• The Blessedness of Keeping God’s Law

    Psalm 119:1-8

    John Calvin comments, “We must not be influenced by our own designs, nor decide, according to carnal reason, what we are to do, but must at once come to the determination, that they who turn not aside, either to the ...Read More

  • The Guidance of the Law

    Psalm 119:9–11

    We are not justified by attempting to keep the law of God. However, we grow in our sanctification as we seek to follow the law in the power of God’s Spirit. God’s law is a good gift to ...Read More

  • God’s Word in the Heart

    Psalm 119:9-16

    When we have the Word of God hidden in our hearts, we are equipped to resist temptation because we are better able to discern what is truly good from that which is not good or edifying. We also acquire the ...Read More

  • A Longing for God’s Word

    Psalm 119:17–24

    Persevering in affection for God’s law is difficult when we suffer for loving His Word, but such perseverance is the only way that we will keep ourselves in His Word and find the blessing of wisdom and guidance. We should ...Read More

  • The Power and Desire to Obey

    Psalm 119:25–32

    John Calvin comments, “This passage tells us, when God has once enlarged our hearts, there will be no lack of power, because, along with proper affection, he will furnish ability, so that our feet will be ready to run.” ...Read More

  • A Heart Inclined to God’s Law

    Psalm 119:33-40

    Scripture is clear that God created man “very good,” willing and able to love and serve Him (Gen. 1:31a). Scripture is also clear that since the fall, humanity does not exist in this very good state. Instead, our ...Read More

  • Saved to Testify

    Psalm 119:41-48

    When we are in a right relationship with the Lord, we see His law as a law of freedom. Having been freed from the burden of having to keep the law perfectly for our justification—for Christ has done that ...Read More

  • The Word of God in Times of Trouble

    Psalm 119:49-56

    John Calvin writes, “If we meditate carefully on [God’s] word, we shall live even in the midst of death, nor will we meet with any sorrow so heavy for which it will not furnish us with a remedy.” God’s ...Read More

  • Not Forgetting God’s Law

    Psalm 119:57-64

    Today, the church is in desperate need of recovering its confidence in the Word of God. Special programs, popular music, and other such things alone, as well-intentioned as they might be, are not the means by which God saves His ...Read More

  • The Word of God and Affliction

    Psalm 119:65–72

    The author of Hebrews tells us that God’s discipline may seem painful at the moment, but the lasting harvest of righteousness that it creates is well worth all the trouble we must endure (Heb. 12:3–11). Not all of ...Read More

  • God’s Word, Affliction, and Glory

    Psalm 119:73–80

    Fear of the divine without knowledge of divine truth is superstition, for superstitious people have some kind of “fear” or “anxiety” regarding divine forces. Knowledge of divine truth without fear of the divine is dead orthodoxy, knowledge about God without ...Read More

  • God’s Sustaining Word

    Psalm 119:81–88

    We can by no means continue to believe in the promises of the Lord if we do not know what they are. Thus, we must return again and again to God’s life-giving Word, turning to it both when we feel ...Read More

  • Fixed Truth

    Psalm 119:89

    That which is legally and morally permissible coincide perfectly in the law of God. His law is our fixed, unchanging standard for all ethical decision-making. It is forever fixed in the heavens, as today’s passage tells us (Ps. 119:89 ...Read More

  • God’s Fixed and Enduring Word

    Psalm 119:89–96

    God’s steadfastness is seen clearly as He preserves His Word in the community of His people. Even in the days when God’s truth seems to be the last concern of the church, there is always a faithful remnant that is ...Read More

  • Finding Guidance in the Law

    Psalm 119:97–104

    How much do we love God’s law? The Psalms prove that true Christian piety involves a deep affection for God’s commandments. If we love God, we will have an abiding desire to study, understand, and know His law.Read More