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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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Acts 14:8-10

And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother's womb, who never had walked:

The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

 

What is meant by "he had faith to be healed"?

How did Paul perceive this man had faith to be healed?

Is there any particular significance to the fact Paul spoke with a loud voice (Stand upright on thy feet.)?

What application can we draw from this passage for today?

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What is meant by "he had faith to be healed"?

How did Paul perceive this man had faith to be healed?

Is there any particular significance to the fact Paul spoke with a loud voice (Stand upright on thy feet.)?

What application can we draw from this passage for today?

 

Often times God chooses not to work powerfully in the absence of powerful faith.  Matthew 13:58, Matthew 17:20, Mark 9: 23-24, luke 8:50 etc. 

If this man had not believed the word that Paul was preaching it seem highly doubtful that the Lord would have moved Paul to heal him.

Paul may have perceived the mans faith to be healed in much the same way as any of us perceive things. The mans body language may well have made it evident that he believed. However, it is certainly also possible that the Holy Spirit guided Paul in this area and caused him to perceive something outside of what a ordinary individual would. Not unlike Christ perceiving when the woman with the issue of blood touched him(luke 8:46) or Paul himself perceiving that there was going to be a serious problem with the ship(Acts 27:10) that was later wrecked, evidently before God actually said anything to him about it. 

 

The primary reason for speaking with a loud voice was so that those nearby would be certain to hear and understand what was going on. John 11:41-43, Acts 7:60, Acts 16:28, etc.

I believe one of the modern day applications to draw from this example is that while there is a time to do things quietly and without fanfare, there are also times when it is appropriate for things to be done in a very public and open manner for all to see and hear. 

 

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