Psalm 119

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Psalm 119:169-176

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Scripture: Psalm 119:169-176

Taw

May my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word.

May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise.

May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees.

May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

May 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 me live that I may praise you, and my your laws sustain me.

I have strayed like a lost sheep. See your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands.

 

Observation:

It feels like he is summing up the last 168 verses. We can see the deep desire for God and His word in each verse. Two things stand out to me today, first, in nearly every section, the author has asked for understanding. It is most commonly believed that this psalm was written by King David over the period of his lifetime. It just shows me that even a man after God’s own heart like David never felt he knew everything and constantly sought out God.

The other thing that caught my attention today was “let me live that I may praise you,…” He has said this a couple of other times throughout this Psalm, and it makes me think of my own journey with God. Purpose. The author found great purpose in life serving God, seeking God, learning, etc..   This was more important than being king, (if the author is David) or whatever job or identity that makes us unique.

Application:

To seek understanding daily. To remember that this is something that will never end in this lifetime, there is always more to learn.

Prayer:

Thank you Lord for this piece of scripture that I could study and learn from. Thank you for giving me some new understanding of your word. Thank you for revealing to me things I had not seriously considered before. I pray for each one of us reading this today to give them a lifelong desire to seek and learn. To everyday find incredible joy in your Word and to the blessings all around us. Lord, may hunger for your incredible truths never subside. Thank you Jesus, amen!

Psalm 119:161-168

Scripture: Psalm 119:161-168

Sin and Shin

Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.

I rejoice in your promise 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 laws.

Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.

I wait for your salvation, O Lord, and I follow your commands.

I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly.

I obey your precepts and your statues, for all my ways are known to you.

 

Observation:

Some real truth here that I have been able to experience first hand before. “great peace have they who love your law” I can remember before I was a Christian that the thought of death, or just someone I knew was going to die, would get me very anxious, panicky, scared and whatever. Then I noticed after I had the Holy Spirit living in me that there was no more anxiety, but a peace that really made no sense, but it was there.

I like the verse “seven times a day…”  the author is remembering God all throughout the day, noticing the blessings, being thankful, remembering God’s promises and rejoicing in them.

 

Application:

The intentional “remembering” of God working in my life, and not allowing the busy day to distract me from taking time to notice the blessings all around me. How often does one negative thing overshadow the hundreds of blessings all around us?

Prayer:

God, help me stay focused on your blessing and your incredible works today. Help me not get caught up in negativity or problems, but rather, praise You for all that you do and all that your Word promises. God I thank you for your incredible peace and your Holy Spirit that guides and directs me every day. Help me to understand His guidance and be obedient to it. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

Psalm 119:153-160

Scripture: Psalm:153-160

Resh

Look at my suffering and deliver me, for I have not forgotten your law.

Defend my cause and redeem me; preserve my life according to your promise.

Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do no seek out your decrees.

Your compassion, Lord, is great; preserve my life according to your laws.

Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statues.

I look on the faithless with loathing, for they do not obey your word.

See how I love your precepts; preserve my life, Lord, in accordance with your love.

All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.

 

Observation:

What sticks out to me is the verse “I look on the faithless with loathing”. This feels very harsh to me. It seems wrong.  I used to be the faithless, and I vowed to never forget where I once was. But I wonder. Do I unintentionally or subconsciously loath the faithless? Do I condemn in my mind those who don’t think like I do, who don’t know the Lord?

 

Application:

Another one of those days where I really need to meditate on the word and honestly ask myself a few questions. Are there areas I need to work on? Am I condemning people in my mind? I will ask God to reveal places where I may be doing that. This could be very interesting.

 

Prayer:

God, I ask you to search me. Reveal to me where I may be judgemental or condemning. Forgive me if this has been my heart, and I ask for your eyes when I look at people. Your heart when I encounter people this week. God help me to be the encourager, to speak words of life to others, to council those in need, to have compassion for the hurting, and patience to do all this. Thank you Jesus, amen.

Psalm 119: 145-152

Scripture Psalm 119:145-152

Qoph

I call with all my heart; answer me Lord, and I will obey your decrees.

I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes.

I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word.

My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises.

Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.

Those who devise wicked schemes are near; but they are far from your law.

Yet you are near, Lord, and all your commands are true.

Long ago I learned from your statues that you established them to last forever.

 

Observation:

Long before Jesus came along, this author seems to have figured out the basic salvation message. “I call out, save me” “your statutes….last forever” “preserve my life according to your law” ” I put my hope in your word”.  He knows there is something more than this life. Otherwise why put in all this effort and endure persecution from his enemies? What really strikes me is always how intense and earnest he is when calling on God.

Meditate used again here.

Application:

I would love to say something very profound today, but nothing really comes to mind. But I learned from this is to keep seeking God with all my heart. Everyday, no matter how I feel.

