Day 119, Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm with 176 verses. It is a song that celebrates the greatness of God’s Word. Some people study one verse of Psalm 119 a day – throughout the year, working through the psalm twice. It’s written in a way that allows you to meditate on one verse at a time, if you choose to.

Psalm 119 encourages the reader to study the Word, to ask God for understanding and to apply the Word in our daily lives. As I read this psalm, I was remembering my own journey with God’s Word. I remember feeling that I had to read the scriptures to be a good person. Yet i was utterly confused by the scriptures and mostly frustrated. Eventually, I thought to pray for understanding before I read, which helped. Then one day, I asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit and everything changed. I hungered for the Word of God and began to learn from it. Holy Spirit helped to interpret the Word for me. Sometimes He would slowly reveal its’ meaning to me as I continued to wrestle with verses that confused me.

I love verse 130 for this reason. It says, “Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people”. We can’t truly understand the Word of God without His help – and He will help anyone who asks, even those of us who are “ordinary”.

Verse 18 is a perfect prayer to say as you open your bible, “Open my eyes [to spiritual truth] so that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law.”. I believe this is one of those prayers that God will always answer. Crack a Bible open and see for yourself.

See you tomorrow for Psalm 120.


Identity in Christ, Day 3. Justified

Have you ever used the phrase, “let’s start with a clean slate?” Forgetting what has previously happened, we begin again with a new outlook. I have had many “re-dos” in my life. Second chances, another try, a chance to make something better.

We can never really achieve a clean slate here on this earth. It seems that as soon as we clean something up, new problems arise, or a new mistake is made. If you’re like me, every time you decide to start a new effort to lose weight, you catch yourself slipping in a cookie, or two, thinking one slip won’t matter – only to find it happening again. Now what? Do you throw in the towel and say, “I can’t do this”? Or, do you begin again, with a clean slate? I’ve done both in my battle with self-control.

I think this is why it is sometimes hard for me to fathom the fact that we are permanently made clean when we accept Jesus as our Savior. We are washed “clean as snow”, made right in our Father’s sight, by our faith. We don’t have to try again, it’s given, it’s eternal.

How will you enjoy your clean slate today? I am enjoying mine with amazement.

A love that we crave.

I have carried this verse with me all weekend. Mulling it over, and looking for its presence in my life. How would i describe this verse – as it lives and swirls around me.

To me it holds a complete description of the unfailing love God has for us – and – a the description of the love we all seem to crave. Does this describe the God-sized hole we all have in our hearts that only God can fill? A love that endures the circumstances we struggle with. A love that carries a banner of hope for us to follow. A love that upholds a faith in us, that we will find our way through the sins we struggle with. A love that never gives up on us. With this ever-present love encircling us – how can we fail? I am so grateful.

Love finds no pleasure in injustice done to others.

The Vines dictionary describes injustice as – a condition of not being right, whether with God, according to the standard of his holiness and righteousness, or with man, according to the standard of what man knows to be right by his conscience.

This definition has caused me to pause and reflect on recent events. What has happened to the “standard” of what man knows to be right by his conscience?

Lord, without your influence we are lost. I pray that your wisdom will break-through and refresh our sense of right and wrong. May your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Amen

Run the race

Lord, in your great faithfulness, please help us to let go and turn away from any sin in our lives that slows us down on our journey towards you. Amen #jesuschrist #yahweh #holyspirit #dailydevotional #scripture #bibleverse #towardsyou #toyou