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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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Paul Craig Roberts and John W. Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute offer their opinions on the character of the citizens of the United States. I am afraid I must concur . . . . what is your opinion? http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2015/07/23/eroding-character-american-people-paul-craig-roberts/

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Yes, this country is a mess and the judicial system is corrupt at all levels. Look at news events in other nations and then read the comments and notice how often people point out that if the incidence had occurred in America the person wouldn't have been taken into custody, they would have been beat and/or shot, and either in a hospital or dead. American law enforcement is trained to view everyone as a potential, if not outright, criminal, rather than a citizen with rights. Police are trained to conduct themselves as if in a war zone so they are quick to become verbally and physically aggressive. With those two training attitudes in place it's little wonder so many perform as they do.

Some years ago a man here was arrested for rape. He was accused of raping his former girlfriend. Before trial the former girlfriend came forward and admitted she had been pressured by her new boyfriend to lie and accuse her former boyfriend of rape. The prosecutor told her if she didn't stick by her original false statement he would charge her with several crimes and make sure she got the maximum sentence for each. Her former boyfriend was convicted and sent to prison.

I've known of countless men who have been arrested and not only charged with whatever they were arrested for, but several other charges for crimes they didn't commit (but the police had been unable to solve). The prosecutor and defense lawyers play along with this as it keeps them in business and looking good while the one accused of the crimes is penalized.

Sit through some court trials and take note of how often the judge favors the prosecution.

Look at various news sites and read the comments people leave regarding those arrested. Without fail they are condemning the accused without trial, without knowing the evidence, and most often they are calling for punishments like or worse than what is handed out in Muslim countries. These are the same people who end up as jurors! Is it any wonder the prosecution doesn't have to work very hard to get convictions and big sentences.

When an accused person claims his rights to not take the stand, or take the fifth, or a speedy trial, or even to be considered innocent, the prosecution uses these against them as "proof" of their guilt and judges allow it and jurors buy it!

Every prosecutor and every defense attorney has their own list of various "experts" from law enforcement, forensics, etc., that they know will provide testimony in their favor no matter the case.

Billions of dollars flow through the law enforcement and court systems and billions more through the prison systems. Millions are enriched by this and even more find their employment within this system. It's in all their best interests to keep the system full from front to back. All the while they grow rich they can claim to be protecting society. Never mind the millions of "nobodies" who pay a high cost, some deservedly, many others not so, to keep a corrupt system going full steam so the money flows the same.

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