Thursday, January 31, 2019

A Place to Live and Serve

O. T. #1378  "A Place to Live and Serve"
Jan. 31. 2019
Psalm 122
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. Psalm 122:1


Step 3: The Lord directs our place to live and serve.

Since my husband has been in the ministry 39 years, we have lived all over our state and even West Virginia. The Lord directed us to the place He had for us live and serve Him each time we moved. Having the peace knowing we were in the right place surely helped us make adjustments to new surroundings and people. Looking back, each was a joy. We are going to know a lot of folks in heaven. One day, dear ones, you and I and our group will meet and worship the Lord Jesus together there.

MacArthur gives us some background of this psalm: David expressed his great joy over Jerusalem, which he had settled by defeating the Jebusites (2 Sam.5) and bringing the Tabernacle and Ark for permanent residency (2 Sam. 6). His joy is that the Ark has found its proper location. David's desire/prayer was temporarily fulfilled in Solomon's reign (1 Kings 4:24,25).

Have we found our place in this world? When we are young, we search for our career and calling. Then, when that is settled in our heart, the place where we are meant to be will be.  Everything will fall into place because we are living and serving Jesus.


What was David telling us in this psalm?
  • He was glad to go to the house of the Lord with others. (verse 1)
  • They stood at the gates of Jerusalem, where the judges heard their cases. (verse 2)
  • Jerusalem was built as a compact city. Compact means to go join; have fellowship with.
  • The tribes of Israel gave thanks unto the LORD. (verse 4)
  • They were to pray for peace and prosperity of Jerusalem. (verse 6a)
  • They shall prosper that love God. (verse 6b)

Are we glad to go to the Lord's house for worship and prayer?
When Jesus returns to earth to establish his kingdom for a thousand year reign as King, the Prince of Peace will make Jerusalem His capital city.
We ought to pray for peace in Jerusalem because God's people are there and His house is there.

We are planning on seeing the beloved city of Jerusalem on March 8 during our Holy Land tour. I am looking forward to it, for sure.


I will gladly go to the Lord's house to worship and give thanks to Him.
I bow before  the throne of Almighty God and pray.
May we find peace there, seek the best for our family and friends, and pray that our nation continues to love Jerusalem.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Unexpected Winds

O. T. #1377 "Unexpected Winds"
Jan. 30, 2019
Psalm 121
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2


Step 2: The Lord is my Protector.

Yep, the weather in my state can change within any given hour. I wore my fuzzy warm boots yesterday when I went out on an errand. Wrapped in my winter coat, mind you. Prepared, that was me. But I forgot my thick, knit cap for my head. It was uncovered. Oh, that cold wind blew right through one ear and out the other. (Guess you know why.) Isn't it that way in life? We can have a good week, ready for a storm, and wham, an unexpected wind from an unexpected source knocks us down. Today, this chapter gives us reassurance, so read on, dear one.

Remember, the Jews are traveling back to Jerusalem after being in captivity in Babylon. (Oops,70 years, not 40) They were on a pilgrimage, ascending in the hills of Judea.

The psalmist refers to the LORD as their:
  • Helper (verse 1); Along the rough road would have been enemies, wild animals, and hard places in the road. The psalmist turned to the Lord for their help along the journey.
  • Maker (verse 2); The phrase Maker of heaven and earth only occurs 5 times in the Hebrew Bible, three of which appear in the Psalms of Ascent verse 2; 124:8; 134:3) The psalmist knew beyond a doubt that the God who made everything had the power to make His children have a successful journey, reaching Jerusalem and rebuilding the Temple. The hills aren't moving and so they could depend upon their God. 
  • Keeper (verses 3-6); The mountainous region could result in a foot slipping and tumbling down the mountain. The hot sun would have been a hardship for those travelers. When we cling to Jesus, we will not slip into a lifestyle of sin.  
  • Preserver (verses 7-8); Falwell said, "Jehovah will preserve our movements from morning to evening, from infancy to old age." God never abandons us.

Okay, folks,we are on an unexpected journey through life, right? It is never as smooth and easy as we would like. Often times we don't see our enemies lurking in unexpected places. There may be some twists and turns that are unpleasant. Others may throw curve balls at us, jolting us off balance, resulting in questions. That is why it is important that we follow Jesus on the road He has for us today.

When God doesn't move the mountains in front of us, what do we do? We turn to the Maker of those mountains, the One who is our Helper. 
When the heat is on, is Jesus our shade, rest, and peace?
When evil attacks us and our loved ones, will we turn to the Preserver of our faith?
Trust His ways for us to be always good and His glory. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Paul encourages us because he made it through all sorts of perils.

We abide under the shadow of the Almighty, because we dwell in the secret place of the Most High God. (Psalm 91:1) Believers who are willing to sit down and take up residence in the presence of the Almighty will abide under His shadow.

Psalm 91:10-11 say, There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come night thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

My head is not in the sand, friend. I know there are viruses, diseases, death, and demons that attack us. But they can't dwell in our soul, for we are sealed unto that day of redemption with the blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. One day we will arrive in our heavenly Jerusalem called heaven. Ooheee!
My hope is in Jesus, the Maker of heaven and earth! Lift up our eyes unto Him.


