Psalm 119 – Christian Living

Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity;
and quicken thou me in thy way.
Psalm 119:37 KJV

I want to be quickened to more life, energy, delight, and devotedness in the way of my God. The secret of Christian progress is simplicity and diligence. “This one thing I do,-forgetting the things that are behind, and reaching forth to those things that are before; I press towards the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” [Philippians 3:13-14 KJV] The Spirit leaves no wish in the heart for beholding vanity. The world with all its flowery paths, is a dreary wilderness; and Christ and heaven are the only objects of desire-“He who shuts his eyes from seeing evil, he shall dwell on high; his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks; bread shall be given him, his water shall be sure. Your eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” [Isaiah 33:15 KJV]

–Charles Bridges, An Exposition of Psalm 119

We live a life of simplicity and diligence, but always keeping in mind that it’s God who actually ‘quickens’ us to change us and what we want, if we want him to.

I’m memorizing Psalm 119:33-37 and am reading Treasury of David by Spurgeon and this commentary on those verses. I highly recommend both. You can find them for free online in electronic format or in book form by using the Amazon button in the right column. Bridges also has an exposition on Proverbs which is excellent. It’s at a level everyone can read and application oriented.

I like this quote a lot and can identify with it, so I thought I’d post it since I haven’t been doing much of that. I have some other short posts in mind.

5 Responses to “Psalm 119 – Christian Living”

  1. 1 Thomas Provost

    Great post. I believe that Christians need to be meditating on Psalm 119 often. It is long, but a great Psalm.

  2. 2 pedro4jc

    I’m eating a bagel right now, eating it to the glory of God.

  3. 3 Scripture Zealot

    Wow, two comments on a post. Just like the old days.

    Psalm 119 is my favorite. I should just memorize the whole thing instead of sprinkles.

    Bagels are great too. With peanut butter they’re like candy.

  4. 4 Eric

    Let’s make it 3. Verse 18 of Ps. 119 (“Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things out of your law”) is what I try to remember to pray before I start reading anything in the Bible. My vote is for an onion bagel with pesto and sundried tomato cream cheese – now that’s really heaven! Eric

  5. 5 Scripture Zealot

    Good to see you here Eric. I often pray verse :18 also. I temporarily forgot that’s where that’s from.

    Your selection of bagel and toppings is much more sophisticated than mine.

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