SermonHeavenly Will Living
An all-creatures Bible Message

Heavenly Will Living
A Sermon Delivered to
The Compassion Internet Church
14 January 2018
Frank L. Hoffman, Pastor

Scripture References

Psalm 119:9-32

Heavenly will living is a way of living here on earth as it is in heaven, just as Jesus taught us to live.
Heavenly will living is the way that people observe the lifestyles of the peacemaking children of God, for they cause no pain or suffering or death to any living being, whether they are humans or other animals.
In addition to living this way they cause no harm to our environment, and do everything in their power to free creation from its present corruption.
Jesus was the perfect example of heavenly will living, for everything He taught and lived was intended to bring peace to the earth
Heavenly will living is what the psalmist of Psalm 119:9-32 wanted to do with all his heart and soul; let’s look at what he wrote…

9. How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Thy word.

The psalmist seems to have answered his own question, but today we can make it even easier, for if we are filled with the Holy Spirit and allow Him to guide us, we will naturally reject the worldly ways around us, and live according to the heavenly will of God.
And the psalmist continues…

10. With all my heart I have sought Thee;
Do not let me wander from Thy commandments.

This becomes much easier when we repent of our former worldly ways of life, and ask Jesus to save us, and when we allow Him to do this, we will also have an infilling of the Holy Spirit, and if we listen to His unctions, we will find that we no longer stray from His heavenly will.

11. Thy word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against Thee.
12. Blessed art Thou, O LORD;
Teach me Thy statutes.

This is exactly what the Holy Spirit does for us; that is, if we allow Him.
But why do I say, “if we allow Him?”
Because, God has given us a free will, and we can choose to live by the worldly ways around us, or to have heavenly will living.
If we choose to have heavenly will living, we will have no problems, but if we choose to be enticed away by the pull of the worldly ways of living around us, we will have problems, and if we stay there, we could lose our everlasting life in heaven.

13. With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Thy mouth.
14. I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies,
As much as in all riches.

In fact, we don’t believe that we should be rejoicing in any riches; we should be thankful for all that the Lord gives us, but we should never love money and riches, for that can lead us astray into the corrupt and evil ways of this world.

15. I will meditate on Thy precepts,
And regard Thy ways.
16. I shall delight in Thy statutes;
I shall not forget Thy word.
17. Deal bountifully with Thy servant,
That I may live and keep Thy word.

And remember that the love, compassion, and empathy that Jesus taught us fulfills the whole Law, so we need to view the Old Testament in the light that Jesus taught us; so if we have this heavenly love, compassion, and empathy, we will not do those things that the Law tells us not to do, for this is heavenly will living.

18. Open my eyes, that I may behold
Wonderful things from Thy law.

If we have the Holy Spirit within us, our eyes are opened to see what God wants us to do.

19. I am a stranger in the earth;
Do not hide Thy commandments from me.

Remember that Jesus taught us that even though we live on the earth that we are not to be a part of it, for we should be living in the heavenly will of God; and if we are, we find that none of His heavenly commandments are hidden from us for they are in our heart and soul.

20. My soul is crushed with longing
After Thine ordinances at all times.

This can happen in two ways: either the psalmist is not living in the heavenly will of God, or he is crushed by all the ungodliness he sees in the world, and he desperately wants to see the heavenly will of God on earth as it is in heaven.
What do we want?
We hope and pray that it’s heavenly will living.

21. Thou dost rebuke the arrogant, the cursed,
Who wander from Thy commandments.

This happens to the people who desire to live in the corrupt and evil ways of the world.

22. Take away reproach and contempt from me,
For I observe Thy testimonies.
23. Even though princes sit and talk against me,
Thy servant meditates on Thy statutes.

The psalmist feels that the whole world is against his stance to living as the Lord desires us to live, for when we live in the heavenly will of God, our lifestyle is a testimony against the corrupt and evil ways of this world that cause so much violence, pain, suffering, and death to plague millions of human beings and billions of other animals every year.

24. Thy testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors.

This happens when we are born again and living in the heavenly will of God.

25. My soul cleaves to the dust;
Revive me according to Thy word.

We don’t fully understand why the psalmist seems to be flip-flopping back and forth between seeming to live in the heavenly will of God, and at the same time not having the peace of mind that comes with being a peacemaking child of God.
We also should consider that the psalmist is constantly being overwhelmed by the corrupt and evil ways of this world.

26. I have told of my ways, and Thou hast answered me;
Teach me Thy statutes.
27. Make me understand the way of Thy precepts,
So I will meditate on Thy wonders.

This all comes with heavenly will living, for we have the mind of Christ as Paul taught us, and we see the way that God wants us to live in contrast to the corrupt ways of this world.

28. My soul weeps because of grief;
Strengthen me according to Thy word.
29. Remove the false way from me,
And graciously grant me Thy law.

This comes about when we dwell upon the evil ways of the world without doing anything to help end it.
We need to do more than praying for it to end; we should be inspired to help end it.

30. I have chosen the faithful way;
I have placed Thine ordinances before me.
31. I cleave to Thy testimonies;
O LORD, do not put me to shame!

We are only put to shame when we are pulled away by the corrupt ways of this world, but if we remain as ambassadors of Christ in this world, our heavenly lifestyle will put the world to shame and not us.
What we may need is the strength to withstand the temptation of the world.

32. I shall run the way of Thy commandments,
For Thou wilt enlarge my heart.

This is when we have the strength and assurance that the Lord is with us at all times, which we have with heavenly will living.
We just need to keep practicing living this way until it becomes our second nature; the more we practice it, the easier and more natural it becomes, for the Holy Spirit is with us at all times, and we need to feel His presence.

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