Psalm 119:41-48

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Psalm 119:41-48 Inductive Bible Study

Psalm 119:41-48

Speaking the Truth of His Word

Summary-God’s Word brings us His lovingkindness and salvation. If we trust in it, we will be able to answer those who reproach us. His Word of truth should not depart from our mouths, but we should wait for it. Our obedience of it should be continuous. In fact, obedience frees us! As long as we speak His Word, we need not feel shame before anyone. Our love for His commandments should be so great that we receive them eagerly, delight in them openly, and meditate on them constantly.

Central Teaching- We should love God’s Word and have it on our lips in every circumstance.

Key Words- salvation, word, trust, truth, keep, seek, walk, speak, delight, love, meditate

Key Verse- 119:45

Ten things this passage says-

  1. His lovingkindness and His salvation are exactly as His Word portrays them.
  2. His lovingkindness and salvation come to US, we don’t seek them out.
  3. I will be reproached.
  4. I will have an answer for those who reproach me because I trust in His Word.
  5. If I wait for His ordinances, He will not take the word of truth utterly from my mouth.
  6. Obedience should be both continual and eternal.
  7. If I seek His precepts, I will walk in liberty.
  8. I will not be ashamed if I speak of His word before anyone, even kings.
  9. His commandments are delightful and lovable.
  10. I should receive His commandments openly, love them, and meditate on them.

Ten things this passage does NOT say-

  1. I am worthy and deserving of His lovingkindness and salvation.
  2. I seek out His lovingkindness and salvation, because I am wise enough to want the best.
  3. Being a Christian means everyone is going to love me.
  4. If people reproach me, I can come up with an answer for them on my own.
  5. Even if I am saved, at any point God can remove His word from me entirely.
  6. As soon as I am a Christian, I should know all about God’s word, His laws and ordinances.
  7. It’s okay to only obey most of the time, or when I feel like it.
  8. I can be saved and just stop obeying the Lord or following after Him.
  9. His word enslaves me and takes away my freedom of choice.
  10. It is embarrassing to be a Christian and to have to talk about the things of God before others.

What does this passage teach me about God?

He seeks us out.

He is full of lovingkindness and salvation for His children.

His Word is true, and will never change.

He gives us the wisdom we need, when we need it.

He will not remove His word from His children.

He is patient, and requires us to be patient.

He is eternal.

He frees us from bondage.

He is worthy.

He is deep and boundless. We can meditate on Him for an eternity and never reach the end. We can obey Him forever and never be sorry.

Questions-

Why is it important that His lovingkindness and salvation come to us? V41

What is lovingkindness? V41

Why does it say that they come to us “according to His word?” V41

What observations can you make about our character and God’s character, based on this verse? V41

What is indicated by this verse about the opposition that Christians will face? V42

What is promised to Christians who face opposition? V42

Why should we trust in His word? V42

How would His word silence opposition? V42

What should be true of God’s word in Christian’s speech, according to this verse? V43

What enables us to keep up this standard of speech? V43

Why will He not take His word utterly from our mouth? V43

What is indicated about God’s character when it says that we should “wait for His ordinances”? V43

What should be true of our character in this situation? V43

Why should I keep His law continuously? V44

How should I keep His law? V44

What is indicated about God’s character and our future in this verse? V44

What is a benefit of seeking His precepts? V45

What does it mean to “walk in liberty”? V45

How does the idea of “seeking His precepts” go against the world’s idea of liberty? V45

How do we seek His precepts? V45

Who should we speak of His testimonies before? V46

Why should we not be ashamed to speak of them? V46

What does this verse indicate about God’s word and character, and what should it indicate about ours? V46

What should our attitude be towards His commandments? V47

Why should we love them? V 47

What does it mean to “lift up my hands to Your commandments”? V 48

Why should we have this attitude towards His laws? V48

Why do you think it emphasizes the need to love His word in the last 2 verses? V48

What should be our action towards His word? How do we do that? V48

Cross References-

Psalm 119:41-

Ps 69:16

16 Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good;

According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me,

Ps 106:4-5

4 Remember me, O LORD, in Your favor toward Your people;

Visit me with Your salvation,

5 That I may see the prosperity of Your chosen ones,

That I may rejoice in the gladness of Your nation,

That I may glory with Your inheritance.

