PANTING I open my mouth and pant, because I long for your commandments.  Psalm 119:131 When an animal is chasing something, he pants.  The hunt is all-consuming.  I have no trouble, when describing something in the animal kingdom, as one who pants.  But in the distinguished world of human beings, to admit to panting seems …

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THE WORD AND MY RESPONSE The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.  Psalm 119:130 When the Word of God is spoken, the possibility for understanding and then transformation exists.  Whether or not that occurs in the life of a person is dependent on their response to the hearing of …

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GOLD AND FINE GOLD Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold.  Psalm 119:127     The value of a gold bullion depends on its fineness, or the percentage of it that is made up of small particles.  David has learned to love God above the value of fine gold.  God did for him …

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HIS STEADFAST LOVE Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes.  Psalm 119:124 Consider how life would go if the following requests were made: “Dear Internal Revenue Service, please deal with our burdensome taxes according to your history of mercy.” Or, “Dear mortgage company, please disregard our six late …

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