless, shriveled, and unattractive because of being blackened with soot. Though this illustration speaks about the difficult nature of David's trial, it also speak to the character of the trial: "Our trials are smoke, but not fire; they are very uncomfortable, but they do not consume us. Yet I do not forget Your statutes : Despite his sense of weakness, he was determined to not forget Your statutes.

Weakness would not make him forget God's word. You may pull my tongue out of my head, but not my faith out of my heart, said that martyr. Here the sense of weakness led the Psalmist to despair that God would execute judgment against those who persecuted him. This Psalm is one of the few verses in the Psalm that does not specifically mention God's word.

The sense and context lead us to see that the sense of personal weakness and injustice has led the Psalmist to such distraction and despair that he has lost focus on God's word. Psa A cry for help when attacked and persecuted. The proud have dug pits for me, Which is not according to Your law. All Your commandments are faithful; They persecute me wrongfully; Help me!

The proud have dug pits for me, which is not according to Your law : The traps set for the Psalmist were in fact directly against the law of God. Exodus gives the principle that a man is responsible for damage when he digs a pit. The idea is that they hunted him as if he were a wild animal. All Your commandments are faithful; they persecute me wrongfully : The Psalmist found faithfulness and refuge in the commandments of God; this was strong contrast to the persecution he found from his enemies.

In such times, he prayed the logical prayer: Help me! No other help is sufficient, but God's help is all-sufficient and we cast ourselves upon it without fear. Psa Revived by God unto obedience. They almost made an end of me on earth, But I did not forsake Your precepts. Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth. They almost made an end of me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts : The point is emphasized through repetition.

Nothing would make the Psalmist forsake God's word. He would cling to it in good times and in bad times. There are many things that may cause a person to forsake the word of God in one way or another. Yet here, the Psalmist was almost dead the almost made an end of me on earth , yet he would not forsake the word of God. There is gold in that word " almost. He allows us to be attacked, yet at the same time sets a limit to the success of the attackers.

Almost is a word of God's gracious protection. Revive me according to Your lovingkindess : The Psalmist looked to God for new life, for revival. Yet he knew that this was not deserved, even by someone as in love with God's word as he was. Instead, he prayed " Revive me according to Your lovingkindness ," and not according to what he deserved or had earned.

Our best protection from tempters and persecutors is more life. The Psalmist spoke freely about his great love for God and His word. Yet his trust was in the goodness and grace and lovingkindness of God, not in his own love to God and His word. So that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth : Here the Psalmist understood that the purpose of a revived spirit within him. It wasn't merely to enjoy a season of spiritual excitement; it was for a more faithful, obedient walk with God. Many people look to revival as merely a time of heightened spiritual excitement, that has little purpose other than giving people a sense of blessing and thrills.

This mistaken idea of revival actually hinders the work of true revival. This revived life was also given for the sake of steadfastness to the testimony of God's mouth. Whenever I hear of churches and ministers departing from the faith, I know that piety is at low ebb among them. It is proposed that we should argue with them: it is of no avail to argue with dead people.

It is proposed that we should bring out another book of Christian evidences: it is small benefit to provide glasses for those who have no eyes. What is wanted is more spiritual life; for as the truth quickens men they love the quickening word, but dead men care little about that which is to them a dead letter. The testimony of Your mouth : The Psalmist rightly understood that the word of God actually came from the mouth of God. He wasn't ignorant of the fact that God had used human authors, and that those human authors still expressed their personality through the inspired writings.

Yet God so directed those human authors that what they wrote could accurately be called words from the mouth of God. If the Bible gives us words from the mouth of God, we can confidently say that the Bible is infallible ; that is, that in its original, autograph documents of which we have extremely reliable copies , it is absolutely without error. Since the mouth communicates words , we also insist that the words of the Bible are infallible, and not merely the ideas.

The testimony of God's mouth must be given in words: God's heart has thoughts, but God's mouth has words; and words from the omniscient and true God must be infallible. Psa A faithful God and His settled word. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances, For all are Your servants. Because it is settled in heaven , it will not change on earth. The word is settled in heaven ; not merely in the heart or mind of the Psalmist. It is objectively settled in heaven , whether the Psalmist or anyone else believes it to be or not to be.

If someone were to say to the Psalmist "That's your opinion; that is good for you" he would object most strongly that God's word is settled in heaven quite apart from any opinion of man. It may seem to fail on earth; but it is for ever settled in heaven. Jehovah's word is not fickle nor uncertain; it is settled, determined, fixed, sure, immovable.

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Man's teachings change so often that there is never time for them to be settled; but the Lord's word is from of old the same, and will remain unchanged eternally. We shall have to consult quarterly reviews, to see what style of religious thought is predominant, and then we shall have to accommodate our sermons to the dictum of the last wise man who has chosen to make a special fool of himself. As for myself, I shall continue to be unfashionable, and abide where I am.

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Settled in heaven : The Psalmist also declared his belief that the word of God was exactly that - not the words of man, but the very words of God. He believed what 2 Timothy says; that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. This means something more than saying that God inspired the men who wrote it, though we believe that He did; God also inspired the very words they wrote.

