What meant the most to you
from this chapter or helped you think more accurately about God’s character and
the truth of His Word?What offered you
the greatest challenge or blessing, and why?
Remembering God’s Wisdom and Knowledge
at your dictionary definitions from last week.Copy below your 5-10 word summary of the terms unsearchable,
unfathomable, inexhaustible, inscrutable, and impossible..It is
impossible to understand; therefore, His wisdom calls us to faith.
are a few things God knows about you:
every situation in your life.
ØGod knows why
each situation is in your life.
ØGod knows how
each situation will end.
ØGod knows when
each situation will end.
does the truth that God knows all about you enable you to better accept the
unacceptable, difficult, and painful situations in your life?
Acknowledging God’s judgments
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the
judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than
much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
What do these scriptures say about wisdom?
11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of
them there is great reward.
are God’s judgments characterized in verse 9?
ØFear of the Lord
two desirable things described in verses 9-10 are less desirable than God’s
ØHoney and the honeycomb
is the result of heeding God’s judgments (verse 11)?
137 Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments.
is God’s judgment described? Righteous (Good,
honest, honorable, moral, and blameless) and upright (decent and honest).
1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the
LORD. 2 Blessed are they that keep his
testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy
precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy
7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy
8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
appears to be intended to show the excellency of the law and the happy effects
of obeying it, in every variety of form, and with every variety of expression.The psalmist here shows that godly people are
happy people; they are, and shall be, blessed indeed.
All men would
be happy, but few take the right way; God has lain before us the right way,
which we may be sure will end in happiness, though it be straight and narrow.
Blessedness’s are to the righteous; all manner of blessedness.
Now observe the
characters of the happy people.
1. Who make the will of God the rule of all their actions, and govern
themselves, in their whole conversation, by that rule: They walk in the law
of the Lord, (verse 1).
God’s word is a law to them, not only in this or that instance, but in
the whole course of their conversation; they walk within the hedges of that
law, which they dare not break through by doing any thing it forbids; and they walk
in the paths of that law, which they will not trifle in, but press forward
in them towards the mark, taking every step by rule and never walking at
This is walking in God’s ways (verse 3), the ways which he has
marked out to us and has appointed us to walk in. We must walk in his ways,
not in the way of the world, or of our own hearts, Job. 23:10, Job. 23:11Job. 31:7 .
2. Those who would walk in the law of the Lord must keep his
testimonies, that is, his truths. Seek him with their whole heart.
They do not seek themselves and their own things, but God only; this is that
which they aim at, that God may be glorified in their obedience and that they
may be happy in God’s acceptance. He is, and will be, the rewarder, the reward,
of all those who thus seek him diligently, seek him with the heart, for
that is it that God looks at and requires; and with the whole heart, for
if the heart be divided between him and the world it is faulty.
3. Who carefully avoid all sin (v. 3): They
do no iniquity; they do not allow themselves in any sin; they do not commit
it as those do who are the servants of sin; they do not make a practice of it,
do not make a trade of it.
They are conscious to themselves of much iniquity that clogs them in
the ways of God, but not of that iniquity which draws them out of those ways.
Blessed and holy are those who thus exercise themselves to have always
consciences void of offence.
We are here
1.To own ourselves under the highest obligations to walk in
(verse 4): Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts, to make
religion our rule; and to keep them diligently, to make religion
our business and to mind it carefully and constantly.
To look up to God for wisdom and grace to do so (verse 5): O that
my ways were directed accordingly!
not let anything be a hindrance to us, but a furtherance rather, in
the service of God, that our hearts may be so guided and influenced by the
Spirit of God that we may not in any thing transgress God’s commandments—not
only that our eyes may be directed to behold God’s statutes, but our hearts
directed to keep them.
2.To encourage ourselves in the way of our duty with a
prospect of the comfort we shall find in it, (verse 6).
It is the unquestionable character of every good man that he has a respect
to all God’s commandments. He has respect to all the commandments,
one as well as another, because they are all backed with the same authority (Jam. 2:10, Jam. 2:11 ) with
same purpose, the glorifying of God in our happiness.
Those who have a sincere respect to any command will have a general
respect to every command.
Those who have a sincere respect to all God’s commandments
shall not be ashamed, not only they will be kept from doing things that
will bring shame, but they will have confidence towards God and boldness
of access to the throne of his grace, 1 Jn. 3:21
They shall have credit before men; their honesty will be their honour.
In verses 7-8,
I.David hopes to learn God’s righteous judgments.
He knew much, but was still pressing forward and desired to know more. As long as we live we must be scholars in
Christ’s school, and sit at his feet. God’s judgments are all righteous, and
therefore it is desirable not only to learn them, but to be learned in them, mighty
in the scriptures.
II.David coveted to be learned in the laws of God, so he
might give God the glory of his learning. Those have learned a good lesson who
have learned to praise God, for that is the work of angels, the work of heaven.
It is an easy thing to praise God in word and tongue; but those only are well
learned in this mystery who have learned to praise him with
uprightness of heart, that is, are inward with him in praising him, and
sincerely aim at his glory in the course of their conversation as well as in
the exercises of devotion.
God accepts only the praises of the upright. That he might himself
come under the government of that learning: When I shall have learned thy
righteous judgments I will keep thy statutes. We cannot keep them unless we
learn them; but we learn them in vain if we do not keep them.
III.David’s prayer to
God is to not to leave him. Good men see
themselves at great risk if God leaves them; for then the temptations will be
too hard for them.
some of the other words used interchangeably with God’s judgment.
Precepts - These point to our essential duty toward God.
Statutes - "prescribed matters."
Accepting without Answers
the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would bear God’s Son, she accepted
something she did not understand.
do you think keeps you or others from responding to the un-understandable
events of life with Mary’s accepting attitude, “Behold the maidservant of the
Lord! Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38)?
Acknowledging God’s Ways
ways are the methods by which He carries out His judgments.
do you learn about God’s ways in Isaiah 55:8-9?
8 For my
thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than
your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
does the fact that God’s ways are unsearchable and unfathomable help you to
“trust God in the dark” in your difficult situation?