Psalms 119

Psalms 119

It's God's Word that brings us through the hardship... That's where we need to be. Spending time in God's Word. Not trying to make it in our own strength.One of the amazing things about God, He didn’t leave it to us to figure out Who He was by hearing the little whispers in the night, and so often we find the world falling into heresy because people turn to those little whispers in the night, thinking that God is speaking to them, but we have God’s Word in writing that when you hear a whisper, you match it to what’s here. And if it doesn’t match up, guess what? That whisper is wrong every time. I guarantee you, God is not going to give you new information that is in conflict with His Word…

The commands were give so that we could love. It says the greatest command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, with all your soul. the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. Each of these commands were given so that we could learn to love, to be free to love, to be able to interact with our neighbors in love, and to be able to interact with God in love. And so, if you are truly understanding God’s law, there’s blessing because you are loving…

You know, I find when I’m in trouble, when I’m struggling in life, when I have fallen, it’s not because God has abandoned me, but it’s because I have not spent the time in God’s Word to find strength. We can walk right before God by understanding His Word, and we can praise the Lord and ask the Lord that we might not sin against Him, by spending that time there…

Do you ever have question about how you should live? If you’re ever struggling somewhere in your life, you know, it’s okay to go to someone and talk to them, but it’s better to go to God’s Word because God’s Word truly is the counselor, and any good friend that will give you counsel, will give you counsel from God’s Word. His statues need to be our delight. Understanding His Word needs to be our delight. It needs to be what we live for…

Do you believe that God’s Word is the truth? This is where a lot of people struggle. We have an abundance of God’s Word in this nation, but a lot of people never turn to it because they do not trust that God has given us the truth. You have to decide in your heart whether or not God’s Word is true, and whether that love that He has for us is also true… The only true comfort there is, is in God’s Word; in knowing and in walking with the Lord and understanding Him from His Word, spending time with Him…

The reason that we understand God’s love is because He’s given us His Word. He’s given us His law… If we truly seek out God and His Word, we begin to understand God in a loving way. His laws weren’t given to be mean to us, to tell us what we can’t do, but His Word was given to us to show us how we can be involved with Him. How we can walk with Him. How we can have love relationship with Him. And so often we find ourself in dispute with God, not because God was wrong but because we don’t like His Word. We don’t like what He has to say…

How much time do we spend in God’s Word? When was the last time we stayed up all night studying God’s Word, waiting to see God’s promise fulfilled in our life from His Word to bless us, to bring us through a hard time, to bring us through the hardships that we’re facing? We may have something that we’re coming into in a day that we don’t want to face. We find the comfort and the answer in God’s Word, not in dwelling on the problem. It’s God’s law, God’s Word, God’s precepts that bring us through the hardships. We just need to spend the time there… That’s where we need to be. Spending time in God’s Word. Getting to know God from His Word. Not trying to figure out life on our own. Not trying to make it in our own path, in our own strength, by our own cleverness. So often, that’s how we do it. The more time you spend in God’s Word and understand His love, the more you know you can wait on Him, and He will fulfill His promise to you: to love you, to care for you, to provide for you. Do you want to fulfill God’s Word? Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your mind, with all of your soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.

Pastor Dave Elkins