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Summary: The basics of genuine thanksgiving to God.

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Outline

1. Introduction

2. Transition

3. Major Exposition

a. Textual Movement

i. Heart-Commands, Love for God-Love for God’s Word.

b. The gift of purity. (v.9-13)

c. Rejoicing over God’s law as with great riches. (v.14)

d. Covet the things of God. (v.15-16)

4. Conclusion

a. Illustration

b. Application

Introduction

My two young sons love to go for walks in the dark. So long as we have our flashlights is. Now, this is great fun to walk at night with the kids and shine the light out into the field near the house and look for deer and other animals but there is always a great debate about who gets to use the big flashlight. We have several flashlights but the one that the boys really covet is the daddy’s big silver Maglight. That’s the one that they believe is worth arguing over. Who gets to hold the Maglight? Children somehow feel safer in the dark and perhaps we all feel safer in the dark if we have a powerful light that will cast away the unknown of the darkness. Sometimes this life can be frightening because we can only see so far onto the path of our lives. We can only see a little way.

I told Sebastian the other night on a walk around the house at night that he didn’t have to scared because even though he didn’t get the Maglight that night that the light that he had, if we kept following that light, it would take us all the way back to the house. God has not given us a light for daily living that lights up all of the darkness; but He has given us a lantern in the darkness which, if we take heed to it, will illumine our entire pathway – step by step. "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path" (Ps. 119:105). There is no darkness which cannot be pierced by that lamp. "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" (Rom. 8:32)..

Transition

That is what God is calling us to do. He has saved us, set us upon sure ground through faith in Christ and He is calling us to walk in the light of His word with a surrendered heart.

CIT: Love for God produces a love for His word.

CIS: God is calling us to the joy of a heart surrendered to His word.

Exposition

At the outset we do well to take careful note of some of the movement in the text. You’ll recall that last week we established the Psalmists intense desire to see the beauty of God’s worth that is displayed in God’s law, brought into the here and now of reality through righteous living.

The Psalmist has already made it clear that as God calls us to Himself and we are drawn into a love relationship with our creator and as we recognize His worth our hearts should naturally be inclined toward a desire not only to please God by living according to His ways but also to display God’s worth in our actions.

In the section of the Psalm –the second stanza of the poem – the writer continues on that theme, emphasizing the relationship with loving God and loving His ways.


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