Daily Bible Nugget #271, Psalm 119:172

The Nugget:

Psalm 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

My Comment:

Saints speak of the Scriptures (The New Topical Textbook, subtopic under the main topic “The Scriptures,” page 240).

“Saints” as a Bible term has reference to ordinary people who believe the Bible and whose lives have been transformed by its message.

If you believe in the Bible, and read it faithfully, and even study it, the Bible should become ever more interesting to you. We tend to talk with other people about the things that interest us, things we get excited about.

Our society today seems to have manufactured “safe” subjects, like sports, and Political Correctness as a means of lessening the embarrassment of taking part in intelligent conversation about more vital matters. Have you noticed that many people cannot stand complete silence? Some of these conversation avoidance patterns may become a hedge to keep others out of our lives, or are used to keep us out of their lives. I suppose for many people, the last thing they would wish to talk about is the Bible! I even had a pastor tell me one time, “Jerry, you talk too much about the Bible and too much about the Lord.”

If we are genuine Christians, we ought to be interested in the Bible. If we are interested in the Bible, we surely ought to be talking about the Bible (Psalm 119:172). We should talk about the Bible to our children (Deuteronomy 6:7). As God opens the door of opportunity, we ought to be talking to others about the Bible (1 Peter 3:15) and answering their questions about our faith. As Bible believers, we ought to be talking with each other about the Bible and spiritual things (Malachi 3:16, 17). If we observe a friend or acquaintance going down the wrong path in life, we ought to warn them (Leviticus 19:17). We ought to be excited about our relationship to God, and be willing to share our testimony with others (Psalm 107:2). Since the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16), we surely should share what the Bible has to say about how to be saved with those who are not saved.

I think that contemporary culture has lost the foundation and focus it once had, a focus that was in the past more in agreement with the values found in the Bible. The Psalmist says God’s commandments are righteous, or just. Yet many people today think they disagree with the Bible. Those who believe the Bible seem to be falling short in sharing the message of the Bible with others in their own circle of influence. I think it is fair to say that most people who think they disagree with the Bible actually disagree with a caricature of the Bible and its Christ. If they were more fully informed of what the Bible and its Christ are all about, they would not be so prone to reject its message. To fix that problem, we need more Christians to learn to share what they know about the Bible with others, then actually do so. Christians in the early church were spoken of as those who turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). We need to express that same urgency in sharing the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ. If we were successful as the early church was successful, the society as a whole could literally be turned around for the better by the power of the Gospel.

For those who desire to DIG DEEPER into this subject:

(1) Consult the cross references given in Nelson’s Cross Reference Guide to the Bible on page 634 for Psalm 119:172.

(2) Consult the cross references given in The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on page 678 or in Logos 5 Bible software for Psalm 119:172.

(3) Lacking access to those two resources, consult the cross references for this passage as I have developed them as given below:

Psalm 119:172. tongue. T#1094. ver. Ps 119:13, 46. Ps 37:30. 40:9, 10. 78:4. Dt 6:7. **Mt 12:34-36. *Ep 4:29. *Col 4:6. speak. or, respond to. Heb. taan;—taking it up and echoing it back, in hopeful faith or grateful acknowledgement (Kay). FS171J11, +Jb 3:1. Speak put by the Figure Synecdoche (of Species) for all kinds of speaking or singing, hence praise. ver. Ps 119:13, 46, 54. Ps 102:21, 22. +**Ps 107:2. 147:7. **Ml 3:16. of thy word. ver. +Ps 119:11, 50. for all thy. ver. Ps 119:66, 86, 138, 142, 144, 160. Ro 7:12, 14. commandments. ver. +Ps 119:6, 66. are righteousness. ver. +Ps 119:7, +Ps 119:75, 86, 121, 138, 142n. Pr 6:22, 23.

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One Response to Daily Bible Nugget #271, Psalm 119:172

  1. ken sagely says:

    ps 119.172 let my tongue sing of Thy word, for all thy commandments are

    cross refs.
    119.13 with my lips i have told of All the ordinances of Thy mouth.

    119. 46 I will speak of thy testimonies before thy kings, and shall not
    be ashamed .
    psm 37.30 The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue
    speaks justice.
    psm 40. 9 I have proclaimed glad tidings of righteousness in the great
    congregation; Behold , i will not restrain my lips, O lord, Thou knowest.
    dt 6.7 and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them
    when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie
    down and when you rise up.
    eph 4.29 let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a
    word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may
    give grace to those who hear.

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