Clarification

My Bible study posts are a combination of what I believe the passage actually teaches and how it applies to my life specifically. However, I have not differentiated between the two types of journaling. Readers should be aware of this as they read my posts. My posts should not be considered expositions of Scripture, but rather personal ponderings that I decided to share online.

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Psalm 119: 97-104

97. Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.
98. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99. I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.
100. I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.
101. I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.
102. I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.
103. How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104. Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

97. Oh how I love your law!
It is my meditation all the day.

Do I meditate on God’s Word the whole day? No. Far from it. I’d much rather listen to music or other things that wouldn’t make me think as much as God’s Word. At the root, this is pride. I rather do what pleases me than what pleases God. I don’t love Him as I should.

98. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies,
for it is ever with me.
99. I have more understanding than all my teachers,
for your testimonies are my meditation.

God’s Word does not make me wise by sitting on the shelf or traveling in my bag. The only way for me to glean truth and wisdom from it is to consciously pore over it–to diligently read and study it. And then, as I go about my day, I must meditate on what I’ve read. Lord, teach me to meditate!

100. I understand more than the aged,
for I keep your precepts.

I feel so immature and foolish at times. While the way others perceive me is no valid reason to pursue maturity, this fear of man drives me to consider how I may grow. And as I ponder, I realize that the reason to pursue maturity and, yes, any improvement, is to better glorify my Lord. The supreme value of my God is not made visible to others by my immaturity and foolishness.

101. I hold back my feet from every evil way,
in order to keep your word.

It is not sufficient for me to refrain from certain non-edifying activities. It is vital that I replace them with beneficial activity.

I must replace idleness/laziness with work on to-do list items.

I must replace mere pleasureable music with music that promotes complex thought.

I must replace music with audio Scripture.

I must replace sleeping in on weekdays with wake-up activities to get me awake to focus on my Lord.

I must replace random FB surfing with replying to personal e-mails and messages.

I must replace pleasure food and drink with nourishing foods and water.

I must replace random surfing of blogs or Youtube with reading edifying books.

102. I do not turn aside from your rules,
for you have taught me.

God, in all persons of the Trinity, is a reliable Teacher. What He builds into His students will not easily be destroyed. Books and preachers/teachers must never be viewed as a substitute for the Holy Spirit’s instruction as I read the Word of God. By His enabling alone am I able to walk the proper path.

103. How sweet are your words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Lord, teach me to delight in Your Word more than anything else. Steal my affection from all things that enthrall me and dedicate it to You alone. This work is impossible for me to do. But You can do it. Indeed, You are an expert at the changing of hearts.

104. Through your precepts I get understanding;
therefore I hate every false way.

Lord, Make me so in tune with Your ways as I study Your Word that I may recognize falsehood and evil for what they are. Make me wise. Cause me to glorify You.

Psalm 119: 89-96

89. Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.
90. Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
91. By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.
92. If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
93. I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.
94. I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.
95. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.
96. I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

89. Forever, O Lord, your word
is firmly fixed in the heavens.

There is nothing beside God’s Word (except for God Himself) that is sure and lasting. Social networks are not eternal. Fame is not eternal. Fun memories are not eternal. When I stand before God, what will matter? Only how I lived before Him during my life. Nothing will matter except obedience (and disobedience). I must live in constant light of eternity. How I use my time now will matter.

Sometimes I don’t see the point in my college studies. It seems like I’m just working for a piece of paper which won’t mean much and I may never really need it. But, then I remember that God put me in this situation. He obviously planned for me to do college and do it this way. He even planned my frustration. But why?

To teach me obedience and diligence, and endurance, among other things. I am grateful for my college education because the things God is teaching me through it do matter.

90. Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

There will be no generation on this earth whose days are not dictated by God on His throne. No one will see the day when God is not in control and directing all that happens. How comforting this is! Worry about policies and economies can be dispelled by this truth. I am free to work in the harvest fields to further the Kingdom of God without fear or worry that I am neglecting some other cause that needs my help.

91. By your appointment they stand this day,
for all things are your servants.

God created this earth, and all the earthquakes happening this year are no cause for fear. No inch of earth moves without His finger pushing it here or there. Every single quake originates from His hand. And all His reasons are good. We must not doubt this.

As long as God keeps the universe intact, it will be intact. We do not trust a madman who destroys at will, but a sovereign King Who controls all things for good.

92. If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.

If I do not keep my mind thinking rightly according to God’s Word, I will despair. There is no other sure foundation for hope. Christians should be the most joyful and hopeful people because they have true joy and hope in God and His Word. How it must hurt my Lord each time I neglect to think Biblically or fret about anything. He is trustworthy and will never change.

93. I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have given me life.

I must never lose my confidence in God’s Word, but cling to it diligently. Did it not bring me to life? Will it not guide me in growth? Is it not powerful enough to sanctify me more and more? Never lose confidence in the power of God’s Word.

94. I am yours; save me,
for I have sought your precepts.

One evidence of belonging to Christ is a devotion to study and hunger for God’s Word. Assurance of salvation, though not based on works, is in part due to visible workings of God in the heart.

95. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
but I consider your testimonies.

Believers will have troubles on earth. Never are we promised smooth sailing on the waters of life. There will always be some sin to fight. There will always be those who hate us. But there will always be a refuge in our Lord. One has only to consider accounts of persecution to realize that while God does not always grant physical deliverance, He always gives strength to endure for His glory.

Instead of becoming absorbed with worry or trying to take control of the situation, the psalmist turns his attention to the only sure foundation — God’s Word. (Distinguishing between God and His Word and saying one is more sure than the other is, in my opinion, not supported by Scripture. One cannot separate God Himself from what He says any more than one can say a person and his speech stem from different roots because out of the heart the mouth speaks.)

96. I have seen a limit to all perfection,
but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

One might be able to exhaust any resource or subject, but God’s Word can never be exhausted because God Himself can never be exhausted. How does this truth help me in my daily life?

I can rest secure in the arms of God, knowing that all my cares and worries are taken care of.