Posted by: cindybythesea | January 28, 2019

Psalm 119 and the year 2019

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Psalm 119

As we enter the New Year, I can’t think of a more appropriate Psalm for the problems and challenges we face as believers than the one that sits at the center of the Bible. The 119th Psalm (also the longest chapter of the Bible) is all about the blessing that comes from following Gods word and the folly of those who scorn it.  At a time when just about everything we have known to be true and good has fallen in to question by the culture around us it is more important than ever that we establish in our hearts and minds that which God has already established through his word. And the fact that no court of law or change in public opinion can permanently move it, sway it or otherwise do away with it. For it is as eternally fixed in the heavens as the Creator himself.

Verse 23-24 has this to say:

“Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will mediate on your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors”. 

Some may wonder what we should do as the foundations around us are crumbling. First of all and most importantly is to know and meditate on Gods word. Remember his word is eternal, unchanging and forever fixed.  Therefore, it is a constant and reliable compass providing trustworthy counsel on which we can rely. It also provides freedom.

“I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought your precepts. I will speak of your statutes before kings and will not be put to shame.” Psalm 119: 45-46

There are a number of questions that currently plaque our culture. On the removal of God from the public forum over the past few decades culture has become increasingly rudderless and desperate to find new rules by which to live. Leaving us to ask (in its absence)– what rules ??? …. and by whom should they be established? A question most likely to be answered by those holding the most power ….. until the powerful become powerless and the newly powerful make new rules of their own.  A deadly cycle which perpetuates itself as the powerless unseat the powerful and on it goes.

“The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and find comfort in them”. Psalm 119:51-52

“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. Psalm 119:105

Yes, God’s word is ancient. It is not reliant upon the most recent study or what Hollywood celebrities or puffed up politicians think or do.  It is the guide by which we live. And is the light by which we walk. Try walking on a path in the dark and see how far you get without a light. The word of God is that light.

“You are righteous, Lord, and your laws are right. The statutes you have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy …. Great peace have those who love your law and nothing can make them stumble” Psalm 119:137-138,165

In the days ahead, we would do well to keep these things in mind and put them in to practice knowing that though we are tested we are promised not just peace but great peace by holding on to the promises of God word. It makes me think of the wise men when they followed the star. In spite of the great distance they traveled and the inherent perils along the way; they kept their eyes fixed on the star ….. not looking to the left nor to the right (figuratively speaking) until they reached their destination. May we likewise do the same.

“Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end. He did not give up because of the cross! On the contrary, because of the joy that was set before him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and is now seated at the right hand of God.” Hebrews 12:2

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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