{Monday} February 27, 2017

Day 22 – Psalm 119:169-176 – Taw (Click here)

Congratulations!  You have worked through the longest chapter in the Bible.  Appropriately the Psalmist ends this trek with some celebration and encouragement.  Prayer, praise, singing, help, and salvation; woohoo!  Let’s end this devotional with the capstone that ends this Psalm in verse 176.  We must get familiar, learn from, live by, and absolutely trust in God’s words, laws, precepts, & decrees.  But when we stray like a lost sheep, God will seek after us.  When he seeks after us, we will know His voice.  We will know his voice because His words are in our hearts.  His words are in our hearts because Jesus Christ (the Word made flesh) has written those words, laws, precepts, & decrees on our hearts. He accomplished that through His great love for us seen most clearly in giving his life on the Cross.  Continue to become familiar with God’s written words and you will continue to know more and more our wonderful Savior and powerful Lord, Jesus Christ.

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{Sunday} February 26, 2017

Day 21 – Psalm 119:161-168 – Sin and Shin (Click here)

Take a couple of minutes and zero in on vs 165.  The words are slightly different between the translations but I’ll paraphrase the verse here: “Everything in life fits together and makes sense for people who love God’s Word, they don’t stumble through life like they were in the dark.” That is an incredible statement and my own life doesn’t line up with it.  Many of us have or are stumbling through life like we are in a dark and unfamiliar place.  Don’t be discouraged.  Start or refocus on getting familiar with God’s Word today.  Some people are good at memorizing scripture, others read it cover to cover, and many come up with other creative ways to get familiar with God’s Word. Experiment and figure out what works best for you. The end goal to keep in mind is to get familiar with His Words.  As you grow in that familiarity with His words then you will see so many things in life (good, bad, or crazy) start to fit together.

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{Saturday} February 25, 2017

Day 20 – Psalm 119:153-160 – Resh (Click here)

The focus of these verses doesn’t turn away from the majestic Words of God.  But more focus is turned to us humans, men & women, that’s all of us.  We have a responsibility to overcome the sin in our hearts that works to keep us from trusting in God’s words, decrees, & statutes.  We are each accountable to raise God’s words and laws to their appropriate place in our minds and hearts.  They are perfect, trustworthy, redeeming, & eternal.  If we can do that, and it is no small challenge to do it, then God’s Word promises to preserve our lives. Can you confess in your heart that God’s words are all you need in your life?  Are they perfect and can you trust them as such?  Ask Him to help strengthen your will and your mind to see that clearly, because it is true.  Work to unfold that truth in your own heart and mind. That is the encouragement and challenge in these verses.

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{Friday} February 24, 2017

Day 19 – Psalm 119:145-152 – Qoph (Click here)

Another few verses that many of us can say; been there, done that, got the t-shirt.  Heart cries; those cries to God that often cannot be voiced because of the deep emotions attached.  Vocal cries; when words can be expressed to God and we rise very early in the morning so we have time to express them or stay up through the night to get all of them out and heard.  In the situations that seem to have the power to drag us from God while we’re kicking and screaming the whole way…  In those moments, the Psalmist reminds himself, and us, to know, love, and absolutely rely on God’s words because they last forever.  Our circumstanes, good or bad, are temporary.

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{Thursday} February 23, 2017

Day 18 – Psalm 119:137-144 – Tsadhe (Click here)

Have you ever felt you lost to someone else because they cheated when you were honest?  Have you been excluded because you were too young? Too old? Or because you’re not important or in the ‘in-crowd’? How about the experiences in your life when things just don’t go your way?  Every way you turn results in more trouble for you and those you love?  If you give a yes to any of the above, then you’ve been in the same shoes as the author of Psalm 119. The encouragement of the Psalmist is to not get trapped by life situations that suck.  Instead turn to God’s Word.  Find the deep part of you that loves Him and be encouraged by the truth that God says what is right and He does what is right.

