TABLE OF CONTENTS
- 1 God Makes Foolish Things of This World
- 2 Hearing the Word of God Produces Faith
- 3 Continue Daily, Reading & Listening to the Word of God, Becoming Christ’s Disciples
- 4 Study God’s Word for Discernment, be Approved of God, & Equipped for Good Works
- 5 The Importance of God’s Word to the Believer in Christ
I Thessalonians 2:13 – For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
God Makes Foolish Things of This World
WE ARE SEEING THIS PROPHECY FULFILLED BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. EVERYTHING THAT MAN ESTEEMS IN THIS WORLD IS BEING TURNED ON IT’S HEAD. WHICH IS WHY IT IS SO CRITICAL THAT AS CHRIST’S BELIEVERS, FOLLOWERS, AND DISCIPLES – THAT WE UNDERSTAND THE THINGS OF GOD. THIS INCLUDES THE MYSTERIES AND DEEP THINGS OF GOD.
I Corinthians 1:18-31 (God Confounds the wisdom of this world)
18For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?
21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
22Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,
23but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,
24but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
27But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29so that no one may boast before him.
30It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
I Corinthians 2:1-16 (GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT REVEALS THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD)
1And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
6We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
13This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.
14The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
15The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments,
16for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Hearing the Word of God Produces Faith
THE BEST OF MEN’S WISDOM SPOKEN PRODUCES MORE OF MAN’S WISDOM. YET, WHEN GOD SPEAKS THROUGH MEN WHO ARE DEAD TO THEMSELVES, IT PRODUCES FAITH.
Romans 10:14-17 (FAITH COMES BY HEARING GOD’S WORD)
14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, Lord, who hath believed our report? 17So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 18But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
2 Corinthians 4:1-18 (DEATH WORKS IN THOSE PREACHING, BUT LIFE IN THE HEARERS)
1Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.
3And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
5For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
7But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.
8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
13It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,
14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
I Timothy 4:6-7 (BE NOURISHED UP IN WORDS OF FAITH)
6If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
Luke 10:38-42 (EXAMPLE OF A PERSON WHO WOULD RATHER HEAR GOD’S WORD THAN BE BUSY WITH MANY THINGS)
38Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
41And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Continue Daily, Reading & Listening to the Word of God, Becoming Christ’s Disciples
Moreover, we must not be just hearers of God’s word, but also to continue to read and study the doctrine the Lord has commanded.
John 8:31-32 (Jesus Words to New Believers)
If you continue in my word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Matthew 28:18-20 (Obey the Gospel and Commands of Jesus Given to His Apostles)
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 9 Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
2 Corinthians 4:13-16 (Renewed Daily by God’s Spoken and Written Word)
13We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak; 14Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
1 Timothy 4:13-16 (Give Attendance to Reading)
6If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. 7But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.
8For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 9This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. 10For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11These things command and teach.
12Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
13Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
15Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 16Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.
Study God’s Word for Discernment, be Approved of God, & Equipped for Good Works
GOD’S WORD IS A LIGHT UNTO OUR FEET. LEFT TO OURSELVES, OUR WAY IS CORRUPT. OUR BEST INTENTIONS FOR GOD ARE DEFILED. AND YET, WITHOUT DILIGENT AND CONSISTENT STUDY IT IS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PROPERLY DISCERN THOSE WHO SERVE GOD FROM THOSE WHO DO NOT.
DO NOT CONFUSE THE ISSUE. IT IS POSSIBLE TO PERFORM MANY SIGNS, WONDERS, AND MIRACLES IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND YET NOT BE KNOWN BY GOD.
Matthew 7:21-27 (WE MUST BE DILIGENT TO BUILD OUR LIFE ON JESUS WORDS)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
IN REGARD TO THE CONTINUING TO STUDYING THE WORD OF GOD, CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING TEXT WHICH ILLUSTRATE THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS.
Hebrews 4:12 (THE MORE WE STUDY GOD’S WORD, THE MORE DISCERNMENT WE HAVE ABOUT THE INTENTIONS MEN’S HEARTS)
12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Malachi 3:13-18 (YOU WILL SEE THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED)
13“You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ 14“You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’ ”
16Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17“On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.
18And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
2 Corinthians 2:15-17 (WE ARE NOT AS MANY WHO CORRUPT GOD’S WORD)
15For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: 16To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
2 Timothy 2:15 (STUDY TO BE APPROVED OF GOD)
“Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (STUDY TO BE EQUIPPED FOR EVERY GOOD WORK FOR GOD)
16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
The Importance of God’s Word to the Believer in Christ
CONTINUE TO READ, STUDY, LISTEN, MEDITATE AND LEARN THE WORD OF GOD AND IT’S PRECEPTS. IT GIVES US THE SOUND DOCTRINE WE NEED TO LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY IN THIS WORLD, EVENN AS JESUS IS RIGHTEOUS.
