Psalms 119:26


Psalms 119:26-27, “Psa 119:26  I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Psa 119:27  Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”

These verses are talking about the need for human beings to be taught the truth from God. Now in regards to being taught the truth the first thing that has to happen is that a person has to have a teachable spirit. That’s what this phrase means Psa 119:26  I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me.

For a person to be taught the truth that person has to first have a desire to learn the truth. A person has to have a certain amount of humility to be willing to listen to what God says. A person with a teachable spirit is a person who listens to what is being said. A  person with an unteachable spirit is a person who would rather talk than listen. It’s very simple.

There is a time and a season for everything. Therefore there is a time to learn and a time to teach. It is important to be able to recognize which is which.

teach me thy statutes. Psa 119:27  Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:

Now there are 4 basic ways that God teaches us truth. 1: through creation. 2: through personal experience. 3: through our own personal study of the word. 4: through other people.

Now of these 4 ways in which there are to learn the truths that God wants us to learn guess which one of the 4 is the primary way that people learn truth. #4 through other people.

 It’s not to say that there not a lot that can be learned through creation or t hrough personal experience or t hough your own personal study of the word of God. But the truth is most people simply do not do that. Its easy to prove go out and talk to a random person find out what they believe about life and 9 times out of 10 you will discover that what they believe they did not come up with themselves but it was taught to them in school or they heard it from the news media or they heard if from their particular religious organization that they come from.

Now This is true even for Christians. It is true there are some people who pick up a bible read it and get saved. But most people that are believers in Jesus they became a believer because they saw the testimony of other believers and they heard the words of the gospel preached to them by other believers and it brought them to Christ.

Now Don’t misunderstand what I am saying. A person should learn from creation and from personal experience and certainly there is a lot that can be learned from your own personal study of the Bible. But at the same time for most people they need help. They need God to send someone their way to teach them the truth. This is why God has ordained pastors and teachers as part of the body of Christ.

Now some people will quote this verse, 1 John 2:27, “1Jn_2:27  But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”

And this verse is making it very clear that A Christian has the Holy Spirit of God and that the Holy Spirit of God will help you to understand God’s Word. But this verse is not saying you will never need a preacher or a teacher or that God will never use other believers to teach you truth.

The emphasis of this verse actually is about the phrase ye shall abide in him. In otherwords the words the verse is not saying you don’t need a preacher in your life but the verse is emphasis that through the Spirit of God you should know and understand the eternal security that you have in Christ, the abiding that you have in Christ.

Yes, God teaches us all things through His Spirit. If God sends a preacher your way in life to teach you truth and you learn that truth then really who did you learn it from that man, or the Holy Spirit of God? The Holy Spirit of course.

Now I’m sure there are a few people in the world in which most of what they have learned about the Bible they have learned through their own personal study. This is not a bad thing, that’s a good thing but it’s not the norm. For most people God is going to send a preacher their way to teach them the truth.

Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

It is true there are a lot of false teachers out there, a lot of dogs, a lot of evil workers, a lot of wolves in sheep’s clothing. But at the same time God has ordained pastors and teachers and evangelists. He saves them. He calls them. He prepares them. And He sends them out to feed the sheep. This is the way God operates in the world. Even a preacher himself needs other preachers to teach him the Word.

Psalms 119:26-27, “Psa 119:26  I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes. Psa 119:27  Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”

The important thing is recognize when God is trying is trying to teach you and to make sure that you have a teachable spirit. Wouldn’t it be a shame if God send a preacher your way and you didn’t listen to him and didn’t learn the things that God wanted you to learn? Why then you would miss out on a closer fellowship with God and you would miss out on being more prepared to serve God and accomplish things for Him.

There’s a lot to learn about God and what you know and how much you does not really have anything to do with age, or race, or educational background, or human abilities but it has to do with whether or not a person takes the opportunities given to them day by day to learn the things that God wants them to learn. For example Jesus Himself by the time He was 12 years old was in the temple teaching everyone, at 12 years of age. He understood the things of God and the Bible better than the scholars of His day did at 12 years of age.

What I am saying is this, don’t make a judgment based on a person’s age, or educational background, or their race and culture but make a judgment based on the things that they say the things they actually teach. Yes be on the guard against false teachers. But at the same time make sure you have a teachable spirit, that you listen when God wants you to listen so that you learn the things God wants you to learn about the Gospel and about His great and precious promises.

There is one other important principle to remember when it comes to taking advantage of your opportunities to learn what God wants you to learn.

Jesus said in Luke 19:26, “Luk 19:26  For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.”

How you respond to the truth is going to depend upon whether or not God gives you more truth. God does not cast His pearls before swine. If you believe the truth, accept the truth and live the truth then God will give you even more and greater truths to learn about Him, His personality and character, the ways He works, and His wonderful promises and plans for the future of mankind.

