10 Best Ways to Follow God's Plan For Your Life

10 Best Ways to Follow God’s Plan for Your Life in Psalm 119

10 best ways to follow God’s plan for your life in Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Book of Psalms, is found in the wisdom of the man after God’s own heart.

This is the last blog on Psalm 119. I have learned so much by doing this verse-by-verse study and gained an entirely new view of the beauty of this Psalm. It is incredible.

Quotes About Psalm 119:

Charles Spurgeon said this of Psalm 119: “This wonderful psalm, from its great length, helps us to wonder at the immensity of Scripture. From its keeping to one subject it helps us to adore the unity of Scripture; for it is but one. Yet, from the many turns it gives to the same thought, it helps you to see the variety of Scripture. . . .  Some have said that in it there is an absence of variety, but that is merely the observation of those who have not studied it. I have weighed each word, and looked at each syllable with lengthened meditation; and I bear witness that this sacred song has no tautology in it, but is charmingly varied from beginning to end. Its variety is that of a kaleidoscope: from a few objects a boundless variation is produced. In the kaleidoscope you look once, and there is a strangely beautiful form. You shift the glass a very little, and another shape, equally delicate and beautiful, is before your eyes. So it is here.” (Charles Spurgeon)

10 Best Ways to Follow God's Plan for Your Life

Being such a long Psalm – and the longest chapter in the Bible – this Psalm has been of some historical note. There have been many lengthy works written on this Psalm; one of them is by Thomas Manton, a Puritan preacher, and writer, who wrote a three-volume work on Psalm 119. Each volume is between 500 and 600 pages, with a total of 1,677 pages. There are 190 chapters in his work, more than one chapter for each verse.Blueletter Bible

Martin Luther said this about the psalm – Luther professed that he prized this Psalm so highly, that he would not take the whole world in exchange for one leaf of it.” (Bridges)

A Plan For Your Life Based On Devotion –
Sin & Shin – Devoted to Your Word

Psalm 119:161-164 TPT – The powerful elite have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart trembles in awe because of your miracle-words.
Your promises are the source of my bubbling joy; the revelation of your word thrills me like one who has discovered hidden treasure.
I despise every lie and hate every falsehood, for I am passionate about keeping your precepts.
I stop to praise you seven times a day, all because your ways are perfect!

As we have seen throughout Psalm 119, the psalmist expressively sends out his words to God, displaying emotion and every thought of his heart. This very long Psalm has been the object of much study throughout the centuries with people writing commentaries far longer than the psalm itself.

It is safe to say that the value of this psalm is not to be underestimated. Each section gives deep insight and revelation about the Word of God and our relationship to it. In the verses above, we see an example of this. The psalmist points out God’s part and his response. From this, see how to follow God’s plan for our life.

  • Miracle-words = a trembling heart
  • God’s promises = bubbling joy
  • God’s word = a thrill like finding a hidden treasure
  • God’s precepts = a passion to hate to lies and disobedience
  • God’s perfect ways = a lifestyle of praises

First – Continually stir your Awe of the Word

vs. 161 – The powerful elite have persecuted me without a cause, but my heart trembles in awe because of your miracle-words.

So how does this help you follow God’s plan for your life? You have an example of someone who followed God all his life. David had followed God imperfectly. Yet, he was called “a man after God’s own heart.” He sinned repeatedly but he also repented fully and openly. He knew his calling to be King from the time he was a boy and yet had to wait for years for it to come to pass. He was hunted and persecuted. In all of it, he never turned away from God or gave up.

It often happens this way. We believe God told us to do something but years go by with no sign of fulfillment. In fact, you couldn’t even force it to happen if you wanted to! David’s example of faithfulness without losing His passion is one we should emulate. His heart trembled, in verse 161. Even in persecution, he maintained his passion

Second – Continually Find Joy and Revelation In God’s Promises

vs. 162 – Your promises are the source of my bubbling joy; the revelation of your word thrills me like one who has discovered hidden treasure.

I know there are times when reading the Word can just be a chore to accomplish. We go through dry times in our lives where prayer, reading, and even obedience are just motions we go through, or we stop doing them. I’m sure the psalmist, like us, went through those same valleys.

However, we need to persevere in those dry times because that is when we most need the Word. Maybe, when you read these verses, they seem impossible because of how you feel right now. How we feel is not the way to judge our spiritual condition. Obedience and where your heart is set are the true gauges.

