"Psalm 119 - To Love the Law is to Love the Messiah, Part 2"
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We are ready to get started in our study on Psalm 119, and this time we have part 2.
The topic of interest here in Psalm 119 is how our love for the law is a love for the Messiah. Sometimes people think the two are opposites. Well, if you love the law that means you can’t love Messiah, and some assume that if you love Messiah then you can’t love the law. They view the two as being completely opposite from one another. But this is not biblical.
Now I recognize on one hand that the law does not save us. The law does not get up on a tree and die for us. So it can’t bring us salvation… but it can teach us the right way to live. And if you love Yahushua the Messiah, one of the reasons why you do is because He was so perfect in His law keeping.
Now, to the mind of some today that sounds silly but everything that’s in the law, as we shared in the tail-end of last week’s study, is about love. Yahweh could have very easily just told everybody, “Hey look guys,” (back in the days of the children of Israel going in the wilderness), “…just love each other, love Me, and we’ll all get along just fine.” And if you were to tell your children that, they might have their own definition of what love is.
And that is the problem today. Everybody has their own definition of what love is. And because everyone has their own definition of what love is, (and even though they don’t follow their own definitions), we have mass confusion on a grand scale of how to live our lives.
So we have in front of us, the law of Yahweh to teach us what love truly is from the perspective of the most….wisest, powerful, all knowing, all seeing entity in the entire universe…Yahweh.
And so, if we would submit to His commandments then we would be walking in love, and we would have clarity as to what love truly is… and we would justify Him rather than ourselves, or rather than what everyone else kind of thinks what love is.
I gave an example last week about the Sabbath. To keep the Sabbath is to love Him. Some people don’t see it that way. But, as I shared last week, if someone gave you…say your father gave you a precious…something very precious, a gift that had been handed down from one generation to the next for as long as anyone knows, and you took that gift and you just kind of threw it on the ground and stomped all over it…would that be love?
Well, our Heavenly Father has given us the Sabbath. He wants us to remember it….to keep it holy, as a gift to man. The Sabbath was made for man. It doesn’t say for Jews only, it says for man. And so the whole world today is stomping all over it, and just rubbing it in the dirt, and treating it as common. When in reality it’s a holy day.
And so, it is love to keep the Sabbath holy because He asked us to. You know, it was so important He kept it Himself . And so, to love Messiah…He kept Sabbath. He’s the standard bearer. He’s the one we look to. And so, if we love Messiah, we’re going to love the law, also.
And we were talking about this….the Spirit-filled life. You may not think of walking in the law as something that’s Spirit-filled, but let me show you a few things here…just in case you think that it’s something contrary.
First of all, I want to say that our walk with Messiah is progressive. Some of you are just getting started maybe, and even having faith at all, or have any understanding of Scripture. You are every bit accepted as someone who has been in the scriptures for 40 years. Because it’s not where you are today, it’s where you want to be in your heart….and where your willingness is to go further than where you are now.
And when Yahushua was talking to His disciples, He accepted them….He accepted Peter, the fisherman, the man who said, “Depart from me. I’m a sinful man.” He accepted Peter right where he was cause Peter was willing to follow Him.
And there were many others. And he told them….
Joh 16.12-13 – I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak: and He will tell you things to come.
And so, it’s the work of the Spirit to guide us, to direct us, to teach us all truth…all truth. And His word, His Torah is truth. It’s called the Spirit of Truth. Yahushua said in John 6:63… (I don’t have it up there but…) It says, ‘…the words I speak to you are Spirit.’ John 17:17 says, ‘Thy word is truth’.
And so if we are walking according to the truth…that means according to His word… then we are walking in the Spirit. If we are refusing to sin…if we are refusing to sin, then we are walking in the Spirit. If we are not observing the law though, we’re sinning. We’re not walking in the Spirit.
1 Jo 3:4 - Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
So, we don’t have this mixed message in the bible with one standard for one group of people for one time and a different standard for another. It really is one standard.
Now, He understands if we’re ignorant. We don’t know any better. The same way….we wouldn’t punish our children if they didn’t know any better…if they did the best they knew how. Yahweh can meet us right where we are.
But He’s put His Spirit in us for a reason, to do what? …To lead us to all truth. And what does that involve, according to Ezekiel 36:27? Yahweh is predicting the future here. He says….
Eze 36:27 – I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
And so this idea that there is a completely different, radically different ideas, in the Old and New Testaments, is foreign to anything the scriptures will actually teach.
And so we cry out to Yahweh that He might teach us His word. Can we do that? Can we cry out to Yahweh to let Him teach us His word without man coming in and saying, ‘Oh no, don’t do that part. Don’t do that part over there. And I don’t have to do that anymore’. Just cry out to Yahweh. Ask Him to teach you His word.
You know what? I’m completely confident you don’t have to listen to another word from eliYah.com… if you just do that. Now, I’m not saying don’t come to eliYah.com. I’m saying you don’t have to come, necessarily, unless Yahweh directs you to. Yahweh Himself wants to teach you. You don’t have to have a teacher. The same anointing abides in you, too. OK?
Now He has set in the assembly…teachers, to teach, and that’s all good. He can use men to teach us. But we can cry out to Yahweh, like the psalmist, to not let His word be hidden in our eyes.
Psa119: 11-12 – Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You! Blessed are You, O Yahweh! Teach me You statutes!
I love those verses. Yahweh wants to place His word in our heart. Isn’t that the promise of the New Covenant, that His word would be placed in our hearts? It is.
Well, the people in the old covenant, they had that, too. May not think of it that way but here He is…’Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You!’
That’s where His word needs to be. And if Messiah is there then His word it there, also. And once Yahweh’s word’s in our hearts, we won’t be able to hold back. We will have to speak it. And so he said next:
Ps 119.13 – With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.
