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New Kingdom, new language. Psalm 119.172

Psalm 119.169-176 (4)

Pray Psalm 119.172.
My tongue shall speak of Your word,
For all Your commandments are righteousness.

Sing Psalm 119.171-173.
(Regent Square: Angels from the Realms of Glory)
With our lips we praise You, Jesus, for You teach us, full and free.
Now Your Word will ever please us; Your commandments true shall be.
Let Your hand come forth to ease us; we Your Word choose gratefully!

Read Psalm 119.169-176; meditate on verses 172.


1. What did the psalmist resolve to speak?

2. How did he regard the commandments of God?

Imagine that your employer transfers you to a different country. It’s a promotion and holds lots of promise for your future, so you gladly accept.

Of course, you’ll have to learn a new language. And you’ll need to adapt to the culture of the place, which is far different from that with which you’re familiar. But the promises attached to your new calling are so many and so wonderful that you take up the challenge and work at it diligently.

We have been called and conveyed to the Kingdom and glory of God (1 Thess. 2.12). In His Kingdom, the language we speak is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14.17, 18). Great satisfaction and fulfillment await us as we learn the language and ways of the Kingdom – encoded in God’s Law – and teach them to others (Matt. 5.17-19). The more we read, meditate in, and carry out the teachings of God’s Word, the more our words and ways will reflect the Kingdom of God into which Jesus has conveyed us by His life, death, and resurrection.

Read and study the Word and commandments of God to let God’s Spirit shape you more into the likeness of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 3.12-18). But read and study the Word so that you can speak the Good News of the Kingdom to the people in your Personal Mission Field, encouraging urging them to know righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit by receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord.

We’re in the Kingdom now. We need to learn the language and lore of this glorious place, so that the promises of God can flow through us to others by His grace.

Treasures Old and New: Matthew 13.52; Psalm 119.162
We are in His Kingdom now, and so pleased and excited to be here. We cannot help but speak!

“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer” (Ps. 45.1).
“My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing to You, and my soul, which You have redeemed. My tongue also shall talk of Your righteousness all the day long…” (Ps. 71.23, 24).
“And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long” (Ps. 35.28).

In the Kingdom we also should speak to others in a better way. There should be a purpose to all our words.
“With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth” (Ps. 119.13).
“My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteous” (Ps. 119.172).
“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers” (Eph. 4.29).

And how shall we improve in our words? Through knowing Jesus in His Word.
“The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, and adds learning to his lips” (Prov. 16.23).
“The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly…” (Prov. 15.2).
“The wise in heart will be called prudent, and sweetness of the lips increases learning” (Prov. 16.21).

In this Kingdom the heavens declare the glory of God…and there is nowhere that the voice of creation is not heard…their words have gone out to the end of the world (Ps. 19.1-4). All creation praises the LORD: sea creatures and all the depths, fire and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds, and mountains, hills, fruitful trees and all cedars, beasts and cattle, creeping things and flying fowl, kings, princes, judges and all people praise the LORD (Ps. 149.7-11). “Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven” (Ps. 149.13).

“We’re in the Kingdom now.” And as members of this Kingdom the Holy Spirit longs to help us learn the language and the proper ways of living in it here and now, “so that the promises of God can flow through us to others by His grace.”

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Ps. 19.14).

Kingdom-Speak to Praise the LORD!

For reflection
1. Why does it matter so much that our words should reflect our calling to God’s Kingdom?

2. How would you explain the Kingdom of God and what it means for us to a new believer?

3. Whom will you encourage today to give thanks and praise to the Lord?

Here the Psalmist says, that when he shall have profited in God's law he will also employ himself in teaching it to others. This order is undoubtedly to be observed, That divine truth take root in our hearts before we engage in the work of teaching it to others. John Calvin (1509-1564), Commentary on Psalm 119.172

Pray Psalm 119.174-176.
Pray that God will give you an opportunity today to speak the word of salvation to someone in your Personal Mission Field – to encourage a fellow believer or to explain the Gospel to a lost soul.

Sing Psalm 119.174-176.
(Regent Square:
Angels from the Realms of Glory)
For Your saving grace we plead, Lord, and Your Law is our delight.
We to live and praise You need, Lord, all Your help by day and night.
Straying sheep, we do not heed, Lord; come and seek us by Your might!

T. M. and Susie Moore

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T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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