Tuesday, September 08, 2015

September 8 - Your Words Give Light

Today's Reading:
Psalm 119:129-144
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Psalm 119:129-144
129 Your statutes are wonderful;
    therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
    longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed.

137 You are righteous, Lord,
    and your laws are right.
138 The statutes you have laid down are righteous;
    they are fully trustworthy.
139 My zeal wears me out,
    for my enemies ignore your words.
140 Your promises have been thoroughly tested,
    and your servant loves them.
141 Though I am lowly and despised,
    I do not forget your precepts.
142 Your righteousness is everlasting
    and your law is true.
143 Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but your commands give me delight.
144 Your statutes are always righteous;
    give me understanding that I may live.

Response and Action:
Believing that God's words are trustworthy and wise creates a desire to read, understand, apply, and obey the guidance they give. It also leads to a sense of sorrow for those who do not know or choose to ignore the direction that is available through Scripture. If the Scriptures give me godly insight for life, I should long for them, delight in them, and love them.

The Useful Breath reading schedule for 2015-16 starts up on Sunday, September 13th.
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Today through September 12, I will be posting meditations from Psalm 119 that remind us of the ways Scripture shapes and informs the believer's life.

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