Reaching the End of Psalm 119

Tonight, in our Midweek Worship Service at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, I plan to conclude my exposition of the longest passage in the Bible – Psalm 119.

I began preaching through Psalm 119, stanza by stanza (or eight verses at a time), last September. I had not yet moved from Los Angeles. But I was traveling to Jacksonville to preach the Wednesday night services.

It is easier for me to prepare to preach when I am working through one extended passage of scripture. Moreover, I believe sequential exposition is the most faithful way to preach the word of God. And I knew that my transition process from Los Angeles would require that I land somewhere in scripture and be prepared to stay there fro a while. But I was surprised when the Lord placed Psalm 119 on my heart to preach.

I was glad that I would be preaching through a portion of scripture that I had previous preached through before. And I was even more glad to spend more time in Psalm 119 and to work on the manuscripts I had preached about four years ago. I would love to publish these messages one day in written form. But I still concerned about preaching this psalm as my first extended series at my new congregation.

Why, Lord, Psalm 119?

In retrospect, I think the Lord was using this psalm to further prepare me for the work that is ahead of me here. It was one thing to preach this series after serving in a local church for fifteen years. But it struck me differently to preach these messages as the new guy at a new church in a new town. At some point, I could not avoid the fact that it felt like I was preaching these message to myself more than anyone else.

I believe it is significant that we have started our journey as pastor and people at Shiloh celebrating the total sufficiency of God’s word to save the lost, nurture the believer, govern the church, order the worship, comfort the troubled, guide the confused, and even change the culture. I am totally convinced that the health and growth of a church must be measured in terms of its devotion to the word of God. Likewise, the growth and fruitfulness of every believer is inextricably tied to your devotion to the word of God.

My simple prayer for Shiloh is that we would be a biblically regulated church in every way. This means more that we preach and teach sound doctrine from the pulpit. It means that every area of the life is shaped by the word of God. Indeed, we have a long way to go. So does every church! But I we are going in the right direction. And I pray that the time we have spend together in Psalm 119 would be a means through God is pleased to cause us to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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  • Anonymous

    Pastor,

    Last night’s message was a blessing. You have also been a God sent blessing to Shiloh.

  • Anonymous

    Of course the Lakers won!!! And will close it out tomorrow in Denver.

    Have a safe trip

  • Tblog

    Pastor Charles,

    You did an awesine job on Psalm 119. I was really blessed by your messages. I can’t wait to see your sermons from this passage in written form. Have a safe flight to Cincinatti and a blessed day.

  • Anonymous

    This morning I was compelled to revisit Psalm 119 in the Living Bible. Verse 173: Stand ready to help me because I have chosen to follow your will. I will!
    verse 169: Is asking for common sense. My SS teacher once said: “Common sense isn’t so common anymore.” Wished he had reminded me to pray for common sense. I will!
    Verse 176: I have wandered, come find me for I have not turned away from your commandments. (WOW!)I won’t!. Where ever you go God is already there.Praying all hindering spirits move out of your way. See you Sunday. Thanks so much for Psalm 119. Verse 18 is may long time favorite. Praying for the family.

  • Angelia…

    Pastor C,
    Psalm 119 was an absolute blessing, as are you…Wednesday night services are like a wonderful dip in spiritual waters…

    BLESS YOU…always,
    angelia

  • Anonymous

    Well HB I think you should write a book based on your sermons of Psalm 119. I don’t no of any other preacher in this country who has done what God has blessed you to do with this gem. To God be the Glory! Title of your book. Living by the Book by H.B. Charles Jr. Watch God give the increase.

  • Fitts

    Brother, you have done an excellent job with your exposition of 119. I'm sure many were blessed by your faithfulness.

    Grace & Peace,

    DeAntwan