Month: September 2009

THE WORD AS COUNSELOR

THE WORD AS COUNSELOR Your testimonies are my delight, they are my counselors.  Psalm 119:24 God’s Word is a reliable voice in my ear, guiding me in directions that will never come back to bite me.  Ask three people for advice and you could get … Continue reading THE WORD AS COUNSELOR

WHEN I AM VILIFIED

WHEN I AM VILIFIED Even though princes sit plotting against me, your servant will meditate on your statutes.  Psalm 119:23 David had been slandered by Saul.  He had been slandered even by his own sons.  The true disciple who lives like Jesus will be vilified … Continue reading WHEN I AM VILIFIED

AM I THE MASTER OF MYSELF?

AM I THE MASTER OF MYSELF? You rebuke the insolent, accursed ones, who wander from your commandments.  Psalm 119:21 David had been slandered by a king, betrayed by his friends, even scorned by his family.  He had seen firsthand what happens to those who are … Continue reading AM I THE MASTER OF MYSELF?

A PRAYER

A PRAYER Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.  Psalm 119:17 Lord, forgive me for just assuming that another day will be mine.  For years, I just expected that I would awaken as always; alive, healthy, and the world … Continue reading A PRAYER

CAN’T FORGET WHAT IS LIFE-SAVING

CAN’T FORGET WHAT IS LIFE SAVING I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your Word.  Psalm 119:16 I’ve read many things in the past week that were interesting to me, but most of them I no longer remember.  They were just tidbits, … Continue reading CAN’T FORGET WHAT IS LIFE-SAVING

HELP! IT’S NOT MY TREASURE

HELP!   IT'S NOT MY TREASURE In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.  Psalm 119:14     I value what is useful to me.  A book of poetry, sitting on a shelf, even though it may be hard bound and ornate, will … Continue reading HELP! IT’S NOT MY TREASURE

PUTTING IT WHERE IT COUNTS

PUTTING IT WHERE IT COUNTS I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Psalm 119:11 Sinning is way too easy.  If I don't do something sinful, then I'll think something sinful.  Sinning is as natural as breathing.  Look at … Continue reading PUTTING IT WHERE IT COUNTS

TURNING A NO TO A YES

TURNING A NO TO A YES How can a young man keep his way pure?  By guarding it according to your Word.  Psalm 119:9 Because of my fallen nature, I am resistant to authority.  When a toddler understands the very first rule in his house, … Continue reading TURNING A NO TO A YES

KEEPING A PROMISE

KEEPING A PROMISE I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me!  Psalm 119:8 Have you ever signed up for something and known that when you gave your word, you were in over your head. David takes a leap to make this commitment.  I … Continue reading KEEPING A PROMISE

LEARNING, THEN PRAISING

LEARNING, THEN PRAISING I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules.  Psalm 119:7      Children who master a new skill are constantly saying, "Mommy, Daddy, look at me!"  As a grownup, I can still be childish and crave attention when I've learned something new.       Even … Continue reading LEARNING, THEN PRAISING