Lord, You are the Creator of heaven, earth, and me.
You don't sleep.
You won't allow me to slip and stumble.
You keep me safe.
You won't allow anything to kill me or smite me.
You protect me from all evil.
Lord, guard my coming and goings now and forever.
I will trust in You.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

War or Peace

O. T. #1376  "War or Peace"
Jan. 29, 2019
Psalm 120
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war. Ps. 120:7


We are entering a group of a different kind for the Psalms 120-134. They are called Psalms of Ascent, or the Songs of Ascent. After the Babylonian captivity of 40 years, the Jews sang them on their way back to Jerusalem. It was about a climb of 2,700 feet in elevation.

As for the authors, David wrote four (Psalms 122,124,131,133), Solomon wrote one (Ps. 127), and the rest were anonymous. (The MacArthur Bible Commentary)

Just so you know, I am going to be using as one of my references the Beth Moore's study guide, Stepping Up, a journey through the Psalms of Ascent. So whenever her name is used, that is the book from which the information comes.

The Hebrew word for ascent is ma'aloth, which means to go up. According to Talmud, the 15 psalms somehow developed a connection to 15 steps of the Temple. Later, they were labeled a Song of the Steps. Later, the Levites sang these songs at the celebration of three feasts of unleavened bread, the harvest, and the Booths or Tabernacles.

Beth challenges us to consider our study of each psalm as a daily practice as we seek to "go up" to the next level with God, as a leap of faith.

Are you ready to go up and be closer to God? Before we begin, spend a few moments on your face before God, if possible where you are, and give yourself to Him. Ask Him for a lesson to learn each day.
"In God's economy, the way up is down," Beth said. 


Apparently, a conflict was going on in the writer's life. Do you have a conflict in your life? Then spend a few moments telling God how it is getting to you.
In Beth's book, she has a picture of stairs, on which she tells us to write the them for each psalm on each step.
At the bottom is Step 1: The Lord is my Deliverer.

Friend, can you rewrite Psalm 120, making it personal to you? Here is how I did it:
My Psalm 120, The First Step:
  1. When I was troubled, I cried to the Lord and He heard me.
  2. Lord, deliver my soul from lying lips and deceitful tongues.
  3. What will God give them and what will be done to them?
  4. Sharp words like arrows and hurtful ways like burning coals will come back to them. (God takes revenge.)
  5. Woe to me because I live in my town and go to church at First Baptist in ______.
  6. I've been too long with backbiters, condemners, and criticizers there.
  7. I am for peace, but when I turn the other check and they do it again, trying to make war.
Through the years, I have known people who play dirty, but I didn't get in the mud with them. As we make our ascent to God, let us take the high road. We can do this by walking away and not arguing and by taking our pain to our Loving Savior. He experienced the same things as we do.


Jesus, will You deliver my mind from those hateful words so and so said to me?
Fill me with love for them.
Change their heart and my heart.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Are We Letting Go?

O.T. #1375  "Are We Letting Go?"
Jan. 28, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 24


Stanza 22, verses 169-176

This is the last stanza of this chapter. David's prayer is one for salvation and confession of personal sin. Did you notice 4 lets that David asked God to apply to his life.

Let in Hebrew, means to give, make, put, apply, bestow, bring, turn, yield.

David was yielding himself, bringing his whole soul, turning to God:
  1. Let my cry come near before Thee, O LORD God: give me understanding according to Thy Word. (verse 169) David desires to understand God's Word, which the Holy Spirit gives.
  2. Let my supplications come before Thee: deliver me according to Thy Word. (verse 170)
  3. Let Thine hand help me; for I have chosen Thy precepts. (verse 173) David delighted in reading God's Word because he received salvation.
  4. Let my soul live, and it shall praise Thee; and let Thy judgments help me. (verse 175)
Let my soul live. Jesus is The Life. When He saves us, forgives us, of our sins, our Savior Jesus gives us life everlasting. Friends, He wants to give us abundant life, too.

In order to have it, we need to yield to God, life separated, allow the Holy Spirit to fill us, grow toward spiritual maturity, and serve  Him.  (The Christian Life New Testament)  Romans 1:1; 6:10-13; 12:1; Eph. 5:18-20; 2 Peter 3:18

Whenever we let God to change us, He gives us an abundant life. The question is, "Are we willing to do whatever it takes in order to acquire it?"
Will we let go of whatever it is that is hindering us from the abundant life?  Are we letting this moment and letting God...?


I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Thy servant; for I do not forget Thy commandments.
(verse 176)

Lost sheep never find their own way back to the shepherd; and thus admitted their depravity and personal sin, David is asking God to seek him. So no person is found to seek God in and of himself. David know his sins separated him from the God of heaven. Yet, he know God had tender mercies (verse 156). (Falwell)

The Law does not bring salvation to us. Only God can do that. Ending this chapter, the psalmist David admits he is depending upon the grace of God.

Dear one, our sins are ever before us when we do not confess them. Although, when we do confess them to Jesus, He throw them as far as the east is from the west, to remember them no more.
Are you a lost sheep? Come to the Good Shepherd. He loves you deeply and completely.


Praise to God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Great Peace

O. T. #1374  "Great Peace"
Jan. 25, 2018
Psalm 119-Part 23
Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalm 119:165


Amidst a helter skelter, hurry scurry world, everyone could use some peace, no, great peace. Do I hear an amen? We worry about this and plan that, but it falls through. We become broken pieces with broken relationships. We don't know how we can make it through another day.

