Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart. Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways. Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You. Psalm 119:33-38
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We have been looking at portions of Psalm 119 all week. At the beginning of the week the emphasis of the opening portion of the Psalm was on the necessity for God’s people to carry out his instructions. We saw that carrying out or doing what we are told to do was the emphasis of Jesus in Luke 6:46 where he said, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” This is serious business! The Psalmist is dead serious about a life time of being connected fully to God and his Word. Today’s portion of Psalm 119 is like a manifesto covering everything necessary from A to Z. Read it again and let it really sink in. Let the Psalmist’s manifesto inspire you.
He wants to be fully taught and promises to observe the Lord’s statutes to the end. He wants full understanding of what he has been taught and promises to observe and keep the law of the Lord with all his heart. Nothing but walking in and delighting in the path of the Lord’s commandments for the Psalmist. He asks for a heart that has no inclination for anything but God and his ways. He asks to be kept from even looking at vanity and to be alive (revived) only to the Lord’s testimonies. And then he concludes his manifesto with these wonderful and amazing words, “Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You.” For the Psalmist all that really matters all along the way and in the end is God himself and to this end he wants reverence for God to be produced fully and completely in his life. What higher calling can one have in this life or the next.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I want to be dead serious about being fully connected to you and your Word as well. Grant that the manifesto of the Psalmist becomes mine. All that he asked of you in it, I ask of you, too. Particularly, may you fully “Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You.” My confidence is in you and I know that through dependence on you and your Word the blessing of a spiritual house well built will be mine right on through to the very end. Amen!
Posted on Fri, February 8, 2019
by Ken Hart