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A Proper Response to God (Psalm 119:120)

My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments.
Psalm 119:120

If you recall, in the prior verses of Psalm 119, we learn that God will bring judgment on the wicked. God is righteous and He demonstrates perfect justice. It is very hard for sinful people to truly comprehend absolute righteousness. We are used to comparing ourselves to other people, and when we look at those who are outwardly exceedingly wicked, we can feel pretty good about ourselves. But that is not really an accurate picture of what we are like.

The Scriptures paint a vivid picture of our nature apart from Christ. We are all sinners (Romans 3:23). Our hearts are full of deceit (Jeremiah 17:9). We are enemies of Christ (Romans 5:10). The list can go on and on. And then there is God. He is holy (Isaiah 6:3). He is righteous and just (Psalm 89:14). The descriptions could not paint a picture of greater opposites. Romans 5 makes it clear that unbelievers are “ungodly.” That means that we are the exact opposite of all that God is.

The fact that God was willing to save us and make us new in Christ should magnify our worship of God. Far too many professing Christians see God more as a buddy than One to be worshipped. The truth is, we should respond as the psalmist. We must bow the knee and be in awe of having a relationship with the living God. The only reason that we could possibly have a relationship with a just God is through the substitutionary death of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a great price. The way we respond to God should reflect an understanding of who we were outside of Christ and the cost of our redemption. When we finally come into the presence of the Lord, there is no doubt that we will bow in humble adoration. I expect we will all be shocked at what true righteousness looks like!

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58