It Works Both Ways

This stanza of Psalm 119 also features a lot of verbs; like yesterday. Except this time the actions are said to come from the reader, not from God. Here we read; “I have an answer”, “I trust”, “I have hoped”, “shall I keep”, “I will walk”, “I seek”, “I will speak”, “I will not be ashamed”, “I will delight”, “I will lift up my hands”, “I will meditate”. You can read the stanza below: Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—Your salvation according to Your word. 42 So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, For […]

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Living and Active

Stanza 5 of Psalm 119 reads like this: Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall keep it to the end. 34  Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law; indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart. 35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies, and not to covetousness. 37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. 38  Establish Your word to Your servant, who is devoted to fearing You. 39  Turn away my […]

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Revive

Here is the fourth stanza from Psalm 119: My soul clings to the dust; Revive me according to Your word. 26  I have declared my ways, and You answered me; Teach me Your statutes. 27  Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on Your wonderful works. 28 My soul melts from heaviness; Strengthen me according to Your word. 29 Remove from me the way of lying, and grant me Your law graciously. 30 I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me. 31  I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me […]

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Spiritual Vision

Today is day 3 of our in depth look at Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible and one that is devoted to thoughts about the word of God. Here is stanza number 3: “Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your word. 18  Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law. 19  I am a stranger in the earth; Do not hide Your commandments from me. 20 My soul breaks with longing for Your judgments at all times. 21 You rebuke the proud—the cursed, who stray from Your commandments. 22 Remove from me […]

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God’s “Cleanser”

Today is day 2 of our look at Psalm 119, which is all about the word of God.   As I mentioned yesterday, each stanza of Psalm 119 begins with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. I’m going to copy each stanza in this blog and comment on one part of that stanza. Here is the second stanza: “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. 10  With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! 11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I […]

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Got Shame? Don’t Need to Keep It!

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and it has one main topic…the words of God. The psalm has 22 stanzas, each one beginning with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Rather than move through this psalm in one day, I’m going to take 22 days, copying for you one stanza at a time and then talking about one aspect of that stanza. Here we go with the first stanza: “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with […]

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Where’s Your Trust?

Where Is Your Trust? Psalm 118 is a great psalm about God’s mercy and protection. My focus today is on verses 5-9. Here they are: “I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6  The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7  The Lord is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. 8  It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.  9 It is better […]

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Short and Sweet

Ok, so if you want to impress someone by memorizing an “entire psalm” then I have the psalm for you. I don’t even have to put in a link to Psalm 117. Here it is: “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! 2  For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” Everyone is encouraged to praise the Lord. The writer of the psalm is asking us to praise the Lord. Two reasons are given. First, because the merciful kindness of the Lord is great toward […]

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Does God Get Your All?

Psalm 116 is an interesting psalm. It has a very common verse that is often used at funerals: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” The psalm does talk about God delivering the writer’s soul from death but the psalm is not primarily about death. It is about God’s deliverance…God’s provision and care. The writer asks an interesting question in verse 12: “What shall I render to the LordFor all His benefits toward me?” The author lists a few things: taking up the cup of salvation, paying vows, and offering the sacrifice of thanksgiving, […]

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“Idol” Business

Psalm 115 contrasts the care and activity of the true God with that of man made idols. The idols are said to have mouths without speech, eyes without vision, ears without hearing, noses without smelling, hands without handling and feet without walking. Idols are creations of men who seek a visual representation of a god. In my opinion, men create idols in an attempt to manipulate “god” or to manipulate other people. I think the latter is probably more prevalent. The ones who are in charge of the “idols” prescribe behavior for those who seek to please the idols and […]

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