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“May you and I seek the Lord’s favor with our whole heart.” <>< Dona (08/24/20)

Please read Psalm 119:57-120.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Psalm 119:57-64 Theme

The Lord is our portion (v. 57).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the earth is full of Your loving kindness (v. 64).

Something to think about

The psalmist sought the Lord’s favor with his whole heart (v. 58).  He redirected his steps toward God (v. 59).  He rushed to obey God’s commandments (v. 60). He said he would not forget the Lord’s law (v. 61). He made a time to thank God (v. 62). His friends trusted in God (v. 63).

Something to experience

We Christians should do as the psalmist did.  Seek the Lord; follow in His footsteps; immediately obey God’s commandments; hide God’s Word in our heart; thank God frequently; and have friends that can encourage us in our faith walk.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

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Psalm 119:57 You Lord are my portion.  I have promised to obey Your words.

Psalm 119:58 I sought Your favor with my whole heart.  Be merciful to me according to Your Word.

Psalm 119:59 I considered my ways, and turned my steps to Your statutes.

Psalm 119:60 I will hurry, and not delay, to obey Your commandments.

Psalm 119:61 The ropes of the wicked bind me, but I won’t forget Your law.

Psalm 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, because of Your righteous ordinances.

Psalm 119:63 I am a friend of all those who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts.

Psalm 119:64 The earth is full of Your loving kindness, O Lord.  Teach me Your statutes.

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Psalm 119:65-72 Theme

God’s Word is of great value (v. 72).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You treat us, Your children, very well (v. 65).

Something to think about

The psalmist believed in God’s commandments for they taught him good judgment and knowledge (v. 66). Though he had strayed he now was observing God’s Word (v. 67). He asked God to teach him His statutes (v. 68).  He said he would keep God’s precepts and delight in His law (v. 69-70).  The psalmist believed he had learned God’s statutes because of his time of affliction (v. 71). 

Something to experience

We too should believe in God’s Word. We too should obey God’s Word.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:65 You have treated Your servant well, according to Your Word, O Lord.

Psalm 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in Your commandments.

Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I observe Your Word.

Psalm 119:68 You are good, and do good.  Teach me Your statutes.

Psalm 119:69-70 69 The proud have smeared a lie upon me.  With my whole heart, I will keep Your precepts.  70 Their heart is as callous as the fat, but I delight in Your law.

Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.

Psalm 119:72 The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of pieces of gold and silver.

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Psalm 119:73-80 Theme

Blameless before God.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, is it really possible (v. 80)?

Something to think about

The psalmist asked God to give him understanding so he could learn His commandments (v. 73).  He wanted to be a good example to others (v. 74). The psalmist was already understanding God’s judgments were righteous (v. 75). And he asked for God’s loving kindness to comfort him (v. 76). And he wanted to experience God’s tender mercies so that he might live (v. 77). 

Something to experience

We too can ask God to give us understanding.  We too can seek to be good examples for those around us. We too can trust God’s judgments.  And ask for His loving kindness and tender mercies.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:73 Your hands have made me and formed me.  Give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

Psalm 119:74 Those who fear You will see me and be glad, because I have put my hope in Your Word.

Psalm 119:75 O Lord, I know that Your judgments are righteous, that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Psalm 119:76 Please let Your loving kindness be for my comfort, according to Your Word to Your servant.

Psalm 119:77 Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live; for Your law is my delight.

Psalm 119:80 Let my heart be blameless toward Your decrees, that I may not be disappointed.

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Psalm 119:81-88 Theme

Looking for God to intervene (v. 84).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist’s soul longed for Your salvation and hoped in Your Word (v. 81). 

Something to think about

The psalmist said all God’s commandments were faithful even though they (the proud) persecuted him wrongfully (v. 86).  Though the proud had almost wiped the psalmist from the earth, he stayed faithful to God’s precepts (v. 87).  And he asked God to preserve his life according to His loving kindness, so he could obey God’s statutes (v. 88).

Something to experience

We too can declare God’s commandments as faithful.  We too can ask God to preserve our life when we’re being persecuted.  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:81 My soul faints for Your salvation.  I hope in Your Word.

