2 Samuel 17:1-29; John 19:23-42; Psalm 119:129-152; Proverbs 16:12-13
Order My Steps in Thy Word
Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name. Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. Deliver me from the oppression of man: so will I keep thy precepts. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law. – Psalm 119:129-136
Thy Word giveth light. It giveth understanding. Order my steps in Thy Word that sin would not have dominion over me. Deliver me from oppression. Make Thy face shine upon me. Teach me Thy Word.
Such mighty prayers are contained in these verses. They remind me of the two passages we say every Sunday morning in our worship services. They are also from this blessed chapter of Psalm.
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto to my path. (Psalm 119:105)
Thy Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)
An Everlasting Righteousness
Righteous art thou, O LORD, and upright are thy judgments. Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts. Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth. Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights. The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live. – Psalm 119:137-144
You Word is upright, righteous, very faithful, pure, everlasting, true!
Thou Hast Founded Them Forever
I cried with my whole heart; hear me, O LORD: I will keep thy statutes. I cried unto thee; save me, and I shall keep thy testimonies. I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word. Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment. They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law. Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever. – Psalm 119:145-152
I will keep thy statutes. I shall keep thy testimonies. I hoped in thy word. I meditate in thy word. Quicken me according to thy judgment. All thy commandments are truth. Thou hast founded them (thy testimonies) forever.
For the Lord had Appointed to Defeat the Good Counsel
And Absalom and all the men of Israel said, The counsel of Hushai the Archite is better than the counsel of Ahithophel. For the LORD had appointed to defeat the good counsel of Ahithophel, to the intent that the LORD might bring evil upon Absalom. – 2 Samuel 17:14
The Word reminds me again today that if I live according to God’s will and line my life up with His Word, He will fight my battles and even if someone has a near perfect plan to destroy me, He will appoint defeat of that plan.
Ahithophel Saw That His Counsel Was Not Followed
And when Ahithophel saw that his counsel was not followed, he saddled his ass, and arose, and gat him home to his house, to his city, and put his household in order, and hanged himself, and died, and was buried in the sepulchre of his father. – 2 Samuel 17:23
Ahithopel touched the Lord’s anointed and God stepped in against him.
It Is Finished
Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost. – John 19:25-30
“It is finished.” Jesus’ last Words as He fought the final battle for you and me. Every other battle that we will face in this life, Jesus has already fought. All we need to do is realize He has already sealed the victory and yield to Him. Hallelujah!
An Abomination to Kings
It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness. – Proverbs 16:12