Day 252

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 have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments.”

STUDY:

  • Here we come to the very last verse of Psalm 119.  The psalmist has declared so many things about the Word, yet he has gone astray.  What does this tell us about ourselves?
  • How can you have a fit spiritual life and avoid spiritual Alzheimer’s?
  • I hope you have enjoyed this section of the blog.  It sure has helped me.  Keep studying God’s Word….that is the main thought I take away from this study.

*** 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 251

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:

“Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me.”

STUDY:

  • After this whole study on the 119th psalm, why do you think the writer is asking God to let his soul live?
  • Would you agree that the Word of God is like a magnifying glass?  It points out the areas of our lives that need spiritual attention?
  • Has this Psalm encouraged you to change something in your life?

*** 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 250

“I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight.”  (Psalms 119:174)

The psalmist has written and written and written about the Word.  And he comes down to the last few verses and found that It is his delight.  He has concluded that he doesn’t have to look further than the Lord.

Aren’t you glad that Jesus gave us John 14:6?

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  (John 14:6)

We don’t have to look any further than our Savior for help.  He is the Way.  He is the Truth.  He is the Life.

What more do we need?  We can delight in the knowledge that the Lord is the One Who will always be there to give us what we need, show us where to go and help us when we are confused about any of it.

The next two verses of this chapter fall on the weekend and are for personal study, so let me take a moment and give you a personal conclusion about this entire journey through Psalm 119.

We need the Word.  We can’t survive without It.  Sure, our salvation is settled and we can’t lose that, but our spiritual lives will be in shambles if we are not daily seeking to hear from the Lord in this Book we call the Bible.

I hope that the wisdom you have gleaned through Psalm 119 has helped you with your life as much as it has helped me during this trying phase I am in right now.  I have really needed the reminder and the assurance of His power.

Should you desire further study, I have a friend, Allison McKay, who has just published an entire book about this chapter.  You can purchase your copy on her website: Delight Thyself Ministries 

Join me next week as we highlight some more Scripture each day that will help us dwell in the Lord.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 249

“Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts.”  (Psalms 119:173)

“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)

What are you trusting in today?

Are you trusting in your own abilities?  Watch out, you are headed for disaster.

The Bible says that we are Blessed if we make God the One we trust in.  I think that is exactly what the psalmist is doing in verse 173.  He says, “Let thine hand help me;”. He is reaching up to God and not inward to himself or outward to a fellow human.  He reaches to God by choice.

Listen, there are so many times when we are left wondering what to do in any given situation.  We try and let the principles of the Word of God guide us, but there come moments when we are unsure of how to act, what to say and whether we should sit still or move forward.  These are the moments that we need to completely rely on God.  We need to lift our hand to Him and say, “Help”.

I remember after giving birth to my third child, I bounced back rather quickly.  I felt great the next day, even though my Amelia had been a 10lb 1oz butterball.  I didn’t need assistance to the car or help with my things, and I was feeling pretty good about the whole delivery.  So good in fact, that I asked my husband to stop by the store on the way home so I could purchase a few items that I didn’t have for the new baby.  He sat in the car with Amelia and I walked into a store right off the Teays Valley exit there in Hurricane WV.  I made it to the baby section and all of a sudden I hit the proverbial wall. My body stopped.  I went from full strength to zero in a matter of seconds.  I leaned on the shopping buggy and couldn’t take another step.  I am not sure how long I waited.  This was before cell phones had become the norm, so I couldn’t ring Mark for assistance. Shoppers passed me by and I remained there, motionless.  Eventually Mark came in the store to find me.  I looked at him and said, “help me”.  He got me to the car and eventually back to our room at his dad’s house.  I was exhausted and I think I remained there for several days.  I had learned my lesson.  It had been too much, too soon.

Relying on our own will power will only get us so far in this life.  Eventually we will “hit a wall” and we are going to need some divine help.

Again, I ask myself, and I ask you:  What are you (and I) trusting in today?  Is our hand raised toward the heavens or are we caught up trying to do everything on our own?

Let’s ask God for help and rely on Him to provide it.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 248

“My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.”  (Psalms 119:172)

Some of you won’t like what I have to say today.  If you are in a mood, maybe save this post for another day.

First, let me say, I am NOT for easy believism.  I am ANTI the whole “1-2-3 repeat after me” type of soul winning.  It grieves me to hear someone be sloppy in their witness for Christ.  BUT, I don’t think we should throw the baby out with the bath water.  I believe we need to still talk to people and try and reach them for the Lord.