Here is a gem for us to carry in our pocket (and heart). Turn our key verse around, and it says, They which love Thy law have great peace.

Look at the meaning for peace, shalom, which means to be safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare.

How much peace, happiness, welfare, safety do we want or need? How much is available?

Great (rab) refers to abundant; exceedingly; enough; much; plenteous.

Who wants an abundance of happiness?
Do you need to feel safe, feel enough safety that you can pick up your feet and go do, go meet that challenge today?
Could you use some plenteous welfare?
What about your body lacking wellness, with all the germs flying around-do you need it exceedingly?
Above all we think or imagine, Jesus can pour it out, this peace we need for whatever our need-He gives.


And nothing shall offend them. (verse 165b)

Her is another gem-when we love the law, God's Word, we shall not be offended. Huh?

Offend refers to a stumbling block; obstacle; cause to fall; ruin.

We will not have anything in front of us that will cause us to stumble into sin.
NOTHING can ruin us.
Our salvation is a sure thing. The key is we have to only love God's law, obey it wholeheartedly.
Apply it to your situation, friend.


Lord Jesus, I could use some great peace today.
Help me to love Your Word and apply it today.
I am trusting You for the NOTHING.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Tender Mercies

O. T. #1373     "Tender Mercies"
 Jan. 24, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 22
Great are Thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to Thy judgments.
 Psalm 119:156


Stanza 20, verses 153-160

You know we don't deserve them, God's tender mercies. We don't receive what we deserve. Our mistakes, wanderings, self-sufficiency, cold heart surely do not merit mercy. Or am I the only one?
There is nothing we can do to clean up our messes, but Jesus can and does.

Showing tender mercies is part of God's nature. They are many and great, a fountain that can never be exhausted. He is rich in mercy to all that call on Him.  (Matthew Henry)

So many around us are in need of God's great tender mercies.


Cling to Jesus, come what may. David continued his prayer in this stanza. What did he ask for God to do?
  • Consider mine affliction, and deliver him (verse 153)
  • Plead his cause and deliver him (verse 154)
God will plead the cause of His servants when He avenges the injustices done to them by their enemies. (Falwell)

Previously, we discussed David's request for God to quicken(revive) him. According to God's Word, judgments, and lovingkindness, David desired it achieved.

Every day we are in need of being revived. His Spirit washes over us, cleansing our sins, and making us clean when we ask.

Don't be shaken, beloved. Our hope is in Jesus, the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Let His lovingkindness flow in and through us to others in need.


Fill me with Your lovingkindness and let it spread to others.
I need Your tender mercies today, Jesus.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Brr, Liven Us Up

O. T. #1372  "Brr, Liven Us Up"
Jan. 23, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 21
Thou art near O LORD; and all Thy commandments are truth. Psalm 119:151


Stanza 19, verses 145-152

Isn't it comforting to know that God is near us?

Near refers near in place, kindred, or time.

When trouble is near, children of God need to remember that God is near. No trouble can separate us. He isn't far away for us to seek, but within a call for help, whether aloud or under our breath. His provisions are available-strength, comfort, protection, wisdom.
So we can face whatever because we are trusting in the LORD Jehovah. Just call and He will answer.


What does it take to liven you up? Maybe caffeine in a hot drink. Or a lively tune on the radio. Could it be the love of God spreading across your heart, snatching out those discouragements?

The word quicken appears in verses 149, 154, 156, and 159.

...O LORD, quicken me according to Thy judgment. (verse 149)

Quicken means to revive, to live, be whole, keep alive.

David is in need of God's grace, comfort, and reviving. He desires to be stirred up, lively, and cheerful. Now, I ask you, "Who couldn't use a little of that about now?" When the cold winter wind keeps blowing, ice or snow is about us, and the sunshine seems so far away. But nothing like a cup of hot tea and Christian music to get me going again. Let's praise the Lord that He is near and wants to make us alive once again. Feel it in your bones and soul. He makes us whole. Liven us up, Jesus.


Thank You Jesus that You never leave me nor forsake me.
Liven me up today.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Delights Found in Little Things

O. T. #1371 "Delights Found in Little Things"
Jan. 22, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 20
Thy testimonies that Thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful. Psalm 119:138


Stanza 18, verses 137-144

This morning, I looked our my door and watched two fluffy, long haired little kittens playing. Snow and ice were still on the porch where they were. No big deal to them. Their only cares are getting food, water, and warmth. Their tummies were full. I smile. They are so cute. Orange and white mixed to make their pastel colored fur. Fluffy, the name of one, looked up at me with those sweet green eyes. God gives us delightful things if we only look for them. Awe, delight is found in little things. Come on with me friend, grab a cup of hot tea or coffee, and join me as we receive some delights today. They come in various shapes and forms, you know.

God's nature never changes, even with time it never alters. What does David say about His Word?
It is:
  • righteous, which means the right; just;  
  • faithful, referring to firmness; security; stability;
  • pure, means refine; purge away;
  • truth, that is, stability; trustworthy; sure; certainty.
Which are you in need of today, friend?

