“May my lips overflow with praise.” Psalm 119:171
My study and meditation this morning fill me with gratitude and admiration.
Join me in praising the Lord.
“May my lips overflow with praise.” Psalm 119:171
My study and meditation this morning fill me with gratitude and admiration.
Join me in praising the Lord.
“I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil.” Psalm 119:163
Today ends another week of work and toil, but my praise for You continues unabated.
I awaken this morning with a grateful heart as I meditate upon your love.
“Righteous are you, O Lord.” Psalm 119:137
Yesterday I enjoyed praying with 5 other people; praying for guidance, and zeal that our lives might be a blessing to others.
We prayed for the Holy Spirit, and for families that need God in their lives.
We were blessed as we prayed together, and I praise God today for the blessings of yesterday.
Praise the Lord.
“Direct my footsteps according to your word.” Psalm 119:133
Today I praise God for the Holy Spirit Who gives me direction each and every day.
May I listen attentively today as I meditate on Your Greatness and Love.
“Let not the arrogant oppress me.” Psalm 119:122
Arrogant people consume energy from everyone they associate with. It’s discouraging to be forced, in the workplace, to be with an arrogant person.
Arrogance leads to hypocrisy and Jesus minced no words when confronting it. So, we need not be discouraged when facing it.
May your day be peaceful as you praise God with me for His understanding and love that sustains us in these perverse conditions.
“You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:114
Today there may be problems in your life; issues at work might be difficult; there might be overwhelming stress; but know that God cares for you.
Everything that I experience today will be less, much less, important than my connection to God. My love for Him will replace my stress today.
Jesus said the Holy Spirit will comfort me, and so I believe it.
Praise the Lord!
“Accept, O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth.” Psalm 119:108
This morning I praised You as I watched the sunrise. I praised you as I awoke to face another day of life. I praise you as my wife and I spend the day together tending flowers and garden.
Yes, today will be another day of praise and fulfillment.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
What would we do without Scripture? Just imagine what people of faith would be like. It’s bad enough as we struggle to gain control of our passions and weaknesses. It’s bad enough as we struggle against arrogance and pride.
But as we study Scripture we see the examples of humility and better understand its importance. So, today I thank God for this gift that gives me guidance.
“I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.” Psalm 119:99
As I meditated yesterday and this morning upon your laws, I can only marvel at their design for perfect harmony. Rules for living that allow large numbers of persons to live together without conflict. Rules that provide freedom for all; freedom that lasts because of love at every level. Love can be seen everywhere. It oozes out of the cracks. It permeates all it touches.
Only by meditation can Your love be enjoyed and understood.
What a great way to begin my day!
““If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction.” Psalm 119:92
So many today view God’s law as a set of restrictions, and yet the Psalmist viewed it with delight. He saw the freedom built into God’s law.
I just finished reading a book about President John Adams, and the next 3 generations of his family, and how they had so little peace and happiness. They were concerned about “duty” and “justice” to the exclusion of “service for others” and “loving God.”
Today may we as the Psalmist see love in God’s law, and may it bring us inner peace and true happiness.
“May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” Psalm 119:76
Each and every day we can feel God through the Holy Spirit reaching out to us and providing us with comfort and peace.
May this day be another special one as you and I walk with God.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was on him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 58:5.
I give thanks to the Lord for His suffering and the shame that He feels to this day.
May I cherish that Old Rugged Cross today in my spiritual journey.
“I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways.” Psalm 119:15
Traveling on a plane offers an excellent opportunity to meditate while the wind noise and vibrations provide good conditions. Yesterday was a good day.
Today is Sabbath and I praise God for His beneficence.
As I face a new day I praise God for the beauty of nature.
Today is a traveling day from the Midwest to the Canadian Rockies for a week of outdoor adventure during the day and indoor repose at night.
I’ll see the sunrise from 30,000 feet in the sky, and my thoughts will be of heaven.
“You are my God, and I will give you thanks; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” Psalm 119:29
Yesterday I was blessed because George and I had a wonderful conversation about salvation. He and I have known each other for just a couple of months, and have become friends in Christ.
I pray for him. He prays for me.
We exalt our God in prayer. We pray for humility that we might exalt Him even more.
Jesus, my guide, was a young man of prayer. He knew the issues–the importance of His life. He read what the Psalmist said, “I have put my hope in your word,” and that word was to be kept.
As I spend time with God in prayer my hope is heightened; my hope becomes real.
“I will come again.” He said.
“I believe it.” I say.
I would like to help you, but I am unable. I would like to provide you with electricity, running water, food and medicine, but am not allowed.
But I can give you prayer, and as the Psalmist looked to God and said, “may your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant,” may this by your prayer also today as this is my prayer for you.
Be not discouraged when surrounded by hate.
Be not unfaithful when scorned and betrayed.
Know that you are loved; know that others are praying on your behalf, that you may have peace. That the Holy Spirit will comfort you today.