We notice it doesn't say "All Scripture writers are inspired by God," even though that is true. Yet that statement doesn't go far enough. The words they wrote were breathed by God ; Your word is settled in heaven. It isn't that God breathed into the human authors. That is true, but not what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy He says that from heaven , God breathed out of them His Holy Word. We remember what Jesus said in Matthew , that one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. The tittle is a small mark in a Hebrew letter, somewhat like the crossing of a "t" or the tail on a "y.

These are small, tiny, almost insignificant differences - yet Jesus said that even these smallest differences would not pass away from God's word. He said that heaven and earth would sooner pass away than a yod or a tittle from the word of God. Truly, Your word is settled in heaven. Every preacher should especially be able to say, " Your word is settled in heaven. I would be greatly sorry to have to think out the road to heaven without the guiding star of heaven's grace or the map of the word.

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Not gospel-preachers but gospel-makers these men aspire to be, and their message comes forth, not as the gospel of the grace of God, but as the gospel of the imagination of men; a gospel concocted in their own kitchen, not taught them by the Holy Spirit. Your faithfulness endures to all generations : The Psalmist believed that the settled word of God was a demonstration of the faithfulness of God; and that faithfulness extends across all generations. We recognize the truth of this when we look at generations past.

We trace the line of the amazing faithfulness of God to each generation, despite the worst impulses and works of man. We recognize the truth of this when we consider generations present and future. The present and future often look gloomy; we wonder where are the great men and women of God seen in previous generations.

Yet we should not fear; Your faithfulness endures to all generations. We recognize the truth of this when we consider how God has preserved His word through the generations. There are many great works of ancient literature that are lost; one author or another makes mention of them, but we have no text that has survived to our day. The Bible not only survives; it thrives. They tried to stamp it out, but the text survived. In the early days of the church, Celsus, Prophyry, and Lucien tried to destroy it by their arguments.

Later the emperors Diocletian and Julian tried to destroy it by force. In some periods of history it was a capital offense to possess a copy of the Bible. Yet the text survived. You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this day according to Your ordinances : The word of God itself Your ordinances is what establishes the earth and causes it to abide. The earth and all of creation began with a word from God Genesis 1 ; it is no surprise that they are also sustained and endure according to the word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever Isaiah Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away Matthew These passages put the word of God outside the created world and indicate that the word of God is more permanent and enduring that creation itself.

Since the created world came into being by God's word and is sustained by His word, this makes perfect sense. Let us be confident then. Whenever God means to break his word and change his ordinances we may expect to find this earth go steaming into the sun, or else it will rush far off into space, nobody knows where. But while it keeps its place, what have you and I to worry about? Is it not the sign that the Lord will keep us also? For all are Your servants : The Psalmist looked at the created order and understood that all creation ultimately serves God and His purpose. The earth , which He established and which abides , obeys His word.

Psa The sustaining power of God's word. Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, For by them You have given me life. Unless Your law had been my delight : The Psalmist rejoiced that the word of God had been his delight. Reading and studying and meditating on God's word was not a burdensome chore; it was a delight.

We can speculate that one reason this was so was because God met him in His word. When we have fellowship with God in and through His word, it makes our time in His law delightful. I would then have perished in my affliction : The Psalmist knew that without his relationship with God and His word, he would not have been sustained in his season of affliction. Again, it should be stressed that this delight goes beyond mere Bible knowledge.

It is a relationship with God in and through His word that gives strength and spiritual nourishment. There never was, perhaps, in that town a more severe time of distress. Nearly every loom was stopped. Decent and respectable tradesmen who had seen better days, were obliged to subsist on public charity. So much money per day but a trifle at most was allowed to the really poor and deserving.

The poor widow had received her daily pittance, and she had now come into the shop of the grocer to lay it out to the best advantage. She had but a few coppers in her withered hands. Carefully did she expend her little stock-a pennyworth of this and the other necessary of life nearly exhausted all she had. I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have given me life : The Psalmist remembered the life-giving power and character of God's word. It was this life that strengthened him in the season of affliction.

God's word brings life because it is alive. The Bible is not antique or modern. It is eternal. Psa Safety in seeking God's word. I am Yours, save me; For I have sought Your precepts. The wicked wait for me to destroy me, But I will consider Your testimonies. I am Yours, save me : This speaks of the wonderful relationship between the Psalmist and His God, flowing from the word of God. A man will surely save his own child: Lord, save me. Will not a man be careful of his children, his treasure, his jewels? Thy sovereign love hath bought me - made me thine - I am thine; save me.

For I have sought Your precepts : The basis of this confidence was a relationship built upon the word of God Your precepts. This was not relationship built upon feelings or subjective experiences, but upon the solid foundation of God's word. The wicked wait for me to destroy me, but I will consider Your testimonies : The Psalmist speaks of his enemies in an almost causal way.

While they do their worst against him - they wait for him to destroy him - he will not panic, but find refuge in the word of God. Psa The perfection of God's word. I have seen the consummation of all perfection, But Your commandment is exceedingly broad. I have seen the consummation of all perfection : The Psalmist considered the excellent things he has seen in this world. Perhaps he thought of the things of great natural beauty; the small things of intricate creation; the beauty of human love and care.

Yet in looking at all these things, they have a consummation - in the sense of a limit or a barrier. The best things of this world only go so far. But Your commandment is exceedingly broad : Despite all the great and beautiful things of this world, something is greater still - the commandment of God, His revealed word to us.

It is not limited as the things, even the great things of this earth are. Strangely, many today think that the Bible is narrow.