Dr. Gary GilleyDr. Gary Gilley has been pastoring at Southern View Chapel since 1975. He is author of six books, and has also contributed to four other books, including Out of Formation. Pastor Gilley received his BA from Moody Bible Institute and his MBS and ThD from Cambridge Graduate School. He is a frequent speaker at Bible conferences and writes the monthly study paper, Think on These Things and is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Dispensational Theology. He is also a board member of Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission, Personal Freedom Outreach and New Tribes Missions. Pastor Gilley and his wife Marsha have two adult sons and six grandchildren.
Try defining truth apart from God and Scripture and see where that gets you. Sadly, not only is there plenty of confusion in the world, but also in the church regarding how God and truth are defined and understood. Enemies of truth can make up stuff about the Bible, write their books attempting to debunk Scripture, and create their own documentaries with lies and fabrications about history, but it won’t change the fact that God’s Word is eternal.
What we believe about Jesus Christ, the Truth, affects everything we do in this life. How we view God, people, and how we understand the world – past, present, and future – depends on what we believe about absolute truth. The Word of God is perfect. From fulfilled prophecy, to eye-witness testimony to indisputable historical facts, to archeological evidence, the Bible is without error and inspired by God.
Sadly not everyone knows or believes this, even those within the church. We must get back to revering and studying the Word of God!
Today, Dr. Gary Gilley joins us to look at Psalm 119, but first, let’s look at a few polls and headlines to show how far we have strayed.
In 1995, approximately fifty percent of Christians said there are moral truths which are unchanging, and that truth is absolute, not relative to the circumstances. Not surprisingly, ten years later in 2005, The Barna Group conducted a poll revealing only 35% of Americans believe in absolute standards of morality, that right and wrong do not change with time or circumstances. (33% didn’t even know how to respond!)
Let’s look closely at key verses from the longest Psalm, with Pastor Gary Gilley…
I. Blessing found in obedience to God’s Word (vv. 1-8)
II. Reasons why we should obey the Word of God (vv. 9-12)
III. Practical steps to help us put Scripture to work in our lives (vv. 13-16)
How blessed are those whose way is blameless,
Who walk in the law of the Lord.
2 How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,
Who seek Him with all their heart.
3 They also do no unrighteousness;
They walk in His ways.
4 You have ordained Your precepts,
That we should keep them diligently.
5 Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
6 Then I shall not be ashamed
When I look upon all Your commandments.
7 I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I shall keep Your statutes;
Do not forsake me utterly!
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
16 I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word. Psalm 119:1-16
Your testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors. Psalm 119:24
Your hands made me and fashioned me;
Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments. Psalm 119:73
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Your testimonies are righteous forever;
Give me understanding that I may live. Psalm 119:144
Consider how I love Your precepts;
Revive me, O Lord, according to Your lovingkindness.
The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Psalm 119:159-160
I long for Your salvation, O Lord,
And Your law is my delight.
Let my soul live that it may praise You,
And let Your ordinances help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant,
For I do not forget Your commandments. Psalm 119:174-176