153 Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.
154 Plead my cause, and deliver me: quicken me according to thy word.
155 Salvation is far from the wicked: for they seek not thy statutes.
156 Great are thy tender mercies, O Lord: quicken me according to thy judgments.
157 Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.
158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
159 Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me, O Lord, according to thy lovingkindness.
160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
1. Find all the things the Bible will do for you
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3. Find the things the Bible is likened to
Today’s verses were a tremendous blessing to me. I noticed a pattern in these eight verses! Three times the Psalmist asks God to quicken him! I do believe that this is worth looking into! 🙂
Just what does this word quicken mean? Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines it as:
To revive; to cheer; to reinvigorate; to refresh by new supplies of comfort or grace. Ps. 119.
Don’t you just love this? I know that I was quickened just by reading the definition!
The Psalmist asks God to quicken him three different times:
1. Quicken me according to thy word – Revive me, cheer me, reinvigorate me, refresh me! Take a moment to read:
Lamentations 3:21-25 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
2. Quicken me according to thy judgments – Our Heavenly Father sees us for who we really are! He knows every weakness and sin and, therefore, He gives us His word to correct us and teach us. (Hebrews 4:12, II Timothy 3:16, John 14:16-17, John 14:26)
3. Quicken me according to thy lovingkindness – Notice how these two words are combined as one? I don’t believe that this is a coincidence. This word is found 26 times in Psalms, Jeremiah and Hosea combined:
Psalm 17:7, Psalm 26:3, Psalm 36:7, Psalm 36:10, Psalm 40:10, Psalm 40:11, Psalm 42:8, Psalm 48:9, Psalm 51:1, Psalm 63:3, Psalm 69:16, Psalm 88:11, Psalm 89:33, Psalm 92:2, Psalm 103:4, Psalm 107:43, Psalm 119:88, Psalm 119:149, Psalm 119:159, Psalm 138:2, Psalm 143:8, Jeremiah 9:24, Jeremiah 16:5, Jeremiah 31:3, Jeremiah 32:18, Hosea 2:19
Take the time to read each one. Each time, it is referring to God and to His grace, mercy and salvation! Does this not cause you to jump for joy? Does this not quicken you?
There is none who can have this same lovingkindness as God. It is a word that belongs to Him alone, in my opinion. None other can show grace and mercy as our God can! None other can provide salvation as Christ can (Acts 4:12). He is our only hope! Our Father loves us so much that by His mercy we are not consumed (Lamentations 3:22). Our Father loves us so much that by His grace we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9)!
The Psalmist had been made alive through God’s word – he found grace and salvation there – he found mercy there – he found joy and encouragement there! How can one find this unless one is certain he has God’s true word? Our King James Bible contains the pure, preserved and inspired word of God (Psalm 12:6-7)! Therefore, we, too, can experience the very essence of the Psalmist’s joy today! Glory! 🙂