Blessings Come From the Word (Psalm 119:113 – 120 NKJV)

113 I hate the double-minded,
But I love Your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in Your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
For I will keep the commandments of my God!
116 Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live;
And do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
117 Hold me up, and I shall be safe,
And I shall observe Your statutes continually.
118 You reject all those who stray from Your statutes,
For their deceit is falsehood.
119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross;
Therefore I love Your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of You,
And I am afraid of Your judgments.

The writer often puts the verses of this psalm in the form of couplets.  They are in a I this, you that format, showing either a contrast or a complement in the statement.  I hate this, I love that; depart from me, I will keep the commandments; etc.  When you see some of the things that the psalmist contrasts, you see that double-mindedness is opposed to the law of God.  Evildoers do not keep the commandments of God.  There are also some I this, I that statements, where causality is established.  Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually.

The idea to grasp here is that everything Satan does should be at contrast with what God is doing in your life, and you should avoid his temptations and moves.  Anything that God does should bring blessing and movement into His plan for your life, which means you should embrace the work and guidance of the Lord through the Holy Spirit.  Sounds easy, right?  Well, this is where dedication to the word of God is essential.  To be able to obey the commands of God, you must know them.  To be able to live according to God’s plan, you must first know that plan.  Get in the word, and God will guide your life!

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