The power of change

Psalm 119:41-48 The sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is VAU.
These eight verses in Psalms 119 begin with the letter VAU.
VAU is symbolic of the term nail or hook. What are we nailing
our life too? Are we hooked on God’s Word?

Isaiah 22 : 23-25
And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place & he shall be for a glorious throne to his father’s house.
And they shall hang on him all the glory of his father’s house, the offspring & the issue,
all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.
In that day, says the LORD of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down & fall & the burden that was on it shall be cut off: for the LORD has said it.

Jesus is our nail of security we hang to
His Word is where everything of value hangs
If Christ & His Word is removed from our lives are disconnected & drifting to destruction

BOUNDARIES OF FREEDOM IN GOD’S WORD V.41-48

ESSENTIALS OF LIBERTY v.41

CONTINUAL COMPASSION

Let thy mercies come also unto me,

Please Lord secure us in Your love, we want You to be the nail we hang our entire life on

CONSTANT CONSIDERATION

O LORD, even thy salvation,

Lord Jesus, keep shaping everything in us through Your mighty deliverance.

CONSISTENT COMMUNICATION

according to thy word.

You’ve promised that Your Word is powerful in changing us. Keep us connected to You

EVIDENCE OF LIBERTY v.42

ADEQUATE RESPONSE

So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproached me:

It’s through Your strengthening Word that we can stand up to mockery

APPROPRIATE RELIANCE

for I trust in thy word.

Your Word is worthy of our total trust

ALERT REVIEW v.43

And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth

Don’t ever deprive us of Your supernatural truth

ANTICIPATED RESULTS

for I have hoped in thy judgments.

We’re depending completely on Your decisions in our life.

EXPECTATIONS OF THE LIBERATED Psalms 119:44-45

PERPETUAL APPLICATION TO HIS WILL v.44

So shall I keep thy law continually forever and ever.

Protect us! Keep Your Word in front of us.
Constantly reveal Your truths to us. Addict us to Your Word!

PERSONAL ABANDON TO HIS WALK v.45

And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Your precepts.

We’ll walk freely through wide open spaces
as we live seeking God’s truth in a quest for God’s wisdom
Paraphrased

To most this sounds crazy.

How can seeking God’s Word give us liberty?

How can loving God’s Word give us freedom?

How can craving to hear God’s voice give us space & independence?

Is God’s Word that important to us?
From the way everyone acts toward scripture it would appear far from
A source of freedoms & liberation.

So, when we get around God’s Word isn’t it viewed as a restrictive force?
Isn’t the result of God’s Word that everything is a big no no?

We can’t do this!
We can’t do that!
We can’t go here!
We can’t go there!

That’s how we may feel if we’ve been conformed by our companions.

But if we’ve been transformed by our creator our desires are for Him.

The liberty we want is to be walking in the light close to Jesus!
We want to be transformed more & more.
This comes through God’s creative life giving Words.

God’s Word is the perfect law of liberty.
These are the principles of freedom!
When we’ve been transformed what pleases God we will discover it is what pleases us.
God’s will is our desire. And what He says to us & what He wants for us is true freedom.

When we refuse to walk in God’s ways we bring ourselves into nasty & scary bondage.
We suddenly find we are bound by the shackles of sin.

Jesus said, “He that commits sin is the slave of sin.”
It’s a destructive slavery to serve anything other then Jesus.
We don’t want to be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
God’s Word changes our appetites.
God’s Word changes our perspectives.
God’s Word changes our lives.
This is true liberty.

PURPOSEFUL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS WAYS v.46

I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.

We’ll tell the world what we see in Your Word, We’ll speak out boldly to everyone.

Joseph spoke God’s Word to Kings.
Daniel spoke God’s Word to Kings.
Paul spoke God’s Word to Kings.

What we believe & what we do & say are related.

What’s in our soul is what comes out of our mouth & is on display in our actions.

ENJOYMENT OF LIBERTY

SATISFACTION WITH SCRIPTURE

IT’S A DELIGHT v.47

And I will delight myself in thy commandments,

IT’S A DEVOTION

which I have loved.

Love for Gods Word & meditation on God’s voice result into obedience to
God’s will & communication of God’s purposes.

As we are filled with the truth of God’s Word, Jesus Christ fills our heart.

God & His Word will be our delight. The Lord will be our fountain of enthusiasm.

IT’S A DISPLAY v.48

My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved;

We’ll lift God’s Word everywhere to everyone. We won’t be embarrassed by
Your Word because we love Your voice & cherish each of Your thoughts.

IT’S A DELIBERATION

and I will meditate in thy statutes.

There’s nothing in this life like relishing every fragment of Your Word.

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