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Blessed Through the Word of God

Blessed Through the Word of God

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CHAPTER FI FTEEN
Blessed Through the Word of God
Psalm 119:1-2(KJV)
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Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
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Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
If there is anything that God wants to do, it is to bless us. He wants us joyful, blessed, happy and glad, notdepressed, oppressed, suppressed, mad or sad.Psalm 119is the longest Psalm. It has one hundred and seventysix verses. But the Psalmist sets out by writing a marvelous introductory paragraph in the first two verses,particularly the first seventeen verses as he speaks to us about how we are to be blessed. The one hundred andseventy six verses have one theme and that is the Word of God. He refers to the Word of God in severaldifferent terms. He doesn't always use the term
Word.
Sometimes he uses the word
law.
At other times heuses the words
commandments, testimony, precepts, statutes, judgment 
or
the way.
So what we are saying isthat we are blessed by the law. We are blessed by the commandments. We are blessed by the testimony. Weare blessed by the precepts. We are blessed by His statutes, blessed by His judgments, and blessed by theway. We are blessed in that we can be blessed through the Word of God. Every verse in this long 119th Psalmdeals in some way with the Word of God. Sometimes the Psalmist is speaking of a praise for God's Word. Atother times he is expressing love for God's Word. And at other times he is just praying for grace to conform toGod's Word. He says that God's Word tastes good to him, and he loves the Word of God. He thanks God forthe Word. And he often just says, I need help Lord, by your grace to be able to conform to your Word.I am proposing that blessed are those who hear, read and understand His Word, and also keep His Word. Ibelieve that more blessed are those who walk, keep and seek His Word. Perhaps "exceedingly blessed" wouldbe the more proper interpretation. Listen to what he says, "Blessed are the undefiled in the way [word], whowalk in the law [word] of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies [word], and that seek him [Hisword] with their whole heart." We are more blessed by walking, keeping, and seeking His word.
A Testimony from the Psalmist
The author of this great119th Psalmis unquestionably David. All scholars agree that the literary style andthe expressions match David's. Remember, David was a man honored by God. God expressed His honor of David when He said inActs 13:22that David was "a man after mine own heart." What an honor. David wasinspired to write the119th Psalmafter many trials, tribulations and afflictions. Allow me to fast-forward toverse 71where David said, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted." You know, it is good to get caughtsometimes. I often think about President Bill Clinton and when he was going through his scandal involvinghis extramarital affairs. How many in the church were sitting in judgment of Bill Clinton? I used to think tomyself, "Old Bill got caught. What a blessing he got caught. Some folks in church haven't got caught and areliving unrepented lives. Old Bill got a chance to repent. Old Bill may be going to heaven. And folks sitting upin church may be going to hell." It is a blessing to get caught sometimes.God will usually ring our bells before we get caught. Somebody needs to know that God is ringing theirbell right now. He is saying, "Don't let me have to catch you." David said that it was good that he wasafflicted. But then he goes on to say that I thank you for your word that taught me. I learned from your word. Iwas convicted by your word. We need to remember David. He holds the title of being the greatest sinner andthe greatest saint of the Old Testament. David was a shepherd who played his harp. David was the hunter andalso the hunted, by his father-in-law, King Saul, in the wilderness. Great King David was the conqueror of agreat nation. David was an adulterer and a murderer, but David repented and was forgiven. David now directsGod's angelic choir. God had David to write these words to us: "Blessed are the undefiled in the way, whowalk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep His testimonies and seek Him with their whole heart."
Triply Blessed
Here is what God is saying to us. God is saying that we are triply blessed. How? We are blessed if we walk in the Word. We are blessed when we keep the Word. We are blessed when we seek the Word.First, blessed are those who walk in the Word. To walk in the Word means to live happily by the rules of God. To those who walk in the Word, religion is not something out of the way. To those who walk in theFreely Shared
 
Word of God, religion is the main road and the only road. This holy walk is not so much a work in progressas it is a walk in progress. Those who walk in His Word are never idle. They never lie down. They never loaf.They continually walk onward toward their desired aim which is holiness. Those who walk in the Word areguaranteed to be blessed. Why? Those who walk in God's Word walk in God's company. They have God'ssmile; they have God's joy; they have God's strength; they have God's power. They can't be anything butblessed. They are walking in His Word like Enoch walked with God. They are walking in His company. Theyare walking with His strength. They are walking in His joy. They are walking in His smile. They are walkingin His power.Psalm 119:105says,
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." 
