Psalm 119: The Glory of God’s Ways

What does it mean to be “blessed” by the Lord?

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Psalm 119:1–3 Blessed are the pure of heart, who walk in the ways of the Lord.
Blessed are those who seek God with their whole being and testify of his greatness, who walk with him and do what is right.
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Psalm 119:1–3 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.

What is the “abundant life” that Jesus said he was bringing, which the people didn’t have?

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Psalm 119:4 Your prescription for abundance in life requires your hearing God’s voice and being obedient.
John 10:10 The thief comes with one purpose: to steal, kill, and destroy. I came to bring the fullness of life.
John 14:15 If you love me, you will do what I tell you to do.
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Psalm 119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

How can we expect “every step” to be according to God’s will?

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Psalm 119:5–8 Let every step I take be according to your will. If I strive for what most pleases you, I will not be ashamed, because I’ve made the best possible choice.
I praise you with complete sincerity and gratitude, Lord, because I’ve learned to trust the rightness of your ways, even though I can’t always see the good. I want to follow your direction, so don’t abandon me.
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Psalm 119:5–8 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.

What is required for us to come “in the name of the Lord”?

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Psalm 119:9–10 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. From your house, we bless you.
With my whole being, I have sought after you. Don’t let me stray from your commandments.
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Psalm 119:9–10 BETH. Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.

What might Christians value more than God’s Word?

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Psalm 119:11–13 I value your Word more than anything else, so I won’t go against what you have shown me is right.
You are always right, Lord, so show me the way, and I will declare to others all that you have spoken to me.
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Psalm 119:11–13 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.

Why are God’s precepts better than just doing what feels good?

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Psalm 119:14–16 Following your precepts brings the greatest richness in life. I meditate on your principles with the utmost respect for your ways. I’m delighted to receive your guidance, and I will not forget to do what you say.
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Psalm 119:14–16 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

How can we improve our understanding of the value of God’s ways?

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Psalm 119:17–19 Be generous with your servant, Lord, so your words may be seen in my life.
Open my eyes so I can see the spectacular benefits that are sure to come from obeying you instead of following my self-serving ways. I’m a foreigner to the ways of the world, so don’t let me miss any part of what you want.
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Psalm 119:17–19 GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

How can desiring to know God’s will be a source of heartache?

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Psalm 119:20 My heart constantly aches to know your will.
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Psalm 119:20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.

How do arrogant people typically respond to God’s rebuke? Why?

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Psalm 119:21 You rebuke the arrogant people who ignore your commandments and are cursed.
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Psalm 119:21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.

Why might we be shamed and insulted when we’ve followed God’s direction? How should we feel when that happens?

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Psalm 119:22–24 Don’t let me be shamed and insulted, for I have followed your direction. Although leaders have plotted together against me, your servant is still focused on doing your will. I delight in your principles and live by them.
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Psalm 119:22–24 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies. Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.

What are the challenges in knowing what God wants? What makes understanding easier?

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Psalm 119:25–27 I’m not far from the grave, so give me life as you promised. I explained my plight, and you listened. Now show me what to do.
Help me understand your ways so my thoughts can be filled with the wonder of your works.
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Psalm 119:25–27 DALETH. My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word. I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.

In times of depression, how can God’s Word help? What if that doesn’t seem to be helping?

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Psalm 119:28 I am so depressed. Would you strengthen me with your Word?
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Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

What might God do to keep us from being dishonest?

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Psalm 119:29–30 Don’t let me be dishonest in any way, but give me the grace to always do what is right. I want to be faithful to the precepts you have laid before me.
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Psalm 119:29–30 Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.

Why might we be sorry for relying on God’s guidance?

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Psalm 119:31–33 I wholly rely on your guidance, Lord, so don’t let me be sorry.
In response to your commandments, I will run, not walk, and I will broaden my understanding of your ways. Teach me your ways, Lord, and I will faithfully walk it out to the end.
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Psalm 119:31–33 I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, put me not to shame. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart. HE. Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.

What can we do to increase our delight in God’s ways?

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Psalm 119:34–36 Help my understanding, and I will follow your precepts with my whole being. Guide me in the way you want me to go, and I will be delighted.
Strengthen my desire to follow your precepts and not go my own self-serving way.
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Psalm 119:34–36 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.

What is the antidote for desiring what isn’t good for us?

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Psalm 119:37–38 Turn my eyes from lusting after that which cannot satisfy, but let me live by your words. Embed your words in your servant’s heart, which are given to those who revere you.
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Psalm 119:37–38 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

Why are people often concerned about what their enemies think of them?