Look at this: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us... (John 1:14)

Who is The Word? It is Jesus Christ. When we listen to His Word, Scripture, His Spirit will speak to our needs.

 Are you in need of God's Word today? Let it bring encouragement and comfort, for Jesus does what is right for our circumstance; He is faithful, our stability, and security whenever we need it; Jesus can purge away our sins because He is pure; His Word is Truth, for He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)

If ever people are in of stability and something sure in this world, it is today. Let us come to His Word with open hearts, to the altar with humility, and find forgiveness and love.


Verse 143 says, Trouble and anguish are taken hold on me: yet Thy commandments are my delights. 

What is David taking delight in, while trouble and anguish have a hold of him? (God's commandments)

Delights, in Hebrew, means enjoyment and pleasure.

Psalm 37:4 tells us, Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

This isn't complicated, but very simple, Linda. Let your enjoyment and pleasure come from the Words of Jesus. Make Him your joy in life. The rest will fall into place. Trust Him. Jesus' Word is certain. Nobody loves me like Jesus.


Jesus, You are my delight, my joy, and pleasure.
Amidst the troubles that surround me and the anguish within my heart, You have given me delights.
Open my eyes to see You in the little things today.
I choose to listen, look, and obey Your Word.
Praise Jesus!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Cry Me a River

O. T. #1370  "Cry Me a River"
Jan. 21, 2019
Psalm 119:19
Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; and teach me Thy statutes. Psalm 119:135


Stanza 17, verses 129-136

How we desire to have the face of God shine upon us! We want His blessings overflowing. We need His approval. Don't we want to please Him with our life?

Oh how we need the blessing of God in order to walk uprightly and perform adequately for Him. (Falwell)

We read this in Numbers 6:25, where the Lord told Moses to have Aaron, the High Priest, to bless their children of Israel, The Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee.

We desire to be accepted by God and comfort by Him during our cloudy or dark days of our life. It doesn't matter if the world frowns upon us, as long as the Lord shines His approval upon us.


Oh, just cry me a river. Have we heard that phrase? It sounds like the speaker is not sympathic, and they were whenever they said it. But David was in sorrow and grief when he made that statement. His grief was over his people who were not keeping God's law. Have we been that way before-crying our eyes out over the sins of a loved one?

Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not Thy law. (verse 136)

Our loving heavenly Father loves us and cares for those we care for. (excuse the grammar) So continue to bring them to the altar of His Mercy Seat and beg for God's mercy to be upon them. He will, dear one. He will. I am experiencing it now.


I desire to please You Father. Show me what is displeasing to You in my life so I can change.
Thank You that my prayers are heard and answered over my loved ones.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Is It Time?

O. T. #1369  "Is It Time?"
Jan. 18, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 18
It is time for Thee, LORD, to work;  Psalm 119:126a


Stanza 16, verses 121-128

What is David teaching us today?
*Each of God's commands is right. (verse 128)
*God fulfills His promises. (verse 123)
*God's love is unfailing. (verse124)

We know those things, right? It doesn't hurt to be reminded of them, though.


This is a prayer of David.

Life Application Study Bible explains:
The psalm writer asked for discernment. Faith comes alive when we apply Scripture to our daily tasks and concerns. We need discernment to understand the Scriptures and to identify the areas of our lives where we need to apply its teachings. The Bible is like medicine-it goes to work only when we apply it to the affected areas. As you read the Bible, be alert for lessons, commands, or examples that you can put into practice. 

For what is David is asking?
  • to not be left to the mercy of his enemies (verse 121)
  • a guaranteed blessing (verse 122)
  • the arrogant not allowed to oppress him (verse 122)
  • to see God's rescue (verse 123)
  • to be dealt with by God's unfailing love (verse 124)
  • to learn God's decree
  • discernment (verse 125)
Another thing, David considers it is time for God to work (act). (verse 126)

The psalmist discerned that the time had come for God to move into history, for the Messiah to come, for a work of salvation to be done among sinful men. (Falwell)

However, it was several centuries later that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, appeared.
Maybe we can ask God if it is time for Him to work in our family, in our life for a specific thing to happen. Just a thought.


God of unfailing love, would you work in my family today?
Nobody loves us like you do, with Your amazing grace.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Our Hiding Place

O. T. #1368 "Our Hiding Place"
Jan. 17, 2019 
Psalm 119-Part 17
Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy Word.  Psalm 119:114


Stanza 15, verses 113-120

Have you ever had a hiding place? I recall as a little girl, whenever I would get in trouble, which wasn't often, (just thought I'd throw that in) I would go to a closet and hide. It wasn't hard for Mom to find me, since we didn't have doors on the closets. I thought that I was hiding really good. LOL

Why do we need a hiding place anyway? It is a place where we feel safe, protected from the bad, and perhaps where we don't want to admit doing wrong, like I did. Folks, as a child of God, we are safely under His protection. By faith we seek God as our hiding place, where we are kept in secret.

David spent years running for his life from Saul's sword. He would take shelter, sometimes in a cave, and have his shield to preserve his life from danger, even death. There he wrote these beautiful psalms. Do you think singing to God calmed David's troubled soul?

I recognized this phrase of God being David's hiding place. Sure enough, he said it previously in Psalm 32:7. Look up that verse. Not only is God his hiding place, but also preservation from trouble, and his deliverer.