And so, we want to treasure within our hearts, the Word, the Messiah…which are synonymous.
Luk 6.45 – 46 – “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. But why do you call me Master, Master,’ and do not do the things which I say?”
So what is in our heart? …The good Messiah is in our hearts. And the goodness He had came from Yahweh.
And so, he says, “…Why call Me ‘Master, Master’ and do not do the things which I say?’” What’s in your heart? Is Yahushua the Master in your heart?
And so, if we have the law of Yahweh in our hearts, we will speak the things which are in our hearts. See, ‘…the good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good’. Out of the abundance of the heart….what happens?
When the Spirit of Yahweh… when the word of Yahweh is in you, you will speak it. If you have other words, if you have words of the enemy…if you have your own words, your own thoughts, your own priorities, it’s going to come out, too. There’s not a whole lot you can do about it. Because…
Jam 3:8 – but no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
So forget about taming the tongue. It’s not going to happen. Ask Yahweh to place His law in your heart and the words that you speak will then be holy, and just, and good. No other way around it cause it’s just going to come out. Whatever’s in the heart…it’s going to come out.
Now, we have to treasure it first….more than the riches of this world. And so the psalmist next says in verse 14…
Psa 119:14 – I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.
The people that win the lottery…they often rejoice. They’ve got all this money now. Well, the psalmist rejoices in the way of Yahweh’s testimonies as if he just won the lottery!
If you think about it…to have understanding of Yahweh’s ways are, spiritually speaking, the true riches that will never perish. And those that win lotteries, or those that gain earthly riches, they’ll see… everything they have will perish with them.
Ecc 5:15 – As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand.
…Can’t take it with you. But if you gain wisdom from the study of Yahweh’s word, then we find true riches that will never rust, will never rot, and will never perish. And that’s why David said…..
Psa 19: 10-11 - More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine fold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.
Do we believe that? Do we value Messiah and His riches more than the riches of this world? So many people are chasing the buck…the dollar. And every year the dollar gets weaker, and weaker, and weaker, and less and less able to buy things.
But you know, Yahweh’s riches never lose their value. And we’ll find, as we apply them, they begin to increase in value to us. It’s so much better…
Pr 16:16 – How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
In fact, in many ways the gain of silver, the gain of gold, the gain of houses, and riches, and cars, and belongings and just… stuff. The more we gain those things, the more difficult it becomes to focus on the real priorities because all this ‘stuff’ has a way of taking up all of our time.
Yahushua warned us saying….
Luk 18.25 – ‘For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Elohim’.
Wow! Think about that!
Now, the Aramaic suggests that maybe the word ‘camel’ should mean ‘rope’. But either way, it’s not too easy for rope to go through a needle, is it? It’s not any easier really than a camel, cause it’s just not going to be able to fit through there.
And so, what Yahshua says here, we need to take note, and His warning, because we live in a wealthy society today….very wealthy. And with the word of Yahweh being so available….just push a few buttons on a key board, and search it, and find it, and study it….there’s Hebrew tools available, and get into the Hebrew…study and go deep.
Ah man, what kind of excuses will we have in this generation to not be seeking thing out? There won’t really be too many of them.
So Yahshua says….
Luk 12.29-31 – ‘And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. But seek the kingdom of Elohim, and all these things shall be added to you’.
Do we do that? Do we seek the Kingdom of Elohim?
There’s some people here listening to the broadcast…they feel convicted to keep the Sabbath but their employer requires them to work on Sabbath. And maybe some have this mindset that, ‘Well, I can’t keep Sabbath because my job tells me that I can’t.
If you’re really convicted about this, about the keeping of the Sabbath, let me go over that scripture again.
‘…seek the Kingdom of Elohim and all these things shall be added to you’.
Put him first…. not your boss, not your employer, not what people may say if you do something radical. Put the Kingdom of Elohim first and Yahweh will take care of you. You won’t have to worry. Maybe you have to lower your standard of living a little bit. And maybe after that He’ll bless you even more. Maybe He’ll even give you a better job. He did that for me on more than one occasion.
So, don’t be afraid. Yahushua says next in Luke 12…
Luk 12:32-34 – “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
He even admonishes us. It’s talking about our generation here, if you look up the context. He’s talking about our generation.
“..Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Luk 12:35-36 – Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.
Are we like men who wait for our master? Is our waist girded? Are out lamps burning? Are they filled with the oil of Yahweh’s Spirit? Are we lukewarm, or are we on fire for Yahweh?
You know, it’s amazing what men will do for the pursuit of riches….work themselves to death. But who will work to obtain the true riches? Let that be us. Let that be us.
Psa 119.15-16 – I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
You know, once we have spent some time in the word….next comes meditation….meditating on His precepts.
You know, you might think that meditating on precepts only occurs when you’re reading it, but really it’s after we read His precepts. We need to spend some time meditating on what we just read…and doing what? …Contemplating our ways.
And so, when we are reading scripture, our goal is that the word would take root in our hearts and bear fruit. And that first requires a heart that is filled with good soil.
But if we have the heart of the psalmist, and delight ourselves in His statutes, we won’t forget the things we just read because it will be on our minds. We will be meditating on it. We’ll be thinking about it. We’ll be thinking, ’Is there any ways in which I need to conform myself to that thing I just read?’
Some people, they read the scriptures just like a story book. You know…’Oh, cute little tales I get to read. They’re so fun’.
Other people, when they read the scriptures are like, ‘What can I learn through this? What do I need to change in myself so that I can be what I need to be, like Messiah? My pursuit is that I would seek to be just like Yahushua’.
So, if I’m reading here this scripture…this thing in the law…this thing in the New Testament, this example we see in Kings, or Chronicles, or something in the Psalms…’Is there something where I am falling short here?’
I’ll tell you what, you start reading Yahweh’s word like that, it opens up and He will show you wondrous things out of His law.
