Monthly Archives: May 2018

Psalm 119:169-176: Holy discontentment

The Psalmists commitment to God’s Word shaped how he regarded God. It is evidenced in his prayers and worship.  (169) let my cry, (170) my supplication come before you, (171) let my lips utter praise and (172) let my tongue sing.

Matt Chandler states “Great men of God have a holy discontentment; their hearts can never get enough of God.”  This desire is evident in the Psalmists  words, (173) let your hand be ready to help me, (174) I long for deliverance, and (175) let my soul live.

(176) I go astray like a lost sheep.  David, a shepherd, knew what it was like to seek out lost sheep prone to wander off.  Jesus fulfilled David’s prayer as Luke 19:10 tells us He came to seek and to save the lost.

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Trustworthy: 5

Many of us take for granted the trustworthiness provided in relationships.  Yet, so many innocent lives have been abused, cheated or betrayed by a loved one.  Make it your purpose in life to be a trustworthy relative, parent, spouse, sibling or friend.

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Trustworthy: 3

Trustworthiness; an important quality sorely lacking in leadership.

If you met someone who’s aware of everything you’ve ever done, who knows you better than you know yourself, willing to meet your every need, and guide your footsteps, wouldn’t you want to follow him?

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Jesus, creator and sustainer of the universe is worthy of our trust.

Psalm 119:153-168: Revival and Awe

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Verses 153-160 of Psalm 119 incorporate the theme of Revival.  Consider the Psalmist’s words, Deliver me (153), Redeem me (154), Revive me and preserve me (154, 156, 159).  David Guzik offers this commentary, “The Psalmist looked for help and salvation outside of himself…He knew he needed God to redeem him…The Word of God is a source of revival.”  If we will only read it and incorporate its principles into our lives.

Look upon my suffering and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your instructions. Psalm 119:153 NLT

One reason we fail to do just that is so many of us have lost our Awe of God.  This is the subject of verses 161-168.  I find it interesting that so many people are willing to make God an idea.  If they can allow themselves to believe that thought, then God can be manipulated.  Better still, God can be fooled.  However, if God is real, he is to be feared (revered) because he knows all and sees all.  Consider the Psalmists words, My heart trembles (161), I love your law (163, 165) because it is a great spoil (treasure) and brings me peace.  Because he is in awe of God and believes God knows everything about him, he obeys the Word of God (168).

Awe occurs when you stand on precipice of something vast (an ocean, mountain or canyon) and it makes you feel small.  In the words of Matt Chandler, “The human heart hungers, not to be consumed with itself, but to look up in awe of our Creator.”

Allow your heart to be revived, be in awe of God!