Scripture: Psalm 119:73-80
Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.
May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.
I know, O Lord, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live, for your law is my delight.
May the arrogant be put to shame for wronging me without cause; but I will meditate on your precepts.
May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statues.
May my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.
Something new in these verses today. Thought I misread it at first until I took time to meditate on it. 7th verse says “may those who fear you turn to me”. I think I am so used to hearing turn to God, focus your eyes on God, that the thought of “turn to me” seemed like a mistake or something. But actually it is referred to twice in this passage. 2nd verse and 7th. Why should people turn to me, and rejoice when they see me. But it’s really so simple. We enter a brand new relationship and family when we give our lives to Jesus. We should be rejoicing with each other because of this. This should attract others to me who love God. This should cause me to seek out and rejoice with others who are my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
Also saw the word meditate pop up again. This is changing my study habits in a big way.
This is really a challenging one for me, but also this is really part of my job description that I am figuring out. I am typically not super aggressive or outgoing, but I am learning to be more intentional with reaching out to others, encouraging them, praying with them. This is a great set of verses for me today. Motivates me to keep moving forward.
Lord thank you again for your word. Thank you for your faithfulness and compassion. I pray that my light will shine in such a way as to be attractive to others around me. God help me to rejoice with those who know you and find peace and comfort with you. May my heart be blameless towards your decrees. Thank you Jesus, amen.