We can't skip over verse 117a where David says, Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe.
Jesus holds us and makes us safe.


Do you know anyone who is need of some hope today? We can share our key verse with them.

In what was David's hope? It was in God's Word. (verse 114b)

Those who depend on God's promise shall have the benefit of His power and be taken under His special protection. (Matthew Henry)

Jesus wants to be our hiding place, our comfort, hope, and our encouragement. His loving arms are open wide. Run to Him this moment.


My soul, stop carrying around these heavy burdens hidden within your soul. Go to God and lay them down. May Him your hiding place of peace, love, and reassurance that He has this.
Fill me with patience to wait for Your timing, Wonderful Father.
Your Word gives me hope. For that I thank You.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Lamp and Light

O. T. #1367 "Lamp and Light"
Jan. 16, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 16
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  Psalm 119:105


Stanza 14, verses 105-112

I don't like walking outside in the dark. Do you? There have been times that we forgot to turn on the porch light before leaving the house and it was dark whenever we returned home. Living in the country, there are nocturnal critters roaming around, so I like to be able to see in front of me and all around me. I don't know what I would do if a 'possum or skunk crossed in front of me. Scream and drop everything and run, I suppose.
I used to carry a small flashlight in my purse, then it was too hard to find. Finally, my husband taught me how to turn on the light on my cell phone. Now I can see my way.

Lamps and torches were carried at night by the Eastern caravans. They didn't have headlights. Those lit up their paths, so they did not wander off the right path. Especially in the desert, that could be very deadly.

What does our key verse say is a lamp and light for his feet and path? God's Word.

In the Hebrew language, a lamp is a burner or light; candle; a light refers to illumination or luminary; bright; clear; happiness.

God's Word shows us the right way for us to go as we walk in the light of the Holy Spirit. There are wrong ways and false ways that can be walked in darkness. However, Jesus made the right way, because He is The Way, the Truth, and The Life. (John 14:6)

Here are some things Sarah Young wrote in her devotional book, Jesus Calling:

When we are on the right path, we are to listen more to Jesus. He will lead us on the way that He designed just for us. Oh, it can be a lonely way, humanly speaking. But Jesus goes before us as well as alongside us, so we are never alone. Do not expect anyone to understand fully Jesus' ways with us. He reveals the path of Life day by day, and moment by moment. Jesus told His disciple Peter to follow Him, and He tells us, also.
If we slow down our pace of life, we will find Jesus anywhere. He will show us how to spend our time and energy. As our trust in Jesus goes up, fear and worry automatically goes down.

How wonderful is God's Word! It provides what we need just whenever we need it. It is the key to life. Dear one, let us continue to study the Bible so we see our way clear enough to stay on the right path. It is our way to happiness. Did you notice it in the meaning of light?

Psalm 16:11 says, Thou wilt show me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore. 


In verse 108, David says, Accept, I beseech The, the free-will offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me Thy judgments. 

What are the free-will offerings of David's mouth? Praises to the Lord.
Will we offer praises to the Lord today as our free-will offering?


Jesus, You are my lamp and light for my life.
You are my way to happiness.
Direct my steps on the path that You have for me, the Life-giving path.
I praise You with all my heart!
I let Your Word get into me this moment.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

When in Need of Wisdom

O. T. #1366  "When in Need of Wisdom"
Jan. 15, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 15
How sweet are Thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Psalm 119:103


Stanza 13, verses 97-104

Where can we go for spiritual nourishment? When our soul is hungry and thirsty for substance to keep us going throughout the day, throughout the trial? How do we hold on with hope? God's Word is a must-have in order for us to grow in faith and obedience as we walk along in life. It is our milk, bread, solid food, and sweet dessert as our key verse says.
What can be sweeter than honey? Oh, there are a few fruits and pastries that would be in competition. Now, when the Little Debbie plant up town is baking those honey buns, I can taste it in the wind. (Without calories, too. Best kind, huh!)Yummm! Getting back to our topic, honey is so sweet to the taste buds in the mouth.  Nothing like it on a hot biscuit. Folks, David was so in love with God's Word that it was sweeter than honey. Would you agree that was sweet?

Rick Warren said in his book The Purpose Driven Life:
The Bible is far more than a doctrinal guidebook. God's Word generates life, creates faith, produces change, frightens the Devil, causes miracles, heals hurt, builds character, transforms circumstances, imparts joy, overcomes adversity, defeats temptation, infuses hope, releases power, cleanses our minds, brings things into being, and guarantees our future forever! Never take it for granted. You should consider it as essential to your life as food. Job said, I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.
Amen Brother Rick! Are you reading Scriptures during breakfast or shortly after?


Could you use some wisdom today? I sure can. It seems like David touches on the topic often. What we needed wisdom for yesterday may be a totally different thing we need it for today. The good news is that God's wisdom does not run out.

What can we glean from today's words?
  • David delights in loving the law of God so much that he meditates on it all day long. (verse 97)
  • It make him wiser than his enemies. (verse 98)
  • It gives more understanding than David's teachers. (verse 99)
  • It provides more understanding than the ancient men before David. (verse 100)
God's Word gave David more wisdom than teachers and ancient men of the Word.
True wisdom goes beyond knowledge. It comes from allowing what God teaches us to guide us. Intelligent or experienced people are not necessarily wise. (Life Application Study Bible)

James 1:5 LASB, says, If any lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him.

