First, I say thank you to each and every serviceman and women. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for setting so much aside so that we can have the freedoms we have in this country. May you see the hand of God in your life and blessings He gives.
Our son Manny has a friend that runs. He runs every day. He has convinced Manny that he should go out for track. So Manny said he was going to start running daily. He said next Monday I will start. On Wednesday I asked Manny how the running was going. He was going to make something up and I stopped him and said, “It isn’t”. He agreed he had not started but was going to the next day. I checked with him in a couple more days and no running had happened. As I thought about this I thought what a great picture and example of far too many that say they are Christians or say they are going to start reading the Bible daily or praying or sharing the gospel and don’t. See, runners, they run. They don’t just talk about it, they put the miles in. Same with Christians. They don’t just say they are Christians they are Christians. They do more than like a post or sit in a church. They have surrendered to Jesus as LORD and are obeying His commands. So Manny, thanks for the great example. Now start logging the miles and may we start to open our Bibles.
119:25 My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!
This chapter is very consistent in the message. Verse after verse points to the value and worth of God’s Word in our life. Do you value the Bible in this way? Even more than the Bible do you value the author, the LORD God?
119:26 When I told of my ways, you answered me; teach me your statutes!
Dear LORD, please teach me Your statutes. Help me understand and gain wisdom. Help me to know You so that I can point to others to who You are and to worship as You deserve. You are so great and awesome!
119:27 Make me understand the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
Do you marvel at God’s Word? Is it wondrous to you? Is it a duty or a desire to open, read, study, memorize? What a great prayer, “Dear LORD, make me understand the way of Your precepts.”
119:28 My soul melts away for sorrow; strengthen me according to your word!
Can you hear the longing that the Psalmist has for God’s Word? DO you have that longing? It seems like every verse in Psalm 119 can be prayed and this is no exception.
119:29 Put false ways far from me and graciously teach me your law!
What a great prayer this is. We need God to protect us, our minds, hearts, and bodies. One of the great protections is discerning the false from the truth. We also see in this verse that we should be thankful to God for being gracious to us and teaching us.
119:30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.
Each of us is given a choice throughout the day. What choice will you make with your time and ability?
119:31 I cling to your testimonies, O Lord; let me not be put to shame!
Think of the word cling. I think of the pesky thing stuck to another that will not let go. That is how we should be with God’s Word, stuck to it.
119:32 I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart
We can run towards God and His Word or away from Him. What are you doing right now?
Have a great day racin’ in the SONshine,