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Psalm 119 VI: A Paryer for Dark Seasons

We don’t know when Psalm 119 was written, but we do know it was written after man’s fall. This means the writer knew what it was to experience different seasons of the soul. He knew the warm joy of springtime, and the dreary darkness of winter. The prolonged dark seasons are particularly dangerous for the Christian. But God has given us all that we need in His Word to walk near to Him, even in the darkest of days.
In this week’s episode, John Snyder focuses on Psalm 119:41-42 and discusses how we can pray Scripture in these dark nights of the soul.
 
May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord,
Your salvation according to Your word;
So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
Psalm 119:41-42
 
Show Notes:
mediagratiae.org/blog/psalm-119-vi-a-prayer-for-dark-seasons
The Golden Alphabet by Charles Spurgeon: (PDF) https://www.spurgeongems.org/chs_golden-alphabet.pdf Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Alphabet-Charles-H-Spurgeon/dp/1683072804
Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges:
https://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Charles Bridges/CBr_Exposition of Psalm 119.pdf
Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Exposition-Psalms-119-Charles-Bridges/dp/1479242381/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HOP2QYZBFYUD&keywords=exposition+of+psalm+119&qid=1646843189&s=books&sprefix=exposition+of+psalm+119%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1
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Psalm 119 V: The Peril of Half-heartedness

The Christian life must be one of balance. In this particular verse of Psalm 119, we see that balance exemplified between heart and will; between the weight of our desires and emotions versus our duties as children of a King.
This protects us from sentimentalism and legalism. in other words, there is the head aspect of Christianity and the heart aspect. As John Flavel says, the distance between the head and the heart is great, but the distance between the heart and action is short. Psalm 119:10 gives us fuel for prayer to shorten that distance between the head, the heart, and the life.
 
With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
Psalm 119:10
 
Show Notes:
https://www.mediagratiae.org/blog/psalm-119-v-the-peril-of-half-heartedness
The Golden Alphabet by Charles Spurgeon: (PDF) https://www.spurgeongems.org/chs_golden-alphabet.pdf Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Alphabet-Charles-H-Spurgeon/dp/1683072804
Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges:
https://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Charles Bridges/CBr_Exposition of Psalm 119.pdf
Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Exposition-Psalms-119-Charles-Bridges/dp/1479242381/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HOP2QYZBFYUD&keywords=exposition+of+psalm+119&qid=1646843189&s=books&sprefix=exposition+of+psalm+119%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1
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Psalm 119 IV: The Practical Balance of Dependence and Duty

We often speak of balance in the Christian life on our podcast. That is especially true this week as we discuss the balance of dependence and action, heart and will. We are called to live holy lives, but we can only do that by leaning wholly on Christ. But there is danger in this reality because the enemy is always present with a lie. He whispers that we shouldn’t pursue holiness because it is impossible for us to do anything that pleases God. But to answer this question, and to pray that God will establish our way, we must look to Scripture alone.
Oh that my ways may be established
To keep Your statutes!
Psalm 119:5
The Golden Alphabet by Charles Spurgeon: (PDF) https://www.spurgeongems.org/chs_golden-alphabet.pdf Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Alphabet-Charles-H-Spurgeon/dp/1683072804
Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges:
https://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Charles Bridges/CBr_Exposition of Psalm 119.pdf
Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Exposition-Psalms-119-Charles-Bridges/dp/1479242381/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HOP2QYZBFYUD&keywords=exposition+of+psalm+119&qid=1646843189&s=books&sprefix=exposition+of+psalm+119%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1
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Psalm 119 III: Into the Psalmist’s Prayer Closet

Today on the Whole Counsel Podcast, John turns from the introductory observations in the early verses of Psalm 119 to the Godward cries of the Psalmist’s heart that begin in Psalm 119:4-5. Beginning in these verses, we get the chance to follow the Psalmist into his prayer closet; verses 4-5 show us how the Psalmist cries out to God in light of the truths He observed in the opening verses, and they provide a spiritual thermometer for how we ourselves are responding to God.
You have ordained Your precepts, That we are to keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established To keep your statutes!
Psalm 119:4-5
Show Notes: www.mediagratiae.org/blog/psalm-119-iii-into-the-psalmists-prayer-closet 
The Golden Alphabet by Charles Spurgeon: (PDF) https://www.spurgeongems.org/chs_golden-alphabet.pdf Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Alphabet-Charles-H-Spurgeon/dp/1683072804
Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges:
https://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Charles Bridges/CBr_Exposition of Psalm 119.pdf
Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Exposition-Psalms-119-Charles-Bridges/dp/1479242381/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HOP2QYZBFYUD&keywords=exposition+of+psalm+119&qid=1646843189&s=books&sprefix=exposition+of+psalm+119%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1
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Psalm 119 II: The Happiest Life

What does an appropriate balance between heart, mind, and life look like for the Christian? What role does the law play in the Christian’s life? How should we approach Psalm 119? In today’s episode of the Whole Counsel, John discusses these topics and addresses an important issue that is foundational to understanding this Psalm as we continue our new series with a look at Psalm 119:1-4.

