Psalms 119:1 – 16

These verses are the first two stanzas of the twenty two stanzas in Psalms 119 and there is so much to draw from that it is not easy to choose what to write about. So much that is instructive about what is instructive.  Such as, law, testimonies, precepts, statutes and commandments.  As I read these verses and listen to the heart cry of the Psalmist, it seems to me he is explaining how from his heart, his whole heart he wants to live a sanctified life as one hymn writer has written, “Nothing between my soul and my Savior.”  This is described as blessedness.  His desire is to not just be a hearer of the Word but a doer.  He prizes the blessedness of knowing and keeping God’s testimonies.  He wants the Lord’s standards to be his standards and also to keep and treasure them diligently less he be ashamed. The things of the Lord are his delight and he wants to meditate on them.  There is just so much more that could be noted.

One of the most repeated words in these verses is the word; ‘Way’ and we can think how the Lord Jesus declared “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Early Christians were described as those who were “of the Way.”  How clearly can it be said of us that His way is our way in ---thought - word - and - deed?

My mother had this in mind when at forty-nine she planned her funeral. From the time her cancer was discovered and her home call, it was only two weeks.   When ask what she wanted said at her funeral she quickly turned in her King James Bible to Ps. 138:8 and chose the hymn “His Way With Thee” by Cyrus Nusbaum.

“Would you live for Jesus and be always pure and good? Would you walk with Him within the narrow road?  Would you have Him bear your burdens carry all your load?  Let Him have his way with thee.” 

Then from II Samuel 22:31, we read these confirming, reassuring words. “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”

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Psalm 118:1-18

When's the last time you felt overwhelmed, outnumbered, unable, or undone?

I was talking to a friend yesterday who told me he felt completely overwhelmed. The weight of negative circumstances at work and difficult relationships was making him feel completely defeated. At the time I didn't have much to offer except a listening ear and a prayer for comfort. 

Today I read Psalm 118. Man, I wish I had read it yesterday! I want the words of these verses to rest on my heart and the heart of my friends as I share them! God is good and trustworthy. In adversity, He is good. In trials, He is good. Through pain, He is good.  

It's my prayer that the truth of Psalm 118 will serve as a reminder at at all times that God is good...and His love endures forever!

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