Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Keeping The Word

Psalm 119:2 "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart."

In Psalm 119 there are 176 verses. This is the longest chapter in the Bible. Eight different words are used for the Scriptures. "Law", "testimonies", "precepts", "statutes", "commandments", "judgments", "word" and "words". This psalm also contains 28 references to keeping the Word. The first one is the verse used for this post.

(verse 4) "Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently."
(verse 5) "O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!"
(verse 17) "Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word."
(verse 34) "Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart."
(verse 60) "I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments."
(verse 106) "I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments."
(verse 67) "Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word."

These are a few of them.

This means more than just obeying His commands although this is definitely included. The words keep or kept basically mean guard or preserve as in Psalm 41:2 where both words are used. "The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies."

In these verses and many others throughout the Bible we are commanded not only to obey and proclaim God's Word but also to guard and preserve as well as defend it against all its many enemies. May we never be found guilty of not doing any of these things in our daily walk with the Lord.

1 comment:

A Note From Theresa said...

I LOVE Psalms 119, our Pastor taught right though it one time and we memorized verses from every section.

here are the Verses we learned; 8,16,18,32,34,47,52,59&60
133,140,151,158,166, and 171.

I have them marked and I go back to read them a lot.


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