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My Faith, My Love, My Focus: Psalm 119:1-8

March 13, 2016

My Faith, My Love, My Focus: Psalm 119:1-8 (Aleph)

  • Focusing in the fog: aphoraō [G872] Hebrews 12:2
    • Runners, field goal kickers, and other examples from life.
    • Isaiah 45:22
    • Zachariah 12:10
  • Psalm 19 and Psalm 119: Proclamation, Prayer and Poetry
    (Forcefulness, Flow and Facticity)

    • Exploring the Divine/Human Relationship in
      Proclamation, Prayer and Poetry
    • Accepting and embracing paradox and enigma
    • Putting ourselves in David’s sandals
  • Reading Psalm 119:1-8: Each line matches the effect with the cause … including verse 8.
  • The phenemenon of properly experienced shame:
    • Adam and Eve: The change from Genesis 2:25 to Genesis
      3:7.
    • Shame from lack of knowledge of God’s Word: 1
      Corinthians 15:34
    • Shame from substituting human wisdom for God’s Word: 1
      Corinthians 6:5
  • Compare: Untrustworthy emotions connected with misplaced
    shame

    • Misplaced shame from things out of our control (e.g.,
      actions of others, accusations of others).
    • Misplaced shame about sin that has been confessed and
      forgiven (Luke 7:48-50).
  • Compare: Genesis 3:21.
  • Compare: No one who believes in the Lord will be put to shame (Romans 10:11; 9:33).
  • Psalm 119:8: How do we stay focused God’s Word?
  • John Owen: ” A constant view of the glory of Christ will
    fix the soul unto that object which is suited to give it
    delight, complacency, and satisfaction.”

    • The majority of our spiritual decay and barrenness
      arises from an inordinate admission of other things into our
      minds for these things weaken grace in all its operations.
    • Where we are engaged in this duty, it will stir up
      every grace unto its due exercise; which is that wherein the
      spiritual revival inquired after does consist.
    • This will assuredly put us on a vigilant watch and
      constant conflict against all the deceitful workings of sin
      (Hebrews 3:13), against every entrance of temptation
      (Matthew 26:41), against all the ways and means of the state
      of being surprised by foolish frames, by vain imaginations
      which are the cause of our decay.” (1)
  • Psalm 119:8 – David’s closing prayer.

 

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