And so, we want to spend time then…meditating. Think about it. Yahweh’s Spirit may have more to say to you so that you’ll understand it even better. Yahweh’s Spirit may be seeking to counsel you in some area of your life.
But first we have to delight. We have to delight in His statutes. If we don’t delight in them, it will just go in one ear and out the other, but if you delight…Halleluyah!
Psa 1: 1-2 – Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
OK. This is what happens. First, you hear the counsel of the wicked here, before long you’re standing there in their path, and before long you’re sitting there. Look out. Because then….
First you walk, then you stand, then you sit in wrong counsel…the counsel of the unrighteous, the counsel of the irreverent, the counsel of those who are not according to the image of Elohim.
So, if you don’t walk there, you won’t stand there, and you won’t be sitting there, either. Just don’t even go there. Walk straight…the path that Yahweh has set before you. Let His word be your lamp. Anything else is a cheap substitute that will only lead to the paths of death.
So blessed is the man that doesn’t walk in this counsel, but instead he walks in the light….
but his delight is in the law of Yahweh, and in His law he meditates day and night.
It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re spending all your time reading, reading, reading, reading, reading. You need to digest what you’ve read. You know, you put the word….you take a scoop of food out of the bowl…and you’re eating it. But then it has to digest and the nutrients there have to go through the rest of your body so that you can be healthy and strong.
Yeah, you can spend all day reading the scriptures, but you don’t spend time thinking about what you just read….now, ideally you think about what you just read as you read it. But if you don’t spend any time thinking about it, you’re not really going to get blessed because it just shows it’s a ritual. It’s just a discipline that you have to do. You feel like you’ve done your duty for the day.
If that’s what it is….just some kind of a discipline…that you’ve done your duty now and you can go do what you want… you’re missing it. You’re not getting the continual feeding of Yahweh’s Spirit giving you the nutrients you need.
Psa 1:3 – He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings froth its fruit in its season, whole leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
And the reason why we’ll be like a tree planted by the rivers of water is because the rivers of water…trees that are planted right next to the river, don’t they get a continual supply of water? No matter what the drought is, they’ve got the river there.
They get a continual supply of water, and they’ll always bring fruit because they’re continually drinking from this water, all the time. And their leaf doesn’t’ dry up. And they’re prosperous in their ways. And that‘s how it is for a man who meditates on the things he read. He’s getting a continual drink.
And so, what happens as we mediate on it, we just start talking about it all the time…”You know, I was just thinking about it the other day…this right here, this right here, that right there….” We’ll be at our house, you know, and we’ll start talking to our families about things that we’re thinking about. “What do you think about this?” …And getting other thoughts.
And that‘s the Spirit filled home, brothers. That’s the Spirit filled home that we all need. And so that’s why Yahweh says in Deuteronomy 6….
Deu 6:7-9 – “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you like down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
You get this? It’s awesome! To have this kind of thing going on, Yahweh’s word continually around you, before you in your homes, in your gates…guards you like a watchman guards over a city. There’s no room for anything else!
You know, maybe the key to being an over-comer is…not having sin find its way into our lives is (so that it becomes a snare) is if we would continually meditate on the law day and night.
We would see anything contrary to that as some kind of an intruder into our hearts. And we would recognize the snares, and the traps, and the pitfalls. We’d become so accustomed to what’s true, and right, and pure, and lovely, and holy, and good….. Something foreign comes in we’re like, “What is this garbage? Get it out of here! Rebuke you in Yahushua’s name… I reject that in Yahushua’s name…I want no part of that over there.”
And so, if you are so filled with Yahweh, and His ways, and His Spirit, there won’t be any room for anything else. The enemy will not win. He’ll lose.
Gimel – ( g ) aleph, bet, gimel…..Aleph, bet, gimel, dalet. Alright, that is the 3rd letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet. Verse 17…
Psa 119:17 - Deal bountifully with Your servant, That I may live and keep Your word.
You see the motivation the psalmist has here for receiving goodness? He’s not selfish. He’s not saying, “Be bountiful with me that I may go spend it on my pleasures”….So much for prosperity doctrines.
…It’s that I may live, that I may keep your word. It is so that, when things are going so well…(we’re not on the path of temptation, and trial, and difficulty)…that’s where keeping His word is easier.
And so, it’s when we’re on the path of temptation that it’s more difficult to keep. And so, it’s ok to pray. Yahushua told us…
Mat 6:13 – And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
We don’t want to be in temptation. We don’t want to face temptations and difficulties. I mean, it’s not a bad thing to not want those, because we want to be a people who live. We don’t want to die. We want to live and keep His word rather than fall into temptation and risk the possibility of sin.
And so we pray, “Lead us out of temptation. Keep us from temptation. Deliver us from the evil one. We don’t want to be tempted.” Now we know, we get tempted, we pass the test, that Yahweh will give us the crown of life which He’s promised to those who love Him.
And the trials are there, and we accept them to make us stronger. And that we might receive blessings and rewards for having been faithful in spite of all the difficulties coming our way.
So, continuing… (I like this verse)….
Psa 119: 18:20 – Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. I am a stranger in the earth; do not hide Your commandments from me. My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.
Wondrous things…you ever had that? Ever had wondrous things pop out at you as you’re reading the Word? …Things that are just marvelous...extraordinary…beyond our power. Yes, many we times, we open His word and we’re like, “Whoa, how can something be so awesome?!” But it takes Yahweh opening our eyes to it.
And so, the psalmist prays that Yahweh would open his eyes. And the more we see wondrous things out of His law, the more we’re going to realize, “You know what, I’m a stranger in this earth. I’m a stranger.”
These things are so foreign to what we see today. It’s marvelous. It’s amazing. So he says to Yahweh, he asks, “Do not hide….don’t hide Your commandments from me.”
