God’s words bring peace…

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  Sin and Shin vs 161-168

Princes persecute me without cause,

 but my heart stands in awe of your words.

 I rejoice at your word

like one who finds great spoil.

 I hate and abhor falsehood,

 but I love your law.

 Seven times a day I praise you

 for your righteous rules.

 Great peace have those who love your law;

 nothing can make them stumble.

  I hope for your salvation, O LORD,

 and I do your commandments.

 My soul keeps your testimonies;

I love them exceedingly.

 I keep your precepts and testimonies,

for all my ways are before you.

No matter what surrounds us: negativity, oppression, confrontation, all affect us but in all of it we have a deep love for the things of God.  All else will pass but His Word will not.  So we can turn from those things that would interfere with our relationship with God and ask simply for His peace; then sleep like Jesus in the boat in the middle of the storm!

When we fully realize where true power rests, when we fully realize where truth lies, all else begins to shrink in comparison.  Like a child whose world view rests on the next snack or toy; we move from immaturity to maturity in the Lord’s words.  When faced with the sure death sentence of a terminal illness we can move from self-pity and despair to the hope of our salvation; looking forward to the soon reuniting with our God!

Perspective changes attitude and feelings.  The psalmist is under attack but knows where true peace can be found; not in release from attack but in connecting with God Almighty through His Word.  Sleep in the midst of the storm–“Great peace have those who love your law.”

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The sum of your word is truth,…

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 Resh vs. 153-160

 Look on my affliction and deliver me,

 for I do not forget your law.

 Plead my cause and redeem me;

 give me life according to your promise!

 Salvation is far from the wicked,

 for they do not seek your statutes.

 Great is your mercy, O LORD;

 give me life according to your rules.

 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,

 but I do not swerve from your testimonies.

  I look at the faithless with disgust,

because they do not keep your commands.

Consider how I love your precepts!

Give me life according to your steadfast love.

 The sum of your word is truth,

and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.

Whatever our ‘affliction’ we can trust in Jehovah Sabaoth, our deliverer, the Lord of Hosts.  We remember, with the psalmist, the law set by Almighty God.  Laws are laws because they are proven to be true over and over again.  If they fail even once, they are no longer true, they are probabilities , with high probabilities, but not law.  God’s laws are proven faithful every time.

Mankind would try to distort the principles set by God’s spoken word.  Mankind would muddy the clear water of God’s spoken word.  But the

“…sum of your [God’s] word is truth…”

furthermore

“…every one of your [God’s] righteous rules endures forever…”

Know the genuine; study God’s Word, prayerfully meditating on it.  Then the “false ways”, the man-distorted ideologies are easily apparent to our spiritual eye.  Fill the mind with God’s Word; renewing it from what it was to the new creature in Christ.

  “Great is His Mercy!”

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A call for truth…

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 Qoph vs 145-152

 With my whole heart I cry;

 answer me, O LORD!

I will keep your statutes.

 I call to you; save me,

 that I may observe your testimonies.

 I rise before dawn and cry for help;

 I hope in your words.

 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,

 that I may meditate on your promise.

 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;

 O LORD, according to your justice give me life.

  They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;

 they are far from your law.

  But you are near, O LORD,

 and all your commandments are true.

  Long have I known from your testimonies

that you have founded them forever.

Rise before dawn to hear…

Rise before dawn to cry…

We have hope in His words…

We meditate on His promises…

We are awake in the night…

We seek His words, hope, promises and commandments…

We lift our voices to Him…

We establish our foundations upon His statutes, precepts, commands…

And foremost is the command to love…

God Almighty first, our fellow-men and women second.  He is truth and in that we can trust.  He saves us from those who do not believe, from our own lack, from the penalties of sin.  He promises us that salvation and with it comes life, now and  forever.  A full life blessed by His presence once again as at the beginning.  His word is founded forever; we need not fear its passing.  He is  near.  Rise to meet Him!!!

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Right, righteous, righteousness…

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 Tsadhe vs 137-144

 Righteous are you, O LORD,

and right are your rules.

  You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness

and in all faithfulness.

 My zeal consumes me,

because my foes forget your words.

 Your promise is well tried,

and your servant loves it.

 I am small and despised,

yet I do not forget your precepts.

  Your righteousness is righteous forever,

and your law is true.

 Trouble and anguish have found me out,

 but your commandments are my delight.

 Your testimonies are righteous forever;

give me understanding that I may live.

There is that which is right and that which is not.  We live in an age that would deceive us into a mindset that says this is not so.  That alone would identify the source!  It is not of God!

“…Righteous are you, O LORD,

and right are your rules. …”

This truth has been tried and found true over time.  Therefore it is no longer theory it is law.  It has moved from “I think…”  to “This is so…”

God’s precepts are right, true and faithful.  If we follow them we find the promise of life and abundance filled life at that.  When we don’t we open ourselves up to the consequences.  And because we do not live alone we are at the effect of those who do not.  In that place God is faithful to bring us through the consequences shaping us in the process.  We can truly say with the psalmist…

“…Trouble and anguish have found me out,

 but your commandments are my delight. …”

“…give me understanding that I may live. …”

Wherever we find ourselves is life; He is there and He is truth.