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Psalm 119:39 Take away the disgrace I dread from those who would shame me, for your judgments are always good.
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Psalm 119:39 Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good.

Why can’t we just pray and immediately receive God’s deliverance?

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Psalm 119:40–42 I long to receive your instruction. Let me live in your righteousness.
Let me experience your lovingkindness, Lord, and the deliverance you promised. Then I can stand proudly before those who shame me for trusting your Word.
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Psalm 119:40–42 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. VAU. Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word.

What is so liberating about following God’s precepts?

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Psalm 119:43–45 Fill my mouth with your words of truth, for I trust your precepts. I will obey your instructions forever. Following your precepts allows me to walk in total freedom.
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Psalm 119:43–45 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.

Why might Christians feel shame at the thought of sharing how God has changed their lives?

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Psalm 119:46 I will not be ashamed when I share my story in public, how God has changed my life.
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Psalm 119:46 I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

What is so thrilling about pleasing God?

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Psalm 119:47–48 I am thrilled with every opportunity to please you.
I lift my hands in surrender to your commands, for I love your direction, and I’m always thinking about what you want.
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Psalm 119:47–48 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved. My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

Why do God’s promises give us hope?

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Psalm 119:49–50 Remember the promise you made to your servant, which gave me hope. When I am hurting, I am comforted, because your Word gives me life.
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Psalm 119:49–50 ZAIN. Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

Why do unbelievers sometimes make fun of Christians?

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Psalm 119:51 Arrogant people make fun of my commitment, but I will not turn away from your instructions.
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Psalm 119:51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from thy law.

What is the benefit of meditation? When might it not help?

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Psalm 119:52 When I meditate upon your precepts, Lord, I am comforted.
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Psalm 119:52 I remembered thy judgments of old, O Lord; and have comforted myself.

What attitude should we have toward wicked people?

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Psalm 119:53 I burn with anger that wicked people have no respect for your commandments.
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Psalm 119:53 Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law.

What kind of theme song would be appropriate for God’s decrees?

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Psalm 119:54 Your decrees are the theme of my songs wherever I am.
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Psalm 119:54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

How can we meditate on God’s greatness while we sleep?

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Psalm 119:55 Lord, by meditating on your greatness all the time, even while I sleep, I see the value of doing your will.
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Psalm 119:55 I have remembered thy name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept thy law.

How might people feel like they are blessed, even when they are disobedient?

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Psalm 119:56–57 In obedience, I am blessed.
You satisfy my needs, Lord, so I must follow your guidance.
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Psalm 119:56–57 This I had, because I kept thy precepts. CHETH. Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

How can we measure the difference between doing what pleases God versus going our own way?

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Psalm 119:58–60 With all my heart, I prayed for your favor and stood upon your promises.
After considering the consequence of going my own way, I turned to follow you. I chose to run, not walk, toward the goal of always doing the good that your Word shows me to do.
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Psalm 119:58–60 I intreated thy favour with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.

What can the wicked do to hinder our commitment to the Lord? How can we protect ourselves from that influence?

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Psalm 119:61–63 The tentacles of the wicked have tried to pull me down, but I have not forgotten the importance of your ways. In the middle of the night when I wake up, I give you thanks because your judgments are always right.
I am a friend of all who revere you, those who obey your commandments.
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Psalm 119:61–63 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law. At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments. I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

If the earth is filled with God’s kindness, how can people not recognize him?

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Psalm 119:64–65 Lord, you have filled Earth with your lovingkindness. Teach me your ways.
You have treated your servant well, Lord, just as you promised.
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Psalm 119:64–65 The earth, O Lord, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes. TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O Lord, according unto thy word.

If God shows us what to do, how important is knowing why?

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Psalm 119:66–67 Show me what I should do and why, for I am totally committed to following your direction. When I thought I was doing well on my own, I went my own way, but now I know to follow you.
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Psalm 119:66–67 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments. Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

How reasonable is it to think we can be like God?

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Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let’s make humans in our image, as we are. Let them rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the animals that walk or crawl upon the earth.”
Psalm 119:68 In your nature and your deeds, you are always good. Teach me to be like you.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we may be God’s children, but we don’t yet know what we will become. But the more of him we see, the more we’ll want to be like him, for we shall see how great he really is.
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Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Psalm 119:68 Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes.
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we may be God’s children, but we don’t yet know what we will become. But the more of him we see, the more we’ll want to be like him, for we shall see how great he really is.

Why might godless people spread lies about the righteous?