Psalm 119:84 How many are the days of Your servant?  When will You execute judgment on those who persecute me?

Psalm 119:86 All of Your commandments are faithful.  They persecute me wrongfully.  Help me!

Psalm 119:87 They had almost wiped me from the earth, but I didn’t forsake Your precepts.

Psalm 119:88 Preserve my life according to Your loving kindness, so I will obey the statutes of Your mouth.

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Psalm 119:89-96 Theme

Both God and His Word are forever (v. 89).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your faithfulness is to all generations (v. 90a).

Something to think about

God created the earth and it remains to this day (v. 90b).  God’s law has remained to this day.  All things serve Him (v. 91).  The psalmist realized God’s commandments were boundless (v. 96).

Something to experience

We too need to realize God is a God without limits. He can go anywhere He chooses and do anything He chooses. 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:89 O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven forever.

Psalm 119:90 Your faithfulness is to all generations.  You have established the earth, and it remains.

Psalm 119:91Your laws remain to this day, for all things serve You.

Psalm 119:96 I have seen a limit to all perfection, but Your commands are boundless.

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Psalm 119:97-104 Theme

God’s Word makes us wise.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist loved Your law (v. 97).

Something to think about

The psalmist said he meditated on the law and the commandments made him wise (v. 97, 98). He believed he understood more than all his teachers because he meditated on God’s testimonies (v. 99).   He believed he understood more than his elders because he kept God’s precepts (v. 100).

Something to experience

We need to observe God’s Word so we will keep our feet from every evil way (v. 101). Then we too can say that God’s promises are sweet to our taste (v. 103).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:97 How I love Your law!  It is my meditation all day.

Psalm 119:98 Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for Your commandments are always with me.

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation.

Psalm 119:100 I understand more than the aged, because I have kept Your precepts.

Psalm 119:101 I have kept my feet from every evil way, that I might observe Your Word.

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are Your promises to my taste, more than honey to my mouth!

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Psalm 119:105-112 Theme

God’s Word is a light for my path (v. 105b).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your Word is a lamp to our feet (v. 105a).

Something to think about

The psalmist said He would obey God’s righteous ordinances (v. 106). He also asked the Lord to revive him (v. 107). The psalmist set his heart to perform God’s statutes forever (v. 112).

Something to experience

Like the psalmist, we can make a promise to God that we will obey His righteous ordinances. When we are suffering, we too can ask the Lord to revive us.  May we set our heart to perform God’s statutes forever.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light for my path.

Psalm 119:106 I have sworn, and have confirmed it, that I will obey Your righteous ordinances.

Psalm 119:107 I am afflicted very much.  Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.

Psalm 119:112 I have set my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end.

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Psalm 119:113-120 Theme

Hope in God’s Word (v. 114b).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the psalmist loved Your law (v. 113).

Something to think about

The psalmist referred to God as his hiding place and his shield (v. 114a). He asked the Lord to hold him up, so he would be safe (v. 117).  He said he loved God’s testimonies (v. 119).

Something to experience

We too can ask the Lord to be our hiding place and our shield.  We too can ask the Lord to keep us safe.  We too can tell God how we love His testimonies.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Psalm 119:113 I hate double-minded men, but I love Your law.

Psalm 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield.  I hope in Your Word.

Psalm 119:117 Hold me up, and I will be safe, and will have respect for Your statutes continually.

Psalm 119:119 You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross.  Therefore I love Your testimonies.

Prayer

Lord, I pray we will obey Your Word (Psalm 119:57).  Lord, I pray we will follow You (Psalm 119:58).  Lord, I pray we will seek out friends that also follow You (Psalm 119:63).  Lord, I pray we will learn from You and Your Word (Psalm 119:64).  Lord, I pray we will treasure Your Word more than worldly riches (Psalm 119:72). Thank You Lord for creating us (Psalm 119:73). Lord, I pray our hope will always be in You and Your Word (Psalm 119:74). Lord, thank You for giving us wisdom (Psalm 119:98). Thank You Lord for giving us Your Word as a lamp for our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105).   Lord, I pray we will always love Your law (Psalm 119:113). Thank You for being our hiding place and our shield.  In Your name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I be lead by the Lord.” <>< Dona