Today we continue our series entitled, “Back to the Bible,” with Part 22. We have been looking at Psalm 119. Today we will look at verses 41-43 and 46 from The Passion Bible Translation (TPT).
(v.41) May your tender love overwhelm me, O Lord, for you are my Savior and you keep your promises.
(v.42) I’ll always have an answer for those who mock me because I trust in your word.
(v.43) May I never forget your truth, for I rely upon your precepts. I will observe your laws every moment of the day and will never forget the words you say.
(v.46) When I stand before kings, I will tell them the truth and will never be ashamed.
So what does this mean to you today? A few things.
1. Meditating on God’s Word will help convince you of His love. David said, “May your tender love overwhelm me, O Lord, for you are my Savior and you keep your promises.” (Psalm 119:41 TPT)
a) The more you learn God’s Word the better you will get to know God, because the Word contains His character, attributes and nature. The better you know God, the more open your heart will be to His love, because GOD IS LOVE. The more you open your heart to God’s love, the better positioned you will be to walk in His best for your life.
b) The day you get convinced that God loves you — and that there is nothing you can do to cause Him to stop loving you — is the day you will start to operate with fearless confidence (a.k.a., faith). Faith works by love (Gal 5:6). Your faith will be strong when you know (without a shadow of a doubt) that God loves you!
2. The Word of God will provide you an amazing education. David said, “I’ll always have an answer for those who mock me because I trust in your word. May I never forget your truth, for I rely upon your precepts. I will observe your laws every moment of the day and will never forget the words you say.” (Psalm 119:42,43 TPT)
a) When you fill your heart and mind with God’s Word you will be equipped to properly answer those who come against you. And your answer will come from the one with all the answers.
b) David said that he relied on God’s precepts. A precept is “a principle intended especially as a general rule of action.” When you fill your heart and mind with the Word of God, the Word will educate you concerning what to do in any given situation, what to say, how to say it, and how to generally “win” in life. We only get one life. This life is lived as an open-book test. God gave us the book with all the answers in it. Wouldn’t be a shame to take an open-book test, with the book (and the answers) at your disposal, but to then fail to open the book? Don’t make this mistake. God’s book (the Bible) has the answers. Open it. Read it. Believe it. Apply it. Live by it. If you do, you will pass the test!
3. The Word of God will embolden you to speak truth to power. David said, “When I stand before kings, I will tell them the truth and will never be ashamed.” (Psalm 119:46 TPT)
a) When you know you have the Word of God in your heart and mind, you are convinced that you have the answers many people are looking for, because you know what God says concerning it. When your confidence is in God and the answers He has provided in His book, you can speak truth to power with confidence in the acurrary of the information, while maintaining humility and the proper disposition, because you know the answer did not come from you.
b) Many people fail to speak truth to power because they are intimidated by those in power. But when you know who you are in Christ Jesus, you realize that you would have to take a demotion to be them, so you are never intimidated. I have spoken to the highest generals in the military, elected officials, statesmen, billionaires, CEOs, and other generals of industry, and I am never intimidated, because 1) I know who I am, and 2) I know the foundation of my understanding is rooted in God’s Word and God’s Word is infallible. This is the type of confidence you can live with when you make God’s Word your standard.
Father, this is a season of expectation for me. I expect to live life to the fullest, because I am no longer living life on my terms. I am pursuing Your will, doing it Your way, and living by every Word You speak to me. Your Word is the standard for my life and living. Your Word is the foundation for all I say and do. Educated by Your Word, led by Your Spirit, and emboldened by Your presence, I am able to speak truth to power in a way that it is received, understood and applied. I head into this day ready for every meeting, conversation and activity, because I know I have the answers; the answers I found in Your Word! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word. Apply it and prosper!