Thursday, May 17, 2007

Psalm 119

I tried to read Psalm 119 this morning. As expected I couldn't finish reading all 176 verses before stopping somewhere to meditate and be amazed.

5 Oh, that my ways were steadfast obeying your decrees!

Just reading and studying God's word is nothing. Obeying it is what counts. On the other hand, how can one obey without reading and studying it?

9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
....By living according to your word.

Start while you are young, when your life is storming and your heart is forming. But it is never too late to do it.

25 I am laid low in the dust;
....preserve my life according to your word.

This gave me a picture of our lives collecting dust of we don't read and keep God's Word.

My prayer:

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33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
....then I will keep them to the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
....and obey it with all my heart.
35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
....for there I find delight.
36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
....and not toward selfish gain.
37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
....preserve my life according to your word.
38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, that you may be feared.
39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
....for your laws are good.
40 How I long for your precepts!
....Preserve my life in your righteousness.