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Psalm 119:57-64 Inductive Bible Study

Psalm 119:57-64

The Lord My Portion

Summary- Because I realize what an amazing part I have in the Lord’s riches, I should strive to keep His word. His favor is the most important thing to me. When I see how my actions do not line up with His word, I should correct them. Nothing is more important to do than keep His commandments, and I should obey quickly. Even though my enemy tries to trap me, I will not turn to my own methods and forget God’s. In the darkest part of the night, my heart will still give thanks to You. I am unified with those who love and obey You. Everything around me can be used to learn about God and His statutes.

Central Teaching- There should be nothing more important than God in my life, and I should strive to follow Him in all things.

Key Words- portion, promised, turned, sought, considered, keep

Key Verse- 57

Ten things this passage says-

  1. The Lord is my portion.
  2. His favor should be sought with my whole heart.
  3. He is gracious, and His word is gracious.
  4. If my ways do not line up with His word, I should change until they do.
  5. Obedience should be swift and without delay.
  6. Trials and attacks should not make me forget His word.
  7. He is worthy of praise even in the darkest part of the night.
  8. My friends should fear the Lord and keep His precepts.
  9. The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Lord.
  10. He is my teacher.

Ten things this passage does NOT say-

  1. I need things outside of the Lord.
  2. All that He has given me should not earn my obedience to Him.
  3. God is satisfied with my half-hearted seeking of Him.
  4. His word is ungracious, or his character is ever anything but gracious.
  5. When I see that my ways are not in line with Scripture, there is no need to change.
  6. As long as I obey eventually, or have good intentions, it’s okay.
  7. When trials come and the enemy attacks, I should turn to my own methods.
  8. It’s okay for worry and fear to dominate my night time hours.
  9. I should be unified with those who follow the ways of the world.
  10. It is hard to see God’s lovingkindness here on the earth, it is so rare.

What does this passage teach me about God?

He is my portion.

He is gracious, and His word is gracious.

His way is the only way.

He desires quick obedience.

His ordinances are righteous.

He is worthy of praise 24/7!

He should be feared.

He fills the earth with His lovingkindness.

He teaches me.


What does it mean “The Lord is my portion”? V57

What are some things we sometimes try to make our portion? Do they satisfy? How long do they last? V57

How should this promise affect our behavior? V57

How does our behavior claim this promise? V57

How should we seek His favor (both in attitude and method)? V58

How does God show His graciousness towards us? V58

Why does God show His graciousness towards us? V58

What method should we use to consider our ways? V59

What should happen if our ways do not meet God’s standards? V59

How can we practically make sure that our ways are God’s ways? V59

How should we keep His commandments? V60

Is there something you know in your life is not right, but you have been putting off repenting of it? V60

What practical steps can you take to ensure that you quickly obey His word? V60

According to this verse, what can we expect the wicked to do to us? V61

What is our natural reaction to this dilemma? V61

What SHOULD be our reaction? V61

Why should this be our reaction? V61

How can I keep from forgetting His law? V61

When should I arise to give Him thanks? V62

Why do you think it specifically mentions midnight? V62

Why should we give Him thanks? V62

How would this kind of attitude be helpful to our spiritual walk? V62

Who should we be a companion to? V63

Why do you think it mentions that we should befriend this kind of person? V63

Why do you think it mentions befriending ALL of this kind of person? V63

What are some characteristics of a person who fears the Lord? V63

Name some ways the Lord’s lovingkindness is shown to us here on the earth. V64

Why does it make a point of saying the earth is “full” of His lovingkindness? V64

What kind of attitude should seeing His lovingkindness produce in us? V64

How can He teach us His statutes? V64

Cross References-

Psalm 119:57-

Ps 16:5

5 The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;

You support my lot.

Ps 73:26

26 My flesh and my heart may fail,

But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Ps 142:5

5 I cried out to You, O LORD;

I said, “You are my refuge,

My portion in the land of the living.

Jer 10:16

16 The portion of Jacob is not like these;

For the Maker of all is He,

And Israel is the tribe of His inheritance;

The LORD of hosts is His name.

Lam 3:24

24 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

“Therefore I have hope in Him.”

Deut 26:17-18

17 “You have today declared the LORD to be your God, and that you would walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice. 18 “The LORD has today declared you to be His people, a treasured possession, as He promised you, and that you should keep all His commandments;

Josh 24:15

15 “If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

Ps 66:14

14 Which my lips uttered

And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.

Ps 119:106

106 I have sworn and I will confirm it,

That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

Deut 18:2

2 “They shall have no inheritance among their countrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He promised them.

Ps 140:6

6 I said to the LORD, “You are my God;

Give ear, O LORD, to the voice of my supplications.

Psalm 119:58-

Ps 4:6

6 Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?”

Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!

Ps 51:1-3

Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;

According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity

And cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions,

And my sin is ever before me.

Ps 86:1-3

Incline Your ear, O LORD, and answer me;

For I am afflicted and needy.

2 Preserve my soul, for I am a godly man;

O You my God, save Your servant who trusts in You.

3 Be gracious to me, O Lord,

For to You I cry all day long.

Ps 119:10

10 With all my heart I have sought You;

Do not let me wander from Your commandments.

Hos 7:14

14 And they do not cry to Me from their heart

When they wail on their beds;

For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves,

They turn away from Me.

Heb 10:22

22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Ps 27:8

8 When You said,”Seek My face,” my heart said to You,

“Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”

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 119:65

You have dealt well with Your servant,

O LORD, according to Your word.

Ps 119:170

170 Let my supplication come before You;

Deliver me according to Your word.

Matt 24:35

35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

Psalm 119:59-

Lam 3:40

40 Let us examine and probe our ways,

And let us return to the LORD.

Ezek 18:28

28 “Because he considered and turned away from all his transgressions which he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.

Ezek 18:30

30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct,” declares the Lord GOD. “Repent and turn away from all your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block to you.

Hag 1:5

5 Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways!

Luke 15:17-20

17 “But when he came to his senses, he said, “How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 “I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”‘ 20″So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

Deut 4:30-31

30 “When you are in distress and all these things have come upon you, in the latter days you will return to the LORD your God and listen to His voice. 31 “For the LORD your God is a compassionate God; He will not fail you nor destroy you nor forget the covenant with your fathers which He swore to them.

Jer 31:18-19

18 “I have surely heard Ephraim grieving,

‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised,

Like an untrained calf;

Bring me back that I may be restored,

For You are the LORD my God.

19’For after I turned back, I repented;

And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh;

I was ashamed and also humiliated

Because I bore the reproach of my youth.’

Joel 2:13

13 And rend your heart and not your garments.”

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