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 Taw vs. 169-173
Let my cry come before you, O LORD;
give me understanding according to your word!
Let my plea come before you;
deliver me according to your word.
My lips will pour forth praise,
for you teach me your statutes.
My tongue will sing of your word,
for all your commandments are right.
Let your hand be ready to help me,
for I have chosen your precepts.
I long for your salvation, O LORD,
and your law is my delight.
Let my soul live and praise you,
and let your rules help me.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep;
seek your servant,
for I do not forget your commandments.
The plea for understanding is a continual thread throughout Psalm 119. With the request is acknowledgment that true understanding is given by God. His word is given to give us life, salvation, peace, comfort and righteousness. Jesus, the spoken Word fulfilled, answers the psalmist’s frequent cry for salvation. We are so blessed! We have the spoken Word, now written; we have the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ; we have the constant presence of the Holy Spirit, our comforter. And yet we forget and wallow in our self-pity parties, decrying our situations in life, losing the joy of the Lord. The psalmist so sought after what we have at our disposal, to take or to leave it. The psalmist knew the power in the combination of the Trinity. We do well to appreciate what we have and give God praise for it. We do well to take our collective eyes off our situation and do as the psalmist led; look to the Word and presence of God Almighty. Let us be diligent students of the gift of God’s word; let us pray with the psalmist for understanding as we meditate upon God’s principles. Let us give thanks for this gift of life and love so freely given by our Creator.
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