Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Psalm 119:1-16 (Good News Translation)
God’s Word: Filling Us With God’s Wisdom
Psalm 119:1-16: Today we begin reading Psalm 119, the longest psalm in the Bible (176 verses). This psalm celebrates the Law of the LORD and is a beautiful example of Hebrew poetry. In Hebrew, the first word of each of the psalm’s twenty-two sections begins with one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, using all of the letters from alpha to taw. For the next eleven days we will be reading two sections of the psalm each day. The opening of Psalm 119 is similar to that of Psalm 1—those who are happy are those who follow the Law of the LORD.
Today's Scripture: Psalm 119:12
I praise you, O LORD; teach me your ways.
1 Happy are those whose lives are faultless, who live according to the law of the LORD. 2 Happy are those who follow his commands, who obey him with all their heart. 3 They never do wrong; they walk in the LORD's ways. 4LORD, you have given us your laws and told us to obey them faithfully. 5 How I hope that I shall be faithful in keeping your instructions! 6 If I pay attention to all your commands, then I will not be put to shame. 7 As I learn your righteous judgments, I will praise you with a pure heart. 8 I will obey your laws; never abandon me! 9 How can young people keep their lives pure? By obeying your commands. 10 With all my heart I try to serve you; keep me from disobeying your commandments. 11 I keep your law in my heart, so that I will not sin against you. 12 I praise you, O LORD; teach me your ways. 13 I will repeat aloud all the laws you have given. 14 I delight in following your commands more than in having great wealth. 15 I study your instructions; I examine your teachings. 16 I take pleasure in your laws; your commands I will not forget.
Today’s passage reflects on the ways in which God’s law encourages the living of a “pure” life. Here “pure” is an image for a life that is in keeping with God’s will. What does it mean to you to live “a pure life” and how does that apply to your spiritual life?
Holy God, as I learn your righteous judgments, I will praise you with a pure heart. Keep me faithful and help me to keep your law within my heart. Amen.
Those struggling to obey God’s commands.
Psalm 119:17-32: Happiness in the Law of the LORD.
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