“So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.” Psalms 119:44
If you didn’t read yesterday’s verse, here it is:
“And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.” Psalms 119:43
We can’t just take verse 44 without understanding what the writer is saying in the previous verse.
He starts today’s verse with the word “so”. What is he referring to? The Word and the hope he has in God’s ability to execute Truth.
This is powerful.
When we see who God really is and what He can really do, and how He can silence every adversary we ever have or will have, we know that we can trust Him. We will want to talk of Him.
What is the nearest thing to your lips when you go to speak? Knowing the subject or attitude of your words is a good litmus test of whether or not you are walking with God.
What is practiced in private will manifest itself in public, no matter how hard one tries to hide it.
When we are hoping in God, dwelling in His testimonies and statutes in the Word, then our thoughts, our tongues, our attitudes and our overall behavior is purified.
If you are living in frustration, something is off. And the first place you should examine is your private life with Christ.
One of my friends says it like this: “Garbage in = Garbage out” Whatever we are feeding our minds and spirits will eventually come out in one form or another.
The Christian life isn’t as complicated as we make it out to be. I know I DEFINITELY make my life harder when I ignore the Word. And it never fails, I realize how I have neglected quality time with the Lord about half way through the morning when I have bitten the head off of everyone around me. The problem is not a bad attitude – the problem is a lack of submitting myself to the Holy Spirit in prayer and reading of God’s Word.
It is high time we put up a “No Trespassing” sign on our lives and told Satan we are private property! Reading God’s Word and praying, really praying, are like a big KEEP OUT sign to the devil as far as our actions and speech are concerned. He may try and annoy us, but the Spirit of God will be what guides us, helps us and leads us to victory!
Have you sat down or kneeled down today and been quiet in His presence? Have you dwelled on thoughts from His Word? If so, THOSE Words will be what are readily spoken to that student that is snarky with you, the husband that is gruff with you, the friend who is mean to you, that driver that cuts you off or etc. etc. etc. You get the picture.
But hey, if you don’t want to keep God’s commandents and speak of Him today go ahead and binge on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Read the FB newsfeed and let FOX News play in the background while you get ready. Get in your car turn on the radio and let the radio cuss at you, demean women and mock God.
Just don’t be surprised when things are a mess in your life this evening when you come home. The prayer time you will have to spend after the fact isn’t as pleasant as the prayer time you could have had just basking in His presence.
What kind of words and actions will we produce today? (I already had to get some help from the Lord today and it is only noon). Let’s dwell in Him and encourage each other along the way.
Until Next Time, Lord willing,