 

How blessed are those whose way is blameless,

Who walk in the law of the Lord.

How blessed are those who observe His testimonies,

Who seek Him with all their **heart.

They also do no unrighteousness;

They walk in His ways.

You have ordained Your precepts,

That we should keep them diligently (Psalm 119:1-4).

 

The Golden Alphabet by Charles Spurgeon: (PDF) https://www.spurgeongems.org/chs_golden-alphabet.pdf Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Alphabet-Charles-H-Spurgeon/dp/1683072804

Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges:

https://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Charles Bridges/CBr_Exposition of Psalm 119.pdf

Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Exposition-Psalms-119-Charles-Bridges/dp/1479242381/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HOP2QYZBFYUD&keywords=exposition+of+psalm+119&qid=1646843189&s=books&sprefix=exposition+of+psalm+119%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1

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Psalm 119 | Introduction

We bring our short series on Christian liberty to an early close this week to begin a series on Psalm 119. As individuals, a team, and a body at Christ Church New Albany, we have been studying Psalm 119 and found truths that have greatly encouraged us and benefitted our souls. Now, we want to share those truths with you.

As John explains in this introductory episode, these episodes are going to be shorter than our typical length. That is intentional. We want these to be very focused episodes you can listen to and carry the truths contained in them with you throughout the day. But more importantly, our prayer is that these episodes will lead you to meditate on, be encouraged by, and apply the treasure trove of truths found in Psalm 119.

The Golden Alphabet by Charles Spurgeon: (PDF) https://www.spurgeongems.org/chs_golden-alphabet.pdf Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Golden-Alphabet-Charles-H-Spurgeon/dp/1683072804

Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges:

https://www.grace-ebooks.com/library/Charles Bridges/CBr_Exposition of Psalm 119.pdf

Physical Book: https://www.amazon.com/Exposition-Psalms-119-Charles-Bridges/dp/1479242381/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HOP2QYZBFYUD&keywords=exposition+of+psalm+119&qid=1646843189&s=books&sprefix=exposition+of+psalm+119%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1

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Six Roadsigns for Christian Liberty

Six Roadsigns for Christian Liberty
This week’s episode is a bit different from our usual setup. To begin, we are back in John’s office, but not like we have ever been before. This week you get to John’s office as it usually is, piled with books. But there is a method to our madness: we want to highlight some of the messy edges of the Christian life, particularly in the area of Christian liberty.

This week, we will be considering the question: when believers disagree, how do we know if activities or hobbies are part of our Christian liberty or if they are sinful? God does not have grey areas, so why is it okay for some people to enjoy certain things while others feel as though they can’t? In answer to this question, John Snyder presents six roadsigns, or principles, for us to consider in the realm of Christian liberty.

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A New Study! Living with the True God: Lessons from Judges

To purchase “Living with the True God: Lesson from Judges,” click here: https://shop.mediagratiae.org/products/living-with-the-true-god-lessons-from-judges-media-gratiae-online-course

This is the final episode of highlighting materials Media Gratiae has produced outside our podcast network. Up to this point, we have presented you with previously released studies. But this week, we are pleased to present to you the first session of a brand new study walking through the book of Judges and taught by Dr. John Snyder.

The study is “Living with the True God: Lessons from Judges.” Through these seven weeks, Dr. Snyder examines many of the important realities found in this strange book that have countless implications and application to our modern lives, families, and churches.

“Living with the True God: Lessons from Judges” is available for digital access right now! We will have physical DVDs and workbooks available in the coming months. Covid has slowed our production down. Make sure you are subscribed to our emails list and connected with us through social media so you will be alerted when physical studies have been manufactured.

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Special Episode IV: A Practical Guide to Family Worship

Special Episode: Family Worship
For this week’s special episode, we present a study written and taught by Dr. Ryan Bush on the discipline of family worship. The ancient practice is largely lost in our modern Christian communities. But it is slowly being rediscovered by families across the globe. However, many need help to understand its importance and build it into the rhythm of their home.

In this 8-week study, Dr. Bush teaches that Scripture is filled with an assumption that family worship would be conducted regularly in the context of everyday life. Each session ends with a discussion where Dr. Bush answers challenging questions about how to start and maintain family worship.

As with previous studies, we are discounting A Practical Guide to Family Worship on our website. Just visit https://shop.mediagratiae.org/products/family-worship-study-guide-bundle to get your copy.

Next week, we will not present to you a previously published study, but something brand new!

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Special Episode III: The Church

Having spent two episodes introducing you to our first two studies, we now take a look at our latest documentary and film combination we made with Dr. Jeff Johnson.

In The Church Bible Study Set, we seek to present the story of God’s faithfulness as seen in 2,000 years of New Testament history. Over the course of this 12-week study, we take you to Carthage, Rome, Switzerland, Geneva, England, and more.

This week’s episode is one of the 12 sessions from The Church. Shot in front of Canterbury Cathedral in England, Dr. Johnson teaches about the marks of a true church. For this week, we have knocked the price of The Church Bible Study Set down.

You can see the discount and purchase the study for yourself at https://shop.mediagratiae.org/products/the-church?variant=34713462112390.

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