Praying your Way through Mistreatment

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  • I continued my exposition of Psalm 119 in our Midweek Worship Service last night. At this point, I am pressing to conclude this study by the end of the year. That’s the plan. I hope I am able to accomplish it. Here is the skeleton from last night’s message on the sixteenth stanza of Psalm 119.

    Title: “Praying your Way through Mistreatment

    Text: Psalm 119:120-128

    Theme: A prayer for deliverance from unjust suffering

    Point: You can trust God to do what is right even when it seems that everything is going wrong.

    Transitional Sentence: In this Ayin stanza of Psalm 119, the writer shows us three things to pray for when we are being mistreated for doing what is right.


    I. Pray for personal deliverance (119:121-123).

    Verses 121-123 remind us of three attributes of God we can out on as we pray for personal deliverance.

    A. God is holy (v. 121).

    B. God is good (v. 122).

    C. God is faithful (v. 123).

    II. Pray for spiritual enlightenment (119:124-125).

    The spiritual enlightenment you need to deal with mistreatment will come as you seek the favor and wisdom of God.

    A. Seek the favor of God (v. 124).

    B. Seek the wisdom of God (v. 125).

    III. Pray for divine intervention (119:126-127)

    There are two things you must remember as you wait on God to intervene to change your situation.

    A. God’s timing is perfect (v. 126).

    B. God’s truth is perfect (vv. 127-128).

    1. Treasure it (v. 127)
    2. Trust it (v. 128)


    H.B. Charles Jr.

    Pastor-Teacher at the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church of Jacksonville and Orange Park, Florida.