When you become a student of the Word and have a daily practice of prayer and study, I can guarantee you that you will want to tell someone about the Lord.  You will have reflected on how God’s Word has transformed your life and you will desire to share that transformation with someone else.

Now, not all of us are called into the ministry.  Not all of us in the ministry are called to go to the foreign field.  But ALL of us can tell others about the Good News.

When I don’t get to talk to someone about the Lord, it wells up inside of me like pressure.  I get antsy and feel like if I don’t go knock on a door or clap at a gate like we do in Brazil, I will explode.  But is that Sheri?  Is it me causing me to want to tell about the Lord?

No.

It is the Righteous Word.  I wouldn’t know I was supposed to go and tell if Jesus hadn’t told me to! He is the One Who told me to not hide my light!  The Perfect Lamb of God is the One who commands me to be the salt of the earth and a city that cannot be hid.  He instructs me in the way I should go, and He wants me to share that with others.

My tongue needs to be speaking about His Word.  Yes, my actions and my testimony should back that up as well.  But I need to be speaking about Him.

Let’s never become silent about Salvation.  Let’s never take for granted our eternal home.  I want neighbors there, don’t you?  Let’s be busy talking about God and it will keep us from gossiping about others.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 247

“My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes.”  (Psalms 119:171)

There is nothing quite like the moment you are reading the Scripture and God sheds light on It’s meaning through His Holy Spirit.  You know, without a doubt, that God has just spoken to your heart and you have understanding straight from Him.

It is a buoyant feeling isn’t it?  To know that God Himself has manifested Himself in your own personal life and taught you something!  It is such a glorious feeling that you want to shed it abroad by telling others how good God is and how He has helped you in a way that is without real explanation.

The psalmist is telling us this today.  He has heard the stories from others.  He has read the scrolls.  He has acknowledged that he believes in God, but the moment that God teaches him personally, well, that is a whole other story.  He wants to praise!

So, how does that practically apply to you and me today?

I’m glad you asked.

God is sitting with you this morning (or afternoon or evening) as you read His Word.  If you are saved, meaning you have repented and placed your faith in Christ Jesus and His death, burial, and resurrection as payment for your sins, then the Holy Spirit resides within you and HE is guiding you to all truth.  He is available to you and there to teach you….but you need to OPEN the Bible and READ IT.

That Book of All Books is not going to stand up on little leather legs and start preaching to you.  You need to walk over to It and open It’s pages and read.  And not only read, but ask God to give you understanding.  And not only ask for understanding, but when you learn and are taught of Him…..GO APPLY IT.

And just so it is said…..I am preaching to myself here.  I marvel at how soon I am removed from doing what is right sometimes.  But oh, how sweet it is to be reading along in the Word and God starts to speak to my heart.

Let’s dwell in Him, His Word and then let’s be sure to open our mouths and praise Him for His watchcare over our lives.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri

Day 246

“Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.”  (Psalms 119:170)

There is a saying that goes, “You don’t know what you don’t know”.

Have you ever heard anyone say this?  Maybe it was Captain Obvious, I don’t know. But it fits for today’s study.

Sometimes, in order to know something, we have to be made to realize that we DON’T know it.  How could the psalmist ever know he could be delivered if he didn’t first need delivering?

Do you see where I am headed?

Had I never fallen down walking across the yard as a little girl, I would have never known what it was like for Grandpa to pick me up and dust me off.  I would have never known what it was like to walk in sync with him as he told me to hang on to his wooden cane.  First, I had to trip, stumble and hit the ground.

The psalmist had enemies.  He had persecutors.  He had adversaries.  And because of those people, he found out what it was like to trip, stumble and hit the ground.  He found out what it was like to call out, be delivered and protected.

Now here we are in verse 170 and the psalmist is calling out again, but he says, “deliver me according to thy word.”  He KNEW what God had said and he KNEW God could deliver him.”

I know trials are tough (trust me).  I am not making light of any of our situations.  I wish we could all be problemless today, but if we were, I am afraid we wouldn’t need to look to God.  And if we didn’t look to Him, we would never know what it is like to be picked up, loved on and set on solid ground.

Don’t falter as you are in the mire of a trial.  Call out to God, wait for His perfect timing and look forward to the moment He reaches down and pulls you out.  He hasn’t left you there for nothing.  He is working and He will act according to His Word.

Until Next Time, Lord willing,

Sheri