Please read Psalm 119:89-112.
IT HELPS ME TO KNOW HOW TO PLEASE GOD VERSES 106-112
Verse 106, “I have sworn.” Perhaps this means no more than that he had renewed his covenant with God; he had bound himself to love and serve him only.
Verse 112, “I have inclined mine heart.” I used the power God gave me, and turned to his testimonies with all mine heart. When we work with God, we can do all things.
Two things we are to pray for in reference to our religious performances:
- ACCEPTANCE OF THEM
This we must aim at in all we do in faith that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of the Lord. What David earnestly prays for is the acceptance of the free-will-offerings, not of his riches, but of his mouth, his prayers and praises.
- ASSISTANCE IN THEM
We must be as earnest for the grace of God in us as for the favor of God towards us.
- IT ENCOURAGES US IN AFFLICTION VERSE 107
Our greatest need in times of trouble is a closer walk with God, because our afflictions will be a gain to us if they are sanctified and given to make us better.
We have a promise that it will be so, because the David said, “according unto thy word.” Our service of the Lord does not screen us from trial, but rather secures us in it.
- IT KEEPS US IN GOD’S TRUTH VERSE 110
“The wicked have laid a snare for me.”
Spurgeon said, “Our spiritual life is the scene of constant danger: the believer lives with his life in his hand, and meanwhile all seem plotting to take it from him, by cunning if they cannot by violence. We shall not find it an easy thing to live the life of the faithful. Wicked spirits and wicked men will leave no stone unturned for our destruction. If all other devices fail, and even hidden pits do not succeed, the wicked still persevere in their treacherous endeavours, and, becoming craftier still, they set snares for the victim of their hate.
“Yet I erred not from thy precepts.”
He was not snared, for he kept his eyes open, and kept near his God. He was not entrapped and robbed, for he followed the King’s highway of holiness, where God secures safety to every traveler. He did not err from the right, and he was not deterred from following it, because he referred to the Lord for guidance, and obtained it. If we err from the precepts, we part with the promises; if we get away from God’s presence, we wander into the wilds where the fowlers freely spread their nets. From this verse let us learn to be on our guard, for we, too, have enemies both crafty and wicked. Hunters set their traps in the animal’s usual runs, and our worst snares are laid in our own ways. By keeping to the ways of the Lord we shall escape the snares of our adversaries, for his ways are safe and free from treachery.”
- IT GIVES US REJOICING OF HEART VERSE 111
One cannot realize the importance of the Word of God in this life outside of a faithful daily walk with God.