The psalmist says he is being persecuted without cause and that circumstance had to elicit some rather negative feelings. The key is that he did not give up on his intense study of God’s Word, his obedience, stirring the flame of love for God, or clinging to God’s truth. Regardless of his circumstances or feelings, he did not waver.

Third – Maintain a Passion to Obey

vs. 163 – I despise every lie and hate every falsehood, for I am passionate about keeping your precepts.

To do the positive, sometimes we need to contrast it with the negative. The psalmist looked at lies and falsehoods (perhaps the ones said about him!) and hated them in contrast to his passion for God’s truths – precepts.

Throughout this Psalm, we have seen someone who deeply and passionately loved God’s truths, promises, and words. Seeing the results of lies and falsehoods, he was passionate to live in the opposite way – in God’s truth.

Fourth – Never Stop Praising

vs. 164 – I stop to praise you seven times a day, all because your ways are perfect!

If David wrote Psalm 119, we know that praise and worship were part of his life from the time he was a boy until he died. He was a worshipper in every sense of the word. Praise and worship should be a continual, regular part of every Christian’s life. Praise is not just meant for Sunday morning! It is a lifestyle that will lead you directly into God’s plan for your life!

Here, the psalmist shows that praise is a regular habit – seven times a day. Whether that is literal or metaphorical, I don’t know. I do know that it is an example to follow.

Fifth – Guard Yourself Against Offenses

Psalm 119: 165 TPT – “There is such a great peace and well-being that comes to the lovers of your word, and they will never be offended.”

Offenses come as easily as the wind does. I have seen churches split, long-time friends separated, and ministry lost over offenses. There is a wonderful book about offenses and I cannot elaborate on the subject as well as this person has. Here is the link to purchase it.


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What is an offense? Dictionary.com defines it: annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one’s standards or principles. Churches can split over the color of carpet chosen for the sanctuary. The choice was perceived as a insult by people who wanted their preferences (standards) to win out over all others.

In my experience, most offenses rise up over ‘preferences.’ Things like the type of music, the way the Pastor preaches, etc. Offenses bring destruction and are pointless. There is nothing positive about them. If you take one up, you need to lay it down at Jesus’ feet very quickly. The psalmist stays away from offenses by being a lover of the Word. Keep your focus there.

Sixth – Do What Pleases God

Psalm 119:166-168 TPT – “Lord, I’m longing for more of your salvation, for I want to do what pleases you.
167 My love for your ways is indescribable; in my innermost being I want to follow them perfectly!
168 I will keep your instructions and follow your counsel; all my ways are an open book before you.

How do you know what pleases God? Look at verses 167-168.

  • Have an indescribable love for God and His ways.
  • Desire His ways perfectly.
  • Keep His instructions.
  • Follow His counsel.
  • Keep your life as an open book before Him.

Doing what pleases God will definitely keep you in the path of His plan for your life.

A Plan For Your Life Based On Following –
Taw – I Want to Follow You

Psalm 119:169-176 TPT – “Lord, listen to my prayer. It’s like a sacrifice I bring to you; I must have more revelation of your word!
170 Take my words to heart when I ask you, Lord; rescue me, just like you promised!
171 I offer you my joyous praise for all that you’ve taught me.
172 Your wonderful words will become my song of worship, for everything you’ve commanded is perfect and true.
173 Place your hands of strength and favor upon me, for I’ve made my choice to follow your ways.
174 I wait for your deliverance, O Lord,for your words thrill me like nothing else!
175 Invigorate my life so that I can praise you even more, and may your truth be my strength!
176 I’ll never forget what you’ve taught me, Lord, but when I wander off and lose my way, come after me, for I am your beloved!”

Seventh – Maintain a Life of Prayer

vs. 169-170 – “Lord, listen to my prayer. It’s like a sacrifice I bring to you; I must have more revelation of your word! Take my words to heart when I ask you, Lord; rescue me, just like you promised!

The psalmist often asks God to listen to Him! As we saw last week, his relationship with God is easy and relaxed but never arrogant. He easily asks and reverently worships. In this verse he asks God to listen; offers his prayer as a sacrifice, and makes a faith statement. Again, his goal is revelation of God – he was desperate to know God as deeply as he could.

He also asks that God would take his request to heart. He needs to be rescued. Here on earth, our words are often disregarded. However, since God is not like us in this way, He takes every prayer straight into His heart. He collects our tears in a bottle. He knows the number of hairs on our heads. We must strive to know as we are known – it is done through prayer.

