“…give me understanding that I may learn …”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 Yodh vs 73-80

 Your hands have made and fashioned me;

give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.

 Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,

 because I have hoped in your word.

  I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,

 and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

 Let your steadfast love comfort me

 according to your promise to your servant.

  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;

 for your law is my delight.

Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood;

 as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

  Let those who fear you turn to me,

that they may know your testimonies.

 May my heart be blameless in your statutes,

that I may not be put to shame!

We are created by the same One who can give us understanding when we read His word.  Before a day’s start, we can ask for understanding.  Christ told us He would sent the Holy Spirit who would give us understanding.  So we ask before we read believing He will.  And we receive that which we can use for the day and what we can share with others to encourage and build up to spiritual maturity.  Principles to live by include carrying hurts and pains to the same one who created us.  We don’t hold on to them; we lay them down and his love set us free from their potential destruction in our lives.  He comforts us with a faithful love.  We also meditate on his word: allowing it to fill our minds and enter our hearts to  become a part of us.  His words become ours and we speak with his knowledge, not our own.  We are able to know him; and he will know us as his own.

 “…Let your steadfast love comfort me

 according to your promise to your servant….”

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“teach me…”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 Teth vs. 65-72

 You have dealt well with your servant,

O LORD, according to your word.

  Teach me good judgment and knowledge,

for I believe in your commandments.

  Before I was afflicted I went astray,

 but now I keep your word.

  You are good and do good;

teach me your statutes.

  The insolent smear me with lies,

but with my whole heart I keep your precepts;

  their heart is unfeeling like fat,

 but I delight in your law.

It is good for me that I was afflicted,

 that I might learn your statutes.

 The law of your mouth is better to me

than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

God’s  Word is good.  It accomplishes what it says.  It is truth and for that we can trust in it.  David has looked about and found God’s Word to be good.  Then he says, “teach me…”  We look for those who seem good, knowledgeable and whose word is good; whose word does what it says it will.  When we find this knowledge source we are willing to pay great sums of money for it.  And God’s word is made available daily to us.  Do we appreciate what we have?  Do we make good use of it?  Do we  say with David, “teach me…”?

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Sing with the earth…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 Heth 57-64

 The LORD is my portion;

I promise to keep your words.

I entreat your favor with all my heart;

be gracious to me according to your promise.

When I think on my ways,

I turn my feet to your testimonies;

  I hasten and do not delay

 to keep your commandments.

 Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,

I do not forget your law.

  At midnight I rise to praise you,

because of your righteous rules.

  I am a companion of all who fear you,

of those who keep your precepts.

 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;

teach me your statutes!

Who do we keep company with?  Do they share the same love of God and love for His word?  David shows his wisdom.

“… I am a companion of all who fear you,

of those who keep your precepts. …”

His face is always toward the Lord God.  In all situations he does not waver.  Can we say the same?  The love and desire for God is so pervasive he rises at midnight to praise the Lord.  He would have us look around us and see how much God loves us.  The love of God is all around us.  We can rise with the birdsong and join in the praise that invites his presence.

“The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love: teach [us]…!” 

Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!  God’s promise and love fulfilled.  What David looked for we have in Christ.  Salvation is here.

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Comfort and hope…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 Zayin 45-56

 Remember your word to your servant,

 in which you have made me hope.

 This is my comfort in my affliction,

 that your promise gives me life.

 The insolent utterly deride me,

 but I do not turn away from your law.

  When I think of your rules from of old,

 I take comfort, O LORD.

Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,

 who forsake your law.

 Your statutes have been my songs

 in the house of my sojourning.

  I remember your name in the night,

 O LORD, and keep your law.

This blessing has fallen to me,

 that I have kept your precepts.

Here there is comfort and hope in God’s Word.  Here there is promise of life.  The word of God is held in high esteem.  Today that is not generally true with the exception of a few.  It may be spoken of with words that honor but it is not used; it is not lived.  It is often traded for words issuing from mankind.  Even in the church it is only given a passing glance as congregations lean on what the pulpit delivers rather than what the Word of God says.  Many believers could tell us very little about what is actually in the Word.  David demonstrates the opposite.  The word of God is life to him.  And to those of us who can say the same, it is encouraging to hear one who loves God’s principles as much as this passage declares.  We would do well to develop a hunger for God’s word.  

