Believers must spend time that they set aside, each day, for dwelling upon the Scriptures in two ways: directly (expositionally understanding what the Bible says) and reflexively (applicationally understanding themselves in light of the Bible), so that they may respond well to the providence that the Lord brings into their lives.
Chapter 2. True, biblical meditation contrasted from unbiblical forms of meditation. Proper meditation is to dwell upon that which comes from God in His Word—not to dwell upon that which comes from or appeals to our own hearts, and certainly not to dwell upon nothing at all lest our minds become easy prey.
We consider November's psalm of the month - Psalm 119:9-16 and in this portion we consider the great need to hide the Word of God in our heart to not sin against God. We see that the psalmist's view of God informs his need for heart religion and because he sees the blessedness of God, he desires to keep the Word close to not sin against his God.
David once again finds him in a great straight. Not knowing what to do, he looks to his only source of hope, God's mercy.
This is the Forty Eighth Sermon in the Series Kingdom, Dynasty and Glory; an exposition on the Second Book of Samuel.
In God's word, information is supposed to lead to transformation. Concluding our series on the Book of Proverbs, we are now going to discuss decisions and actions that should go along with what we have learned. In particular, we are discussing what it means to "keep the heart." We must...
*Guard our mouth
*Guide our eyes
*Give thought about our actions.
Theme: God Prepares Israel for Victory in Entering the Promised Land through Obedience to His Word.
I. God Promises the Taking of the Promised Land by Courageous Obedience to His Word – vv. 1-9
A. God's Word Comes to Joshua after Moses' Death – vv. 1-2
B. God Promises the Whole of the Promised Land – vv. 3-4
C. God Promises Victory through Courageous Obedience to His Word – vv. 5-7
D. God Gives His People Victory through Continual Meditation on His Law – vv. 8-9
II. Joshua Prepares Israel to Cross Over the Jordan in Obedience to God's Promise – vv. 10-18
A. Joshua Calls Israel to Prepare to Enter the Promised Land – vv. 10-11
B. Those who Already Had Received Their Inheritance Called to Arms for the Rest of Israel – vv. 12-14
C. Israel Vows Obedience to Joshua as to Moses – vv. 16-18
Christ our High Priest leads his people in prayer. He brings them before his Father, and our Father. His God and our God. Jehovah God delights to hear the prayers of his saints for Christ's sake. He hears their prayers and he shows he answers their prayers. This is contrasted from the wicked in verses 4-6. The children of God have often struggled with passages like this because they see sin present in their members / flesh. But the wicked here are those who would dare come to God outside of Christ; trusting in their own righteousness. Believe Christ. Trust him, who leads us into the presence of God. We are heard, not because of what we do or don't do, but for Christ's sake.
As David is on the run from his own son, who is seeking to take the throne through a violent coup, he begins to meditate on God and His Word. Though he finds himself in a dry and weary land with no basic provisions, he thirsts instead for the living God. The reason why is simple: to David, the grace of God is truly better than life. In light of this reality, he gives us five principles to learn how to find satisfaction in God as we traverse through the barren wasteland of the wilderness.
In the face of many persecutions and pains, David gives himself to awed meditation on the goodness of God. He speaks with happy confidence on that goodness stored up and worked out. He identifies the blessed companions who share in this divine bounty: all who fear the Lord and put their trust in him. From all this we can draw a number of useful lessons for ourselves.