I admonishyou, if we want to be exceedingly blessed, we need to walk in His Word.Second, we are to keep His Word. We are blessed by keeping His Word. This is a blessing on top of thefirst blessing. We are blessed by walking in the Word. But we are even more blessed by keeping His Word.Keeping His Word means that we store up His Word. Those that keep His Word have found His Word andnow treasure it. In order to keep His Word, we have to have a firm grip on His Word. In order to have a firmgrip on His Word, we must embrace His Word with affection, adoration and love as we would a preciousdiamond or jewel that we put in a treasury box. But we put His Word in the treasury box of our hearts, muchlike they kept the Word in the Ark of the Covenant. In the Old Testament the Word or the law, was soprecious that it was always kept in the Ark of the Covenant. In the New Testament, we keep it in our hearts.We are to store it up in our hearts. David said inverse 11,
"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" 
Those who keep God's Word surely must walk in God's Word as well as keep God's Wordand be blessed.Third, not only are we to walk in His Word and keep His Word, but we are also to seek His Word. Thosewho seek His Word seek God Himself. Seeking God's Word means acting on a desire to commune with Himmore closely. It means to enter into a more perfect communion with Him. To seek His Word means to seek His presence. This is what
worship 
means. Many of us think 
worship 
is a noun, instead of a verb. Those whoseek His Word try to come into His presence with their whole heart. They seek His face. Interestingly, ablessed person has already found God, yet continues to seek after Him. This sounds like a contradiction, but itis not—those that have found Him, sought Him. I like to call it a holy paradox.Now we have a threefold blessing. We are exceedingly blessed. We are blessed by walking after Him. Weare blessed by storing up the Word of God. And we are blessed by seeking Him. If you are blessed by theWord of God, that means you are blessed triply.
A Divided, But Not Broken Heart vs. A Whole, But Broken Heart
What, then, is our problem. The text speaks to our problem. The text tells us that we don't have a wholeheart, that we don't walk, keep and seek Him with a whole heart. Our problem is one of a divided heart, butnot yet broken heart. This again seems contradictory—divided but not broken. Here comes another holyparadox. Divided in the sense that we do not wholeheartedly walk, keep and seek His word. Unbroken in thesense that we have not yet been broken. Broken from our fleshly spirit. Broken from loving ourselves andother things more than we love God. To be blessed by God's Word by walking, keeping, and seeking, ourheart must be one. Our heart must be made whole. We must walk, keep and seek Him wholeheartedly. Forsure we cannot be blessed by His Word by trying to figure Him out mentally. For sure we are not blessedthrough the cold research methods of the brain. This is not a cerebral thing. This is a heart thing. We don'tseek Him to be exceedingly blessed through mental gymnastics. This is a whole heart thing. This is a contriteheart that has been broken and put back together by the power of God. What a holy paradox. An undividedand unbroken heart may not be blessed. But a broken whole heart will be blessed.David had his heart broken by the Word of God. David had his heart broken by the prophet Nathan whenhe told David the story of the little ewe lamb. David the murderer and adulterer was approached by God'sman, the prophet Nathan, who told him a simple story. He told David that there was a man who had one littleewe lamb. This lamb was just like a family member. This lamb slept in the bedroom with him. This little lambate at the table with him. He loved this little lamb. He was precious. Then there was a man who had a largeflock of lambs. He had an abundance of lambs. A visitor came to town, and the man who had a large flock of lambs went and took the man's single ewe lamb and slew it to give to the visitor. David was outraged. Heasked, "Where is the man?" The scripture says that David pulled his sword and said, "Show him to me." Theprophet Nathan said to David, "Thou art the man." David's heart was broken, but he was made whole in hisbrokenness (2 Samuel 11-12:25— KJV).Somebody needs to have a broken heart today in order to serve the Lord. God has the power by the Lambof God, who was broken and died for us, that our hearts could be broken and made whole to serve Himwholeheartedly. David had sinned against God and man, but he is now the man whom God says is a man afterMy own heart. If we are to be blessed by His Word we need a whole heart. David said again,
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clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me
(Psalm 51:10— KJV).