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Psalm 119:69–70 Godless people spread lies about me, but that won’t keep me from obeying you. Their caring for others is no more than pretense, but doing your will is my great delight.
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Psalm 119:69–70 The proud have forged a lie against me: but I will keep thy precepts with my whole heart. Their heart is as fat as grease; but I delight in thy law.

How much value should we place upon hearing and following God?

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Psalm 119:71–72 My troubles have worked for good, because I learned to hear and follow you. Your guidance is more valuable than a thousand pieces of silver and gold.
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Psalm 119:71–72 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.

How can we know that our afflictions have a good purpose? When might we have reason to doubt?

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Psalm 119:73–75 You created me with the ability to discern right from wrong and understand your ways. People who revere you are glad that I put my trust in you.
Lord, I know your judgments are always right, that the afflictions I must endure have a good purpose.
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Psalm 119:73–75 JOD. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. They that fear thee will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in thy word. I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

What hope do we have for comfort if we’re not serving God? Why?

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Psalm 119:76–77 As I serve you, comfort me with your lovingkindness. Have compassion on me and let me live, for my greatest desire is doing what you want.
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Psalm 119:76–77 Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight.

What can make the arrogant sorry for their false accusations?

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Psalm 119:78 Make the arrogant sorry for their false accusations. They can’t keep me from living according to your precepts.
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Psalm 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed; for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts.

What is the value of having the right friends? What danger might we face if we don’t?

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Psalm 119:79–80 May my companions be those who revere you and appreciate your instruction.
Let my desire be only for what you want so I’ll have no regrets.
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Psalm 119:79–80 Let those that fear thee turn unto me, and those that have known thy testimonies. Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.

Why is waiting for God’s promise so difficult?

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Psalm 119:81–82 While I desperately long for your deliverance, your Word gives me hope. My eyes grow tired as I keep looking for the fulfillment of your promise. When will you comfort me?
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Psalm 119:81–82 CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word. Mine eyes fail for thy word, saying, When wilt thou comfort me?

How long should Christians expect to endure persecution? Why?

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Psalm 119:83–88 I’m like a wineskin shriveled in the smoke, but I have not forgotten your commandments.
How long must your servant live before he sees that day when his persecutors are punished? Godless people dug pits to trap me and work against your commandments. All your directives are trustworthy. Help me, for they persecute me when I’ve done nothing wrong. They have almost laid me in the grave, but I remained faithful to your Word.
Keep me from death so I can be a living testimony of your lovingkindness.
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Psalm 119:83–88 For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes. How many are the days of thy servant? when wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me? The proud have digged pits for me, which are not after thy law. All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me. They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts. Quicken me after thy lovingkindness; so shall I keep the testimony of thy mouth.

What assurance do we have of God’s faithfulness?

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Psalm 119:89–91 Like the stars in the sky, Lord, your Word stands forever. For generation after generation, you remain faithful. That’s the way it’s always been, and that’s the way it will always be. You have ordered it so, and all things exist to serve your purpose.
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Psalm 119:89–91 LAMED. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants.

If disobedience brings death, why would people want to go their own way?

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Psalm 119:92–94 If I had not delighted in your commands and obeyed, I would have brought about my own destruction. I will always remember you precepts, because they give me life.
Save me, for I belong to you and seek to do your will.
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Psalm 119:92–94 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I am thine, save me; for I have sought thy precepts.

How much value should we place upon the counsel of others?

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Psalm 119:95–100 While the wicked plot my destruction, I adhere to your rules.
With people, perfection has its limits, but your direction is flawless.
Oh, how I love your instructions. I think about them constantly. Because I’m always conscious of your commandments, I am wiser than my enemies. I have better understanding than my teachers, because your words are always on my mind.
By following your guidance, my understanding is better than the wise old sages.
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Psalm 119:95–100 The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider thy testimonies. I have seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad. MEM. O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

What is the danger of taking just one wrong step?

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Psalm 119:101–102 I remained obedient by refusing to take even one step against your will. I have not strayed from your direction, for you have taught me well.
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Psalm 119:101–102 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word. I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

If God’s words are sweeter than honey, why do people sometimes say, “The truth hurts”?

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Psalm 119:103–104 Your words are sweet, better than the taste of honey. Because of your instruction, I know truth and reject what people say is true but really isn’t.
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Psalm 119:103–104 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

What are the dangers if God does not light our paths?

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Psalm 119:105–106 Your Word is a lamp to keep my feet from stumbling, a light that shines before me to show the way you want me to go. I have sworn to do your will. I am fully committed to doing what you say is right.
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Psalm 119:105–106 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

If God has promised to restore our lives, how can we be suffering terribly?

