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Psalm 119:145-160

The writer of Psalm 119 was, without a doubt, committed and dedicated to following the Lord. So when I got to verse 145 I smiled because it was like the Psalmist was saying to me "Hey, just in case you missed it, my heart...my whole heart...is given to the Lord." He then spends the next several verses showing us what that looks like in his life.

So what does giving your whole heart to the Lord mean for you? What are some examples from your own life or examples you've observed from others that you're working on? Tami W.

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Giving my whole heart to God means including God in all the details of my life including the small ones and not just coming to him on the big issues. I have a long way to go as I am a worrier and tend to get bogged down by the details and forget the big picture God has. Giving my whole heart to God means trusting Him and allowing God's mercy and grace fill me rather than fear and worry. The Psalmist states in vs.147-148 that he rises before dawn to pray and meditates into the night. I think that this is going to be key for me to work on giving my whole heart to God. This Psalmist knows every detail of God's word (vs 151-152 & 160). I think that also has a huge part in trusting God. If we are not fully aware of God's word, how can I fully trust it? That is why I wanted to be a part of powered by 4. I hope that it will help to keep me in God's word regularly. Thank-you for this ministry!

Agree, Agree, Agree!! With my WHOLE HEART ... as we have been studying Ps 119, we are continually reminded to delight in and love God's Word. Our psalmist loves God's Word with his WHOLE HEART. May I grow in my love and reverence of God's Word -- not just in my words, but truly in my heart. How do I show God I love His Word? Obedience! May I put feet to these words and cry out as our psalmist: I call to you; save me, that I may observe your testimonies.

Psalm 147-148 were the two verses that really got my attention because I have been having a hard time being able to focus on God's word during the day with work and kids competing for my attention.

147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;

I hope in your words.

148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,

In reading this I realize that I must yield my life to him completely and be careful to follow His word. Temptation to do a "little, hidden sin " is not an option with an almighty God. I must give my life over to Him and follow His word. He gives me His statutes for my benefit.

Where do I find: God's precepts, testimonials, laws etc. In which books?

each day i look at the word it helps me to realise that in each and everything which i face i choose to look with my eyes of faith past my circumstances to the gud future God has prearranged for me in Jesus name

Giving every detail to God, no matter how small or big. Giving my heart, my life, in all that I do to God. To be in Gods word every day, all the time. I do find it hard to do this, I hope that with P4 I can stay in Gods word more. I am very thankful to P4 for your ministry and thank you for your dedication to the Lord and doing his good works. What a wonderful and loving God we have. Glory and Honor be to God.

Robert,

You asked where the "testimonies, precepts," etc. may be found in the Bible and, though the Book of Leviticus, for one, does contain many specific laws to guide the social and religious life of the nation of Israel, Psalm 119 uses all of the terms to refer to the whole revelation of God in the Scriptures. In other words, we can substitute "Word of God" for Psalm 119's "testimonies" "ways," "ordinances," etc. Only four of its verses do not contain a synonym for the Scriptures.

We need to understand that the Old Testament Law has not been "done away with." It has been fulfilled. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:17, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill." There is nothing in the Law that is "false" or "expendable" now that Jesus has come. To the contrary, "the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith" (Gal. 3:24). The Law and Christ are not in opposition. The Law is still good (Rom. 7:12), but now it is fulfilled for those who are followers of Christ (Rom. 8:1 2).

Try reading through Psalm 119 and substituting "Word" in each place you find one of the synonyms. It will be a blessing.

Ray
Biblical Correspondent at Back to the Bible

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