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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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Psalms 139

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” (vs. 17, 18)

There are several important facts we can deduce from this passage of Scripture. First, that God ought to be precious to us. We ought to delight in thinking of the Lord and knowing that we are in His thoughts also! The Lord does not forget us, ever, the blessings just keep on coming.

Next, we see that there ought to be many thoughts toward Him, as our verse implies, “count your blessings” we are very much blessed of God, no matter how bad we think things are going. Would it help to list them on paper every time you think of one? You would be surprised at how long the list becomes as you do this. When we realize that God is with us wherever we go, and watching everything we do, it can be a comfort to us as well as a deterrent for sin. As our psalmist says, we would realize that our blessings really cannot be numbered, for there will be many we forget to record.

Then, the great message for us here, I believe, is in the last sentence in the 18th verse; “When I awake, I am still in with thee.” What a blessed thought. Neither are we abandoned by the Lord in the darkness, nor did we abandon Him at the night time of our lives. When you think of it, it is amazing that man, with his sinful and self-seeking nature, still abides “under the shadow of the Almighty” It is wonderful that when we awake in the morning, God is still there, but it is much more amazing that we are still with Him! Our nature is to stray, as sheep, wondering in the pastures of life. We ought to be amazed, and thankful, and awed by the fact that, when we rise in the morning, everything is still ok, God is there for us, and, by His grace alone, we are still with Him. We are kept by the mighty hand of God, and not by our own strength of will. Oh, we like to think it is us keeping ourselves in his will, but in actuality, it is Him. It is so easy to heed to the beckoning flesh and feed the evil impulses that seem to come out of nowhere to haunt us, and entice us, and only the God given grace of His strength keeps us from diving headlong into sin. Praise God for His mercy and grace. He is with us continually, we are comforted in the fact that someone is watching over us, and that He is in control. Blessed be the name of the Lord forever and ever, amen.

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