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Psalm 119:65-80

                     PSALM  119  


Lesson 5

First Day: Pause and pray before you begin reading. Ask the Lord to reveal to you wonderful things from his good word. Read Psalm 119:65-72. You might read v. 65-68 in the NLT version. In verse 65, what words does the psalmist use to describe how God has dealt with him or what God has done for him? In verse 68, what word does the psalmist use to describe God’s character?

It’s important to filter all that comes our way through this lens of God’s character. Take a moment and ask God to help you purpose this week to meditate on His goodness and His dealing with us, which is always good. Write a prayer of gratitude in your journal like the psalmist did: to thank God that although things we encounter may not feel good, He is working all things together for our good. What does the psalmist desire in verse 66? How might this have been inspired by his affliction that he mentions in verse 67? The psalmist makes confession that he had gone astray, but now keeps God’s word in verse 67. Compare these scriptures to Deuteronomy 8:5-7, Proverbs 3:12, and Hebrews 12:5-11. In this affliction, the psalmist keeps in mind that the Lord’s purposes for Him are good and likens them to the purposes of a parent disciplining a child for their own good.

Second Day: Read Psalm 119:65-72. 1. In verse 69, the psalmist references the anguish of having lies and false accusations made about him. His response, instead of focusing on the injustice, is to resolve to keep God’s __________ with all his __________. (v. 69) There is a sharp contrast as you compare the desire of the psalmist with the arrogant man who came against him. How can our knowledge of our God’s good character help us to not focus on those who hurt us, but to consecrate ourselves to God like the psalmist did? According to Revelation 12:10, what will the future hold for the devil (the accuser of the brethren)? Write a praise to God for His power and the victory Christ has over our enemies.

2. We spoke yesterday of affliction as a part of God’s discipline. Not all affliction is a result of His discipline or because of our sin. Read verse 71 and compare affliction to Job’s words about testing in Job 23:10. God allowed Job, a righteous man (Job 1:8), to face affliction. Look again at Job 23:10 and note what Job says he will come forth as, once he is tried. As the enemy struck Job, Job kept his faith in God’s goodness. Read Psalm 27:11-14, and paying close attention to verses 13-14, write what David believes and hopes for despite adversaries and false witnesses.

3. Read verse 72 of Psalm 119. Above we saw that God treasures our faith. In verse 72 what do we see the psalmist treasure? Look for the treasure of His word and ask God to reveal to you its importance over any other thing you treasure. Write a portion, or even just a verse, of God’s word that has become a treasure to you.

Third Day: Pray and ask God to show you wonderful things in His law. Read Psalm 119:73-80. How does the psalmist attribute God as creator and the One who gives all in verse 73? In verse 74, what does the psalmist say those who fear the Lord shall do and why? How does this relate to our very lives giving Him praise?

How can you purpose to hope in His word, do what it says, trust and wait for His promise, and bring praise to God?

Fourth Day: Read Psalm 119:73-80. 1. In verse 75, 76, and 77 what characters of God does the psalmist point out? In __________ you have afflicted me. (v.75 ESV) Let your ______________ comfort me. (v.76 ESV) Let your ____________ come to me. (v.77 ESV) In response to the knowledge of God’s character, what does the psalmist state is his delight that he lives for in the second half of verse 77?

2. In verse 79, the psalmist is a leader in righteousness. As he chooses to walk uprightly, who does he say will turn to him or unite with him? According to Hebrews 10:24,25 and Proverbs 27:17 how do we play an active role in encouraging one another toward godliness?

3. Close your study today by meditating on verse 80. The psalmist desired his heart to be blameless. He did not want to be pulled into sin, despite his enemy’s tactics. Write a prayer of your heart in your journal.

Fifth day: Read Psalm 119:65-80. Write in your journal what has spoken to you from this portion of scripture.