John 17:1-26 (THE WORD OF TRUTH SANCTIFIES THE BELIEVER)
1After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you.2For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
3Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.4I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
6 “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.
7Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you.
8For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.
9I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.10All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them.11I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.12While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them.
14I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
15My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.16They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
17Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.18As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.19For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
22I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—23I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.
25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.26I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”
Psalms 119 (THE IMPORTANCE OF GOD’S WORD IN OUR DAILY LIVES CANNOT BE OVERSTATED!)
1Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. 2Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— 3they do no wrong but follow his ways.
4You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. 5Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! 6Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands.
7I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. 8I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
9How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.
10I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
12Praise be to you, Lord; teach me your decrees. 13With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. 14I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches.
15I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.
16I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. 17Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
18Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
19I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. 20My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
21You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed, those who stray from your commands.
22Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.
23Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors.
25I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. 26I gave an account of my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees.
27Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds.
28My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.
29Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me and teach me your law.
30I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws. 31I hold fast to your statutes, Lord; do not let me be put to shame.
32I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding.
33Teach me, Lord, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end. 34Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
35Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
36Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. 37Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
38Fulfill your promise to your servant, so that you may be feared. 39Take away the disgrace I dread, for your laws are good. 40How I long for your precepts! In your righteousness preserve my life.
41May your unfailing love come to me, Lord, your salvation, according to your promise; 42then I can answer anyone who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 43Never take your word of truth from my mouth, for I have put my hope in your laws. 44I will always obey your law, for ever and ever.
45I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts. 46I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame, 47for I delight in your commands because I love them. 48I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.
49Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. 50My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. 51The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. 52I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them.
53Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. 54Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. 55In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. 56This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.
57You are my portion, Lord; I have promised to obey your words. 58I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 59I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.
60I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands. 61Though the wicked bind me with ropes, I will not forget your law. 62At midnight I rise to give you thanks for your righteous laws. 63I am a friend to all who fear you, to all who follow your precepts. 64The earth is filled with your love, Lord; teach me your decrees.
65Do good to your servant according to your word, Lord. 66Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands.
67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. 68You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees. 69Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. 71It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. 72The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.
73Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands. 74May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. 75I know, Lord, that your laws are righteous, and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
76May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. 77Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight. 78May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.
79May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes. 80May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees, that I may not be put to shame. 81My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.
82My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, “When will you comfort me?” 83Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. 84How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors? 85The arrogant dig pits to trap me, contrary to your law.
86All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for I am being persecuted without cause. 87They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 88In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.
89Your word, Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. 90Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you established the earth, and it endures. 91Your laws endure to this day, for all things serve you.
92If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life. 94Save me, for I am yours; I have sought out your precepts. 95The wicked are waiting to destroy me, but I will ponder your statutes.
96To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless. 97Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.
98Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies.
99I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. 100I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.
101I have kept my feet from every evil path so that I might obey your word. 102I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me. 103How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.
105Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
106I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. 107I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord, according to your word. 108Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.
109Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. 110The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. 111Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. 112My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end.
113I hate double-minded people, but I love your law. 114You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
115Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! 116Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. 117Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.
118You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing. 119All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes. 120My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.
121I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors. 122Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me. 123My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise.
124Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. 125I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. 126It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken. 127Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, 128and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.
129Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.
130The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 131I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands. 132Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
133Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
134Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts. 135Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees. 136Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.
137You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. 138The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy. 139My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words.
140Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. 141Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. 142Your righteousness is everlastingand your law is true. 143Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. 144Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.
145I call with all my heart; answer me, Lord, and I will obey your decrees. 146I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. 147I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word. 148My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. 149Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150Those who devise wicked schemes are near, but they are far from your law. 151Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true. 152Long ago I learned from your statutes that you established them to last forever.
153Look on my suffering and deliver me,for I have not forgotten your law. 154Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.
155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek out your decrees. 156Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to your laws.
157Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes. 158I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word. 159See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.
160All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal. 161Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word. 162I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and detest falsehood but I love your law.
164Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. 165Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. 166I wait for your salvation, Lord, and I follow your commands. 167I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. 168I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you.
169May my cry come before you, Lord; give me understanding according to your word. 170May my supplication come before you;
deliver me according to your promise.
171May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. 172May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. 173May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.
174I long for your salvation, Lord, and your law gives me delight. 175Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. 176I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.