So last night I decide to read Psalm 119. I do that fairly often since it is so focused on the Word of God (though using a number of, in my mind, synonyms).
As I read I spotted three verses that methinks will develop into a sermon...I share them for your own edification and/or comments:
(all are from the ESV which I am using of late)
Psa 119.133 Keep steady my steps according to Your promise,
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
Psa 119.165 Great peace have those who love Your law, nothing can make them stumble.
Psa 119.173 Let Your had be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts.
I'm sure some will think it is sacrilege, but makes me think of an old Beatles tune:
Verse 133...help me to walk steady...don't let any sin creep up and get power over me
Verse 165...prerequisite...love God's law; guarantee, nothing can make you stumble (cue D.C. Talk..."what if I stumble, what if I fall; will the Lord still love me when the walk becomes a crawl")...Doesn't say we won't stumble; does say nothing can make us stumble...we stumble on our own...
Here's another great verse: Isaiah 41.13 For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who says to you, "Fear not, I am the One who helps you."
Drill Sergeant: "What do you want me to do, private? Hold your hand?" "Ah, no sarge, I'm good."
GOD: "What do you want Me to do, Jack? Hold your hand?"
"Ah, as a matter of fact, yes!"