Revived in Strength from God and His Word - Thursday, February 7th
Revive me according to Your word …. Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders …. Strengthen me according to Your word. Remove the false way from me, and graciously grant me Your law. I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. I cling to Your testimonies; O Lord, do not put me to shame! I shall run the way of Your commandments, for You will enlarge my heart. Psalm 119:25B, 27, 28B-32
All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
No matter how committed we are to staying on track with our devotion to God and his word, no matter how fulfilling we have found it to be or how much we have experienced its delights, it all takes place in a hostile environment (planet earth) that has a way of wearing us down and affecting us deeply. In today’s Scripture we see the Psalmist at one such point and crying out to God, “Revive me and strengthen me according to Your word.” He asks God to clear out the false and grant only the true. He is counting on God and as he waits for his restoring touch, he reiterates for God and for himself what he knows has been true in his case: “I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. I cling to Your testimonies.” This is what he wants, not failure. The final part of his prayer is, “O Lord, do not put me to shame!” The Psalmist determines to run the way of God’s commands, which infers that he is also running away from that which is false. He concludes with his confident statement to God that he knows that God will enlarge his heart (for all that is good and true with no room for anything evil or false).
Once again we see that the Psalmist is a wise builder of his spiritual house as he seeks to respond to God and his Word fully and completely (just like Jesus calls us to be). The Psalmist would have loved today’s 2 Timothy passage. It truly describes his relationship with God and his Word and the work it did in his life.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I need to be revived and strengthened through your Word. Minister to me now and enlarge my heart for all that you desire for me that is good and true. Remove everything false. I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. I cling to Your testimonies right now. Equip me and prepare for every good work through your amazing Word. May you be glorified through my life. Amen!
Posted on Thu, February 7, 2019
by Ken Hart