What was he doing? I mean, its right there…the scriptures are right there for the psalmist to read…the law. Why would anything be hidden?
Or… if you think for a minute, that just because you’ve read it now you know everything, you’re mistaken. Because you can gloss right over something, and miss it, because it’s hidden from your eyes.
And so the psalmist here knows that. He’s noticing this. See, he’s reading the Torah and he’s like, “Wait a minute. I read that before...I never noticed it, though.” So he says, “Open my eyes. Don’t hide your commandments from me. I didn’t realize I was doing this thing.”
His desire is that he would know more about how to walk as Messiah walked. He didn’t know how Messiah would walk. Maybe he did know, but he didn’t know about all the fullness of Messiah yet. But how the Torah (the commands) tell us to walk, is how Messiah walked. And so….
…do not hide Your commandments from me.
The Scribes and Pharisees, they heard, but they didn’t hear. They saw, but they couldn’t see. They were like the idols that they followed. Dumb idols…seeing, they don’t see; hearing they don’t hear. Mouths they have, but they don’t speak.
And Yahweh will turn us...
’Those that make them are like them’ He said in Psalm 115; so, we’ll be blind, we won’t be able to hear….
So we’ve got to put Yahweh in His place. And all of a sudden…get the idols out of hearts, out of our minds, and He will start opening our eyes.
There are a lot of people who think, “I’m walking right way.”….because their eyes aren’t opened. They’re closed…they’re in their denomination and they’re there to stay.
They will not grow any more. They’re done. They’re retired believers now. They’ve learned the Law; they’ve learned the commandments; they’ve learned the scriptures. (They haven’t really learned the Law; they’ve learned the New Testament). And they’re done.
They think they’ve found the truth and they’re content to sit right there in the status quo and go out and live their life, and they’re finished.
But no, it’s a lifelong journey. It’s a lifelong journey of understanding how to live, how to walk, how to conduct ourselves. And it’s a journey that you never reach the end to until you draw your last breath. And as long as your heart was yearning for more when you died, Yahweh will take you…accept you right where you are.
Because no one, no one is perfect…but we want to be. We want to have Messiah in us completely and perfectly. And that’s a heart that Yahweh can work with.
I repeat this same concept over and over, because we have had denominationalism driven into our brains for the last, I don’t know how many hundreds of years, and it’s so erroneous.
Our walk with Messiah is progressive. It’s in flux. It’s dynamic. It’s not static...It’s dynamic. And we continue to grow and learn to do, as He teaches us.
And that’s…I love it, I love the journey. How about you? It’s an awesome journey. And we don’t have to sit and think, “I’m not accepted yet. I don’t live up to the Law. I’m waiting to be perfect so He’ll accept me.”
Excuse me, but did Messiah die for the perfect ones, or the imperfect ones? It’s the imperfect ones who turn their heart away from the things they know are wrong and are trying to live right now…the ones who are pursing righteousness.
But, you know, others may not have that passion. But we see here…it says,
… My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times.
Not just sometimes, always…
Every circumstance, everything that you could fathom, he wanted Yahweh’s ways. He wanted righteous judgments to come in. He wanted to see His ways accomplished in the earth.
And so, you know, others don’t see that thing that drives us and so we’re strangers in the earth. You look around you, it’s pretty obvious. But, we see here the Psalmist is crying out for Yahweh to open his eyes.
And as we said earlier, Yahushua has many things to teach us. And He will teach us, little by little, every day…if we want to learn. That’s why I don’t condemn those that don’t do the things I do, or see the things I see. It’s all our own personal relationship with Yahweh.
As I shared a couple of weeks ago, Acts 15…the apostles were willing to accept Gentiles who were ignorant about the law, and not throw the entire law on them as a condition for accepting them as believers. Because we all have a personal relationship with Yahweh….Each of us are responsible for the things He teaches us.
So, learning and growing, it’s a daily thing. None of us sit down at the dinner table and eat everything we’re going to need for the next month, or the next twenty years...and then not eat again until later. I mean, our bodies wouldn’t be able to handle it all. We’d be hungry again in a day, or two. Because it’s just too much, we can’t digest everything in one sitting.
And so, that’s how the apostles treated the gentiles. They were new to the law. They knew that they would be learning the law every week in the synagogues….According to Acts 15:21, they would go to Sabbath in synagogues. In fact, they met many a gentile there.
But, the Spirit will lead us into all truth, but we’re all in different places along this narrow path. And just because someone knows more than you doesn’t mean they’re ahead of you, either. Because it’s all about where we are with what we know, and what we’re doing now.
Are we continuing to pursue the truth? Or, are we too prideful and we assume that we know everything. And thereby, we don’t really cleave to his commandments. We don’t really cling to them.
Psa 119:21 – You rebuke the proud—the cursed, who stray from Your commandments.
You know, if you’re straying from His commandments, it’s because you think you have a better way for yourself. We have a tendency to think, “We have a way that will be good.”…Even though Yahweh says it won’t be good. That’s prideful!
We think we know better than Him? So we stray, we find ourselves being recipients of these curses, these difficulties in our life. We find all these problems and we wonder, why? Because we strayed from His commandments...that’s why.
You see, we have these problems that seem to have no solution. We find a solution to it and there’s another disaster manifests itself. Yahweh is trying to what? ...Rebuke us. Rebuke us. And by allowing circumstances in our life to occur, to show us how flimsy and frail our foolish ways really are.
Now, be glad and rejoice if you get this. You run into a brick wall because…
Pro 3:12 – For whom Yahweh loves He corrects, just as a father the son in whom he delights.
And that’s the way that our Father is. He is like we are, as fathers…as parents. We’ll correct our children and cause them to face some kind of consequence for their behavior. That’s why we get disciplined.
And Yahweh was trying to teach Israel this, when He gave the law. He said…
Deu 8:5-6 – “You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so Yahweh your Elohim chastens you. Therefore you shall keep the commandments of Yahweh your Elohim, to walk in His ways and to fear Him.”
