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Heard – Obedience

Throughout Psalms 119, we see the psalmist talking about the importance of the Word of God. He calls it the law, His testimonies, precepts, statues, commandants, judgments, and, of course, His word.  

I think it is very clear by these few scriptures we are reading that the psalmist has a “heard” attitude when it comes to listening and executing God’s laws.  

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 

O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments. I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly. 

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes. 

With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Psalms 119 1-16

In John 8, Jesus is having a conversation with the Pharisees, in which they did not believe He was the Messiah.  

He was going back in forth with them and finally he told them who their real father was…and that is the Devil.

The reason Jesus said this to the Pharisees was because that is who they were listening to.

That is why Jesus responded in verse 47 like this….

John 8:47 NLT “Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.”

It is simple to know who belongs to God…. those who listen and act (or execute) His commandments. 

That brings us to a man named Noah…. Here is a man that heard and executed God’s commandments during a very wicked time.

Noah lived in a time that anyone could have an excuse to NOT obey God’s commandments…. because of the fact, literally, “everyone is doing it.”

In the midst of all that, Noah led his entire family by God’s Word.

Parents, I encourage you to lead your families in His Word, in His House and in your house.

For 100 years, Noah built a boat in the face of every difficult thing you could imagine and he still obeyed every detail to be saved from the flood that was going to take place.

Let me tell you something, the kids Noah raised were taught the principles of God’s statutes way before the building of the boat…in the morning, at noon, and before they went to bed!

Parents, don’t wait until they are teenagers to start teaching God’s way – that’s too late!

Don’t wait until they start school – that’s too late!

Noah wasn’t worried about only himself, but also his family!

Genesis 6:5-22 NLT “The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. 

And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.” But Noah found favor with the Lord.

The Story of Noah 

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God.  Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!


 “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior.  Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.

 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. 

Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.” So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.

Noah and his family were saved because he did everything exactly the way God commanded him to do!

What will you and I do today, while we are living in the same type of time as Noah?

Matthew 24:37-39 TLB “The world will be at ease —banquets and parties and weddings—just as it was in Noah’s time before the sudden coming of the Flood;  people wouldn’t believe what was going to happen until the Flood actually arrived and took them all away. So shall my coming be.”

That’s like the world we are living in. It’s a world full of distractions, full of voices and opinions.

How will you respond? What actions will you take to make sure that you and your family are saved? He’s coming back and, I don’t know about you, but I want to have my family prepared. 

Kent Elliott

Senior Pastor | Faith Tabernacle | Manchester, CT

Sr Pastor at Faith Tabernacle / President & Lead Consultant, FAITHWORKS Image Consulting. Husband to Crystal & father to Kaylea, Johnny (SIL) & Chase.

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