Four Ways to Depend on God
June 1, 2021
Psalm 119 – Four Ways to Depend on God
Psalm 119:17 6 (NIV)
176 I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.
The writer of this psalm was a man of prayer. He was a man of the Word. He was diligent in studying the Scriptures. He was godly in his character. And yet he writes these words: “I have strayed like a lost sheep”, or as it is translated in the NLT, “I have wandered away like a lost sheep.”
With this humble description the psalmist declares that he needs a fresh touch from God. And in the preceding verses he asked the Lord for 4 things in this final section of the psalm. Let’s discover them together as we examine this portion of the 119th Psalm.
- The 1st thing that he prays for is understanding. Look with me at the 169th verse.
Psalm 119:16 9 (NIV)
169 May my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word.
- The psalmist prayed for a greater understanding. 2nd, he prayed for deliverance.
Psalm 119:17 0 (NIV)
170 May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.
- The 3rd thing that the psalmist prays for is to have a heart of worship.
Psalm 119:17 1-172 (NIV)
171 May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.
172 May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.
- The last thing that he prays for is for power to live an upright life.
Psalm 119:17 3 (NIV)
173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.