Walk in His ways. Not your own ways…His ways. That’s what we need to do. And if we’re willing to be corrected, we’ll change, and we’ll remain in His house. It’ll be an ‘in house’ problem.
Heb 12:6-8 - For whom Yahweh loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.If you endure chastening, Elohim deals with you as with sons.
You got to endure it. Don’t get mad at Him for what’s going on. Some people, they get chastening and they get mad at Yahweh because they’ve been having difficulties. And they think, “Oh, I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do.” Cause they’re not really meditating on the word. But…
… if you endure chastening, Elohim deals with you as with sons; for what son is there that a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening…
…that‘s a fearful thing
…of which all have become partakers,
(cause everyone’s gotten chastened),
…then you are illegitimate and not sons.
That’s the scariest place to be.
It could be that Yahweh will allow you to even prosper as you stray from His word. And you look back and you go, “Why am I so…why am I doing so well as a result of my decisions to walk in own ways?”
And you’re looking back and you’re like, “I’m so blessed, and I guess the scriptures aren’t really true…what they said, that I would be cursed, because I’m flourishing. I’m flourishing and I’m doing great….having the best time of my life right now, because I am just doing my own thing.” Look out!
Psa 92:7 – When the wicked spring up like grass,
Oh, grass looks great! Grass looks greener on the other side….
…and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever.
They are in serious, serious trouble. If they’re prospering in wickedness, that is a dangerous place to be, spiritually speaking. They are under judgment because they’re doing so well at, and yet their disregarding what they know if right. That is a dangerous place to be. They are being given a strong delusion.
The psalmist cries out…
Psa 119:22 – Remove from me reproach and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies.
This is a very interesting comment here. He’s saying here to Yahweh...he says, ‘I have kept Your testimonies…I’ve kept them. So, as a result, please…remove from me the reproach, remove from me the contempt, because I’ve kept Your testimonies’.
Now, this is interesting because earlier he said…
Psa 119:5-6 – Oh, that my ways were directed to keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, when I look into all Your commandments.
So has he really kept Yahweh’s testimonies? Has he really kept the commands?
In one place he says he has kept His testimonies, and in another place he says he wouldn’t be ashamed if he looked into his law, if he was able to keep His statutes.
So, which is it? Does Yahweh let His word contradict itself? We know that all have sinned. All have fallen short of the glory of Elohim. Yet, we see other verses like this…
Luk 1:5-6 – There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before Elohim, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of Yahweh blameless.
Are we? Is that how we are? Are we walking in the commandments and ordinances or Yahweh…blameless? Well, how about these men….I mean, righteous? Ok, they were both righteous, ‘…walking in the commandments and ordinances of Yahweh’.
That’s how you define righteous, by the way, is if you are keeping the commandments and ordinances of Yahweh. Then you’re actually righteous.
But we see…we know that, even Zacharias and Elizabeth here, at some point in their life, well had to have broken at least one command. Otherwise, they wouldn’t even need a savior, at all. I mean, why would the sacrifice of Messiah even be necessary?
Another example of this:
Gen 6:9 – This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with Elohim.
So, we see here, and also in I Kings verse 9, Yahweh’s telling Solomon…
1 Ki 9:4-5 – Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments, then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’
Now wait a minute! Did David really walk in integrity of heart and uprightness, to do accord to all that Yahweh commanded? He said…just like David, if you do this...
We know that David sinned with Bathsheba in a huge way! He committed murder, adultery, he lied…and yet, Yahweh says he walked in integrity of heart and uprightness.
And then we’re told in the New Testament….
1 Jo 2:3 – Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
Do we really know Him? Do we really keep His commandments? Does that mean if we fail, or mess up one time,…we’re no longer knowing Him?
We’re no longer blameless. We no longer say… that we’re law keepers. Did you ever have people tell you that? “You’re not keeping the law because you’re doing this, that, or whatever.” They’ve got their reasons why they don’t think you’re keeping it.
And you say, “No, no we keep the law.” And we have people pointing fingers at us all the time saying, “Oh no you’re not. You’re not doing this, that…You’re not stoning people.” You know, you hear that all the time. “Well, you’re not doing sacrifices. “
What does it mean to keep the law? What does it mean to be blameless?
Does it mean if we mess up and fail one time we’re no longer knowing Him? We no longer are blameless? We can no longer say we’re keeping His law?
No, no, a thousand time no. But that’s how may would interpret it today in our very concrete mindset that we’ve inherited from the ‘Greco-Romans’.
But they say, ‘”Well, you claim to keep the law then you better do this, you better do that, you better do the other because you have to be perfect, or you won’t be a law-keeper.” It’s not true.
To say that is to deny the power of Yahweh’s grace and forgiveness.
You see, if our hearts truly yearning for the will of Elohim in our lives, and yet out of weakness we fail in one point to keep His word, we do have an Elohim in Heaven who will forgive us completely and totally…to the point of where, in His mind, it’s as if we never sinned.
That was true even in the Old Testament time.
Psa 103:11-12 – For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Now, is that scripture true? …As far as the east is from the west.
If you were to walk east, assuming there was no water covering the oceans, if you were to go east, when would you stop walking east? You would keep circling the globe and never find the end of east. …Same thing about west…infinitely, in both directions.
That’s how far He’s removed our transgressions from us! Another words, they don’t apply to us. They’re not placed on us….those transgressions.
There’s a memory of it. I mean, Yahweh did inspire the scriptures to be written….what David did wrong. But He did not place those sins on David.
Where did they go then? Where did all the sins go that these men, even though they were people who failed Yahweh, where did the sin go? Why did Yahweh call them blameless and upright?
They were placed on another person. Thank You, Yahweh.
