Summary: Do you love the Word of God?
February 29, 2012
Oak Park Baptist Church – Wed Bible Study Series
Psalm 119:113-120 (ESV) – 15 of 22
Samekh – 15th letter of the Hebrew Alphabet
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I hate the double-minded, but I love your law.
Here we find the psalmist speaking in what I would call reverse logic, as he reveals what He loves about God by revealing what he hates about humanity. [show highlighted verse here]
The psalmist proclaims that he hates those who are double minded! Do you know what double minded means? And NO it does not mean you have twice the brain power!
Double minded can be loosely translated as wishy washy or riding the fence… not taking a stand… [show verse with definitions here]
Being double minded is when one allows the circumstances and situations of life and the world to influence and change their decisions! These are people with NO conviction to stand upon.
James put it like this in James 1:6-8 [on screen now]
6…for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
The Revelation Bible study commentary puts it this way: The psalmist here is a man of a single mind; he loves God and His law!
Meaning that his focus is ON God and is concentrated on his walk with God, therefore, he is stable! Unlike the double-minded man… whose life is tossed about by the circumstances and driven by the situations of life!
How often do we find ourselves ‘double-minded’ in our lives? We make decisions based solely on the outside circumstances and what we fail to do is seek out counsel in the Word of God!
We have to make decisions and sometimes the circumstances of life will force our hand, but when we are grounded in the counsel of God’s word our decisions will be focused on pleasing Him and not the world!
In this verse we see the focus of the psalmist’s life, it is on serving God and constantly seeking after His word and His guidance in life.
The verbs used here are strong emotive verbs that are very descriptive in nature and they reveal the psalmists passion FOR serving God but also his passion AGAINST those who do not!
How zealous are we for our Lord? How angry does it make us when we see the Lord being put on the shelf by others!
I want you to understand that this anger I speak of here is not an anger that strikes out at the individual, but a righteous anger that hates sin and hates the Enemy who brings temptation and who hates the broken and sinful world we have to live in…
This ‘righteous anger’ that should be burning within us should a great motivating factor in us sharing the LOVE of Christ to the world… by sharing Christ we punch the Enemy in the face, we slap him around, we damage his plans and purpose!
By sharing Christ and His love, we bring others to know the Word of God in Jesus Christ and they begin to live in accordance to His Word!