Psalm 119 has long been a meaningful chapter of the Bible for me because in it I find a faithful God who is capable of keeping His Word.
Skim through this psalm with a view to the God behind Scripture.
(The NASB was used for this study.)
How God is True to His Word
God is true to His Word in that He will respond in accordance with His Word and accomplish His purposes.
Remember the word to Your servant, in which You have made me hope. (Ps. 119:49)
My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. (Ps. 119:28)
Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word. (Ps. 119:170)
God is true to His Word in that He makes it possible for us to understand and live by it.
Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from Your law. (Ps. 119:18)
Teach me, O LORD, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. (Ps. 119:33)
Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart. (Ps. 119:34)
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. (Ps. 119:35)
Incline my heart to Your testimonies … (Ps. 119:36)
Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You. (Ps. 119:38)
Establish my footsteps in Your word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me. (Ps. 119:133)
Uphold me that I may be safe, that I may have regard for Your statutes continually. (Ps. 119:117)
Implications for Ministry Workers:
Take God at His Word and pray accordingly. If God establishes a certain way, He will work through it. — Don’t disregard His design for the Church and ministry just because you can’t see how it will work in your situation.
Interpret your circumstances through His Word. If God is going to provide for you, it will line up with what He has already set forth in His Word. — Don’t expect Him to do something for you that is not “according to” His Word.
Trust God to help people believe and follow His Word. If God is going to use His Word in people’s lives, He must first enable them to understand. — Don’t rely on your great oratory skills when communicating God’s Word.