Day 229

“RESH. Consider mine affliction, and deliver me: for I do not forget thy law.”  (Psalms 119:153)

The older I get, the more nostalgic I get.

I see young families struggling with their car seats and diaper bags and my heart twinges and longs for those days that are now long gone.

I stare at babies in the line at grocery stores and say silly things to them as their eyes peek above their mommy’s shoulder at me.  It gives me all the feels as they say in todays vernacular.

I suppose I am just ready for grandchildren.

There were so many times when my little Amelia would walk up to me with something she needed help with that her little fingers could not do.  Her sweet voice would say, “Mommy, hep?”  Meaning “Mommy would you help me?”  I never once considered her plight and turned my head, but immediately would bend over, smooth her dark curls and gather her into my arms.

I can think of similar instances with all three of my other children.  Even when they had done something that had gotten them into a mess.  Thoughts of Sam covered in Vaseline comes to mind, and memories of Katie and a dozen broken eggs and Wyatt with a broken arm….they all came to me in need of my “Consideration” of their plight.  Never once did I turn them away in anger or disgust.  Each time I did my best to come to their aid.

If I have the capability in my sinful human flesh to love my four children in that manner, then what do you suppose is the love God has for you and me?

What do you think God’s reaction is when we wave our hands towards the Heavens and say, “Hey LORD, I’m in a real mess!  Could you get me out of it?”

Sure, not all affliction is self imposed and God sees and allows what occurs in our lives, but He is never so callous to leave us without Hope and Help.  His Word is settled forever, He is our Shield and our Salvation, He will never leave us nor forsake us, and on top of all that….He has told us to cast our cares upon Him.

The psalmist didn’t forget the promises of old that he had been taught, and you and I have a more complete collection of those promises today.  Let us remember Them and Dwell in them so that when we find ourselves in a pickle we can say, “ABBA, help” and be confident that He will.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 228

“Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”  (Psalms 119:152)

Everyone today seems to be doing a DNA test to find out where they are from or what their background is.  It is as if people need assurance that their eye color or their skin color comes from somewhere way, way back in time.  It is as if with the knowledge of heritage people feel they have a deeper meaning to to their life.

I am not balking at this, nor do I condemn it.  I am just fascinated at the multitude of commercials I see on the television that show people all excited that they found out they are 1% Irish or 2% Indonesian.  If you have done a similar test, I think it is cool.  I hope you found out some interesting results.

My husband has a test that his mom bought him, and I suppose if he ever gets around to doing it, we will impatiently wait for the results like all the rest of the masses.  I, for one, will forgo the “where am I from”.  It simply does not matter to me.  I figure I am a mixed bag of a whole bunch of flavors, so who really cares.  I am Sheri.  That’s enough for me. I don’t feel the need to be deciphered.

One thing in my life that I wouldn’t ever even have to test for it’s Origen is the Word of God.  It is timeless.  It was before the world became a mixed up mess and it will be around after the world ceases to exist.  It is forever.

“LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.”  (Psalms 119:89)

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”  (1 Peter 1:23-25)

The psalmist didn’t even have a complete copy of the Bible when he was inspired to pen verse 152.  But he had confidence in It and Its faithfulness to all generations.

When everything in your life begins to fall apart and absolutely nothing makes sense anymore, I hope you will remember todays post.  I hope that you will take confidence in the knowledge that you can always rely on anything that is built on the foundation of the Scripture.  Relationships, jobs, churches and friends may crumble.  You may think you have hit rock bottom, but guess what?  The Rock you rely on is Jesus Christ, the Word.  He will never fail you.

If you need a shield, He will shield you.  If you need discipline, He will reprove you.  If you need cared for, He will care for you.  No matter what the situation you may encounter, you will find Him faithful and True.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 227

“Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.”  (Psalms 119:151)

Yesterday we saw that the evil person was approaching, but look at what the psalmist says today:  THOU ART NEAR, O LORD.

Isn’t it good to know that God is near?  And not only that He is near but that we can have confidence in His Word because it is TRUTH!

It doesn’t matter what the enemy is doing or how loud his threats may seem, God is near and His Word is Truth.

Does your life seem like it is chaotic right now?  Get into the Word.

“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”  (Psalms 119:165)

Is the enemy making you feel like you are unloved and unwanted? Put your trust in the LORD and don’t listen to the lies!

“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”  (Psalms 40:4)

We so often forget that we are not living this life by ourselves.  We are children of the King and He is right here with us each step of the way.  We can trust Him and trust His Word at all times.

