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Psalm 119: Part 2: The Word of Life for the Persecuted

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Opening Prayer
Introduction
Conspiracy theories
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Scripture Reading
Psalm 119:23 ESV
23 Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.
Psalm 119:42 ESV
42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word.
Psalm 119:51 ESV
51 The insolent utterly deride me, but I do not turn away from your law.
Psalm 119:150 ESV
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose; they are far from your law.
Psalm 119:61 ESV
61 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me, I do not forget your law.
Psalm 119:86 ESV
86 All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
Psalm 119:95 ESV
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies.
Psalm 119:110 ESV
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
Psalm 119:121 ESV
121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
Psalm 119:134 ESV
134 Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Psalm 119:157 ESV
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
Psalm 119:161 ESV
161 Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words.
Psalm 119:67 ESV
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.
Psalm 119:71 ESV
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
Psalm 119:143 ESV
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out, but your commandments are my delight.
Psalm 119:153 ESV
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
The Psalmist was persecuted
princes were plotting against
Are there people plotting against the church today? Satan?
He was being taunted
Possible today?
He was slandered
Is the church slandered today?
Transition Question: How can you withstand persecution?

I. To withstand persecution, know the Word

Know that you will be persecuted
Know that God is Sovereign
Know that God is Good

II. To withstand persecution, keep the Word

Pray
Psalm 119:134
Psalm 119:134 ESV
134 Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Psalm 119:153 ESV
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me, for I do not forget your law.
Walk
Psalm 119:121 ESV
121 I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors.
Psalm 119:134 ESV
134 Redeem me from man’s oppression, that I may keep your precepts.
Psalm 119:157 ESV
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
Go on the offensive (not the defensive)

III. To withstand persecution, trust the Word

God promises that you can withstand
We have already discussed God’s sovereignty and goodness, don’t just know it, trust it.
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IV. To withstand persecution, realize that it is good

Psalm 119:71 ESV
71 It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes.
Psalm 119:67 ESV
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word.
Gospel
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