Posted by: robert0199 | October 31, 2020

Princes Persecute Me

SIN AND SHIN
161 Princes persecute me without cause,
but my heart stands in awe of your words.
162 I rejoice at your word
like one who finds great spoil.
163 I hate and abhor falsehood,
but I love your law.
164 Seven times a day I praise you
for your righteous rules.
165 Great peace have those who love your law;
nothing can make them stumble.
166 I hope for your salvation, O LORD,
and I do your commandments.
167 My soul keeps your testimonies;
I love them exceedingly.
168 I keep your precepts and testimonies,
for all my ways are before you
(Psalm 119:161-168 ESV)

When our leaders persecute us without cause our hearts stand in awe of his words. We rejoice in his word as a person who finds great spoil. We despise and abhor falsehood, but we love his law. We praise him many times a day for his righteous rules. We have great peace because we love his law; nothing causes us to stumble. We hope for his salvation and we do his commandments. Our hearts keep his testimonies, for we exceedingly love them. We keep his precepts and testimonies for all our ways are before him.

Heavenly Father, As we move through our day we stop to take time to praise you. May our hearts be so inclined to carry out your law that our lives bring honor and glory to your name. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 30, 2020

Look On My Affliction

RESH
153 Look on my affliction and deliver me,
for I do not forget your law.
154 Plead my cause and redeem me;
give me life according to your promise!
155 Salvation is far from the wicked,
for they do not seek your statutes.
156 Great is your mercy, O LORD;
give me life according to your rules.
157 Many are my persecutors and my adversaries,
but I do not swerve from your testimonies.
158 I look at the faithless with disgust,
because they do not keep your commands.
159 Consider how I love your precepts!
Give me life according to your steadfast love.
160 The sum of your word is truth,
and every one of your righteous rules endures forever.
(Psalm 119:153-160 ESV)

When we are afflicted in body, mind, or spirit we ask the Lord to look on it and deliver us, for we remember his law. We want him to plead our cause and redeem us to give us life according to his promise. We are sure that because the wicked do not seek his statutes, salvation is far from them. We understand that his mercy is great, and ask him to give us life according to his rules. We state that there are many who persecute us but we do not stray from his testimonies. We are disgusted by the faithless because they do not follow his rules. We ask him to consider how we love his precepts and ask to be given life according to his steadfast love. We find that his word is truth and all of his rules endure forever.

Heavenly Father, During our times of affliction come to and deliver us that we will be able to declare your word to others bringing honor and glory to your name. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 29, 2020

With My Whole Heart

QOPH
145 With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD!
I will keep your statutes.
146 I call to you; save me,
that I may observe your testimonies.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.
148 My eyes are awake before the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promise.
149 Hear my voice according to your steadfast love;
O LORD, according to your justice give me life.
150 They draw near who persecute me with evil purpose;
they are far from your law.
151 But you are near, O LORD,
and all your commandments are true.
152 Long have I known from your testimonies
that you have founded them forever.
(Psalm 119:145-152 ESV)

When our lives are difficult we may cry out to the Lord, answer me. I will keep your statutes. We call to him save me, and I will observe your testimonies. We rise early and cry for his help hoping in his words. We are awake late at night to meditate on his promise. We pray, hear our voices according to your steadfast love and your justice give me life. They are drawing near to persecute us with wicked purpose, they do not keep your law. You are near to us, O Lord, and all your commandments are true. We have known your testimonies you founded forever.

Heavenly Father, Many time in our lives we cry out to you to answer our prayers and we promise to keep your statutes. May we keep our promise to you that our lives may draw others to you and glorify your name. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 28, 2020

Righteous Are You

TSADHE
137 Righteous are you, O LORD,
and right are your rules.
138 You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness
and in all faithfulness.
139 My zeal consumes me,
because my foes forget your words.
140 Your promise is well tried,
and your servant loves it.
141 I am small and despised,
yet I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is righteous forever,
and your law is true.
143 Trouble and anguish have found me out,
but your commandments are my delight.
144 Your testimonies are righteous forever;
give me understanding that I may live.
(Psalm 119:137-144 ESV)

As we study the Bible we find it is full of the righteousness of the Lord and that his rules are right. We learn he has given his righteous testimonies and in faithfulness. We become consumed with zeal because our detractors forget his words. We find his promise is true and we love it. We feel small and despised, yet we do not forget his precepts. We understand that his righteousness is righteous forever, and his law is true. When trouble and anguish find us we delight in his commandments. We cry out to understand his testimonies for they are righteous and give us life.

Heavenly Father, As we have taken the time to study your word we find that it is righteous and it is right. We attempt to understand your rules as they give us life. May we not forget to continue to study that we will gain more wisdom and understanding of your decrees. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 27, 2020

Your Testimonies

PE
129 Your testimonies are wonderful;
therefore my soul keeps them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
it imparts understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
because I long for your commandments.
132 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
as is your way with those who love your name.
133 Keep steady my steps according to your promise
and let no iniquity get dominion over me.
134 Redeem me from man’s oppression,
that I may keep your precepts.
135 Make your face shine upon your servant,
and teach me your statutes.
136 My eyes shed streams of tears,
because people do not keep your law.
(Psalm 119:129-136 ESV)

As we grow in the Lord we find that his testimonies are wonderful and we our hearts keep them. The study of his word give us light and imparts understanding to the simple. We long for his commandments. We want him to be gracious to us, as that is his way with those who love his name. We want him to keep our steps steady and allow no evil to get dominion over us. We want to be spared from men’s oppression that we will be able to keep his precepts. We desire that his face shine upon us and he teach us his statutes. We shed gallons of tears because people do not keep his law.