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Psalm 119:107 I am suffering terribly, Lord. Restore my life as you promised.
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Psalm 119:107 I am afflicted very much: quicken me, O Lord, according unto thy word.

Of what value is a sacrifice made grudgingly?

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Psalm 119:108 Accept the sacrifices I make of my own free will. Lord, teach me your ways so my desire will be the same as yours.
Hosea 6:6 I wanted you to show love, not make sacrifices, to know God, not give burnt offerings.
2 Corinthians 9:7 People should decide for themselves what is right, not giving grudgingly because of obligation or social pressure. God respects those who give cheerfully—not just willingly—but eagerly taking advantage of the opportunity.
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Psalm 119:108 Accept, I beseech thee, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me thy judgments.
Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

How can we know that doing God’s will is worth the sacrifice of everything we might otherwise want ?

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Psalm 119:109–112 Since my life is always in your hands, I cannot stop obeying you.
Wicked people set traps to pull me away from you, but I will not turn from your commandments. Your precepts are a treasure I will keep forever. They are my greatest delight.
I am determined to do your will, no matter what it costs.
King James
Psalm 119:109–112 My soul is continually in my hand: yet do I not forget thy law. The wicked have laid a snare for me: yet I erred not from thy precepts. Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.

Why do people struggle with making a decision to wholeheartedly follow Christ?

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Psalm 119:113–116 I hate the double-minded, who aren’t sure they want to follow you. But I love your precepts.
You are my refuge, my protection. Your Word is my source of hope.
Get out of here, you evildoers, for I am only interested in doing what God wants.
Sustain me as you promised, Lord, so I may live and never be sorry for trusting you.
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Psalm 119:113–116 SAMECH. I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love. Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

What reasons do people have to fear God?

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Psalm 119:117–120 Strengthen me and keep me safe, and support my unwavering respect for your decrees.
You reject people who deny your truth, for they embrace a lie as the truth, deceiving themselves.
You remove the wicked from the earth like trash, which isn’t where I want to be. I love to obey your laws.
The thought of being judged for going my own way makes me tremble in fear.
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Psalm 119:117–120 Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto thy statutes continually. Thou hast trodden down all them that err from thy statutes: for their deceit is falsehood. Thou puttest away all the wicked of the earth like dross: therefore I love thy testimonies. My flesh trembleth for fear of thee; and I am afraid of thy judgments.

Can we do any better than to please the Lord “to the best of our knowledge”? Why?

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Psalm 119:121–125 To the best of my knowledge, I have done what is most pleasing to you, so don’t let my enemies have their way with me. Demonstrate your support for your servant by standing against the proud who oppress me.
For as long as I have eyes to see, I’ll be looking for your salvation and the fulfillment of your promise. Be merciful with your servant, and teach me how I can do better.
I am your servant, living to please you, so teach me your ways so I will know what to do.
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Psalm 119:121–125 AIN. I have done judgment and justice: leave me not to mine oppressors. Be surety for thy servant for good: let not the proud oppress me. Mine eyes fail for thy salvation, and for the word of thy righteousness. Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes. I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.

What can God do if people ignore his direction?

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Psalm 119:126 Do something now, Lord, because people are ignoring your direction, and that needs to change.
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Psalm 119:126 It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.

If we value God’s will above our own, how can lies threaten us?

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Psalm 119:127–129 I value your commandments more than gold. Above the purest, most valuable gold that would buy anything—I love you much more. I have the highest regard for all your precepts, for each one is right and true, and I hate the lies that threaten to lead me astray.
Your precepts are always good, which explains why I’m so passionate about doing what you want.
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Psalm 119:127–129 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way. PE. Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.

How can we know what pleases the Lord?

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Psalm 119:130–131 Understanding your words are like light shining in the darkness, reaching even the simplest of minds.
My mouth waters from hunger to know what pleases you.
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Psalm 119:130–131 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments.

What makes us so special that God would favor us with his kindness?

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Psalm 119:132–135 Look upon me with kindness as someone special, for that is how you treat those who love you.
Guide my steps according to your will, and don’t let any opposing desire have its way in my life. Shield me from evil people so I may do your will. Look favorably upon me and teach me your ways.
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Psalm 119:132–135 Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes.

How much concern should we have for those who reject God’s guidance ?

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Psalm 119:139 I am terribly upset that my enemies have ignored your words.
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Psalm 119:139 My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

How have the goodness of God’s words been proven?  Why might people have doubts?

