Friday, August 19, 2011

Reflecting on the Psalms: Chapter 119 verses 25-32

Psalm 119:25-32

25My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
26I have declared my ways, and thou heardest me: teach me thy statutes.
27Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
28My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
29Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously.
30I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.
31I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame.

32I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.

Chapter 119 verses 25-32

What I get out verse 25 is that when I'm down in the dust, God's Word the power to revive. During my darkest moment, I was down in the dust and trusting in Him and His Word was what helped revive me and bring me out of slavery to the enemy. God knows my ways (v. 26), which aren't always pleasing to Him. I wanna (continue to) learn His statutes and follow His plans for my life. Doing so will cover up any self-centered way I  may have in mind and help me to submit to doing something for His glory, which I try to maintain. Before I read His Word, I do ask for understanding, which will help me to walk in that way. And since I take the time to understand His Word, like I'm doing now, it makes it easier to talk (or meditate on) and see His plan for my life. I'm not sure how I'd relate to verse 28, but I have no desire to lie or do decetiful things (v. 29). I also like Matthew Henry's thought on the verse, "The way of lying means all false ways by which men deceive themselves and others, or are deceived by Satan and his instruments. Those who know and love the law of the Lord, desire to know it more, and love it better." Following Him and living by His Word helps me to not be deceived by the enemy since it provides truth and clarity and I love learning from it and I have the desire to want to learn more. When I became a Christian, I basically chose the way of truth (v. 30), which I wouldn't trade anything for. "Thy judgments have I laid before me" means to me that I go after His Word and try to apply what I learn from it. Most of time, when I read the Word, I'll get something out of it, and it's even better if I can apply and show that I care to take the time to go hands-on with His Word. I consider myself a hands-on person and figuring outways in which I can apply passages in more than one area in my life leads to some good experimenting. I try to find multiple ways in which I can serve God, for example. I do stick to His commandments (v. 31), which I find no shame in. I like Henry's comment on it, "Those who stick to the word of God, may in faith expect and pray for acceptance with God." I don't have much to add to that, but I thank Him that I can find acceptance in Him. I do run and follow after His commandments (v. 32) -- not in a literal sense, but rather a spiritual one. And what has resulted in following Him commandments -- such as loving on homeless people in San Franscisco -- is being blessed with insight and discernment to know I can do great things for His Kingdom.

                                                 Source used:

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 119". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>.

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