Scripture: Psalm 119:1-16
Why read the Bible?
- How many of us read the Bible?
- Should we simply read it, or apply its words to our lives?
- Why is it so difficult for us to read the Bible?
How happy are those whose ways are blameless, who live according to the Lord’s instruction! Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart. They do nothing wrong; they follow His ways. You have commanded that Your precepts be diligently kept. If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed when I think about all Your commands. I will praise You with a sincere heart when I learn Your righteous judgments. I will keep Your statutes; never abandon me.
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your word. I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands. I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You. Lord, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes. With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth. I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.
How many of us really enjoy trying to follow the rules?
- Trying to figure out the right thing to do can be stressful.
- Many times it brings about struggle in our lives.
- What might it mean that those who live according to the Lord’s instruction are happy?
- Living for God is the only truly worthwhile pursuit.
- No other life, not even an easy one, can satisfy us.
- There is a certain satisfaction and fulfillment that comes when we live for God according to His Word.
Can we keep all of God’s Word?
- The Psalmist admits that he is not capable of keeping all of God’s commands. He is ashamed of himself and praises God for His judgments.
- Since we are not capable of keeping all of God’s Word on this earth, should we also praise God for His righteous judgment?
- What does God do for us when He judges us?
- Like a parent disciplining a child, God shows us that He cares about the direction of our lives.
- He shows that He loves us enough to want us to do what is right.
- He proves that He has given us real purpose in our lives.
- The Psalmist admits that it is more beneficial to work to obey God than to be abandoned by God.
- Is there ever a moment when God might abandon His people?
- Nothing can separate God’s people from His love (Romans 8:38-39), but God will hand us over to our sin and the consequences thereof (Romans 8:18-25).
How can a young man (or a young woman) keep his way pure?
- By keeping God’s Word.
- Why should God’s Word be the authority by which we live our lives?
- Human authority is not absolute and is insufficient, while God’s authority is eternal and abundant.
- Can we trust that the Bible is God’s Word? Why or why not?
- The Bible is historically accurate, it comes from hundreds of corroborating sources, and contains hundred (if not thousands) of prophecies that were fulfilled after they were written.
- Is it important for us to try and keep our way pure?
- Our outward purity speaks to our inward character.
- Our character speaks to our relationship with God.
- The closer we are with God, the more our actions will reflect Him.
God is praised when we resist sinfulness!
- The Psalmist correlates his victory against sin with praise to God.
- We praise God more when we live in obedience than when we only sing. In fact, it becomes impossible for us to praise God in word if we do not in deed.
- In order to be obedient to God, we must explore His Word and learn His ways!
Questions for class discussion
- Can you build a relationship with someone without communication?
- Is the Bible a way that God communicates with us?
- Is it possible for us to have a good relationship with God without listening to His Word?
- Is it important for us to memorize Scripture?
- Why or why not?
- What do you do to memorize Scripture?
- How do you memorize Scripture?
- Why is reading and memorizing Scripture so difficult for us?
- What are some things we can do to make it easier?