“I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.”
Once we make the choice to apply God’s Word, we must then consistently choose to adhere to His Word. In order to follow through with our choice, we must make our walk with Him consistent and constant. David wanted to stick with the right way, and not be found unfaithful.
“Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.”
Who is seated at the right hand of the Father? Jesus Christ. David knew the importance of the Right Hand upholding him each day as he walked with God.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Jesus is also telling us to continue in His Word. We must cling to the Word each day. Do you desire to read the Scriptures or are you reading out of obligation?
“My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined. Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.”
We must crave the Word as much as our daily food. For our spirit needs nourishment as often, if not more, than our physical body.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must choose to not only apply but also adhere to the Word of God consistently.
Exodus 10-11 | Matthew 10 | Proverbs 31
“I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.”
When Jesus spoke to Mary and Martha showing them the difference of their priorities, He also left us an example to follow.
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
But what was “that good part” that Mary chose?
“And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.”
Mary made a choice. She chose to sit at the feet of her Saviour, and listen to what He had to say. We must make the choice to learn from, listen to, and love the Word of God.
We must also make the choice to follow the “way of truth” rather than false doctrine. When we feel overwhelmed or need help to continue in the Word, we can simply ask the Lord to help us.
“Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must make the choice to apply God’s Word to our lives.
Exodus 8-9 | Matthew 9 | Proverbs 30
“Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.”
David desired for the sin of lying to be removed from his life. Not just him telling lies, but from the falsehood and deception of other beliefs and doctrines. He desired for the Truth of God’s Word to be applied to his life.
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”
There is so much deception in religion today that we must be able to discern what is right or wrong. How are we to discern the difference?
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
“For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly.”
We need only ask, and the Lord will give it to us. Wisdom and discernment are found within the pages of Scripture, the very Words of God.
Notice how David asks to receive the Law…”graciously”. Within the Word of God is the Gospel given by His…grace. For it is by His grace we are saved through faith in His finished work.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must not only discern the difference between right and wrong, but also receive His Word…graciously.
Exodus 7 | Matthew 8 | Proverbs 29
“My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”
When circumstances cause our hearts to be heavy within us, the Solution can be found within the pages of the Scriptures.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Our Saviour is patiently waiting while bidding us to come to Him. Though the problem may not immediately disappear, He can speak peace to the storms within our heart through His Word. There is a verse for every situation, and enough strength for every weakness.
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
“My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.”
Though our strength may fail us, we can choose to do everything through His strength.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must seek to be strengthened by the Word of God.
Exodus 5-6 | Matthew 7 | Proverbs 28
“Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”
May we desire to understand more and more the Scriptures we read each day; to know, apply, and walk within the Way of the Word of God.
“Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.”
To understand the way of the Scriptures is to discern them by way of the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts as we read.
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”
1 Corinthians 2:13-14
“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
As we begin to understand the way, we can share the wonderful things we learn and experience as we fellowship with the Lord. It is by God’s grace that we may know of His wondrous works.
“He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must ask Him to guide us through His Word so that we may understand the way He would have us to go.
Exodus 3-4 | Matthew 6 | Proverbs 27
“I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.”
When we confess our sins, the Lord not only hears us, He forgives us.
“I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”
If we do not confess our sins, the Lord will not hear our prayers.
“If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”
After David confessed his sin and acknowledged his faith that the Lord heard him, he desired to be taught by the Teacher of all teachers.
What is standing in the way of the Lord hearing our prayers?
Are we willing to allow the Lord to teach us through His Word?
“Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.”
The phrase “teach me” appears nine times within Psalm 119.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must declare our ways and sincerely ask the Lord to teach us through His Word.
Exodus 1-2 | Matthew 5 | Proverbs 26
“My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.”
When problems are all around us it can affect us physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. Here we see that the Psalmist is cleaving unto the dust. In Genesis we learn that we were made from the dust of the earth, so he is clinging to return to the dust in death.
Thankfully, he doesn't stop at his desire to end all of his problems…he sought a Solution.
“quicken thou me according to thy word”
The word “quicken” means to be made alive. Rather than cleave to the dust where he came from, the Psalmist chose to be made alive by the Scriptures. He knew there was resurrecting power within the Word of God!
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
There is power in His Word, and it is available to us if only we would read and apply it to our lives.
“Quicken me, O LORD, for thy name's sake: for thy righteousness' sake bring my soul out of trouble.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must desire to be quickened by the Word of God.
Genesis 49-50 | Matthew 4 | Proverbs 25
“Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.”
In just these nine words, we find so much Truth about the Blessed Book we hold in our hands. We see here two purposes of the Scripture that we must apply to our lives.
“Thy testimonies also are my delight”
The Word of God can comfort us. In the darkness of night or the dreariness of the day, we can be comforted if we will open our Bible. It is wonderful to know that comfort can be found in times of distress.
“In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul.”
The world offers only temporary relief from our problems. Comfort brings peace; but true peace only comes from God.
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
“Thy testimonies also are…my counselors.”
The Word of God can counsel us. Along with comfort, the Bible offers instruction and correction. Sometimes we need to be told we are wrong, and it is up to us to take heed to the Truth.
“When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:”
We can choose to ignore the instruction or apply the correction to our hearts, and allow God to use our lives for His glory.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must seek both comfort & counsel from the Word of God.
Genesis 47-48 | Matthew 3 | Proverbs 24
“Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.”
No matter who chooses to speak against or about us, we can choose to focus on what God has to say in His Word. Despite what was being said about him, the Psalmist did not let it distract him from seeking help from the Lord.
1 Samuel 30:6
“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”
We can choose to follow David’s example that in times when he was discouraged and distressed he sought encouragement from the Lord. He knew that within the Word of God was the answer to his problem.
How do you encourage yourself in times of distress?
What is your first resource for help?
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
If we want the Lord to order our steps in times of discouragement or distress, we must seek to be encouraged by the Word of God.
Genesis 45-46 | Matthew 2 | Proverbs 23
“Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.”
When we are weighed down by the actions of others, the Word of God can soothe our hurting soul and advise what is best for us.
The Psalmist asked for reproach and contempt to be removed from him, or rolled off of his shoulders. He desired that the burden be transferred to Someone else.
“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
God wants us to commit our burdens, if only we will roll them off of our shoulders and allow Him to carry them. He sometimes uses willing Christians to help bear the burdens of others. He may even want to use us to help someone else, if only we are willing to do so.
“Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.”
What is weighing you down today? Give it to the Lord and allow Him to carry it.
Do you know of someone hurting today? Help them bear their burden. Someday they may need to help you carry yours.
If we want the Lord to order our steps, we must remember that when we are weighed down by our burdens the Word of God has the answers.
Genesis 43-44 | Matthew 1 | Proverbs 22
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