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Psalm 120 — A Dove Among Hawks

Psalm 120 — A Dove Among Hawks

BIG IDEA: ADVOCATES FOR PEACE LAMENT LIVING AMONG LYING WARMONGERSINTRODUCTION:First in a series of Psalms (120 – 134) labeled “A Song of Ascents”;possibly a hymnbook for pilgrims coming up to the Temple for the great feasts- Spurgeonbut many other...
Psalm 119:169-176  — God’s Helping Hand

Psalm 119:169-176 — God’s Helping Hand

BIG IDEA: INTIMATE COMMUNICATION WITH THE LORD CENTERING AROUND HIS WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO ANTICIPATING HIS HELPING HANDINTRODUCTION:This strophe serves as a doxology to sum up many of the themes of Psalm 119.The tone is one of humble petition rather than arrogant...
Psalm 119:161-168  — Loving God’s Word

Psalm 119:161-168 — Loving God’s Word

BIG IDEA: LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO A LIFE OF OBEDIENCE THAT BRINGS PEACE AND HOPEI. (:161-164) FOUR WAYS TO EXPRESS LOVE FOR GOD’S WORDA. (:161) Fear God’s Word in Awe and Wonderment /But Don’t Fear the Unjust Persecution of Men”Princes persecute me...
Psalm 119:153-160  — Great Are Thy Mercies, O Lord

Psalm 119:153-160 — Great Are Thy Mercies, O Lord

BIG IDEA: CALLING UPON THE MERCY OF GOD IS THE PATHWAY TO DELIVERANCE FROM SUFFERING FOR THE RIGHTEOUSI. (:153-156) THREE PLEAS FOR DELIVERANCE FROM SUFFERINGA. (:153) Rescue Me1. Appeals to the Lord’s Compassion”Look upon my affliction and rescue me”Look...
Psalm 119:145-152  — God Is Only a Prayer Away

Psalm 119:145-152 — God Is Only a Prayer Away

BIG IDEA:FERVENT PRAYER IS THE PATHWAY TO RESTING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD AND THE FAITHFULNESS OF HIS PROMISESI. (:145-149) FERVENT PRAYER CRIES OUT TO GOD FOR AN ANSWERA. Fervent Prayer is Whole-Hearted Prayer”I cried with all my heart “B. Fervent Prayer...
Psalm 119:137-144  — An Everlasting Righteousness

Psalm 119:137-144 — An Everlasting Righteousness

BIG IDEA: THE PERFECTION OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS IS THE PATHWAY TO THE PERMANENCE OF GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS(:13) THESIS: GOD IS RIGHTEOUS IN ESSENCE AND IN EXECUTION(WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE DOES)A. Righteous in Essence = Who He Is”Righteous art Thou, O Lord”B....
Psalm 119: 113-120  — Having Regard for God’s Word

Psalm 119: 113-120 — Having Regard for God’s Word

BIG IDEA: RESPECT FOR GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO RESPECTING GOD’S JUDGMENTSI. (:113-117) 5 WAYS TO SHOW RESPECT (LOYALTY) FOR GOD’S WORDA. (:113) Whole-Hearted Commitment to God’s Wordthis must be the starting point1. Rejection of the Path of Wavering...
Psalm 119:105-112  — Lighted Pathways

Psalm 119:105-112 — Lighted Pathways

BIG IDEA: THE WORD OF GOD LIGHTS OUR PATHWAYS ON THE ROAD OF RIGHTEOUSNESSINTRODUCTION:THEME OF PSALM 119: “LIGHTED PATHWAYS”MEDITATIONS ON THE PRACTICAL VALUE OF THE WORD OF GODI. (:105) THESIS: “THY WORD IS A LAMP TO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT TO MY...
Psalm 119:97-104  — O How I Love Thy Law

Psalm 119:97-104 — O How I Love Thy Law

BIG IDEA: LOVE FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS THE PATHWAY TO SUPERIOR WISDOMI. (:97) THE KEY TO SUPERIOR WISDOM = LOVE FOR THE WORD OF GOD”O how I love Thy law! It is my meditation all the day.”Those that love the world, spend their time consumed with the things...
Psalm 119:81-88  — I Wait For Thy Word – Part 2

Psalm 119:81-88 — I Wait For Thy Word – Part 2

BIG IDEA: PERSEVERANCE IN WAITING FOR GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO ESCAPING LIFE IN THE PITSI. (:81-84) THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE TIMING OF GOD’S DELIVERANCE MAKES PERSEVERANCE PAINFULA. 2 Haunting Questions:1) How Long?”How many are the days of Thy...
Psalm 119:73-80  — I Wait For Thy Word

Psalm 119:73-80 — I Wait For Thy Word

BIG IDEA: PERSEVERANCE IN WAITING FOR GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO A BLAMELESS HEART AND A BLAMELESS TESTIMONYINTRODUCTIONPerseverance is a lost virtue in our Instant-oriented culture.Spiritual maturity does not occur overnight.No superscription – so we can’t be...
Psalm 119:57-64  — The Lord is My Portion

Psalm 119:57-64 — The Lord is My Portion

BIG IDEA: A VALUE SYSTEM ORIENTED AROUND GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO CONTENTMENT6 KEYS TO CONTENTMENT:I. (:57) BEING SATISFIED WITH THE LORD”The Lord is my portion” — this is the major keyWhat else do we need? We’ve got the whole pie!...
Psalm 119:49-56  — Comfort in Affliction

Psalm 119:49-56 — Comfort in Affliction

BIG IDEA: THE PROMISE OF GOD IS THE PATHWAY TO COMFORT IN TIMES OF AFFLICTIONWhat gives HOPE in times of affliction?I) (:49) God’s Faithfulness to His Word of Promise”Remember the word to Thy servant, In which Thou hast made me hope.”God’s...
Psalm 119:33-40  — The Master Equipper

Psalm 119:33-40 — The Master Equipper

BIG IDEA: GOD’S INITIATIVE IS THE PATHWAY TO PERSONAL REVIVALI. (:33-34) GOD’S INITIATIVE IN CHANNELING OUR MINDSA. God’s Teaching Ministry is Essential for Obedience”Teach me, O Lord, the way of Thy statutes, And I shall observe it to the...
Psalm 119:25-32  — Cleaving to the Word

Psalm 119:25-32 — Cleaving to the Word

BIG IDEA: COMMITMENT TO GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO PERSONAL REVIVAL (= REVIVED SPIRITUAL STRENGTH)I. CONDITIONS THAT CALL FOR PERSONAL REVIVALA. (:25) Emotional Death”My soul cleaves to the dust”We came from dust and our body will return to the...