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Psalm 119:140–144 The goodness of your words have been proven, which is why your servant loves them so much.
I’m not worthy of your attention, but I will not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting, and your guidance is always correct.
When problems frustrate me and I’m in deep distress, I find comfort and joy in your commandments. Your precepts are always right. Help me understand and follow them so I will live.
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Psalm 119:140–144 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.

Of what value is “bargaining” with God? Why might that be a liability?

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Psalm 119:145–149 With my whole being, I cried out, saying, “Help me, Lord. Hear my prayer, and I will do everything you want.” I cried out to you, looking for deliverance, wanting to follow your instructions.
Before sunrise, I was up, crying out to you, putting my hope in your Word. I anticipate the night with its opportunity for quiet meditation upon your Word.
In your great love, hear my cry, Lord. By your good judgment, let me live.
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Psalm 119:145–149 KOPH. I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O Lord: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.

How comfortable or uncomfortable should we feel when in the presence of people who love evil?

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Psalm 119:150–153 Those who love evil are far from your Law and too close to me for comfort. But you are closer, and all your commandments are reliable, for I have known for a long time that your words are established forever.
Consider my suffering and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your precepts.
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Psalm 119:150–153 They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law. Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.

Upon what basis can God “plead our case”?

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Psalm 119:154–156 Plead my case and set me free. Give me life as you promised.
The wicked are nowhere close to being delivered, because they aren’t even trying to do your will.
You are so compassionate, Lord. Judge me rightly and give me life.
1 Timothy 2:5 We have only one God and one mediator who can restore our relationship with him, the man Christ Jesus,
1 John 2:1 My youngsters in the faith, I write these things to you so you will not sin. But if you do, Jesus Christ, who is without sin, will change your heart and make you right with the Father.
Revelation 12:10–11 A booming voice from above said, “Salvation and power has come through God’s dominion and Christ’s authority. Satan, who has been accusing the people day and night, is now cast down. The people have overcome Satan by the sacrifice of the Lamb, by giving their testimonies, and by complete surrender to God’s will, even unto death.”
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Psalm 119:154–156 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word. Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes. Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1 John 2:1 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:
Revelation 12:10–11 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

How can we be so sure that those who come against us cannot prevail?

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Psalm 119:157–161 My many enemies come against me, but I will not abandon your precepts.
I’m grieved when I see unfaithful people, because they haven’t followed your direction.
See how much I love your precepts, Lord. Bless me because of your love. From the beginning, your words were right, and your judgments will continue to be right forever.
Leaders attack me for no reason, but my heart trembles in respect of your words, not theirs.
Romans 8:31 What does all this mean to us? With God fighting for us, we cannot lose as long as we maintain our desire to please him.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, dear children, victorious over the false teachers because the Spirit within you is greater than the spirit of the world.
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Psalm 119:157–161 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word. Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever. SCHIN. Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

How does becoming a “bondslave” to Christ bring peace?

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Psalm 119:162–165 I rejoice in your instructions like someone who has found a great treasure.
I hate deception, so I love your direction. I praise you seven times each day because your judgments are right.
Those who love your instructions have great peace, and nothing can cause them to stumble.
Romans 6:22 Free from sin, you can make God your exclusive employer. Your feeling of self-worth will soar when you know your actions have pleased him and your employment will last forever.
1 Corinthians 7:22 Whether slave or free, you are free in the Lord and a servant of Christ.
1 Peter 2:16 Use your freedom to be good servants of God, not to excuse yourself for wrongdoing.
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Psalm 119:162–165 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love. Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments. Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 7:22 For he that is called in the Lord, being a servant, is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also he that is called, being free, is Christ’s servant.
1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

How does hope support our commitment to please the Lord?

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Psalm 119:166–170 With hope for your salvation, Lord, I do your will. I follow your precepts because I love them with my whole being.
You see everything I do, how I obey your commandments and follow your rules for living. Lord, hear my cry and help me understand what I should do. Listen to my prayer, and deliver me as your Word promises.
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Psalm 119:166–170 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee. TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

What gives us the greatest pleasure? Why?

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Psalm 119:171–174 Praise flows from my lips, because you’ve taught me your ways.
I boldly declare your commandments, for they are right.
Give me a helping hand, for I have chosen to do your will.
I long for your deliverance, Lord. I delight in your Law.
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Psalm 119:171–174 My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O Lord; and thy law is my delight.

Why do sheep stray from the flock?

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Psalm 119:175–176 Let me live to praise you, guided by your precepts.
If I stray from your flock like a lost sheep, come looking for your servant, for I want to follow you.
Matthew 26:31 “Tonight,” Jesus said, “all of you will leave me, for the scripture says, Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.
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Psalm 119:175–176 Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.
Matthew 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.