Dedicated To The Men of God Who Preach the Word of God As It Is To Men As They Are


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"Preach The Word"

Resolve For The New Year

We should all have resolve for the New Year. The word "resolve" can be defined as "coming to a determination" or "making up one’s mind." I have always said if we do not aim at a target we will never hit it. Resolutions are the results of resolve on the part of someone. When it comes to resolve, the psalmist David expresses many of his with the words, "I will." Let’s look for these "I wills" in Psalm 119, which has 176 verses and is the longest chapter in the Bible.

I. I Will Rejoice (Psm.119:7- "I will praise thee"). Instead of grumbling over what we do not have, we should rejoice over what the Lord has given us materially, spiritually and domestically. Jesus gives us gladness rather than sadness. He gives glory rather than gloom.

II. I Will Reflect (Psm.119:15,48,78). In all these three references he speaks of meditating. He deals with the source of our meditation, which is the Word of God. Some folks spend more time pondering the newspapers and magazines than they do the Word of God.

III. I Will Remember (Psm. 119:16,93). David makes up his mind that he will not forget the Word of God because it had been the source of quickening or giving life to Him. We hear then believe.

IV. I Will Run (Psm.119:32). The sweet singer of Israel says, "I will run the way of thy commandments." That expression speaks of affection, readiness, and cheerfulness. There should be nothing dull about the commandments of God to the person that loves the Lord.

V. I Will Reveal (Psm.119:46). "I will speak of thy testimonies." The truth of God so thrilled the life of King David, that he felt that he had to speak to others and testify of the character and kindness of God.

VI. I Will Rest (Psm.119:117). He expresses confidence in God holding him up and knew that those who loved the Word of God found themselves possessing "great peace." When you understand underneath you are the everlasting arms (Deut. 33:27)---you can rest.

VII. I Will Respect (Psm.119:117). "I will have respect unto thy statutes continually." The word "respect" suggests to us—"esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of something or someone." The Word of God is so valuable because of the faith it begets, the faint-heartedness it relieves, and the falsehoods it dispels, and the faithful God it reveals. Never let any modernists, liberal, atheist, or skeptic ever lessen your faith in the Word of God and the God of the Word.

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