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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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TV commercials are using a lot of music from the 70s and 80s these days. I find it oddly humorous that some of these once "great" songs and bands are now having their music used to sell some of the oddest stuff.

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TV commercials are using a lot of music from the 70s and 80s these days. I find it oddly humorous that some of these once "great" songs and bands are now having their music used to sell some of the oddest stuff.

 

Yeah, I have noticed that John.  As much as I try to ignore the T.V., with my brother living with us, I can't avoid hearing the T.V. when he comes home from work and parks himself in his Lazy Boy for the afternoon and evening.  They are also advertising 1970's and 1980's music on T.V.  You know, those huge collections of big hits during those years?  I think I'll pass...

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When I'm at my sisters house the TV is on constantly. With baby boomers getting older now and wanting to relive their youth companies are cashing in on selling them the 70s and 80s music the younger boomers grew up with. There is also a market among some of the youth who this music is new to.

 

At least back then I was mostly OBlivious as to what the songs were actually about. These days if I hear a song from back then I actually catch the lyrics and think "Wow! That's what they were singing about?!"

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When I'm at my sisters house the TV is on constantly. With baby boomers getting older now and wanting to relive their youth companies are cashing in on selling them the 70s and 80s music the younger boomers grew up with. There is also a market among some of the youth who this music is new to.

 

At least back then I was mostly OBlivious as to what the songs were actually about. These days if I hear a song from back then I actually catch the lyrics and think "Wow! That's what they were singing about?!"

 

I don't know how people can listen to the T.V. all the time.  I boggles my mind, and reminds me of noise pollution.  I love the Hallmark station and AMC.  My hubby and I also watch, "This Old House" and the carpenter/contractor Ron Hazelton.  These two shows are informative and give us ideas with projects on how to build our house when we move to south eastern, OH.  That is if we decide to build instead of going with a pre-fab/modular home.

I enjoyed the 70's music before I got saved.  However, I have no interest in listening to it anymore.  The 80's music seemed shallow to me.  I grew up on listening to Folk Music and other older artists, as my parents were born in 1928 and 1930.  From time to time, I hear a folk song while in public and it reminds me of my childhood.   

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It's amazing how certain songs from our youth can trigger memories and feelings after all these years.

 It certainly is.  Our pastor friend, in southeastern, OH, and his wife don't like the music of Johnny Cash.  I grew up on Cash, as my dad loved his music and his distinctive voice.  I have the gospel songs of Johnny and June Carter Cash.  I also believe Johnny was saved as a young boy.  And, June Carter was also born again.  His prOBlem with drugs and alcohol give testimony that the Lord can take away any sin out of a person's life.  I asked my friends if they ever watched the movie, "Walk the Line."  They haven't.  Anyway, on Cash's gravestone is one of my favorite scriptures.

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength and my redeemer." ~ Psalm 19:14 

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Yep, I grew up listening to Johnny Cash as well. When I was a young child my Mom gave me several country albums, including Johnny Cash. I always liked the song Walk The Line. His singing of Gospel songs is great, and I also still like Loretta Lynn's Gospel singing too.

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Yep, I grew up listening to Johnny Cash as well. When I was a young child my Mom gave me several country albums, including Johnny Cash. I always liked the song Walk The Line. His singing of Gospel songs is great, and I also still like Loretta Lynn's Gospel singing too.

 

Oh, I forgot about Loretta Lynn's gospel singing.  My family listened to those, as well.

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My wife loves the Loretta Lynn Gospel CD I got her several years ago.

 

I don't know that he's a Christian, but Alan Jackson put out a Gospel CD several years ago because his mom always wanted him to and it's pretty good. My wife likes to listen to that.

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