Isa 53.5-6 – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Since Yahushua became sin for us, since He is bearing all our iniquities, and He was wounded for our transgressions which we have done, Yahweh does not regard us as being sinners.
And for someone to tell you, because you say you believe in keeping His law…”Oh, you don’t keep the law”… they’re denying grace in your life. They’re the ones that are not applying grace…not you.
They’ll accuse you of not applying grace because you believe in keeping the law. But it’s they that are not applying grace. You receive grace.
And Yahweh will see us as He saw David, even though David sinned with Bathsheba….A people who walk in integrity of heart and uprightness.
He sees us as He saw Noah…a just man perfect in all his generations. He sees us as He saw Zecharias and Elizabeth, righteous before Elohim… “Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of Yahweh blameless” …because you can’t be blamed.
You can’t be blamed. Messiah bore your iniquities. He got blamed. It all was put on Him. Isn’t that freeing?! Isn’t that beautiful?! Isn’t that the power of grace? Yes!
We have to pursue righteousness, and not sit back and say, “Oh, grace covers everything. I’m not worried. I’ll do what I want. Grace will cover it all.”
That’s the wrong attitude. That’s not the attitude of a child that’s trying to do the will of his father. It really is a father/son relationship. If there’s any confusion about where grace applies, and many times that’s where we can look….as long as we’re righteous fathers and mothers.
And so, the psalmist says here,
Psa 119:22 – Remove from me reproach and contempt, for I have kept Your testimonies.
And so, even though the psalmist hasn’t been perfect, he says you don’t want to be brought reproach and contempt, Maybe even the reproach and contempt was because he failed to keep testimonies in the past. But, he knew the power of grace, brothers. Even then he knew the power of grace.
So, it’s because people don’t understand grace they speak against you. The reality is that they don’t understand grace. It’s only the power of grace, the power that’s in the blood of Messiah, that can be so complete as for this man to say, ‘I have kept your testimonies...take away from me reproach and contempt…’
Yes, people will speak against you. That goes with the territory. And that’s what he says next.
He just knew the life we were trying to live, didn’t he? He knew…he faced the same challenges and difficulties that we face…while we’re trying to live Yahweh’s ways.
Psa 119:23 – Princes also sit and speak against me, but Your servant meditates on Your statutes.
So, what’s he meditating on? He’s not meditating on what the princes say. He’s meditating on the statutes of Elohim. That’s what he’s meditating on.
So don’t expect applause from the world when you choose to walk in Yahweh’s ways….expect the opposite. Expect reproach, and for people (even people in important positions) to speak against you.
That goes with the territory. It’s what we signed up for. Leaders in Yahushua’s day, all the time, spoke against Him. They couldn’t convict Him of any sin because He had done no wrong. They had to invent false accusations in order to get to Him.
If someone is falsely accusing you of wrong doing, it may be a good sign, actually. Because they can’t really find anything true because you’re walking uprightly. Their only recourse is to find something that isn’t true, in order to find fault with you.
So, it could be a good sign, if you’re getting falsely accused. Same thing happened to Yahushua in His day. They could not accuse Him of wrong and so they had to falsely accuse Him.
Psa 119:24 – Your testimonies are my delight and my counselors.
If Yahweh’s testimonies are our delight then our actions will reflect that. There are so many competing forces seeking to be that which we delight in….entertainments, media, television, internet….these things are often competing forces for our attention.
But our delight is in the law of Yahweh.
Psa 1:2 – But his delight is in the law of Yahweh, and in His law he meditates day and night.
So, we will meditate on it, therefore….day and night. The testimonies of Yahweh will be our counselors.
If you’re looking for a reliable true counselor to help you in a situation….just kind of get you out of a jam…not to say others can’t help, but I suggest you delight yourself in the testimonies of Yahweh and let that be your meditation, day and night. You’ll find the counsel you’re looking for.
To delight in the law of Yahweh is to delight in the Messiah, who is the living word of Yahweh. And we see here, the author of this psalm, that he had this love affair with Yahweh’s word.
If we delight in Yahweh’s word then we’re delighting in Messiah. He’s the embodiment of the law. Now, if we find other things more interesting and delightful, we may not have much delight in Messiah, either.
Yahweh wants to know…what’s our delight? What do we value? What do we make a priority in our life? Do we desire His word more than gold and riches? Do we love the law and therefore love the Messiah? That’s a question that only you can answer for you and I can answer for me.
Part of repentance though is despising our former ways and delighting in the ways of truth.
And so, if we find ourselves in transgression of any of the commands and we tend to gravitate toward this carnal inclination, we have a promise here…
Psa 119: 25 – My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.
Now, it’s a very interesting verse here, because we’re created from the dust, right? We’re created from the dust of the ground. Our soul has a tendency to gravitate toward its carnal inclinations. Toward the ways of death…to dust we shall return, right?
But Yahweh can revive us. That’s what we need. We need a revival, don’t we? …A real revival that will take us back to His word.
And so, as we read earlier, about ‘…as far as the east is from the west so far has He removed our transgressions from us’…it says, ‘…as a father pities his children, so Yahweh pities those that fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.’
There it is. He knows our soul has a tendency to cling to the dust.
Psa 103:15-18 – As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of Yahweh is from everlasting to everlasting…
So, the dust will return to the earth, but the mercy will remain
…on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.
So if we remember His commandments we can be delivered. Yahweh can make us alive again. And His mercy will be from everlasting to everlasting….as far as the east is from the west….our transgressions can be removed.
And so we regard ourselves as already dead…And Messiah is alive in us by His Spirit. We are…
Col 2:12-13 – buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of Elohim, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,
But we have to confess and acknowledge we have sinned and need a savior.
Psa 119:26 – I have declared my ways, and You answered me; teach me Your statutes.