There we go, friend. God says, "Just ask."


Father, I need some wisdom concerning this and that.
Thank You that You will supply it.

Monday, January 14, 2019

What Are We Considering?

O. T. #1365 "What Are We Considering?"
Jan. 14, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 14
For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.  Ps. 119:89


Stanza 12, verses 89-96

Are you looking for a sure thing, something you can depend upon to never change. Friend, we have found it today in this stanza. Look at our key verse above to find David's answer.

In the Hebrew language, in which the Old Testament is written, Word refers to a matter or thing.
(I capitalize it because Word refers to The Holy Bible.)

How did every tiny bit of matter and every thing begin? It was in the beginning of creation, that it all began with a Word of God as He spoke each thing and matter into being. We read about it in Genesis chapter 1. I don't know how many times the Bible records that God and Jesus spoke to people after that. It must be a large number.

Not only is God's Word settled and unchangeable, but it is far from our reach-Thy Word is settled in heaven. We can't change it. god works all things together four our good and His glory.

Falwell says it this way
 Because of its perfect author, precise inscription, and permanent habitation, the Word of God is unsurpassable, undeniable, and unchangeable. When we look confidently to the Word of Promise and daily trust the provision of God's grace, we are testifying not only to our salvation by God's grace, but also to the fact that "For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven" (vs. 89).

Since God is the same and never changes, there are no variables with Him. His Word is proof.
Have you considered that when God speaks, nothing remains the same.

He spoke; it was so; it was good (Genesis 1:3-4). Whenever God revealed His plans, things happened just as He said, and God considered the result "good" (Philippians 2:13). Whenever Jesus spoke, what He said came to pass. There never was a time when Jesus spoke that what He said did not happen. Experiencing God Day-By-Day)

Have we been reading God's Word without experiencing His Word that transforms everything around us? The Pharisees thought it was the law that gave them life instead of experiencing the person who spoke the Words of life.

Since it is settled in heaven, whatever your "it" is, then why are we worrying about "it"?


The wicked have waited for me to destroy me: but I will consider Thy testimonies.  (verse 95)

When we look confidently to the Word of Promise and daily trust the provision of God's grace, we are testifying not only to our salvation by God's grace, but also to the fact that "For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven (verse 89). Falwell

What are we considering? Evil is always lurking around believers is Jesus Christ to put a stumbling block in their way so we will sin or give up our faith. The devil wants to destroy us, but Almighty God is making us new every morning whenever we surrender to Him. Great is His faithfulness!

God's testimonies secure us in our salvation, in the power of God, give us strength to pick up the pieces and take another step by faith, and have support for our thoughts.

When I think of Queen Easter, God placed her in that position for such a critical time for the Jews so they would be saved and not massacred. Where has God placed you? There are hurting people all around us. Are we going to His loving arms that are needed in their lives?


I lay my burdens at Your feet, Jesus.
Lord, this thing weighing on me has a good ending, for You have settled it in heaven.

Thursday, January 10, 2019


O. T. #1364  "I"
Jan. 11, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 13
The earth, O LORD, is full of Thy mercy: teach me Thy statutes.  Ps. 119:64


Stanza 8, verses 57-64

God's mercies are shown everywhere throughout the earth. David experienced His kindness (mercy). Israel experienced His mercy. Unbelievers experience His mercy. We experience His mercy. I think we can safely agree with David that the earth is full of God's mercy.
How has God shown you mercy? My family is experiencing mercy now.


How many "I" can you count in this stanza, which David said?
  • I have said that I would keep Thy words. (verse 57)
  • I entreated Thy favor with my whole heart. (verse 58)
  • I thought on my ways and turned my feet unto Thy testimonies. (verse 59)
  • I made haste and delayed not to keep Thy commandments. (verse 60)
  • At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto Thee because of Thy righteous judgments. (verse 62)
  • I am companion of all them that fear Thee, and of them that keep Thy precepts. (verse 63)
David was sincere about obeying God. With great earnestness, humility, and supplication he wholeheartedly sought God's favor, according to the Hebrew expression. David's focus was upon God, not himself.

You will recall that Jesus said the greatest commandment was for us to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Are we making haste to do so? Are we giving thanks to God when we are awake at midnight?


Dwell upon some "I will's".

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Life-Giving Grace

O. T. #1362  "Life-Giving Grace"
Jan. 9, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 12
My soul fainteth for Thy salvation: but I hope in Thy Word.  Ps. 119:81


*Sorry everyone, but I skipped a stanza and messed up. I am trying to correct it now.   :)

Stanza 11, verses 81-88
Regardless of his circumstances causing faint of soul, David had hope. In what did he put his hope?
David continued to put his trust in the Word of God.
Don't you find comfort and hope while reading this psalm?

In the early 17th century, Samuel Rutherford said, "Believe under a cloud, and wait for Him when there is no moonlight nor starlight."

Wait for that help, assured that it will come, and tarrying til it come. (Matthew Henry)

Let us live by faith, not by sight. It could be that that faith will be in our sight today. God is working things out for our good and His glory.


Quicken me after Thy lovingkindness... (verse 88)

Quicken means revive; be whole.

