161 Princes have persecuted me without a cause: but my heart standeth in awe of thy word.
162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
164 Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.
165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
166 Lord, I have hoped for thy salvation, and done thy commandments.
167 My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly.
168 I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies: for all my ways are before thee.
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So many times I have heard Psalm 119:165 quoted! It’s a poignant verse and one that cuts to the core of the human heart! How often we see someone leave a church because of what the Pastor said. Just what is the Lord trying to teach us in this thought-provoking verse? The word “offend,” according to Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, means:
To disturb, annoy, or cause to fall or stumble.
Applying the definition to verse 165 is quite enlightening, isn’t it? Those who love God’s word have GREAT peace and NOTHING will disturb them – NOTHING will annoy them – NOTHING will cause them to fall or stumble. Very interesting! In my 31 years of salvation, I have heard many an excuse as to why a Christian has chosen to leave a church. To name a few:
- The Pastor’s always in our business
- The church is legalistic
- They are too large
- They are too small, etc.
I think you get it. Something isn’t quite right in the spiritual life of someone who is led to leave a church without a just cause. If the Pastor is preaching God’s word without compromise, the believer should consider Psalm 119:165 before making such a move! He should ask himself, “Is what the Pastor saying in God’s word?” If yes, then he should seek out why he’s offended by it. God may be wanting to teach him something. Rather than buck at the preaching, he should ask the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5)!
Psalm 119:165 says one will have great peace when one loves His word more than one’s self. Why are we so offended by the preaching? Sometimes it’s because it’s something that has hit home – a pet sin, if you will, that we just do not want to give up. One family left our church because the Pastor spoke against Little League! The games and practices were always during church services and he said parents are teaching children that sports are more important than being at church. This family had not yet signed their child up for Little League, but because the preaching interfered with their plans, that was enough for them and they left! Had the parents loved God’s word more than life itself, they would have not been offended by the preaching but, instead, would have heeded the warning. How sad indeed! 😦
There are so many obstacles in our lives – some placed there by Satan and others are a result of our own sin. Each time we are annoyed with the preaching, we cause our hearts to become calloused. Once the callous thickens, we spend less time in the word of God and more time with people who agree with our sin. Satan would love nothing better than to eat us alive. How did Jesus deal with the temptations brought before Him in Matthew Chapter 4? Three times Satan tried to tempt Him and three times Jesus answered, “It is written…”! If Jesus Christ, our Lord, used Scripture to fight the Devil’s attacks, how much more should we? Jesus was teaching us by example here!
Is it any wonder that people are easily offended these days? They aren’t in the word of God; well, maybe on Sundays. Therefore, they are not equipped with its armour (Ephesians 6:13). I don’t know who penned this phrase, “The Bible will keep you from sin and sin will keep you from the Bible.” What a great truth this is! (Psalm 119:11) The more a Christian reads, learns and applies God’s word to his life, the more he will love it – the closer he will grow to his God. It’s simple truth!
Great peace have they that love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. The more we have been fed during our private time with God, the less the preaching will offend us. And if the preaching does bothers us, we will go home and search the Scriptures (Acts 17:11) and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us (James 1:5).