A picture of our salvation

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Psalm 119

25   My soul clings to the dust;

Revive me according to Your word.

26   I have declared my ways, and You answered me;

Teach me Your statutes.

27   Make me understand the way of Your precepts;

So shall I meditate on Your wonderful works.

28   My soul melts from heaviness;

Strengthen me according to Your word.

29   Remove from me the way of lying,

And grant me Your law graciously.

30   I have chosen the way of truth;

Your judgments I have laid before me.

31   I cling to Your testimonies;

O Lord, do not put me to shame!

32   I will run the course of Your commandments,

For You shall enlarge my heart.

The underlined phrases, My soul clings to the dust, My soul melts from heaviness, Remove from me the way of lying, all seem to indicate the condition of an unregenerate heart that is tired of its unregenerate ways.  Clinging to the dust is a picture of hanging on to the worthless things of this world.  A soul melting with heaviness is a picture of one whose sin, like Pilgrim, weighs him down but he cannot get rid of it.  The way of lying is the way of the father of lies whose children must live under his weighty and destructive lies.

So the Psalmist asks God to revive him according to His word.  He asks God to teach him His statutes.  He begs God to make him to understand the way of His precepts which are God’s truths.  He wants God to strengthen him according to His word and to graciously grant him His law.

A man who has lived in the shame of his sin comes to the Lord, follows His way of truth and never has to live in sin’s shame again. And so, while running the course, a new course for his life, a path of God’s commandments, his heart is enlarged by God Himself.  An enlarged heart is a picture of a new heart for the old heart filled with sin is very small focused on self and self-exaltation and self-protection.  But a heart following God’s commandments, enriched by God’s grace and filled with God’s truth can grow to care for God and for God’s people.  The once self-focused heart is enlarged to care for others with a love that only God can put in it.

Is this a picture of your life?  Were you clinging to the dust, heavy in your sin and filled with lying ways of self-focus?  Did the Lord with the truth of His word come into your life, revive it, teach you His commandments and ways, cause you to understand His precepts and strengthen you according to His word by giving you His law?  Has God removed your shame and enlarged your heart?  If so, rejoice in His salvation to you.  Take time today to reflect on your position before Christ came in and then rejoice in who you have become in Him.  Hallelujah, what a Savior!

Yesterday, Brent Sivnksty opened up Titus 2 and focused on the wonderful grace of God that both brings us our salvation, it is all of God, and then that same grace teaches us to live godly in an ungodly world. We are very blessed to have this man come and open God’s word to us.  I will have his messages on the church website. 

Tonight, Brent is going to be teaching us how to live through life’s adversity. As you know, his wife, Becky, is facing a potentially serious threat to her health and to their lifestyle as an evangelist family.  Brent will be telling us what God, through His word, has taught he and his wife during this time and how we can live in the face of all of life’s trials. 

Revival restaurant opens at 6:00-6:45 and the service will begin at 7:00 and be over by 8:00. On the menu tonight is Bobbi’s chicken and dumplings.  See you there.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS

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