My ways are not good ways; my ways are different than Yahweh’s ways….he’s acknowledging this. So, asked Yahweh, teach him His statutes. By the Spirit He gives us, He will.
You see, the Old Testament law really wasn’t radically different than ours…in principle. I mean, they were missing the knowledge of Messiah’s death, but we see here it’s very much the same. He wanted to be delivered from this body of death. He wanted to be revived according to the word, according to Messiah, according to the Spirit.
And so, He goes on to say,
Psa 119:27 – Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wondrous works.
You know, it’s one thing to read, it’s another thing to understand. “Make me understand!”
Pro 2:3-6 - Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of Yahweh, and find the knowledge of Elohim. For Yahweh gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Jam 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of Elohim, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
And if we receive that wisdom and we apply if, as the psalmist says later on in verse 99…
Psa 119:99-100 – I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your precepts.
…Because I keep them.
Too many people, they want the understanding first, then they’ll keep it. But it’s not until we apply the word to our life that we can really understand it.
There are a lot of people who demand that they understand…but if we, out of an obedient heart begin to apply Yahweh’s law to our life, it’s often then He’ll give us the understanding as to why.
Can’t we just be like children and obey our Heavenly Father without having to understand all the reasons? Can’t we just trust Him…. that He’s all knowing, the source of all wisdom? If we do, we’ll begin to understand.
Psa 111:10 – The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
Halleluyah! (Continuing) ….
Psa 119:28 – My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to your word.
Have you ever felt that way? …A moment of grief, heaviness, of great challenge, and difficulty. Even Yahushua felt that way.
Luk 22: 41-43 – And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
And Yahweh can do that. He can send His angels…strengthen you in the way. We can also, as brothers and sisters, be agents to strengthen one another.
Yahshua charged Simon, after he failed and was restored…
Luk 22:31-32 – And the Master said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have turned to Me, strengthen you brethren.”
And Paul, he also went around to various congregations, on his journeys, strengthening the brethren. It says…
Act 18:23 – After he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the region of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
Job, when he walked, he was blessed. It says…people were saying to him…
Job 4: 3-4 – Surely you have instructed many, and you have strengthened weak hands. Your words have upheld him who was stumbling, and you have strengthened the feeble knees;
He recognized that when Job was in his days of greatness he was a man that would strengthen others. The word of Yahweh, the wisdom from Yahweh’s mouth poured out of him. And as we gain wisdom, we will gain strength.
Pro 24:5-6 – A wise man is strong. Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; for by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety
See, for those of you that may be kind of new to this walk, you may think, “I don’t know if I’m going to make it!” Maybe you’re thinking about following this way….but maybe you’re questioning whether you’re going to be able to make it.
Well, as you gain wisdom, you will also be granted the strength. As you seek the counsel of wise men, you will be granted the strength to walk in that counsel. And so, if you’re in this time of need, even now, maybe in this life you feel like your soul is melting from heaviness,
Psa 119:28 – My soul melts from heaviness; strengthen me according to Your word.
…cry out to Yahweh to strengthen you according to His word. Open the word and just read, meditate, read, meditate and pray.
Seek the counsel and the fellowship of others, because we need Yahweh’s wisdom….whether it be reading His word ourselves, or the words of wisdom from our family in the faith, we need that wisdom to give us strength.
We can cry out to Him for strength. And it may be Yahweh will do for you what He did for Messiah….have an angel come and strengthen you. And so, pray for your brothers and sisters who seem to be weak.
You know, one time… I remember a brother who was in prison, and he was just denied parole. And he was very discouraged over what had happened. And I was on the phone with his wife, and we were going to do a 3 way call…and while I was on hold I prayed that Yahweh would send a ministering angel to the brother, to strengthen him.
And when he got on the phone, right off the bat he said, “I don’t know what just happened, but I was feeling really down. I wanted to call and talk to you but all of sudden I just had this peace come over me. I was calling you for counsel but for some reason I feel ok now.”
And so we can’t forget to pray for each other….and Yahweh may send an angel, a word of wisdom from the scriptures, or something to open our eyes to wondrous things out of His law.
Psa 119:29-30 – Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
You know, we live in a world full of lies and liars, but when we hear Yahweh’s word we know we’re hearing the way of truth. Yahweh doesn’t give the understanding that we should keep His law to everybody. . It has to be granted to you.
It says here…look what it says, “…grant me Your law graciously.” Not everybody gets that granted to them…with grace. And so, be thankful to Him for that.
There are many today that do not want His law and so it’s not granted to them….because they do not what to walk in righteousness. They would rather have pleasure in unrighteousness. Instead, they believe lies.
And so, the psalmist here is saying, ’remove from me the way of lying…I have chosen the way of truth…grant me Your law’. There’s a connection here between this and…
2 Th 2:9-11 – The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,
Don’t rely on miracles to tell you that you’re walking uprightly…that you’re walking the right way.
…and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason Elohim will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,
…The lie. What is the lie? I mean, there are lies, and then there’s ‘the lie’. The very first lie was recorded in the book of Genesis…
Genesis 3:4-5 – Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die!
Was that true? No. It was a lie.
…For Elohim knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like Elohim, knowing good and evil.”
…..The lie is that we can go ahead and intentionally violate the law without having to face judgment for having done so. That’s the lie. The lie is that we can be like Elohim…make our own judgments as to what’s good and evil. The lie is, we can be like the Most High. The lie is (that Satan himself is following) that we can be like Elohim and have our own standard of good and evil, and act as if nothing will happen as a result.
So those who follow the ways of the enemy will act just like him. You try to tell them that they’re doing something wrong and they’re not worried… they will not surely die. They don’t really love the truth and so they believe the lies of the enemy. They’re under a strong delusion.
That’s the strong delusion that many people are under. And the world thinks their ways are right and Yahweh’s ways are wrong….they’re all antiquated…out of date. They think the will not surely die. But they will certainly die.
