Daily Devotion for May 15, 2017

'Psalm 119'

Psalm 119:1-2 NAS
How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, who seek Him with all their heart.

In my Bible, Psalm 119 is subtitled “Meditations and Prayers Relating to the Law of God”...but it's so much more than that. That is, it's the heart cry and declaration of someone who got it—someone who truly understood the wonderfulness of God and His powerful truths. Based on his right understanding of God and His Word, the unknown author of Psalm 119 made requests of God and he chose God...

His right understanding of God
Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in heaven. (89) Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations. (90) You established the earth, and it stands. (90) Your hands made me and fashioned me. (73) Your ordinances are good. (39) You have dealt well with Your servant...according to Your Word. (65) You are good and do good. (68) Your judgments are righteous. (75) In faithfulness You have afflicted me. (75) Your compassion come(s) to me that I may live. (77) All Your commandments are faithful. (86) Your commandment is exceedingly broad. (96) Righteous are You, O Lord, and upright are Your judgments. (137) You have commanded Your testimonies in righteousness and exceeding faithfulness. (138) Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Your law is truth. (142) Your testimonies are righteous forever. (144) The sum of Your Word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. (160)

God's valuable truths
Your Word has revived me. (50) Strengthen me according to Your Word. (28) Enlarge my heart. (32) Revive me in Your ways. (37) Sustain me according to Your Word. (116) Loving-kindness (your salvation) come to me, O Lord...according to Your Word. (41) I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. (45) The Word...in which You have made me hope. (49) Your loving-kindness comfort(s) me according to Your Word to Your servant. (76) From Your precepts I get understanding. (104) Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (105) Trouble and anguish have come upon me, yet Your commandments are my delight. (143) Your testimonies...are my counselors. (24) Your statutes are my songs. (54) The law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. (72) How sweet are Your Words to my taste! (103) I love Your commandments above gold, yes, above fine gold. (127) Your testimonies are wonderful. (129) The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. (130) Your Word is very pure . (140) I rejoice in Your Word, as one who finds great spoil. (162) The Lord is my portion. (57) Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies. (98) You Yourself have taught me. (102) I have inherited Your testimonies forever, for they are the joy of my heart. (111) You are my hiding place and my shield. (114) You are near, O Lord. (151) Great are Your mercies, O Lord. (156) Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble. (165)

His requests of God
Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live and keep Your Word. (17) Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. (18) Do not hide Your commandments from me. (19) Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end. (33) Make me understand the way of Your precepts, so I will meditate on Your wonders. (27) Remove the false way from me, and graciously grant me Your law. (29) Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart. (34) Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it. (35) Incline my heart to Your testimonies. (36) Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity. (37) Establish Your word to Your servant, as that which produces reverence for You. (38) Do not let me wander from Your commandments. (10) Be gracious to me according to Your Word. (58) Teach me good discernment and knowledge. (66) Establish my footsteps in Your Word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me. (133) Make your face shine upon Your servant, and teach me Your statutes. (135)

His choice
I believe in Your commandments. (66) I shall keep Your statutes. (7) With all my heart I have sought You. (10)Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You. (11) I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. (15) I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall notforget Your Word. (16) I have chosen the faithful way; I have placed Your ordinances before me. (30) I cling to Your testimonies. (31) I shall run the way of Your commandments. (32) I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever. (44) I do not turn aside from Your law. (51) I have rememberedYour ordinances. (52) I remember Your name...and keep Your law. (55) I observe Your precepts. (56) I have promised to keep Your Words. (57) I considered my ways and turned my feet to Your testimonies. I hastened and did not delay to keep Your commandments. (59-60) I shall rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous ordinances. (62) With all my heart I will observe Your precepts. (69) I delight in Your law. (70) I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your Word. (101) I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, even to the end. (112)

Heavenly Father: We may not know who this unknown author of Psalm 119 is, but it doesn't matter—clearly, he GOT it! Help us get it too, Lord: 1) help us increasingly understand You, 2) help us increasingly experience the power of Your truths and recognize our need for Your valuable Word, 3) help us rightly ask You to GROW our ability to understand and keep Your Word, and 4) help us daily CHOOSE to incline our hearts to You, to “perform Your statutes forever, even to the end!” We ask this in Your Son's name, Lord...

AMEN!!!

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