A Satisfied Soul – He is My All in All

satisfactionguaranteelogoedit-300x300Thou art my portion, O LORD: I have said that I would keep thy words. (Psa 119:57)

This is Psalm of a satisfied soul!!

The best illustration is expressed by the hymn “Jesus is all the World to Me” by Will Thompson in 1904.

Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall.
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my Friend.

Note the second line. This line expresses the secret to becoming a “Satisfied soul”.  Make Jesus your “all in all”.  This means that He becomes “our life, our joy, our all”.

Psalm 119:57-64 expresses the process and actions of a man or woman that has made God their all in all.  Let’s take a brief look.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Declared Portion (vs57)

The word for “portion” means inheritance as in God’s giving of the inheritance to the tribes in the Promised Land.  If you remember, every tribe received their “inheritance” (portion) of land.  All but the Levites.  Thiers was a better portion. It was a close relationship and service to God!

The priests the Levites, and all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD is their inheritance, as he hath said unto them. (Deu 18:1-2)

This acceptance and declaration of God being our portion provides several important bits of help.

A foundation for fervent contentment

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Heb 13:5)

A force against fierce covetousness

Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee (Psa 73:25-26)

A focus upon future crowns and not present gain

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2Ti 4:8)

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has God as Their Defining Passion (vs58)

The word intreated means to wear by constant rubbing. So the idea is his intearting for the favor of God is constant and consistent.  David had a case of OCD for God’s presence.

Note that David was not a priest of Levite.  He was a layman.  But you say, God used him mightly.  Yes, and He will use us if we have the same heart and decision to make God our portion and passion!

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Chosen God as Their Desired Path (vs59-60)

Reflection on God’s Word and a considering our doings, brings repentance, or a turning (or returning) to a new or different path.

This verse also teaches us that repentance seeks no delay to get on the right path.

To delay in sin is an increase in sin.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has to God Demonstrated Their Persuasion (His trust and faith in Him) (vs61-62)

Though there be many problems or persecutions (bands of robbers), he will not forget God’s laws or ways or promises. These problems will not hinder nor alter his service or walk with God.

A satisfied soul and one that has made God their all in all – Has Gods’ People as His Devoted  Partners (vs63)

Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Mal 3:16-17)

He will choose his companions not by their person -all them 

He will choose his companions by their piety – that fear the Lord

He will choose his companions by their practice – that keep thy precepts

A satisfied soul and one that has God as His Desired Pleasure (vs64)

The Psalmist seems to be saying, as I look at all your mercy, grace, power, please teach me more about you.  “My life, my joy, my all”.


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Praying With the End in Mind – Psalm 119:33-40 (pt2)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end (Psa 119:33)
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It seems that God in this portion of Psalm 119 is speaking to us to pray with the end in mind so that we may finish strong.  Here are the last four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”

Prayer for Attention to His Word (vs37)

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.  (Psa 119:37)

The goal is that we focus upon the Word. Focus upon God’s way and will.  Without focus (careful attention to what we should be focused upon) our eyes drift to the vain.

Paul knew how to focus.

I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  (Php 3:14)

Avoid looking at the wicked 

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.  (Psa 101:3)
I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid?  (Job 31:1)

Always be looking into His Word

But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.  (Jas 1:25)

Always be looking unto the Word

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;  (1Jn 1:1)
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Heb 12:2)

Prayer for Elevation of His Word (vs38)

Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. (Psa 119:38)
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.  (Job 23:12)
The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  (Psa 19:9-10)

Prayer for Protection / Elimination through His Word (vs39)

Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. (Psa 119:39)

Pray we live not to bring reproach upon God and His Word, work, or Person

Prayer for Revival / Revitalization by His Word (vs37, 40)

The marks of revival

Living on His road (vs37) – in the way 

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. (Psa 119:37)

Living in His righteousness (vs40)

Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:40)

Let us be in prayer with the end in mind.


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Praying with the End in Mind

EvangelhoDia15062016eTeach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way. Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear. Turn away my reproach which I fear: for thy judgments are good. Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness. (Psa 119:33-40)

Each portion of Psalm 119 has a particular theme.  This portion of the Psalm seems to have as it’s theme as  “A Prayer with the End in Mind”.

It is important that we remember, there is an end coming; an end of the current world, an end to our lives, and an end to our opportunities to minister and serve God.  At the end, we will give an account as God’s stewards of what we did with the gifts and opportunities He gave us.

It seems to be with that thought in mind that God speaks to us through David to teach us how to pray so we may finish strong.  Here are the first four of the eight things we should pray for ourselves in light of “The End”

 

A Prayer for Education so that I may Keep learning right (vs33)

Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes

We need to as God to help us stay teachable.  How sad it is when we come across a Christian that is not teachable.  Cannot recognize how little we know and how much more God wants to teach us.  We MUST be willing to let God Change us.

Even old dogs can learn new tricks if we love the Mater enough!

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.  (Mar 4:23-25)

A Prayer for Illumination – that I may keep seeing right (vs34)

Give me understanding,

The meaning of “understanding” is that of discernment. We need the education (teach me) as foundation NOT as a substitution for discernment.  The teaching communicates the what, the understanding gives us the why?

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Heb 5:14)

A Prayer for Coercion –  that I may go right (vs35)

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  (Mat 7:13-14)

Here is a real paradox

Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight

David asks God to make him do what he delights in!  In our spirit we want to do right, but in the flesh is hard.  (See Rom 7:14-27)

A Prayer for Inclination –  that I would be bent right (vs36)

Incline my heart unto thy testimonies
The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us: That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.  (1Ki 8:57-58)

We should pray God would help up have a “spiritual bent” for the things of God.  We ill fall in the direction we are bent!

Watch for part 2


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