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Memorizing Scripture about Memorizing Scripture

March 20, 2016

Memorizing Scripture about Memorizing Scripture

Psalm 119:9-16 (Beth)

  • En garde, prêts, allez. Garda Síochána. A cemetery in Kentucky. A border.
    • Sentinels: A watchman stationed on a wall (2Sam 18:24) or in a watchtower (2Chr 20:24; Isaiah 21:6-9) whose task it was to warn of approaching danger (Ezek 33:2-6; Ps 127:1). Sentinels also guarded the fields and vineyards, especially during harvest season (Isa 5:2; Job 27:18). The term is often used in a figurative or symbolic sense (Isa 62:6; Ezek 3:17; Ezek 33:7-9; Mic 7:4).  (Society of Biblical Literature)
    • New Testament: Death penalty for dereliction of duty (Matthew 28:4; Acts 12:19).
    • U.S. Code of Military Justice (10 U.S.C. § 892. Art. 92): Death penalty for dereliction of duty during wartime.
  • Last Week: Intentionally Enhancing our Faith, our Love and our Focus:
    • Sing Christian songs (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16)
    • Fellowship with other Christians (1 Corinthians 14:26; 1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24-25; James 5:16; 1 John 1:7)
    • Pray (Luke 22:40; Romans 7:18-24)
    • Bring every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
    • Study the Bible
    • Without distraction: “Old School” Bibles; http://www.e-sword.net/
  • Memorize Scripture: Psalm 119:9-16
    • vv. 9-11
    • v. 12
    • vv. 13-16
  • “Guard your Heart.”
    • The Basics
    • Proverbs 4:20-26
    • Proverbs 23:7 and 27:19
    • 1 Samuel 16:7   
    • Being Intentional
  • Examples of Warnings about Not Guarding your Heart
    • Pride: Proverbs 16: 5, 18
    • Grumbling: John 6:43; Philippians 2:14   
    • Quarreling: Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:31-32
  • Hints and Helps:
  • God’s Word works, to:
    • Define sin (Matthew 5:28; James 1:12-14)
    • Explain the idolatry of sin (Galatians 5:19-21; 1 John 2:15-17)
    • Remind us of our accountability for sin (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
    • Celebrate Christ’s victory over sin (Romans 8:9; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 12:9-10; 7:1; Hebrews 2:18)
    • Call us into battle against sin (1 Cor. 10:14 & 11:31; 1 Thess. 5:22; 1 Peter 2:11)
    • Arm us against sin (Psalm 1:1-2; Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Timothy 3:16)
    • Take away our excuses (1 Corinthians 10:13)
    • Remind us of our true loyalty (Ecclesiastes 8:4; John 14:15; Romans 13:14)
    • Help deal with our sin (Proverbs 24:16; James 5:16; Hebrews 4:15-16)
  • An Observation about Psalm 119:11: “Here we are informed that we are well fortified against the stratagems of Satan when God’s law is deeply seated in our hearts. For unless it have a fast and firm hold there, we will readily fall into sin. Among scholars, those whose knowledge is confined to books, if they have not the book always before them, readily discover their ignorance; in like manner, if we do not imbibe the doctrine of God, and are well acquainted with it, Satan will easily surprise and entangle us in his meshes. Our true safeguard, then, lies not in a slender knowledge of his law, or in a careless perusal of it, but in hiding it deeply in our hearts. Here we are reminded, that however men may be convinced of their own wisdom, they are yet destitute of all right judgment, except as far as they have God as their teacher.” (1)
  • Conclusion: Hebrews 4:12 and 12:4


1. Calvin, John. “Commentary on Psalms 119:11”. “Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible”. http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/view.cgi?bk=ps&ch=119 .

 

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