Yet, they don’t know this because they’re under strong delusions. See…
Pro 14:12-14 – There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death. Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, and the end of mirth may be grief. The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.
The backslider’s got his own ways on his mind, but the good man will be satisfied from above.
Now, you notice this…‘even in laughter’. Even in laughter the heart may sorrow. They have laughter on the outside, this world does, but inside they have sorrow.
They are filled with their own ways. They are under a delusion because they don’t seek to be satisfied from above. They’re believing and loving a lie because they do not have a love for the truth.
And there are some, even among believers, who don’t really have a love for the truth. And they’re thinking they’re saved because they call Yahushua their Master, but then they don’t do the things He says. He said…
Luk 6:45 – “But why do you call Me ‘Master, Master,’ and do not do the things which I say?”
Mat 7:21-23 – “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in the day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your name,
…cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice (torahlessness) lawlessness!’”
And the word ‘lawlessness’ there, if you look it up in Strong’s, means violation of the law. See, there’s a way of truth and there’s a way of lies. Yahweh’s law is the way of truth.
The psalmist yearned and longed for the way of truth, seeking to be removed from the way of lying, being granted His law, graciously.
119:29-30 – Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me.
We need his law and we need it to be given graciously. We need His law for instruction in our lives but we cannot bear it without grace.
The more we read it the more realize we have turned everyone to own his way. But we also realize, Yahweh has laid on Messiah the iniquity of us all.
Isa 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
And because we have received Him, we can read the law without fear of condemnation. We can read about what he expects of us without fearing He’s ready to strike us down at any moment for our past sins.
All of our iniquities…past, present, and future… have been laid on the back of the Good Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep who were going their own way,
Isa 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
And so let’s hear the voice of the Good Shepherd and stop listening to the voice of strangers, the voices of hirelings, hireling preachers who do not care for the sheep because they’re getting a pension.
Let’s cling to the words of the Good Shepherd. The words of the Good Shepherd, is the law of Yahweh which was made flesh and dwelt among us. And now, by His Spirit, He is writing the law of Yahweh on our hearts, and teaching us His wisdom.
Ecc 12:11 – The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well driven nails, given by one Shepherd.
Yes brothers, His words may hurt sometimes, because it’s sharper than a two-edged sword piercing even to the joints and marrow. But listen, the Good Shepherd is building a temple. We are that temple.
With those nails He is creating something beautiful. Yahushua the Messiah bore the well driven nails and received the condemnation that we deserve. For this reason He is the foundation and the cornerstone of the building.
And so, let’s cling to His words…follow His voice. Knowing His voice is the voice of the Torah, Yahweh’s law….Genesis to Revelation… not just Matthew to Revelation; not just Acts to Revelation. Genesis to Revelation is the voice of the Shepherd. It’s the whole book.
And if we seek to run the course, and cling to the testimonies of Yahweh, His word, we will not be put to shame in the end.
Psa 119: 31-32 – I cling to Your testimonies; O Yahweh, do not put me to shame! I will run the course of Your commandments, for You shall enlarge my heart.
There will be many who will be put to shame. It says in Daniel 12:2…
Dan 12:2-3 – Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise…
They’ve heard the voice of the Shepherd and they’ve gained wisdom.
…shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
So if we’re seeking to be wise, let’s seek the wisdom of Yahweh’s law.
Deu 4:6 – Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.’
And as we run the course, and cling to His commandments, it says, ‘our heart will be enlarged.
…Because Yahweh will fill our hearts with overflowing joy. Our hearts will be filled more and more with His wisdom. Our hearts will become the dwelling place of Yahweh’s Spirit. And His Spirit will overflow, causing us to spread His wisdom to others.
Dan 12:3 – Those who are wise shall shine like the brightnes of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.
…And causing us to turn many to righteousness. We won’t’ be able to contain it because out of the heart the mouth speaks. And we will turn others to the true, original way of righteousness….the righteous paths…where the good way is.
And Yahweh will so fill us with His light that we will shine like the stars forever and ever, because the law of Yahweh is light. It is the lamp. Look up in the heavens, and whenever you see the stars at night, remember the promises of Yahweh. Remember Daniel 12:3.
They are living testimonies, of what Yahweh promises those who, like the author of this psalm, has a heart that pursues the ways of Elohim.
Do we value those promises? Are the promises and His rewards more important to us than anything else this world may set before us?
Do we, like the psalmist, open our mouths and pant because we long for His commandments?
Psa 119: 131 – I opened my mouth and panted, for I longed for Your commandments.
Do rivers of waters run down from our eyes? …Because men do not keep His law?
Psa 119: 136 – Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law.
Do we cry out to Yahweh to act? And say….
Psa 119:126 - It is time for You to act, O Yahweh, for they have regarded Your law as void.
I’m impressed with the heart of this man…whoever wrote it. They pursued righteousness. It’s time we do, also. Wouldn’t you say?
…Because they have rendered Yahweh’s law as…what? What do they tell you? “Oh, it’s no good. It’s abolished. It’s void...null and void.” But to us, it’s alive. It’s alive because Yahushua is alive.
And Yahushua will fill our hearts with HIs law, writing on it as the New Covenant promises, if we will only let Him…if we only let Him. Let’s allow Him to do that.…because that is the true way of love.
Love is the solution to every problem this world has. Love is the answer to everything….every problem they’re facing out there. But who will seek to receive the Creators definition of what love is?
The law and the prophets hang from the two great commandments….to love Yahweh and to love one another. Every commandment given is a revelation of how to love.
So let’s not cut the law and the prophets off the two commandments from which they hang. Let’s seek His way of love. Let’s seek His way of love as he reveals it in His word…from Genesis to Revelation.
And as we turn toward that way of love…which really is the way of Yahushua the Messiah…. may Yahweh bless you, and have mercy on us all.