David has used this term 7 other times within this psalm.

It is the "quickening" of God through His life-giving grace that enables the servant of God to keep the testimony of Thy mouth. (Falwell)

Life-changing Words of God, life-giving grace. Isn't that what we need dear one? God puts life in us again and His grace strengthens us to do His work.

What results in us receiving them? We keep His testimonies.

Do you need some life-giving grace? Oooh, Jesus has it for us.


I don't deserve it, but will You give me some life-giving grace today, Jesus?
Revive me with Thy lovingkindness.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Who is Life About?

O. T.#1361  "Who is Life About?"
Jan. 8, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 11
Now let Your unfailing love comfort me, just as You promised me, Your servant.  Ps. 119:76


Stanza 10, verses 73-80

We were reminded that God is good and He does good.
The psalmist frequently shares the character of God in this chapter:
  • His faithfulness (verses 75 and 90)
  • His compassion (verse 77)
  • His righteousness (verses 137 and 142)
  • His mercy (verse 156). (MacArthur)
We know that God is holy, wise, and just in His action. Isn't He also faithful and compassionate toward us, especially whenever we are unfaithful and unloving toward Him!


Who is our life about? Is it about us, living in ease and comfort, enjoying the fruits of our labor, or is it about serving our Merciful God, loving Him, and walking by faith all the way to heaven, and taking others with us?

What else did David learn?
  • God's hands made and fashioned him. (verse 73)
  • David hope was in God's Word. (verse 74)
  • Because God is faithful, He brought affliction upon David. (verse 75)
  • He learned to pray for God's merciful kindness to be his comfort. (verse 76)
Now, what were David's 5 petitions that he made to God, the Let's?
  1. (verse 76) Let Thy merciful kindness comfort me.
  2. (verse 77) Let the God's tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for Thy law is my delight.
  3. (verse 78) Let the proud be ashamed, for he will meditate in God's precepts.
  4. (verse 79) Let those that fear Thee and known Thy testimonies turn unto me.
  5. (verse 80) Let my heart be sound in Thy statues, that I be not ashamed.
So be it unto you and me, dear friend.


Delight in God's Word.
Find comfort within it.
Be hope to others.
Be not ashamed of keeping God's Word and ways.
Walk the talk.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Affliction Can be Good

O. T. #1360 "Affliction Can be Good"
Jan. 7, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 9
It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn Thy statutes.  Ps. 119:71


Stanza 9, verses 65-72

In verse 68, David tells us that God is good and does good. We who know Him and have experienced His goodness for years, can only say, "Amen!" No one loves us like our God and Savior. We stand in awe of His amazing ways and amazing grace! Undeserved, that is the goodness which God shows us sinners.

How have you experienced the goodness of God lately? Our family has certainly experienced the goodness of God in the last few weeks. He has been our strength through sorrows and trials. We could not be standing if it were not for Him. We are overcomers, though. God is holding us. His will is going to accomplish so much that we will truly be standing in awe of Him and rejoice.


I'm not sure what had afflicted David whenever he wrote this psalm, but he admits that he had gone astray before his affliction. (verse 67) And he admits that it was good for him to be afflicted. It brought David closer to God.

David Jeremiah said,
God has a way of bringing us face-to-face with that which is least like Christ. Maybe it's our impatience, our anger, our love of creature comforts, our fear of the future, our desire to do things our way. Dying to those things is the only way we will become like Christ, which is God's ultimate plan for us. If God is showing you, perhaps painfully, something that needs to go-let it go!
Paul's desire is recorded in Philippians 3:10, That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

Before this verse, Paul acknowledged that the things he lost for Christ's sake and glory were counted as dung.
When we get our priorities straight, we realize that things are not as important as following Jesus and being in His will.

Is there anything you need to let go of that is hindering you from wholeheartedly following Jesus?


Friday, January 4, 2019

There is Hope!

O. T. #1360 "Affliction Can be Good"
Jan. 7, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 9
It is good for me that I have been afflicted: that I might learn Thy statutes.  Ps. 119:71


Stanza 9, verses 65-72

In verse 68, David tells us that God is good and does good. We who know Him and have experienced His goodness for years, can only say, "Amen!" No one loves us like our God and Savior. We stand in awe of His amazing ways and amazing grace! Undeserved, that is the goodness which God shows us sinners.

How have you experienced the goodness of God lately? Our family has certainly experienced the goodness of God in the last few weeks. He has been our strength through sorrows and trials. We could not be standing if it were not for Him. We are overcomers, though. God is holding us. His will is going to accomplish so much that we will truly be standing in awe of Him and rejoice.


I'm not sure what had afflicted David whenever he wrote this psalm, but he admits that he had gone astray before his affliction. (verse 67) And he admits that it was good for him to be afflicted. It brought David closer to God.

David Jeremiah said,
God has a way of bringing us face-to-face with that which is least like Christ. Maybe it's our impatience, our anger, our love of creature comforts, our fear of the future, our desire to do things our way. Dying to those things is the only way we will become like Christ, which is God's ultimate plan for us. If God is showing you, perhaps painfully, something that needs to go-let it go!
Paul's desire is recorded in Philippians 3:10, That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.

Before this verse, Paul acknowledged that the things he lost for Christ's sake and glory were counted as dung.
When we get our priorities straight, we realize that things are not as important as following Jesus and being in His will.

