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.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Psalm 119 (khet)

Summary: The psalmist compares God to having an inheritance, providing security and stability. God's law grounds him and steadies him, even when facing those who do not believe.

Response: Sometimes it is kind of a bummer that I don't have a nice chunk of change or a large estate waiting for me. Still, that means I can enjoy God's provision and look forward to blessings He has in store for me.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Psalm 119 (zayin)

Summary: Among those who are nonbelievers, the psalmist stands out as one who knows God's law and follows it. It is his main source of hope knowing God will come and save him.

Response: I can only hope my lifestyle continues to show others how I try to love and serve God. I feel like I don't always do a good job, defaulting to complacency and reactions.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Psalm 119 (vav)

Summary: The psalmist asks God to give him a testimony, his saving story. That way, he can focus his conversations with those who don't believe and study the Word with that much more fervor.

Response: My guess is there is supposed to be some trouble already started? Otherwise it feels like "please give me a problem and then solve it," which is a bit odd if not a bit reckless. Though I guess it could also be to reveal saving that is done or just on its way. I know I am provided for by God, even when little things add up, which is sort of the small version of my testimony.