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Fellowship of the Saints (Psalm 119:63)

I am a companion of all those who fear You, and of those who keep Your precepts.
Psalm 119:63

After the psalmist describes the opposition he is facing and reminds us that he is still thankful and committed to God’s word, he describes the sweet relationship he has with those who share his spiritual commitments.

To be a companion is to be knit together, united. The emphasis is the like-mindedness he enjoys with those who share his same spiritual priorities. He gives two specific priorities that bind them together.

1. All those who fear God.

In this same chapter, the psalmist describes his fear of God:

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

As we grow in our understanding of who God is, we will also grow in a proper fear of God. Our relationship with a holy God is remarkable. It came at a great cost. It is a reminder of how much a Holy God must hate sin and, therefore, how great is the love He has demonstrated towards His children. This is not to be a causal relationship.

2. All those who keep His precepts.

An appropriate fear of God will result in obedience to God’s precepts.

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Proverbs 3:7

By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, and by the fear of the Lord one keeps away from evil.
Proverbs 16:6

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1

This is a reminder that our common bond is only with true believers, not everyone who claims to be Christians. True believers can be identified by their appropriate fear of God and obedience to His word.

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