Is there anything you need to let go of that is hindering you from wholeheartedly following Jesus?


Thursday, January 3, 2019

In Our Line of Duty

O. T. #1358  "In Our Line of Duty"
Jan. 3, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 7
And I will delight myself in Thy commandments, which I have loved. Psalm 119:47


Stanza 6 consists of verses 41-48.
God promises that He would grant mercy and salvation to all His faithful servants (Deut. 28:1-13). by harkening unto the voice of the Lord God, blessings will overtake us whenever we are obeying His commands.
The psalmist was confident that he would be able to answer anyone because God had put the Word of Truth in his mouth. Since goodness and mercy of God answered his prayers, David was determined to keep the law.
If we want to be able to give an answer to those who ask about God, then we need to put His Word in our heart and mind and obey it. I am listening, Lord.


Matthew Henry tells us 5 things David promised himself here in the strength of God's grace, that he should be:
  1. free and easy in his duty (verse 45); free from evil and free to do good;
  2. bold and courageous in his duty (verse 46) enough to speak before kings;
  3. cheerful and pleasant in his duty (verse 47), delighting in commandments;
  4. diligent and vigorous in his duty (verse 48) and observation of commandments;
  5. thoughtful and considerate (verse 48) by meditating on God's statues.
That is quite a challenge, right? Which do you need to work on in our line of duty? I could use more thoughtfulness and consideration, as well as cheerfulness and pleasantness. I tend to be too bold as I share God's Word or precept. So I will try to tone it down more.


                     and be more cheerful and considerate today.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Lessons For Living

O. T. #1357  "Lessons For Living"
Jan. 2, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 6
God, teach me lessons for living so I can stay the course.  Ps. 119:33 MSG


I like to read and search out comments from various authors, whose words teach us from God's Word.
There are some good points that Rick Warren wrote in his book, "The Purpose Driven Life," in which he says:
God has given us a Life Message to share. When we became a believer, we also became God's messenger. God wants to speak to the world through us.
  • Our testimony: the story of how we began a relationship with Jesus;
  • Our life lessons: the most important lessons God has taught us.
  • Our godly passions: the issues God shaped us to care about most.
  • The Good News: the message of salvation.
The second life message is the truths that God has taught us from experiences with Him. They are lessons and insights we have learned about God, relationships, problems, temptations, and other aspects of life. Look at our key verse. It is sad when people do not learn from what happens to us. Israel was one who did not learn. We are wise to learn from the experiences of others, too.

Are we desiring to stay our course? It is good to review last year's experiences that came in our path.
Let's relax and allow Jesus to lead us through this day. He has everything under His control. Notice I said His control. Often we  say that He has it all under control. Think about it dear ones, the God who maintains this world, universe, and operations, has the power and wisdom to control events in our life. I can relax with those thoughts.


What do you want to be known for when this year is over?
Being God's servant-verse 38?
An obedient servant-verse 34?
Walking wholeheartedly in the path of God's commands -verses 34, 35?


Lord Jesus, teach me lessons so I know how to live pleasing to You.
Bless us all with Your Word of hope-we never walk alone.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Choosing to Be Fathful

O. T. #1356  "Choosing to Be Faithful "
Jan. 1, 2019
Psalm 119-Part 5
I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.  Psalm 119:30 NIV


Happy New Year Everyone!

Friend, what has God been challenging you do or be as we face a new year ahead? Is there a particular word that keeps standing out in Scriptures, popping up here and there? I think mine is "trust." I am to trust God more with everything. Trust Him to provide whatever I need, trust Him to hear and answer my prayers, to work in the lives of my loved ones. Will you take a moment to share with us your word?

Getting to the fourth stanza of this extremely long psalm, it seems that David or another author, is in a state of depression. We see it in verse 25, where he writes that his soul is cleaving to the dust, as though he were already dead and buried. Sometimes we feel that low. Circumstances, poor health, or people can bring us down, pulling the rug out from under us. In verse 28. the psalmist's soul melts due to heaviness. What does he need?

David is asking God to quicken Thou me according to Thy Word.
The word quicken, which is used 4 times is this psalm, means revive, save.

Missionary Amy Carmichael wrote, "Have you noticed this? Whatever need or trouble you are in, there is always something to help you in your Bible, if only you go on reading 'til you come to the word God specially has for you."

I don't know about you, dear one, but I need revival daily. My mind becomes so weighed down with the things and concerns of this world, that I need refocused upon Jesus. Nothing should take His place in my thoughts and heart. He love and waits to set us free from it all. He is our hope today.

Let us remember what Falwell teaches us-that reading, meditating, and obeying God's Word will raise us up to life and health again.

Thank you faithful friend for coming along with me as I take a deeper look into God's Word. May He bless you with a wonderful new year ahead.
Let us cast our cares upon Jesus, for He cares for us.   


What is David asking God to give him?
  • a revived heart by His Word,
  • teaching of His statues,
  • understanding of His commandments,
  • encouragement,
  • keep him from lying,
  • the privilege of knowing God's instructions,
David chose to be faithful to God. He was determined, clinging to the laws of God.


Help me choose to be faithful to You.
I want to be determined to obey.
Use me again to share Your love and salvation, Jesus.