Psalm 119:12

Blessed are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes! -Psalm 119:12

A heart full of genuine praise for God will be joyfully yielded to His instruction in righteousness.

Word Meanings

Blessed: be adored, to cause to kneel, to praise, salute, to celebrate

Lord: Jehovah = the existing One

Teach: exercise in, to be taught, trained, chastise, discipline, to accustom

statutes: ordinance limit, prescribed task/portion/due, boundary, enactment, decree, law

Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11

The motivation to walk righteously and learn God’s Word must be to please Him, not for any benefits I think I might earn.

Word Meanings:

Your word: utterance, speech, the Word of God

stored up: hide, treasure, store up, be hidden, lurk, conceal, lay up, restrain

heart: inner man

sin: miss the way, go wrong, incur guilt, forfeit, bear loss, miss the mark, wander from the way, err from the mark, stumble, seduce

35 reasons not to sin

1. Because a little sin leads to more sin.

2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God.

3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.

4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.

5. Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.

6. Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.

7. Because I am doing what I do not have to do.

8. Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.

9. Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.

10. Because my sin saddens the godly.

11. Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.

12. Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.

13. Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.

14. Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.

15. Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.

16. Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.

17. Because my sin may influence others to sin.

18. Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.

19. Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.

20. Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.

21. Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.

22. Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.

23. Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.

24. Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.

25. Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.

26. Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.

27. Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.

28. Because my sin is adultery with the world.

29. Because, though forgiven, I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.

30. Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.

31. Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.

32. Because to sin is not to love Christ.

33. Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.

34. Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it and His turning of it to good use, never because it is worth anything on it’s own.

35. Because I promised God he would be Lord of my life.

Relinquish Your Rights
Reject the Sin
Renew the Mind
Rely on God

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Psalm 119:10

With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments! -Psalm 119:10

My everything must be committed to learning God’s ways found in His Word and applying it to my life.

Word Meanings

whole: all, any, each, every, anything, totality, everything, complete

heart: inner man, understanding, midst, inclination, resolution, determination (of will), conscience, “seat of appetites/emotions/passions/courage”-Gesenius

seek: enquire, require, frequent (a place), consult, demand, investigate, ask for, practice, study, follow, seek with application, apply oneself

let me not wander: to go astray, err, stray, swerve, meander, reel, roll, be intoxicated, commit sin of ignorance or inadvertence, wander

commandments: of God, code of wisdom, precepts of God, prohibition

Psalm 119:9

How can a young man keep his way pure?
By guarding it according to your word. -Psalm 119:9

There is no purity of life outside of God’s law.

God’s Word is where we must look for guidance and it’s prescription is what we must joyfully take.

Word Meanings

young man: lad, servant, youth, tenderness of age

keep pure: to be clean, be pure, be clean, be justified, to cleanse, purify oneself, maintain purity of life

way: path, road, way of living, traveller, wayfarer, course of living and acting, mode, manner, condition, lot

guarding: keep, observe, give heed, protect, restrain, retain, treasure up (in memory), be on one’s guard, beware, refrain, attend to, to honor, care for

according to your word: speech, speaking, utterance, business, occupation, acts, matter, case, discourse, promise, precept, edict, oracle, cause, reason

. today . matters .

Today Matters by John Maxwell explores 12 important areas of life in which commitment to succeed is essential. What you do today determines where you will be tomorrow, and this book will motivate you to make today a masterpiece.

Here are some notable quotes from the book:

When opportunity comes, it’s too late to prepare. -John Wooden

Ultimately, no one can network himself to success unless he has something to offer in the first place. -pg. 7

Growth comes from making decisions and following through on them. -pg. 10 Continue reading