Ps 119:58

58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;

Be gracious to me according to Your word.

Ps 119:76

76 O may Your lovingkindness comfort me,

According to Your word to Your servant.

Gen 49:18

18 “For Your salvation I wait, O LORD.

Ps 119:58

58 I sought Your favor with all my heart;

Be gracious to me according to Your word.

Ps 119:77

77 May Your compassion come to me that I may live,

For Your law is my delight.

Ps 119:170

170 Let my supplication come before You;

Deliver me according to Your word.

Luke 18:13

13 “But the tax collector, standing some distance away, was even unwilling to lift up his eyes to heaven, but was beating his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me, the sinner!’

Psalm 119:42-

Ps 3:2

2 Many are saying of my soul,

“There is no deliverance for him in God.”

Ps 42:10-11

10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,

While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

11 Why are you in despair, O my soul?

And why have you become disturbed within me?

Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,

The help of my countenance and my God.

Ps 71:10-11

10 For my enemies have spoken against me;

And those who watch for my life have consulted together,

11 Saying, “God has forsaken him;

Pursue and seize him, for there is no one to deliver.”

Ps 109:25

25 I also have become a reproach to them;

When they see me, they wag their head.

Ps 56:4

4 In God, whose word I praise,

In God I have put my trust;

I shall not be afraid.

What can mere man do to me?

Ps 56:10-11

10 In God, whose word I praise,

In the LORD, whose word I praise,

11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

Ps 119:49

Remember the word to Your servant,

In which You have made me hope.

Ps 119:74

74 May those who fear You see me and be glad,

Because I wait for Your word.

Ps 119:81

My soul languishes for Your salvation;

I wait for Your word.

Acts 27:25

25 “Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told.

Josh 1:8

8 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

Ps 119:22

22 Take away reproach and contempt from me,

For I observe Your testimonies.

Ps 130:5

5 I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,

And in His word do I hope.

Prov 27:11

11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart glad,

That I may reply to him who reproaches me.

Psalm 119:43-

Ps 50:16

16 But to the wicked God says,

“What right have you to tell of My statutes

And to take My covenant in your mouth?

Ps 51:14-15

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation;

Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness.

15 O Lord, open my lips,

That my mouth may declare Your praise.

Ps 71:17-18

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth,

And I still declare Your wondrous deeds.

18 And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me,

Until I declare Your strength to this generation,

Your power to all who are to come.

Ps 119:13

13 With my lips I have told of

All the ordinances of Your mouth.

Isa 59:21

21 “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the LORD: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the LORD, “from now and forever.”

Eph 1:14-16

14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. 15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers;

James 1:18

18 In the exercise of His will He brought us forth by the word of truth, so that we would be a kind of first fruits among His creatures.

Ps 9:16

16 The LORD has made Himself known;

He has executed judgment.

In the work of his own hands the wicked is snared

Ps 43:1

Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation;

O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!

Ps 119:175

175 Let my soul live that it may praise You,

And let Your ordinances help me.

1 Peter 2:23

23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;

Psalm 119:44-

Ps 119:33-34

Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes,

And I shall observe it to the end.

34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law

And keep it with all my heart.

Rev 7:15

15 “For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.

Rev 22:11

11 “Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”

1 Chron 28:8

8 “So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever.

Ps 106:3

3 How blessed are those who keep justice,

Who practice righteousness at all times!

Ps 119:5

5 Oh that my ways may be established

To keep Your statutes!

Ps 119:112

112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes

Forever, even to the end.

Ps 119:145

I cried with all my heart; answer me, O LORD!

I will observe Your statutes.

Psalm 119:45-

Ps 119:133

133 Establish my footsteps in Your word,

And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.

Luke 4:18

18 “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME,

BECAUSE HE ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR.

HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE TO THE CAPTIVES,

AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND,

TO SET FREE THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED,

John 8:30

30 As He spoke these things, many came to believe in Him.

James 1:25

25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

James 2:12

12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.

2 Peter 2:19

19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

Ps 119:32

32 I shall run the way of Your commandments,

For You will enlarge my heart.

Ps 119:71

71 It is good for me that I was afflicted,

That I may learn Your statutes.

Ps 119:148

148 My eyes anticipate the night watches,

That I may meditate on Your word.

Prov 2:4-5

4 If you seek her as silver

And search for her as for hidden treasures;

5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD

And discover the knowledge of God.

Prov 18:1

He who separates himself seeks his own desire,

He quarrels against all sound wisdom.

John 5:39

39 “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;

Eph 5:17

17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ezra 7:10

10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the LORD and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel.

John 8:32

32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Rom 6:18

18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Gal 2:4

4 But it was because of the false brethren secretly brought in, who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage.

1 John 5:3

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

Psalm 119:46-

Ps 138:1

I will give You thanks with all my heart;

I will sing praises to You before the gods.

Dan 3:16-18

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 “But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

Dan 4:1-3

Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: “May your peace abound! 2 “It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the Most High God has done for me.

3 “How great are His signs

And how mighty are His wonders!

His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom

And His dominion is from generation to generation.

Matt 10:18-19

18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 “But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.

Mark 8:38

38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

Rom 1:16

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

Phil 1:20

20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

2 Tim 1:8

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,

1 Peter 4:14

14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.

1 John 2:28

28 Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.

Deut 6:7

7 You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

Judg 5:3

3 “Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers!

I — to the LORD, I will sing,

I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel.

Matt 10:32

32 “Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

Luke 12:8

8 “And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God;

Col 4:6

6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

1 Peter 3:15

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;

Psalm 119:47-

Ps 112:1

Praise the LORD!

How blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

Who greatly delights in His commandments.

Ps 119:16

16 I shall delight in Your statutes;

I shall not forget Your word.

Ps 119:24

24 Your testimonies also are my delight;

They are my counselors.

John 4:34

34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.

Phil 2:5

5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

1 Peter 2:21

21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,

Job 23:11-12

11 “My foot has held fast to His path;

I have kept His way and not turned aside.

12 “I have not departed from the command of His lips;

I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

Ps 19:7

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul;

The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

Rom 7:12

12 So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Rom 7:16

16 But if I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good.

Rom 7:22

22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,

Ps 1:2

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

Ps 40:8

8 I delight to do Your will, O my God;

Your Law is within my heart.”

Ps 119:14

14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,

As much as in all riches.

Ps 119:143

143 Trouble and anguish have come upon me,

Yet Your commandments are my delight.

Prov 3:1

My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

Prov 3:17

17 Her ways are pleasant ways

And all her paths are peace.

Rom 12:2

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 John 5:3

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

Psalm 119:48-

Ps 10:12

12 Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up Your hand.

Do not forget the afflicted.

Ezek 44:12

12 “Because they ministered to them before their idols and became a stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel, therefore I have sworn against them,” declares the Lord GOD, “that they shall bear the punishment for their iniquity.

Mic 5:9

9 Your hand will be lifted up against your adversaries,

And all your enemies will be cut off.

Matt 7:21

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

John 13:17

17 “If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

John 15:14

14 “You are My friends if you do what I command you.

James 1:22-24

22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

Ps 1:2

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

Ps 119:15

15 I will meditate on Your precepts

And regard Your ways.

Ps 112:1

Praise the LORD!

How blessed is the man who fears the LORD,

Who greatly delights in His commandments.

Ps 119:31

31 I cling to Your testimonies;

O LORD, do not put me to shame!

Ps 119:97

O how I love Your law!

It is my meditation all the day.

Prov 3:1

My son, do not forget my teaching,

But let your heart keep my commandments;

Rom 7:22

22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man,

Rom 12:2

2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

1 Tim 4:15

15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

1 John 5:3

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

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