Eighth – SinG SOngs of WOrship

vs. 171-172 – I offer you my joyous praise for all that you’ve taught me.
172 Your wonderful words will become my song of worship, for everything you’ve commanded is perfect and true.

The psalmist mentions praise and worship. Praise is usually an expression of what God has done. Worship more often refers to who God is. We must do both. Praising Him for what He has done – for His marvelous works – is so necessary because it keeps us looking at the positive. God only does good. So, if we are praising Him, we are focused on the good.

But what about God as God – a person, our Father, our Savior, our everything. We all like to hear about something we did well. But, even more deeply, we need to know that we are valued and treasured for who we are. We need to extol and worship who God is. He is love. He is mercy. He is Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient – all-powerful, all-present, and all-knowing. That is just the beginning.

If you can’t think of what to say, just go to the Psalms and start using them as a book of worship. There is a mixture of praise and worship throughout. Once you get started, you will find your own words as well.

Ninth – Live in God’s Strength

vs. 173-175 – Place your hands of strength and favor upon me, for I’ve made my choice to follow your ways.
174 I wait for your deliverance, O Lord,for your words thrill me like nothing else!
175 Invigorate my life so that I can praise you even more, and may your truth be my strength!

It takes strength to be a Christian. Not only are we in the world, but we are also of the Kingdom. It’s like being two places at once! We experience everything about the world, the good and the bad. We also experience the blessings of kingdom life. We are a spirit living in the flesh. It takes supernatural strength to do something as supernatural as living in two places at the same time!

We are in the world but not of it. We are Christ’s, yet our flesh is earth-bound. We do not escape the trials of the world. Instead, they are used to make us more like Christ.

The psalmist straddles the two worlds through prayer and asking God to put His hands of strength and favor on Him. Why? Because he’s made a choice to follow God and is well aware that only God’s strength will get him through.

He maintains his excitement for God’s word but relies on God to invigorate (give strength and energy) his life so that he can praise God even more. He adds that he also receives strength from God’s truth.

Tenth – Never Forget You Are God’s Beloved Child

vs. 176 – I’ll never forget what you’ve taught me, Lord, but when I wander off and lose my way,come after me, for I am your beloved!

The final statement of this psalm – I will never forget. We need to make that same vow. Never forget what He teaches us. Knowing we might wander, but fully realizing that God will come after us. Why? Because we are His beloved.

We often say we love someone. “Love you,” is easily said to those we are close to. Beloved, or ‘dearly loved,’ is different. I tell friends at church I love them and they say the same thing back. We share ‘brotherly’ love. However, “dearly loved” would not be used in that same way. I dearly love my family and a few friends. It is a deeper love.

We are God’s beloved children. We are His sheep, and He leaves the 99 to search for the 1 who strayed away because that 1 is dearly loved. It’s easy to forget how much God loves us because of the world around us and how fickle love is here on earth. But we must remember.

10 best Ways to Follow God’s Plan For Your Life

List of the Ten Best Ways:

  1. Continually Stir Your Awe of the Word
  2. Continually Find Joy and Revelation in God’s Promises
  3. Maintain A Passion to Obey
  4. Never Stop Praising
  5. Guard Yourself Against Offenses
  6. Do What Pleases God
  7. Maintain a Life of Prayer
  8. Sing Songs of Worship
  9. Live in God’s Strength
  10. Never Forget You Are God’s Beloved Child

I hope you can see how these 10 points will enable you to follow God’s marvelous plan for your life. If you are doing all ten of these things, you won’t be able to miss God’s plan for your life!

The psalmist has given us such an incredible example and guidance in being God followers. Whenever you need inspiration, just go to Psalm 119 and follow the passion of the Psalmist – his unrelenting passion for God, the Word, truth, and all of God’s ways.

I pray that you have been blessed by this study. Below, you will find links to each blog in the series. In addition, the entire series will soon be in the Ministry Resource Tab at the top.

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Here are the rest of the blogs in this series:

**We use verses from different Bible translations.
To see more information about the copyright for each one, please visit our Scripture Citations.

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2 thoughts on “10 Best Ways to Follow God’s Plan for Your Life in Psalm 119”

  1. I love this look through the Psalm to find out how to follow God’s plan for you life. Especially, “SECOND – CONTINUALLY FIND JOY AND REVELATION IN GOD’S PROMISES” That is how to make it stick! Find the Joy and it never get’s old!

    1. Tiffany – thank you so much. I learned a great deal as I did this 6 part study and am so glad I did. It’s an incredible Psalm. Thank you for reading and commenting. The links to all the others should work now.

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