Don’t start the day thinking the Lord is afar off.  He isn’t.  Dwell in His Word and remind yourself of His truths.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

 

Day 226

“They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.”  (Psalms 119:150)

After studying today’s verse, I thought about two things:

1. The psalmist recognized evil was near.

2. The psalmist told God about it.

I had the opportunity to spend the entire day recently with an Amish lady.  We ate breakfast, toured a Flea Market, had a lemonade and talked about everything from books to religion.  Her perspective of life was so innocent and pure.  I have to say it is one of the most unique and refreshing things I have ever experienced.  She was so sweet and her demeanor was one that I enjoyed being around.  Later when dropping her off by her house, I felt a tinge of sadness that we were going our separate ways.  I had made a friend.

That is what is like to be near someone who is moral, chaste and kind.  You want to stay around them and your life is bettered because your paths crossed.

There is a stark difference in enjoying the company of someone of like minds compared to spending time with someone who is constantly belittling you, tearing down your godly thoughts, and speaking of things the Bible tells us not to.

When you have been close to an evil person, you walk away feeling dirty, sad and even a little disgusted with yourself for having been around them.  Right?  These type of people are so miserable in their own sin and the lives they are leading FAR away from God that they want to drag you down with them.

Sometimes this type of person shows up in our lives under the guise of being a Christian friend.  We MUST be aware that the enemy will stop at nothing in his efforts to destroy us and our testimony for the Lord.

The psalmist KNOWS and has recognized that such mischievous people are near him and coming after him with the idea of tearing him down.  But he isn’t going to be a willing participant.  He takes the situation to God the Father and talks it out.

Ask yourself, “What type of people are near me in my life right now?”

Do you have some people that are tempting you to things that are away from the Word?

You have a choice to make.  Run to God or you will be running from Him.

Stay close in the Word and in the presence of the Lord so you will recognize those that seek nothing more than to do you harm.  Ask God to help you and give you a way of escape.  Look at what God’s Word tells us:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”  (Ephesians 6:10-18)

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

 

 

Day 225

“Hear my voice according unto thy lovingkindness: O LORD, quicken me according to thy judgment.”  (Psalms 119:149)

The psalmist is praying in today’s voice, and there is something special about how he is going about it.

His prayer is audible.

You and I both know when we quit praying with our heart and get to calling out with our voices, we are getting down to business.

There are times though when we rush to God with a faulty idea of His Power.  We view it through human eyes and don’t give Him the honor or respect that He deserves.  I think we forget we are talking to the One Who is allowing our lungs to expand with air and our voice box to vibrate to make the sound as we say, “Dear Heavenly Father…”

John the Baptist is a good example of someone who understood WHO Jesus was:

John acknowledged the Position of Christ.

The book of John tells us that John the Baptist was out baptizing and preaching beyond Jordan.  He is addressing a large crowd and refers to Christ as the One that was preferred before him and whose shoe lachet he was unworthy to unloose.

John acknowledged the Person of Christ.

When he saw Jesus, the One he had been telling people about, coming towards him, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God”

John acknowledged the Power of Christ.

Then he said, “which taketh away the sin of the world.”

That is a good example for us to remember when we come aside to pray.

I know that sometimes we are in a hurry and have an immediate need, but it should not make us address the Lord with a superior voice as if we are talking to an employee or subordinante.  We should always remember Who He really is.  He deserves to be exalted and that can only happen if we are humbled.

In today’s verse the psalmist is crying out with his voice and shows some REAL faith as he completely trusts God to deal with him in the right way; in God’s lovingkindness and God’s own judgment.

Wow.

Most of the time we TELL God how to deal with us in a way WE think would be best, but this verse shows us true trust.

Think about the most pressing situation you are praying about in your life right now.

Ask yourself if you are trying to guide the situation yourself by pretending to pray and trust God.

If you are, you aren’t alone, I am right there with you.  It’s okay, we can correct it this morning!

Let’s go to God remembering Who He is and then let’s trust Him by taking our hands off the control panel and tell Him we want Him to deal with us and our situation in His lovingkindness and to quicken (help us live) according to HIS WORD and HIS Judgement.

In other words, let’s ask God to take over and do what He sees best.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

For further study, look at these verses in Acts 4 concerning the prayer of the early church:

“And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”  (Acts 4:24-31)

They prayed and God heard them.  I absolutely love this!

 

 

Day 224

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.”

STUDY:

  • Yesterday we saw the psalmist begin the morning with prayer. How is he ending it?
  • Can we truly meditate in God’s Word without prayer?

 

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 223

STUDY TIME!

(On Saturdays and Sundays my blog posts will give you a verse to study. I won’t give you the reference….you have to find it for yourself. I will then ask you some questions)

VERSE:

“I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word.”

STUDY:

  • Did the psalmist wait to pray?
  • What did he find in the Word?
  • Have you prayed and read the Bible this morning?

 

*** HELPFUL TIP ***

If you do not own a concordance or commentary, try downloading the e-sword app to your phone or tablet. This app can be VERY useful when you want to do a word study or find a verse when you are on the go.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri