God’s Word Guides, Frees, and Redeems you according to Psalm 119:129-136. It guides you with light and understanding, frees you from the bondage of sin, and redeems you from man’s oppression.
Because the Bible is not a collection of rules that take the fun out of life. But it molds you into the person God created you to be.
God’s word guides, frees, and redeems you by providing light and understanding
V.130 The unfolding of your word gives light and imparts understanding…
We live in a complicated world. Confused by competing messages. Fooled by deception. Captured through seduction.
What can you believe? Who can you trust? How can you know when something is true?
The Bible claims to be God’s words. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, it’s God breathed. Which means He supernaturally spoke through its writers. Therefore, it is absolute truth. Accurate. Consistent. Reliable.
In a world blanketed by the darkness of sin, God’s word illuminates with a discerning brightness. And His Spirit guides your understanding. So when you read, study, and know His word, you recognize what’s false by holding it up to His truth.
God’s word guides, frees, and redeems you by releasing you from the bondage of sin
V.133 Keep steady my steps and let no iniquity get dominion over me
Sin is subtle. Stealthy. And quietly creeps up on you. We seldom plunge into it headlong, but slowly and imperceptibly. One slight detour from God’s path followed by another. A slow fade of small decisions in a parade moving steadily away from God. The gradual slide into a sink hole until we are firmly stuck in a mire.
And it starts off as fun and pleasure. Harmless and victimless. Until its seductive lure becomes a compulsory grip you can’t escape. God’s words guide you towards right behavior. His precepts towards healthy relationships driven by character and integrity.
God’s word guides, frees, and redeems you by redeeming you from oppression
V.134 Redeem me from man’s oppression that I may keep your precepts
The desire for acceptance. Social expectations. Cancel culture. They are powerful forces that exert themselves in society. And the loudest, most insistent voices demand compliance. Even when you think or believe differently. And especially when you disagree.
So what do you do?
You can reverse your position and go with the flow. Disagree, but remain silent. Or stand firm and risk rejection.
And while I don’t have a specific answer on how to respond to the culture, scripture does reveal how to overcome oppression. Galatians 4:3-7 and Luke 4:18 are two passages among many others that provide an answer. The power of Christ and the power of God’s word offer freedom to those willing to listen and respond.