SO MANY REQUESTS Let your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts.  Psalm 119:173 I decided to really tune in today with how many times I asked for God’s help.  It is now mid-afternoon and my requests have numbered above 75.  There have been prayers for me, for my family, …

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ORIGIN OF A SONG My tongue will sing of your word, for all your commandments are right.   Psalm 119:172 It’s pretty hard to sing when your internal song is absent.  Take it from me; I did concerts this way for nearly a decade.  The light had gone out of my spirit; the song was absent.  …

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NEED INFLATES THE VALUE My lips will pour forth praise, for you teach me your statutes.  Psalm 119:171 There should be no such thing as a casual Bible student.  Yet tragically, many hear good Bible teaching on a certain subject, then shrug their shoulders and say, “That’s nice.” They are unaffected.  Their reaction is as …

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DISCERNING WHAT I REALLY NEED Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your Word!  Psalm 119:169             Do you know the frustration of trying to buy a present for someone who has everything?  If you ask them what they want for their birthday, they sit casually; look off into …

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FINISHING WITH RESOLVE I keep your precepts and testimonies, for all my ways are before you.  Psalm 119:168 Charles Spurgeon calls this Psalm ‘David’s life-psalm’.  Now that I am near the end of it, with just a few verses left, I notice that the verses seem a bit shorter, more pointed, like David is breathing …

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MAKING APPLICATION Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.  Psalm 119:164 Praise is reserved for Sunday morning worship.  It does not characterize a fraction of most daily prayers. Knowing this, and reading of David’s frequency to praise God for His Word, I can be motivated by guilt to do better in …

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GOODBYE TO AMBIVALENCE I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your law.  Psalm 119:163     I have spent most of my life feeling ambivalent.  If I watched a talk show where there were two opposing viewpoints, I found myself somewhere in the middle.  If asked where I stood on an issue, I had a hard …

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