How to Let the Bible Come Alive in You

Psalm 119

א Aleph

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— 3 they do no wrong but follow his ways. 4 You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. 5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! 6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. 7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. 8 I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me.

ב Beth

9 How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. 13 With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14 I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. 15 I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. 16 I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.

1. Learn to ______________ it!
God’s Word will show you God.

I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands.
Psalm 119:10 NIV

May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise;
Psalm 119:41 NIV

Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.
Psalm 119:2 NIV

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103 NIV

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 17:6 ESV

Ezekiel 3:1-9 ~ Jeremiah 15:16 ~ 2 Tim. 3:14-17 ~ Hebrews 4:12-13 ~ Eph. 6:10-17

Eight Words/Synonyms to describe the Scripture:

The Law, Testimony, Precepts, Statutes, Commandments, Ordinances, Word, Promise

2. Learn to ______________ it!
God’s Word will structure your thinking.

I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws.
Psalm 119:7 NIV

…but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.
Psalm 1:2 NIV

May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word.
Psalm 119:169 NIV

Psalm 119:97-100 ~ Psalm 19:7-9 ~ Philippians 4:8,9 ~ 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

3. Learn to ______________ it!
God’s Word will shape your life.

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— 3 they do no wrong but follow his ways. 4 You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. 5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! 6 Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.
Psalm 119:1-6 NIV

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart  that I might not sin against you. 12 Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees.
Psalm 119:9-12 NIV

Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
Psalm 119:36, 37 NIV

I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:45 NIV

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,
Psalm 1:1 NIV

It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.
Psalm 119:71 NIV

 QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY & REFLECTION

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1.     Growth Challenge: Read Psalm 119 several times this week. What stood out to you in this past Sunday’s message?        

2.     Read all the Scriptures presented with each point and discuss the main point/s of the message.

3.     What can you do to stimulate your love for God’s Word?

4.     Read Judges 17:6 – describe how you are seeing that around you. How is that visible in your own life?

5.     How has God’s Word helped you love God more?

6.     What have you learned lately about God from His Word?

7.     Discuss several ways you can increase your learning of God’s Word. What would you like to do?

8.     Choose a passage of Scripture to memorize. Work on memorizing it over the next 4 weeks.

9.     Describe a time when God’s wisdom displayed itself in your life.

10.   Discuss the connection between God’s commands and precepts and increased freedom.

11.  What is something from God’s word that you are seeking to live?

 

* Chair time = personal time set aside with the Lord in worship/praise, prayer, Bible reading, and calibrating your life before Him.