Psalms 119:136


Psalms 119:136 says, “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”

This is a great Psalm. It  shows the love that we should have for those that do not believe  the Word of God, for those that have not accepted Jesus Christ as Saviour. The Psalmist said when he thought about those who were living in sin, those who were not keeping the law of God rivers of waters ran down his eyes.

You know the Bible says that God is love. John 3:16 says, “John_3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God loves the lost so much that He came and died for our sins. Greater love hath no man than He lay His life down for His friend Jesus said. As Christians we should have a burden for the lost. When we look out at the world and we see those who turn away from the truth, those who run headlong into sin, we should be troubled, we shouldn’t hate them. Yes we should hate the sin but not the sinner.

Psalms 119:136 says, “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”

When you think about those who choose sin instead of righteousness it should make you weep. It should make you weep because those that reject Jesus, no matter how evil and unlikeable they are, if they die without Jesus there can be only one just and fair destiny for them and that is eternal damnation in the lake of fire. O what a travesty it is when just one soul of man who is created in the image of God rejects Jesus and is cast into the lake of fire forever. Once that happens that soul is lost forever. Doomed forever to be without Jesus. It’s a soul you will never fellowship with in heaven. A soul that, instead of rejoicing forever in heaven for the great things that God has done through shedding the blood of His Son Jesus, will rather be a soul that spends eternal in the deepest of regrets and guilt thinking about How He or she trampled on the blood of Jesus. A soul that never comes to Jesus and dies in his or her sins is a soul that will never be cleansed, never reach its full potentional or become what he or she was meant to be.

Surely there is no greater regret of those  in hell than to come face to face with the truth that they could have been forever with Jesus experiencing His great and wonderful love but they rejected it.

Psalms 119:136 says, “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”

You see this verse is talking about love. It’s talking about loving the lost. Loving sinners, loving the unlovable, loving those that hate you, those that harm you, those that do you wrong, loving those who seem to love all the things that you don’t love, all the things that are opposite of God. O yes it can be hard to do but God does it. God loves them. We should love them too.

We should love the murder, and the homosexual, and the child molester and the abuser of speech, and the liar, so forth. But loving someone doesn’t mean that person is going to escape the consequences for sin. There are consequences to sin whether you are saved or unsaved. But for the unsaved there is also the judgment of God.

One of the great chapters  in the Bible on love is 1 Corinthians 13. It says in verses 1-8, “1Co 13:1  Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1Co 13:2  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 1Co 13:3  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 1Co 13:5  Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 1Co 13:6  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 1Co 13:7  Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1Co 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

If you ever want a description of what love does then 1 Corinthians 13 is the chapter to go too. Now some of the descriptions in this chapter I think most Christians could easily agree with such as where it says love never faileth or love rejoiceth in the truth. But what about where it says love seeketh not her own, or is not easily provoked, or is not puffed up.

If you want to others then you need to understand how love is suppose to act and respond. If you want to love the lost of this world then you need to walk closer to Jesus. If you want to love others then you’re going to need the fruits of the Spirit. Notice that when the Bible talks about the fruits of the Spirit the first fruit mentioned is love.

Galatians 5:22 says, “Gal_5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.”

Why is love mentioned as the first fruit of the Spirit? Perhaps because it is the most important. Now to love the lost of this world the way you need to there are things you have to not love oddly enough.

1 John 2:15, “1Jn_2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”

If you are going to love the unsaved sinners of this world then you can’t love the world. To love the world means to value, to desire, to seek after, to pursue the things of this life, money, entertainments and pleasures, social life all these kinds of things. You’re love of the world and the things of the world will fill your heart instead of a love for the souls of mean.

If you’re going to  love the lost of this world what you do not need is more love for yourself. Ephesians 5:29 says, “Eph 5:29  For no man ever yet hated his own flesh.” There is this new age modern philosophy which says you can’t love others until you first love yourself. This is not a Biblical teaching. The Bible says we love ourselves naturally. And it’s true. The problem with the world is not a lack of love for self but too much love for self. You should love others more than you love yourself. You should put others before yourself and your own needs. You should do it for your children, your spouse, your neighbors, the world. Loving yourself will only get in the way of loving others.

Psalms 119:136 says, “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”

Jesus wept and we should weep too. Did you know the Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:3, “sorrow is better than laughter.”

The world will tell you that laughter is the best medicine but its not. The world gets it wrong and get its opposite of the truth. Sorrow is better than laughter. Sorrow for your sins to Jesus. And sorrow for the sins of the world. We should sorrow over those that turn away from Christ because their destiny is to be forever separated from all that is good and from God if they do not repent of their sins to Jesus. When was the last time you thought about a lost soul and it made you cry? When was the last you think about all the billions of lost souls in the world and wept over them? Perhaps it’s time you do?

