Summary: The Psalmist of Psalm 119 clearly demonstrates Gospel Humility and points to the Gracious Love of God.
“The Lost Sheep” Psalm 119:169-176
We have been reading through Psalm 119 which describes God’s perfect character and for attributes and PRAISES Him for HIS WORD because through it we come to know that God is sufficient for the man or woman who has their trust in Him. We learn in each section of the Psalm (which is an acrostic of the Hebrew 22 letter alphabet) that God is ALL-sufficient from the first letter to the last, salvation is from Him from the beginning to the end.
There are some essential themes in pslam 119 which I have included in your notes:
The Psalmist expresses:
o His Love for God’s Law.
o His Desire to keep God’s Law.
o His Failure to keep God’s Law.
The Psalm is a faithful expression of:
o God’s Character.
o The Son’s ability to faithfully keep the law for us.
o The Redeemed to be set free from the penalty of the Law.
o The Law as our Guide to please the One who died in our place.
Today we examine the final words in Psalm 119, the 22nd section of this Psalm.
The Humble Cry of one to an audience of the ONE God
Verses169-170: “Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word. 170 Let my supplication come before You; Deliver (SAVE) me according to Your Word.”
This is the Humble Cry of ONE sinner to the Audience of the ONE God. The Psalmist comes to Heaven’s Door and knocks as a needy beggar before God. He approaches like a bleating sheep who has lost its way. As we saw in the plight of the ten lepers in Luke 17, they had no alternative but to CRY OUT to God because HE is the only hope for the hopeless; it is, therefore, no accident that the cry of the desolate looks for understanding, discernment and salvation from the mouth of God and by no other way. We seek the Word of God for understanding.
We need Godly discernment and scrutiny about who we are and God’s Word reveals that we indeed HAVE a deadly problem. In order to plead for deliverance “according to His Word”, we need to be able to acknowledge that He alone provides the solution. That takes Humility of heart!
God’s Word graciously supplies the news that we need to know concerning God’s saving Love supplied to us in Christ. His Word is LIFE to us. God gave us His Word to reveal His wonderful merciful. The word used in Hebrew for “word” is “Dabar” (there are eight other synonyms for “dabar” used in ps. 119) and in the Septuagint (the Old Testament translated into the Greek), theologians translated this word “logos”. God spoke His Word at Creation, demonstrating His almighty creative power; He spoke His Word to Old Testament Israel, He spoke the Law to Moses, He spoke to and through His prophets, revealing who HE IS and our sinful condition apart from Him, and in these last days, He has spoken to us with His redeeming work through THE WORD, the Lord Jesus.
The plea to God in this verse is, “SAVE ME (deliver me) ACCORDING to YOUR WORD.” Apart from your WORD, I am lost.