Henry Lakey

July 5, 2017

Today's Passage: Psalm 119:49-56

Hi! My name is Henry Lakey, and I am the oldest of four kids. We are all homeschooled by my mom. I have been going to Watermark for 15 years, and I am in a small group with two amazing leaders and a great group of guys. One interesting thing about me is that I love geography. I drew the entire world from memory for a school project. It had about seven hundred features, countries, and capitals on it and took me over 10 hours to draw. 

Psalm 119:49-56

Zayin

49 Remember your word to your servant,
in which you have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
that your promise gives me life.
51 The insolent utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.
52 When I think of your rules from of old,
I take comfort, O Lord.
53 Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
who forsake your law.
54 Your statutes have been my songs
in the house of my sojourning.
55 I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
and keep your law.
56 This blessing has fallen to me,
that I have kept your precepts. (ESV)

Key Verse:

The insolent utterly deride me,
but I do not turn away from your law.
(Psalm 119:51)

Central Truth:

In this passage, the psalmist is crying out to God to remember His promises to him. The psalmist also says that, even though the insolent (or arrogant people of this world) deride him, he will be steadfast in following the will of God.

DON’T BE ASHAMED OF YOUR FAITH

When I read this verse for the first time, I immediately picked verse 51 as my key verse because it is a perfect reminder to me of how I should live my life. Sometimes, I am afraid that people will make fun of me for my beliefs, which makes it hard for me to continue faithfully following God. But this verse tells us that, even when people make it difficult to have faith in Jesus, we should stand firm and follow His will no matter what.

Remember the story of Paul deciding not to go on a mission for Jesus because he feared it would be too hard for him, and he was afraid he would be mocked for his beliefs? Wait, you haven’t? Do you know why? Because it doesn't exist! Paul was an excellent model of what it looks like to give your life completely to Christ. He was persecuted many times for his beliefs. He was even stoned to the point where people believed he was dead and dragged his body out of the city. When he regained consciousness, he got up and headed back into the city (Acts 14:19-20).

What do you think Paul would say to us Christians today? I think the conversation would go something like this:

Paul: “So tell me, have you been preaching the Word of God to those who need it?”

Us: “Well . . . uh . . . ”

Paul: “Oh. Have you been getting persecuted?”

Us: “ Well . . . No. We are just afraid the people at our school/job aren't going to like us if we do.” And then Paul might have fainted. 

So how can we be like Paul? How can we stand firm in the face of opposition? We need Jesus to help us. Second, we need to fix our eyes on the eternal prize of heaven. We should not be afraid to share the gospel with others just because we might not be respected by those who don't understand how great the gift of salvation is.

Discussion Questions:

1. Are there areas of your life in which you are complacent in doing the will of God? 

2. When people tease or harass you in some way for your beliefs, do you try to endure it yourself, or do you turn to the Word for help, direction, comfort, and confidence?

3. Which of God’s promises are you thankful for?


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