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
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
The Psalmist is dead serious about a life time of being connected fully to God and his Word. Today’s Scripture is like a manifesto covering everything necessary from A to Z. 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 want 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.” Amen!
Posted on Sun, May 22, 2016
by Alan Porter