Heavenly Father, Often in our life we you we find that our hearts are burdened with the desire to bring those who are being wicked and doing evil to the point where we feel that they cannot be reached. Give us the strength to carry the burden and to continue in prayer that all who are wicked will come to know you and fall on their knees in repentance crying out for your forgiveness and salvation. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 24, 2020

I Have Done

AYIN
121 I have done what is just and right;
do not leave me to my oppressors.
122 Give your servant a pledge of good;
let not the insolent oppress me.
123 My eyes long for your salvation
and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise.
124 Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love,
and teach me your statutes.
125 I am your servant; give me understanding,
that I may know your testimonies!
126 It is time for the LORD to act,
for your law has been broken.
127 Therefore I love your commandments
above gold, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right;
I hate every false way.
(Psalm 119:121-128 ESV)

As we live we would like to claim before the Lord we have done what is Just and right keeping us from the oppression of the wicked. We ask for a pledge of good that the insolent will not oppress us. We long for his salvation and the fulfillment of his promise. We want him to deal with us according to his steadfast love, and to teach us his statutes. We state we are his servants desiring understanding to know his testimonies. We look for the Lord to act as his law has been broken. We love his commandments more than fine gold. Thus, we consider all his precepts to be right and deplore every false way.

Heavenly Father, Help us to do what is just and right in keeping your commandments and your rules that we may be free from the oppression of the insolent. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 23, 2020

I Hate

SAMEKH
113 I hate the double-minded,
but I love your law.
114 You are my hiding place and my shield;
I hope in your word.
115 Depart from me, you evildoers,
that I may keep the commandments of my God.
116 Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,
and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
117 Hold me up, that I may be safe
and have regard for your statutes continually!
118 You spurn all who go astray from your statutes,
for their cunning is in vain.
119 All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross,
therefore I love your testimonies.
120 My flesh trembles for fear of you,
and I am afraid of your judgments.
(Psalm 119:113-120 ESV)

We find that we deplore those who try to be of the world yet part of a religious community, for we love his law. We are sure that he is our hiding place and shield as we hope in his word. We send the evildoers away because we want to keep the commandments of our God. We look for him to uphold us and keep us safe as he promises, that we will live and not be put to shame in our hope. We say hold me up, that we may be safe as we always regard your statutes. He spurns all who break his laws and their cunning is in vain. You discard all the evildoers like dross, thus I love your testimonies. We tremble in the fear of him and we are afraid of his judgements.

Heavenly Father, We stay far from the wicked as we love your law. It is our hiding place and it shields us as we hope in it. May we send those who try to entice us to do evil away for the love of your law. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 22, 2020

Your Word

NUN
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
106 I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,
to keep your righteous rules.
107 I am severely afflicted;
give me life, O LORD, according to your word!
108 Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD,
and teach me your rules.
109 I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.
110 The wicked have laid a snare for me,
but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever,
for they are the joy of my heart.
112 I incline my heart to perform your statutes
forever, to the end.

As we grow in our understanding of the Bible we come to the point where we can say that his word is a lamp to us and lights us on our way. We can swear to keep his righteous rules. When we are severely afflicted we can call out to him to give us life according to his word. We can ask him to accept our praise and to teach us his rules. We know that we hang on to life but we do not forget his law. When the wicked try to snare us we cling to his law. We make his testimony our heritage, for it is the joy of our hearts. We determine in our hearts to perform his statutes forever, until the end.

Heavenly Father, For those who have sought to learn your word it has become a lamp to us and lights our path. May we declare your word to others that they to can have it as their lamp and the light to their path. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 21, 2020

O How I Love

MEM
97 Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98 Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99 I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
100 I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
101 I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102 I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.
(Psalm 119:97-104 ESV)

We declare that we love his law and meditate on it all day, for we understand that it makes us wiser than our enemies as it is always with us. We have more understanding than our teachers because we meditate on his testimonies. We understand more than the long lived, for we keep his precepts. We refrain from doing any evil that we will keep your word. We will not turn away from his rules as he has taught them to us. We find his words are sweet to the taste even sweeter than honey in our mouths. We get understanding from his precepts and we hate every false way.

Heavenly Father, As we seek wisdom we find that meditating on your law brings us greater wisdom than our enemies. We become wiser than our teachers as we do this and keep from doing evil. May we spend our day seeking and meditating on your rules that we may bring glory to your name. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Posted by: robert0199 | October 20, 2020

Forever, O Lord

LAMEDH
89 Forever, O LORD, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91 By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
92 If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93 I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
94 I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
95 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
96 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.
(Psalm 119:89-96 ESV)

As we read scripture we find that the Lord’s word is fixed. We find that he is faithful to all generations; it is he who established the earth and it remains. We note that all things stand each day for they are his servants. We find that if we had not been delighted in his law we would have perished. We declare that we will never forget his precepts for he gave us life by them. We state that we are his, cry for him to save us because we have sought his rules. We find the wicked seek to destroy us but we meditate on his commandments. We note there is a limit to perfections but his rule is very broad.

Heavenly Father, As we study your word we find that it is fixed, for it tells us that you created the earth and it remains. May we search your word to find your rules and apply them to our lives that we may be fixed on you and bring honor to your name. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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