So I hope that you will listen when God’s sends someone your way to teach you the truth and I hope that you will study on your own and learn also from creation from persona experience all the wonderful things God wants you to learn so that you can be filled spiritually with all knowledge and wisdom and understanding of His glorious will.

Psalms 119:28 says, “Psa 119:28  My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”

My soul melteth for heaviness. To melt means to weep to pour out and heaviness is a word that means sorrow. Have you ever poured out your soul in sorrow? Oh this life can have many sorrows: the death of a loved one, the pains of terminal illnesses, the sorrows of watching those you love turn away from God and go the wrong way in life, yes there are many sorrows including the sorrows of sin for we reap what we sow.

Whatever your troubles are, whatever are the things that cause your heart to break and dash your dreams into pieces what should be considered is the last part of Psalms 119:28 strengthen thou me according unto thy word.”

There is great strength in the Word of God. The strength to overcome all obstacles of life, the strength to help one endure any sorrow no matter how dark and matter how grievous. It all begins with believing the word of God.

Romans 10:13 says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

1 John 5:4 says, “1Jn_5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

For t hose who hear the word of God and believe it there is great strength to be found strength from your faith in God because God is all powerful and God can do anything. It all begins by repenting of your sins to Jesus Christ. O, sin is a terrible thing. Sin destroys lives and causes many sorrows which can melt the soul in heaviness. But the blood of Jesus can wipe away the sorrows of sin and replace those sorrows with great joys, the joy of forgiveness, the joy of cleanliness, the joy of eternal life, the joy of knowing that forever you have the love of God.

Strengthen thou me according unto thy word. The strongest man in the world at least from a spiritual and mental perspective is the one who relies the most upon God’s Word. It is amazing how strong the Word of God can make a person become. With the Word of God a person can suffer any sorrow, face any tragedy, endure even the worst of afflictions and come through them unscathed in their joy and in their great hope and expectations about the future that God has planned for them.

Yes the sorrows of this life and the sorrows of sin often break the spirits of men and leave their minds twisted and bitter. It’s a sad thing to meet someone who has gone through life and become defeated by the storms of life, jaded when their dreams have been dashed to pieces and angry and bitter because of the consequences of their own sins. If only they had trusted in the Word of God if only they had read t his verse in Psalms 119:28, a few simple words of truth, “strengthen Thou me according to Thy Word.” O how weak man truly is, how defeated by sin yet how strong man can become if only man trusts in Jesus Christ.

Psalms 119:29 says, “Psa 119:29  Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.”  There is a verse in the Bible that says let God be true and every man a liar. I think it is accurate to say all men have lied at some point in their life. After all a person who does not know Christ as savior is a sinner still walking in their sins and therefore walking in their lies. Truth begins in a heart by confessing your sins to Christ and asking for forgiveness.

This is a very great gospel verse. It shows the connection between truth and receiving the grace of God. Psalms 119:29 says, “Psa 119:29  Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.”  A person has to be honest with God about their own sinfulness if they are to be honest with themselves. Shakespeare said to thine own self be true but you cannot be true to yourself unless you are first true to God. When you can become honest with God then you can enter into the grace of God by accepting that grace. Titus 2:11 says, “Tit_2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.”

Remember this is the Old Testament we are reading. It is very interesting to see the word grace used in connection with the word law. God. Psalms 119:29 says, “Psa 119:29  Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.”  Grant me thy law graciously. The grace of God has always existed even in the age of the law God was still a God of grace. God does not change. And salvation from sin and eternal life has always been a free gift of the grace of God by faith in Jesus Christ. There was  a time when the name of Jesus was not yet revealed but it was still faith that pleased God. Grant me thy law graciously.

O how much we need the grace of God. Without the grace of God we could not be saved. Without the grace of God  how could we even hope to serve God. If there is one thing you need in this life it is more grace. We need grace because our own works simply are not good enough. We need grace to serve God and to stay serving Him faithfully. After all we are just sinners, just weak and sinful flesh prone to failures, so easily discouraged, so easily led astray by our own selfish wills and strong desires. If you’re going to pray for anything from God pray for the grace of God to be shed upon your life abundantly. If your life is a life filled with the grace of God then it will be a blessed life and a victorious life. I say, desire and seek the grace of God, pray earnestly for it. He desires to give you His grace because Jesus loves you. Grace is what you need, grace.

 If you have grace then that is all you need. You may not be a person of great abilities and talents, a person of great wealth or high education but if you have the grace of God then you have all you need to accomplish great things for the gospel of Jesus Christ and the glory of God the Father.

But if you have never known the grace of God you can know it today. Simply turn from your sins to Jesus Christ. After all salvation is by grace through faith and not through your own works. How wonderful is the grace of God. There is an unending flowing river of grace for all those who come to Jesus. O that you would pray to Jesus today, bow before His feet and ask Him into your heart to be your Savior.



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