 

Prayer:

Thank you God that you have made these verses come to life by sending Jesus to take on our sins. Thank you that when we call on you, you answer, and you save us. I have put my hope in your word, and it will endure forever. I know God you have remembered my sins no more, and that You will not leave me or forsake me. Thank you for your grace today, in Jesus name, amen.

 

Psalm 119:137-144

Scripture: Psalm 119:137-144

Tsadhe

You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right.

The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy.

My zeal wears me out, for my enemies ignore your words.

Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.

Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts.

Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true.

Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.

Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

 

Observation:

I’ve noticed a few times “enemies” referenced. Been thinking about this, do I have enemies? I think the answer is yes. Maybe not in the physical sense where someone is out to harm me, but I think the answer is found in the rest of the verse. “my enemies ignore your words”. In the spiritual sense, we have a war going on, those of us who follow the word, and those who don’t. Believers and non-believers. By biblical definition, I believe this would be an enemy. Those who don’t follow Christ. But even though we are at odds with the world and the world view, we can find comfort in God’s law, knowing it is true and will endure forever.

Application:

Remembering today that when I encounter “enemies”, it is a spiritual war, not a physical one. Therefore, it is God’s battle not mine. I am called to love my neighbor, not beat him over the head with the bible.

Prayer:

Thank you God again for your amazing word. God help me today to love my enemies. Help me to remember that I too was once on the other side of that war. These are all people that just haven’t found You yet, so we pray for your presence to be felt when we encounter people this week, and that I can be an example of “love your neighbor as yourself” to someone today. It is your battle Lord.  Your word will endure forever, and we thank you for that in the name of Jesus, amen.

Psalm 119

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Psalm 119:129-136

Scripture: Psalm 119:129-136

Pe

Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. \

I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.

Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.

Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts.

Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.

Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for Your law is not obeyed.

 

Observation:

Wow, I really love these verses. It is just one big prayer. Love the imagery of “unfolding of your word gives light”  So much emotion and desire for God in these verses. So powerful to think of “streams of tears flow from my eyes” because so many people are not following God. Do I feel that strongly? Do I ever weep for the lost?

 

Application:

Simple but powerful, what comes to mind  is to pray these verses for myself today.

Prayer:

Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. (me)
I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.
Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.
Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.
Redeem me from human oppression, that I may obey your precepts.
Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.
Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for Your law is not obeyed.

Thank you Jesus, in your name I pray, amen.

 

 

Psalm 119:121-128

Scripture: Psalm 119:121-128

Ayin

I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors.

Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me.

My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise.

Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees.

I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes.

It is time for you to act, Lord; your law is being broken.

Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold,

and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.

 

Observation:

interesting verse “It is time for you to act, Lord”. Feels like the author is anxious for the movement of God. I don’t believe he is trying to demand God to do something, but rather expressing a deep desire for God leading. I feels like he is growing more and more hungry for the Word of God and God’s guidance.

 

Application:

This really confirms to me to just keep going. Keep working at it. Be in the Word. Seek God in prayer. Keep learning. Keep seeking. Our desire for righteousness should in turn increase. Recognizing and hating wrong paths will become easier.

 

Prayer:

Lord you are awesome! God, as I continue to seek you, as I continue to pray and study your laws, I, too, want to see you act. I want to recognize when you are at work in my life and in things around me. Your word is more precious than gold, and I want to hate what is wrong. Give me wisdom and strength to do that. Thank you Jesus, amen.

Still unsure:

Got one for this section today, just want to better understand verse 123 “my eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise. ”

Is he looking in the wrong things or places for God’s salvation, or is he just desiring God so much he is focusing hard on seeing what God is doing around him. For more study.

Psalm 119:113-120

Scripture: 119:113-120

Samekh

I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!

Sustain me according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.

You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their deceitfulness is in vain.

All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes.

My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws.

 

Observation:

A couple of very interesting points on these verses on the rightnow media video. “biblical knowledge without right relationship is empty, vain, and leads to beating others over the head, rather than lovingly and compassionately engaging other with words of life”.  and “in the word I find you”.  Wow, so simple but so profound. The author is saying that God is his shield and his refuge. He has put his hope in the word because in there is where he finds God. Earnestly studying the word, asking for understanding, keeping His commands, this is how we move from having knowledge in our head to a relationship in our heart. It’s more than just reading. It’s more than just praying. It’s more than keeping the laws. It’s all of them together, and more.

Application:

Time to take an honest evaluation of my relationship with God. Is my prayer life where I want it? Do I study enough? Am I keeping all His laws?

Prayer:

Lord, thank you for being my refuge and my shield. I do put my hope in your Word. God, help me each day to find you whether I am reading or in prayer. Lord help me not to be a double minded person, but one that does tremble in awe of You. May I always treat people with compassion and love, and give me Words of life to speak into others. Thank you in the name of Jesus, amen.