Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Psalm 119 (he)

Summary: The psalmist asks for God's guidance in learning His teachings. He knows that following wealth here on Earth is ultimately worthless, but following the way of God is what will save him.

Response: Lord, help me to find contentment in what I have, and a longing to grow deeper with You.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Psalm 119 (dalet)

Summary: On his own, the psalmist stumbles around; he needs the help of God's law just to get back up. As he stumbles again and is again raised, he commits to learning and practicing it. Knowing the statutes well, he is able but just to walk but to run.

Response: Lord, help me with small choices today, that I may trust you with bigger ones quicker tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Psalm 119 (gimel)

Summary: The psalmist compares himself to a foreigner so far as his knowledge of the law is concerned: he needs help so he won't get himself in trouble. He knows those around him only plot to get him hurt, but God's statutes are like wise advisors, helping him stay on the right path.

Response: This is pretty good stuff. When I play a game like Civ V, the other nations rarely do anything that benefits me; most times, my generosity is taken advantage of and I am left with the choice to either give something valuable to a potential future enemy or make an enemy myself by refusing such a bad offer.

But God is here for our benefit. He couldn't love us any more or less, and He offers us the choice to love Him back. He's the One vulnerable here and we are the ones with the most to gain.

So help me, Lord, to seek Your will and ways, so I can be a better me.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Psalm 119 (bet)

Summary: The psalmist states that the only way to keep a young person pure is for them to follow God's teachings. They regard the study not a chore but a delight with great reward in store.

Response: I only hope I take this seriously enough to enjoy it myself, and to put in enough effort to see a payoff.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Psalm 119 (alef)

[This is the longest psalm, split up so that each section begins with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. As such, I'm doing just one section each day.]

Summary: The psalmist knows that, if he would only follow all God's commands, he would be happy. But he can't.

Response: I know I can't either. Not all on my own. Lord, help me to seek Your will in all I do.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Psalm 118

Summary: The psalmist calls on everyone to testify to God's enduring love. Because he calls on God, He helps him in times of trouble. The psalmist finishes the same way, telling all about God's enduring love in the temple.

Response: There's like a million songs that have come from this psalm, but I like the difference between "I crushed my enemies with God's help" and "God saved me;" I want to push myself to think more on God's mercy than my selfish gain.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Psalm 117

Summary: The psalmist tells all nations to praise God.

Response: It's really short, but it makes its point: God isn't just for Israel, but for everyone. All should praise Him because He loves all of us.