Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Psalm 119 (samek)

Summary: The psalmist follows God's laws, but wishes he didn't have to try to follow them without persecution. Furthermore, he acknowledges that fear of God's judgement is a big factor in the psalmist's decision to follow God.

I hear both of those reasons about the decision to follow God (I do it so I don't get punished; I'd do it better if others would back off).
I wonder if either are legitimate. Like yeah, you can feel however, but we say over and over that God [John 3:17 here], and that we go through suffering to get us closer to God.

Lord, help me to follow You in my situation, not around, outside of, or in spite of it.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Psalm 119 (nun)

Summary: The psalmist praises God's word like a guiding light or one's greatest treasure. They need that word to guide them through great troubles.

I hear that we're keeping a student-oriented tone, confirming that learning is super important and continually happening; that there is reliance on God's instructions to keep them safe; and that, in the last verse, the notes say they chose to "turn their hearts" to be able to follow those instructions.

I wonder if I'm taking all of that to heart; if it will ever get easier to push into the word.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Psalm 119 (mem)

Summary: The shows the value of the law, greater than competition, education, age, experience, and even temptation. He finds it to be lovely and sweet.

Response: "I thought age would tell the secrets/But the secrets are still secret/And the years are passing by" 'Captivate,' Starfield

I don't want to be growing older without getting wiser; I don't want to gain knowledge and still lack God's will for it. I want to do His right, but I need to rely on Him for it.

Yep, another kind of non-lucid morning. I'm sick, it's concert week. Even so, God is good and He will keep me safe and secure.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Psalm 119 (lamed)

Summary: The psalmist sees the Law as though it sits in heaven. It encourages him, saves him, challenges him, and escapes his full understanding but is always worth further study.

Response: It's fairly obvious by my track record here, but I have a hard time keeping a good schedule on my devotions. I try to give God the first fruits of my time, but I am often just tired waking up this early. Some days I sleep in and, by that time, kids are up.

But I love getting encouragement in this verse that I'm never done. God's word continues to be, as I've heard it put, a many-faceted jewel. Every direction you face it from has a new detail. And I know, as my life changes, that I will have new things to learn from each molecule of God's word.

I just gotta push on.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Psalm 119 (kaf)

Summary: The psalmist feels persecuted and abandoned. He still follows God's law, but he is not nourished, and the unfaithful still try to get him. But he still trusts and still obeys.

Response: Again, I have a hard time with where the psalmists and I feel different. Here, though, I think they have a better reaction. In difficult times, I tend not to cry out to God or try to call Him out on a perceived abandonment. But I, even now, rarely contact Him... at all. Lord, help me keep in constant communication with You.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Psalm 119 (yod)

Summary: Just as God created the psalmist and guides him along, so does he want to guide the rest of God's people. He knows that the law offers compassion, not just judgement.

Response: Lord, help me to do right by You and Your people. May I delight in Your word and Your presence.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Psalm 119 (tet)

Summary: The psalmist, suffering, still praises God and wants to follow His will.

Response: A verse speaks of those arrogantly ignoring God's will and law, like their hearts are callused. Lord, I don't want to be like that, even though I am sometimes. Keep me grounded in You, sensitive to Your touch.