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{Wednesday} February 22, 2017

Day 17 – Psalm 119:129-136 – Pe (Click here)

Modern day marketing loves to tell us that the ‘key’ to unlock all the good things this life has to offer is found in a product; the key to unlock status is found in the right luxury or sports car; the key to unlock comfort is found in the right house; the key to unlock a healthy life is found in the right diet or exercise routine; or the key to unlock the hidden potential deep within ourselves is found in the right self-help book.  Modern day church can often fall into the same marketing pattern; the key to ‘unlocking’ a Godward life is found in a brilliant flash of adhering to the right doctrine, applying the right Christian practice, or having the right spiritual experience.  The Psalmist in these verse casts a different, and more accurate, mold for ‘unlocking’ truth that leads us to a greater life-experience with God in vs. 130: The unfolding of your words…  It is far more common that God’s Word ‘unfolds’.  It is rare that God’s word is suddenly ‘unlocked’.  Spend 10 minutes with this passage today.  Pick another passage 1 month from today and spend 20 minutes with it.  Don’t expect a great truth to burst off the page, but let it unfold and bring light to your understanding the way a sunrise brings light to a landscape.

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{Tuesday} February 21, 2017

Day 16 – Psalm 119:121-128 – Ayin (Click here)

Have you given yourself eyestrain trying to clearly see something on the horizon?  You can’t quite make it out, but you think you know what it is.  If you could just get closer to it or if it moved a little closer to you then you would know exactly what you’re looking at.  God has moved close to us in two ways.  He has provided His Word in text, but he didn’t stop there.  He gave us His Word made flesh in Jesus Christ.  He has moved close to each of us so that we can see him clearly.  If we’re still a little fuzzy (which each of us are) then get more familiar with the Word in text and strive to know the Word made flesh.  The promise in these verses is that our eyestrain is a temporary condition.

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{Monday} February 20, 2017

Day 15 – Psalm 119:113-120 – Samekh (Click here)

This stanza of Psalm 119 is rich with the protecting nature of God’s love and implies that he protects our lives because he wants us to know Him through His Word.  He is our refuge and shield, he sustains us, he rescues us, his strength holds us up, and he protects our lives.  Can you point to a time in your life that God has protected you, rescued you, given you strength, or filled you with hope?  Remember and respond as the author of this Psalm; learn about him by getting familiar with His word.  Doing so will produce the true experience of the last verse in this stanza.  Not a run away fear of God but an awesome/breathtaking fear that comes while standing at the very edge of the rim of the Grand Canyon.

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{Sunday} February 19, 2017

Day 14 – Psalm 119:105-112 – Nun – (Click here)

Dependence. Reliance. Need.  These verses are best read with a deep & passionate awareness that without the powerful hand of God in our lives then we are lost in darkness and in danger of life coming to a bitter end.  But like a majestic sunrise following a dark night, God’s Word is there, filling our vision with light and promise.  His commandments and His regulations set us free from the dark and illuminate the path for us to follow Him into praise and promise.  Take a moment to thank God, from the deepest part of your heart, for his Word that has the power to save us and lead us to Him.

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{Saturday} February 18, 2017

Day 13 – Psalm 119:97-104 – Mem (Click here)

You might feel a little discouraged after reading these verses.  I did.  These verses paint a picture that is likely not true for most of us.  We don’t have God’s Word on our minds all day long, they are not our constant guide, and I often don’t possess more insight or wisdom than others around me.  But we can find two encouragements in these verses; 1. Jesus Christ lived his life exactly as these verses describe.  He loved God’s words, he was wiser than his enemies, he had more insight than his teachers and more wisdom than his elders (even as a young boy).  Jesus refused to walk any evil path (even when tempted by Satan himself), he never turned away from God’s law, and he hated every falsehood.  But most important; Jesus did all of that for us.  2.  We have the same resources that Jesus had when we walked on earth. It wasn’t some form of magic or inherited trait.  Jesus worked hard to know God’s Word and lived out the deep, life-enriching benefits that are described in these verses.

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