If only we had more sorrow in our hearts if only we had more love for those who do not keep and do not believe God’s Word.

You want to be like Jesus? Jesus was called man of sorrows. How about you are a man or woman of sorrows? Sure Jesus suffered great things on the cross when He died for our sins. But I wonder if His greatest sorrows were not looking out across the world, reaching out across the world with all the zeal and effort of eternity to the lost souls of the world and watching them turn away and choose sin and choose judgment in hell instead of choosing Him. What sorrow that must have been for Jesus.

To love someone more than you love yours, to love someone so much you invest all your time and energy into that person, to love someone so much you do everything you can to get that person to go the right way in life so that they will be blessed so that they will reach  their  full potential so that they will become the person that they were meant to be, to love someone so much that you make great plans in the future for them, to love someone so much you give your own life for them, and then they turn around and reject all of those things and reject your love. Now that is a sorrow. And that happens to Jesus every time, every time a person rejects Him as Savior. Man of sorrows what a name for the son of God who came ransomed sinners to reclaim.

Psalms 119:136 says, “Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law.”

Psalms 119:37, says, “Psa 119:137  TZADDI. Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.”

We talked about the sorrow that a believer should have for those that turn away from the truth, and the love that they should have for the lost. Now this verse is going to talk about how God is righteous and His judgments are upright.

It’s not possible to truly understand the love of God or fully see it in your own life and in the world without understanding how righteous God is and how upright is His judgments. To be righteous means to do what is just. Everything God does is right. God is never unfair in what He does God is love and God is always motivated by love in what He does. Yes God get’s angry at sin and pours His wrath out against sin when the just and perfect time for that wrath is come.

The Bible says that God love’s judgment. Psalms 37:28 says, “Psa 37:28  For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.” Judgment has to do with decisions. Decisions to reward the righteous and punish the wicked. When we come to situations in life where we do not understand why something has happened or it is not clearly what exactly God is doing in our lives what we need to remember is that God is righteous. He doesn’t ever make mistakes in what He does. He always does the right thing. Jesus always does what is best for us and for others, what is best for the spread of the gospel. This is something we can be confident about.

And so when we see the wicked turn away from God and it grieves our heart we can take comfort in knowing that God knows how to work in the life of an individual to draw them to Christ and if they refuse Christ and die in their sins we can take comfort in knowing that God is just in His judgments. We will never love a lost soul the way and to the degree that God does even if rivers of water run down our eyes when we behold those who turn away from His Word.

One of the most misunderstood things about God is the fact that He is righteous and just and fair in His judgments. Just knowing His law and His Word and how upright it is should teach and show this truth to us. But most in the world don’t see it. The reason they don’t understand the righteousness of God and His judgments has a lot to do with the fact that they are sinners and lost in their sins. Sin has this way of distorting and twisting the truth so that a person cannot see reality even when it should be very obvious. To understand God’s righteousness you need to come to Christ for forgiveness of your sins. Then you can begin to see how righteous God is indeed when you yourself have the righteousness of Christ imputed unto you through faith in Him.

Psalms 119:138 says, “Psa 119:138  Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.”

A testimony is a witness. God’s Word is His testimonies. God’s Word is His witness to many Great things that He has done over the thousands of years of human History, many great things He has promised. Many of those great and precious promises have been fulfilled already through Christ. There is no greater witness than the witness of Christ.  The life of Christ and the death of Christ is the most powerful testimony that will ever be on this earth. My testimony as Christian will never compare to Christ’s. Of course Christ is God.

But when you study the life of Christ and carefully examine His testimony you will see a man, the God man, who had great love not just for God but for all men. You will see a man of sorrows, who suffered and gave it all so that we might live. You will see a man who always said the right thing and who always did the right thing. O no, there is no testimony like the testimony of the life of Jesus Christ.

If only we could be more like Jesus in our walk on this earth. If only we could say no to temptation the way He did. If only we could show compassion on others the way that Jesus did. If only we had the wisdom to say the right things in every situation just as He did. What an influence we would be what a testimony to the righteousness of God. And if only we could give our lives on a cross the way that Jesus did.

O How righteous God is. How can anyone accuse God of being unrighteous or His law of being unjust? After all God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the world, for your sins and for mine. And all those who turn to Jesus and call out to Him, who trust in His name can receive forgiveness for their sins and eternal life.



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