“The blessing has fallen to me, that I have kept your precepts.” 

Principles to live by that bring hope, comfort and blessings.  May we continue to find time to seek the face of God in his Word.   May we continue to thank Him for His Word and live by it daily.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Delight in His Word…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 Waw 41-48

 Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD,

your salvation according to your promise;

  then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me,

 for I trust in your word.

  And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,

 for my hope is in your rules.

  I will keep your law continually,

forever and ever,

 and I shall walk in a wide place,

for I have sought your precepts.

  I will also speak of your testimonies before kings

 and shall not be put to shame,

for I find my delight in your commandments,

 which I love.

 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love,

and I will meditate on your statutes.

 

Do we love the Lord and his word as much as this?  David was called a man after God’s heart.  That calls for an intimate knowledge of God.  That calls for a relationship built on love and trust.  Do we know the principles of life, thought, behavior and action that God is teaching us in His Word?  Christ used the Word to teach and rebuke.  How much of our energy is given to knowing God?  He lives within; is He a stranger?

As we spend time in His Word, He speaks to us.  We come to know Him so we will know when He speaks.  We know the genuine and because we do we can identify the counterfeit.  We can discern between the voices that are not his and the voice that is.

Meditate, take time, grow to love the Word of God both the written word and the living Son of God.  Read the Word and hear His voice.  It is life to us.  It is love to us.  “I find my delight in your commandments, which I love…”

“…and I will meditate on your statutes. “

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Teach me, O LORD…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119 He vs. 33-40

   

 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;

and I will keep it to the end.

  Give me understanding, that I may keep your law

 and observe it with my whole heart.

 Lead me in the path of your commandments,

 for I delight in it.

 Incline my heart to your testimonies,

and not to selfish gain!

 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;

 and give me life in your ways.

  Confirm to your servant your promise,

that you may be feared.

 Turn away the reproach that I dread,

 for your rules are good.

 Behold, I long for your precepts;

in your righteousness give me life!

Keeping ‘the way’ to the end.  Regardless of what comes our way we keep His way.  His Word has been given to us to guide us to Him and through Him we have a sure path through life here and beyond.  We are able to ask for understanding.  The Holy Spirit present in us grants us that understanding, that ability.  Have we asked for it?  Then asking, have we trusted by our reading that it will come?  Have we slowed down enough to hear, receive and understand?  Do we have a desire to know Him and a desire to follow His Word?  Can we be honest with ourselves and judge ourselves for genuine desire that demonstrates trust by giving Him our time?  Is it too much for us to give some of our time to sit and listen to Him?  How much of our time is spent looking at useless things?  How much of our time is spent looking at worthless things.

“…Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;

 and give me life in your ways. …”

Things that turn to dust, or worse, plant seeds in us opposite to God’s teachings?  Long for Him, His Word, His righteousness ,His principles that  guide us to a full, rewarding life.

“… Behold, I long for your precepts;

in your righteousness give me life! …”

Are we seeking to get or looking for ways to give?

“… Incline my heart to your testimonies,

and not to selfish gain! …”

Let us keep His way, seek His words, meditate upon His principles making them our own manifested in our daily interactions with others.  Let us open up the way for Him to bless us and use us.

 Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes;

and I will keep it to the end.

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“…give me life…”

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119      Daleth. Vs 25-32

 My soul clings to the dust;

 give me life according to your word!

When I told of my ways, you answered me;

 teach me your statutes!

 Make me understand the way of your precepts,

and I will meditate on your wondrous works.

 My soul melts away for sorrow;

strengthen me according to your word!

Put false ways far from me

 and graciously teach me your law!

I have chosen the way of faithfulness;

 I set your rules before me.

I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;

let me not be put to shame!

I will run in the way of your commandments

 when you enlarge my heart!