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Shedding tears…

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 Pe vs 129-136

Your testimonies are wonderful;

therefore my soul keeps them.

The unfolding of your words gives light;

it imparts understanding to the simple.

I open my mouth and pant,

because I long for your commandments.

Turn to me and be gracious to me,

as is your way with those who love your name.

Keep steady my steps according to your promise,

and let no iniquity get dominion over me.

Redeem me from man’s oppression,

that I may keep your precepts.

Make your face shine upon your servant,

and teach me your statutes.

My eyes shed streams of tears,

because people do not keep your law.

“… The unfolding of your words gives light; …”

As understanding comes from the Holy Spirit it truly is as if a light has come one; not instantly but bit by bit as if unfolding before us, this part then that.  And the light guides the steps we take when we are both alert and willing.

Is it possible to be enclosed in darkness and not be aware of it?  Absolutely and many who believe find themselves in that place because they are unawares.  Unaware of the sources of darkness that continually bombard us till we buy into the false ways of men.

“…let no iniquity get dominion over me. …” “… Redeem me from man’s oppression, …”

There is the oppression of constant thoughts and suggestions posed by the voices around us.  They can lead us into iniquity that binds us and blinds us.  We are in constant need of the unfolding light that

“…imparts understanding to the simple. …” 

We do not have to be highly educated; that can be a hindrance, we only need to spend time with the Words of God, asking for his illumination.

  “…Make your face shine upon your servant, …”

Let us then, continue the journey seeking the face of God for wisdom and guidance.  Let us be willing to share what we learn and receive with those who cross our paths.  We can truly say with the psalmist that our eyes shed tears because people do not keep His law, they do not love God and they do not love their fellow-man.  It is becoming a world that seeks its own; its own ways, its own authority, its own desires without thought for the consequences to themselves and to those around them.  We are in a world that has rejected God the creator and would erase all knowledge of Him if possible.  This impacts us and our children, our loved ones.  We cannot be caught unawares; we cannot be caught silent.  Stand therefore; stand firm in the faith that God is over all; God loves and God redeems.  Stand and share…

“…My eyes shed streams of tears,

because people do not keep your law….”  

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Words of gold…

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 Ayin vs 121-128

I have done what is just and right;

do not leave me to my oppressors.

Give your servant a pledge of good;

let not the insolent oppress me.

My eyes long for your salvation

and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,

and teach me your statutes.

I am your servant; give me understanding,

that I may know your testimonies!

It is time for the LORD to act,

for your law has been broken.

Therefore I love your commandments above gold,

above fine gold.

Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;

I hate every false way.

Do thoughts come, unbidden, to oppress us?  The question is what to do when that happens?  Is it enough to deny the thoughts?  Wouldn’t it be good to not only turn it away but also to replace it with the words of God?

“…My eyes long for your salvation

and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,

and teach me your statutes. …”

gold

“…Therefore I love your commandments above gold,

above fine gold….”

Do we long to hear the voice of God?  Let us be still; let His Word sink into our consciousness.

“…I am your servant; give me understanding,

that I may know your testimonies! …”

Let it become such a part of us that it seems to have  always been there.  In that place we can begin to know who speaks in our minds and in our hearing.  We begin to know what is the perfect will of God.  We can identify the false ways because we know with His understanding the truth.

“…Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;

I hate every false way. …

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It is wise to fear the judgment of God…

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 Samekh vs 113-120

I hate the double-minded,

but I love your law.

You are my hiding place and my shield;

I hope in your word.

Depart from me, you evildoers,

that I may keep the commandments of my God.

Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,

and let me not be put to shame in my hope!

Hold me up, that I may be safe

and have regard for your statutes continually!

You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,

for their cunning is in vain.

All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,

therefore I love your testimonies.

My flesh trembles for fear of you,

and I am afraid of your judgments.

Rather than use the word judge since it has gathered so much negativity people only hear and use it in one manner; lets use discern.  The psalmist is laying out examples of discernment in action.  Avoid the double-minded.  According to this we can’t have it both ways.  We will always end up giving one of two more focus, more reliance.  And so we choose, man’s way or God’s?

Our hope is in the word of God.  God says through scripture that Christ is the way, the life and the truth.  He is called the Word made flesh.  God speaks and it is.  He says He loves us; it is so.  He says we can have a relationship with him; it is so.  This is our hope; God’s word speaks true.

We do not spend time with those who do not love God, do not live by His principles.  We, rather, spend time with Him and those who love Him and follow His word.  We can discern who they are by their actions, their daily life.

Loving God means we do not want to be found among those who don’t.

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