Kept from Defilement
Those who walk, keep, and seek His Word are blessed because they are kept from defilement.Verse 1says,
"Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord." 
We are blessed if we walk, keep, andseek because we are blessed from being defiled. We can't walk, keep, and seek His word and continue towillfully sin. Forget the word
defilement 
for a moment. We cannot walk in His Word, keep His Word, seek His Word, hide His Word, store it up in our hearts, and keep on sinning. We cannot love His Word, study HisWord, keep His Word, and willfully do the sinful things we are doing. The Word will either drive us or drawus. That is why so many folks leave the church. They claim they are mad at me or somebody. They are notmad. They just don't want to give up their pleasure. The Word is beginning to clean them. They will eitherhave to leave it alone or clean up. If the Word is preached and taught uncompromisingly, one of two thingswill happen. We will have to leave the Word alone—walk away from it, or we will have to walk away fromthat defilement and that sin and that stuff we are doing that we know is not pleasing to God. If we walk, keep,and seek His Word we will be holy. God guarantees it. If we keep, store it up, and hide the Word in our heartsso we won't sin, walk in the way, and seek His presence day by day, we will be holy. Our problem is that wewould rather be happy than holy. Our aim should be holiness, but rather our aim is happiness. We want to behappy. We have our rifles out, and we have a scope on it at happiness. Boom! We're shooting at happiness.We are aiming at the wrong thing. We need to aim at holiness. Boom! Holy. Boom! Holy. We need to stopaiming at happiness and start aiming at holiness. The good news is that God has promised that if we hitholiness we will be happy. If we hit holiness, we will be blessed. For blessed are the undefiled who walk inand keep the Word of God.
Rescued But Not Enriched
We can be saved and delivered from some stuff and still not find favor with God and man. God not onlywants to save us, but He also wants to enrich our lives. God wants to bless us exceedingly. He wants to blessus. He wants to bless us abundantly. He wants to bless us triply. He wants to bless us quadruply. The believer,the saint who has erred is still saved, but has lost the joy of his salvation. Well, if we have lost it then wheredo we find it? We find it where we lost it. We lost it in unholiness and we will find it in holiness. We lost itwhen we fell into sin. We lost it when we backslid. We were saved, and we are saved, but we don't have that joy. We know we don't have it because we can hardly give God praise. Something is holding us back. Wehave been rescued but we have not yet been enriched. We know we're not walking, keeping and seeking, sowe really can't praise God like we want to praise Him because we have hypocritical feelings in us. But if weare walking, and if we are seeking, and if we are keeping, we can give God some praise. We can give Himsome worship because we seek His face. We try to come into His presence. Blessed are those that walk in HisWord for they are holy, they will be enriched. They walk, they seek, and they keep. They are not onlyrescued, but they are fortified and enriched.
The Living Word
We are blessed because of His Word and because the Word became flesh, and we beheld His glory full of grace and full of truth. We should be glad that the Word became flesh and brought a little grace into our lives.Aren't we glad that the Word became flesh? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and theWord was with God, and the Word became flesh and we beheld His glory, full of grace and full of truth. I'mglad about it. We not only have a written word, but also we have a living Word. And because He lives, we canface tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. We don't just have a written word, but we have a livingWord. We can keep the written word, but we can also seek the living Word. We are blessed not only with thewritten word, but also we are blessed with the living Word. The Bible tells us that in the fullness of time theWord stepped out of eternity. The Word was born in a manger. The Word walked the dusty roads of Palestine—made the lame to walk and the blind to see. The Word ministered to the downtrodden and thebrokenhearted. The Word went to Calvary. The Word was rejected by the world. The Word was denied by hisfamily. The Word was condemned by the government. The Word was crucified by Pontius Pilate. The Wordhung, bled and died. Do we know who the Word is? The Word is Jesus. Jesus is the living Word. He died. Hearose. And He lives.
Summary
We are indeed blessed through the Word of God. David, the psalmist and author of the 119th Psalm, givesFreely Shared

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