Psalm 119

Consider it spiritual insurance

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Insurance is such a necessary evil. We need life insurance, health insurance, homeowners insurance, or extended warranties. (By the way, I think your car warranty is about to expire). Wouldn’t it be great if there was insurance against walking away from God? In a way, there is. This section of Psalm 119 gives us some great insight on how we can have protection against backsliding.

Before we dig into these eight verses, you can read my comments on the previous eight verses here.

I’ve been going through Psalm 119, a section at a time, since the middle of May. (It’s…

Psalm 119

The answer might be closer than you think

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Can you imagine what it must have been like to be one of the Hebrews after crossing the Red Sea and then hearing Moses tell you how he knew which direction he would lead them? First, he looked up, pointed to a specific cloud, and told them that they would follow it wherever it went. Then, at night, there would be a pillar of fire to lead them.

Every day God led them in this unique way for 40 years. How cool must that have been? Here’s the thing; we don’t have to imagine! …

What if it’s not?

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We are familiar with hyperbole — “I am so hungry I could eat a horse.” An exaggeration to prove a point. Is the writer of Scripture using a literary device to get us to taste the words of Scripture? Maybe so, but it was not hyperbole, rather it was a metaphor. Here is the passage to which I refer:

Oh, how I love your instructions! I think about them all day long.

Your commands make me wiser than my enemies, for they are my constant guide.

Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of…

Failing to do so could lead to catastrophe

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We were all shocked and saddened by the collapse of the 12-story condominium in Surfside, Florida. Sadly, at the time of this writing, 94 bodies have been recovered, and there are still 22 who are missing. Something went tragically wrong in the construction process.

We all understand the importance of a solid foundation for building, but it is even more critical to have a solid foundation for our spiritual lives. It is something that most people give little thought to, yet it can have a more significant impact than we realize.

I have been plodding through this wonderful chapter in…

Yes, it’s a thing

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Okay, I am one of those people who hates to lose so much that I will do everything in my power to keep that from happening. Strangely, though, I don’t need to win. For me, it is not about coming in first; it is not about coming in second. I get it, some people don’t understand this and call me weird, but it makes perfect sense to my brain.

Warren Wiersbe has reminded us that as Christians, we live in a battleground, not a playground. While we would rather play, God has given us a job to do here on…

God works the best when I am surrendered the most

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We ought to be thankful that God, through the years, has been working in our lives to mold us into His image. The truth is, we often don’t like it when He is doing His work, but we are grateful when we have recuperated from the spiritual surgery.

As we continue plodding our way through Psalm 119, we reach the next stanza of 8 verses. You can see my comments on the previous stanza here.

You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.

May all who fear you find in me a cause…

But a lifetime of choices turns into your legacy

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Life is filled with choices and decisions we need to make every day. Some are easy (Would you like bacon on your burger?), and some are difficult (What do you want to do when you grow up?).

Many times the easy choice is not always the right choice. We genuinely understand that eating healthy and exercising will help us lose weight and cause us to feel better. How much easier can it get? The problem is that food that is bad for us tastes much better, and watching sports rather than playing sports takes a lot less effort.

It truly…

Is that too personal of a question?

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We are usually told that there are two things that we should not bring up with others — religion and politics. Well, it seems like politics has entered every area of our lives. Everything is political!

So, I thought I would poke the bear. How is your relationship with God? Is it as good as the one who wrote Psalm 119?

This Psalm is a brilliantly designed and inspired piece of poetry. You can see my comments in the previous section here.

“LORD, you are mine! I promise to obey your words!

With all my heart I want your blessings…

And listen to God’s voice in these 8 verses from Psalm 119

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Your life is not a Hallmark movie, nor a fairy tale. There is no happily-ever-after on planet Earth. There is a high probability that you will one day die.

Before that happens, you are going to go through a lot of pain and disappointment. So, are you ready to give up yet? DON’T! God never promised us an easy life if we would serve Him wholeheartedly.

However, He does promise to go with us through our trials and hold our hands. He also left us with a book of promises, proof of His faithfulness, and His presence in our lives.

Not everyone is telling the truth

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The world is a noisy place, and so is our soul. While we all spend time seeking the voice of God, we also listen to the voice of so many other things, and often they are lies.

God tends to speak through the still small voice as we read His Word, but Satan loves to scream through our circumstances. We must be listening to the right voice.

As we plod our way through Psalm 119, we come to verses 41–48. If you missed my last post, you can view it here:

LORD, give me your unfailing love, the salvation that…

Ron Whitehead

Husband — Father — Pastor — Child of God

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