My Soul Clings to the Dust | Psalm 119:25

My soul clings to the dust;give me life according to your word! Psalm 119:25 ESV As we enter into Psalm 119’s fourth stanza, in which each verse begins with the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet daleth, we find the psalmist in a different place than in gimel. In that previous stanza, the psalmist began …

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Your Testimonies Are My Delight | Psalm 119:24

Your testimonies are my delight;they are my counselors. Psalm 119:24 ESV Through his cries as a sojourner, his lamentation of being held in scorn and contempt by the insolent, and his remaining firmly committed to God’s Word even when princes are arrayed against him, the psalmist now concludes stanza gimel with this simple statement of …

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Even Though Princes Sit Plotting Against Me | Psalm 119:23

Even though princes sit plotting against me,your servant will meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:23 ESV As is so often the case, this verse continues the train of thought of verse 22. That verse was a prayer for deliverance from those who were treating the psalmist with scorn and contempt; now, however, we have a …

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Take Away from Me Scorn & Contempt | Psalm 119:22

Take away from me scorn and contempt,for I have kept your testimonies. Psalm 119:22 ESV This verse seems to be a natural follow-up to the previous one. Having remembered that God rightly rebukes the insolent ones who bring the LORD’s curse upon themselves by wandering from His commandments, the psalmist now pleads for a different, …

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You Rebuke the Insolent | Psalm 119:21

You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,who wander from your commandments. Psalm 119:21 ESV The LORD rebukes the insolent, accursed ones. The fact that they are accursed implies that this rebuke is not merely corrective. God rebukes and disciplines His people as an earthly father does with his children. Yet His rebukes lead to life. They …

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I Am a Sojourner on the Earth | Psalm 119:19

I am a sojourner on the earth;hide not your commandments from me! Psalm 119:19 ESV Having already referred to himself as God’s servant, the psalmist now calls himself a sojourner. In the ancient world, a sojourner was quite different from being a modern-day tourist. Today, we are able to go to the other side of …

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God’s Word Prepares Us for Suffering | John Calvin

The following quotation is from one of Calvin’s sermons that were collected together as a short book. Its subject is a heavy one. Many who claimed to agree with the Reformation were buckling under the threat of (and often enacted) persecution. A common mentality was of private support of Protestantism, while maintaining the public motions …

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Sword of the Spirit | Ephesians 6:17

 and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, Ephesians 6:17 ESV As we rapidly approach the conclusion of Ephesians as a whole and of Kingdom War particularly, we conclude our study of the individual pieces of the armor of God with the only weapon of offense in the set. Gurnall comments …

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Open My Eyes | Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things in your law. Psalm 119:18 ESV In this verse, we find the second of the psalmist’s prayer for direct intervention from the LORD of this stanza. After praying for God to deal bountifully with him, he now prays for God to open his eyes that he may …

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Deal Bountifully with Your Servant | Psalm 119:17

Deal bountifully with your servant,that I may live and keep your word. Psalm 119:17 ESV With this verse, we begin Psalm 119’s third stanza, which is titled gimel because each verse begins that Hebrew letter. Like Beth (verses 9-16), Gimel (verses 17-24) continues the psalmist’s prayer for God’s instructing grace to guard him, while also …

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