We seem to cling to things of this life David calls “dust.”  Dust is also referred to as dirt containing nutrients for seed of this world; having little to do with the spiritual, much to do with the physical.  We can trade our desire for dust  for life that comes from the Word of God.  We can ask for understanding as we read or listen to the Word.  And we will hear God answer us.  Let’s meditate on that which gives life!

“…My soul clings to the dust;

 give me life according to your word! …”

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Desire for God’s Word…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119    Gimel vs 17-24

 Deal bountifully with your servant,

that I may live and keep your word.

 Open my eyes, that I may behold

wondrous things out of your law.

I am a sojourner on the earth;

 hide not your commandments from me!

 My soul is consumed with longing

 for your rules at all times.

 You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones,

 who wander from your commandments.

Take away from me scorn and contempt,

 for I have kept your testimonies.

Even though princes sit plotting against me,

 your servant will meditate on your statutes.

Your testimonies are my delight;

 they are my counselors.

Open our eyes to see you, Lord God Almighty, around us and in us.  Give us clear vision and depth of understanding as we search and study your word.  There is a hunger for truth and that which is real in our land.  May we be faithful to your Word and in so doing be a light to those around us, shining the way to you, O Lord.

We are all on a journey that begins at birth.  That journey is transformed into an adventure when we are reborn into Christ.  Let’s gather fellow travelers as we pass through time showing the love of God through Christ.  Let’s be faithful to live our time here on  earth as instructed in his Word.  As we do, Jesus Christ will be lifted up and will draw those who seek truth to Him.  David knew and we can know that we are “sojourners on the earth.” We can ask as he did, “take away from us scorn and contempt.”  We can learn of God, who he is and what he does as we meditate on his Word.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Life flow…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119  Beth vs 9-16

 How can a young man keep his way pure?

       By guarding it according to your word.  

With my whole heart I seek you;

       let me not wander from your commandments!

 I have stored up your word in my heart,

        that I might not sin against you.

  Blessed are you, O LORD;

        teach me your statutes!

 With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth.

     In the way of your testimonies

 I delight as much as in all riches.

        I will meditate on your precepts

       and fix my eyes on your ways.

  I will delight in your statutes;

       I will not forget your word.

Words to understand:  precepts, rules, decrees, commandments, statutes.  They are synonymous with principles.  We seek them out and when they are found, we keep the principles given to us guaranteeing an abundant life with God.  We fix our eyes upon His ways; the eyes of our heart, mind, soul, understanding fixed upon His ways.  His ways give us life.  We store them up in our hearts; for out of the heart the mouth speaks.  Then what flows from us to those around us is life-giving.  We become His servants of choice; delighting in His Word.

We guard our hearts with His word; the word that is hidden in our hearts.  Out of the heart are the issues of life; His word gives life, abundant and free of the penalties of death, free of the bondage of sin, free to be as He intended us to be…His children.  What a thought!  What a concept!  What joy!

“…I will delight in your statutes;

          I will not forget your word. …”

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Be genuine…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Psalm 119  Aleph  vs. 1-9

 Blessed are those whose way is blameless,

         who walk in the law of the LORD!

  Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,

       who seek him with their whole heart,

       who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

You have commanded your precepts

       to be kept diligently.

 Oh that my ways may be steadfast

      in keeping your statutes!

Then I shall not be put to shame,

      having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

I will praise you with an upright heart,

     when I learn your righteous rules.

I will keep your statutes;

     do not utterly forsake me!

Let us begin to pray Psalm 119 each day;  specifically for our nation.  Sing it to the Lord God Almighty.  The genuine believer loves the Word of God.  The genuine believer studies the Word of God.  The genuine believer knows the Word of God.  The genuine believer lives the Word of God.  It is hidden in our hearts; it is written on our  foreheads, in our minds; it is written on our hands, used and acted upon daily.  Those who cross our paths daily, see it  on our faces, hear it in our words, see it in our actions, sense the Lord God’s presence when in our presence.  We are immersed in scripture, living it out.  That is how our fellowships grow, as  a spiritually hungry nation begins to see the real in God’s people.

 

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