“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.” Psalm 119:67
We’re all familiar with the spiritual cycle. One day we have a spiritual mountain-top experience, and the next we’re in the valley of despair. One day we are close to God, and the next we barely consider His name.
The psalmist explains how he went astray and when affliction arrived he realized how much he needed God, so he changed his ways and returned to the “fold of safety.”
My prayer today is that we are close to God without the need of affliction. Let’s bask in the light of His glory. Let’s enjoy the peace that only comes through Bible study, prayer and meditation.
God is good!
“Turn to me and have mercy on me, as you always do to those who love your name.” Psalm 119:13
Today my thoughts are drawn to God as my “Savior.”
He gives me hope for eternal life as I submit and repent. He gives me hope for eternal life because He paid the price for me; He suffered for my sake.
Grace is free!
I Love Your Name.
“Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.” Psalm 19:13
There are two people living in my body. I like one of them, but the other guy is difficult to get along with. He seems to have a mind of his own. Most of the time I don’t know he’s there; it’s like he’s sleeping; but when he rears his ugly head, look out because there’s trouble ahead.
When he awakens he is very hungry for things. It might be a very, very large meal, or a risky dash through a yellow traffic signal on a busy street. It might even be a cavalier attitude about a serious subject.
A colleague of mine attended a convention in Las vegas and saved money by staying at a hotel across the street from where the meetings were held. He passed through the casino one morning and noticed an older man playing a slot machine–pulling the handle over and over. He recognized the man and his wife from the previous evening and knew they had been there all night because there was a half-eaten plate of food in front of the woman. Well, it wasn’t just in front of her. She had fallen asleep on the stool in front of her slot machine and fell forward face-first onto the left-over plate of food.
“Is your wife okay?” my friend asked.
“Oh, she’s just fallen asleep.” Replied the man as he grabbed her hair and lifted her head.
My friend was afraid of what would happen next, so he said no more and kept walking.
This bizarre experience demonstrates how difficult self-control can be for all of us. Their appearance indicated that they weren’t wealthy people, but were wasting money on slot machines.
I would mock those people, except that only by the grace of God, there go I.
Only as I spend time with God do my appetites and passions lesson, and that other guy in my body remains asleep.
Maybe some day soon he will die.
Spending time with God does strange things.
As a child I was concerned with my bad behavior. Things that I did or didn’t do. I would confess my sins to God and move on. It was a simple process and my life was pleasant. I remember, for instance, a time when I decided to see if I could make an adult nervous, so on an impulse I began staring at a man who was sitting on the rostrum in church facing the congregation. During the sermon I stared, and stared and stared. After a few minutes he noticed me staring at him. I didn’t know him very well, but continued with my eyes locked on his face. Minute after minute went by and the stare continued. He was clearly uncomfortable as his eyes began to dart to mine and then back to other places. This went on for maybe ten of fifteen minutes before I tired of the exercise and decided it would be more fun to read my little church paper for kids.
He and I never did discuss what happened that day, but I did confess my bad behavior to God, and then promptly forgot about it. Now that I’m older these things come to mind, and I’m not pleased.
As I mature my concerns have moved to the point where I’m more interested in faults than actions. If the faults can be corrected; you know those faults that are central to who you are; those faults that are part of the fabric of the persona.
I now confess the faults. Some have been removed. I no longer stare. Others remain and are diminishing, while yet others are stubborn.
My prayer today is for my faults, and for yours also. With God’s help things can change.
“Forgive my hidden faults.” Psalm 19:12
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.” Psalm 19:7, 8.
Today as I meditate on God I am comforted by the fact that His laws aren’t arbitrary. They define the structure of the society He has formed.
When everyone is “loving” and looking for ways to help others; when everyone is “trustworthy” like God, then society can be eternal–can be peaceful.
I no longer view them as ‘laws’ but more than that….I view them as ‘how things should be done for the benefit of all, that emanates from Love.’
Yes, the laws of God define Him. They reflect His character and His personality & I praise Him for that.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” Psalm 19:1
As I look at the picture below a steady stream of information of God’s glory is forthcoming.
After a restless night I feel better already. Thank you Lord.
“Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know” say the words of Job, the one who suffered more than I can imagine.
Imagine “things too wonderful for me to know,” things beyond my understanding, but waiting to be enjoyed.
Our Savior is coming soon, and like the man of old called Job, I want all who are able to be ready for that glorious day and share in those wonderful things.
Yesterday I cut down a dead tree. It’s a sad business—cutting down trees.
I’ve enjoyed that tree for the 14 years I’ve lived in this place. It’s been faithful; its beauty has been appreciated. The copse of 5 trees is dying one by one, and this is the latest.
I like trees, and will plant two more this year, but the sudden death of this one was unexpected. Suddenly there were no leaves this spring, and no leaves means certain death.
It reminds me of the Christian experience that doesn’t work without producing something; without service.
Today I’m scheduled to help someone move from one apartment to another. They’re going to a new place to pay a much lower monthly rent. They’ve been in this country for just a few months, and as a refugee there are many challenges. So volunteering for this job helps them and it provides me with fulfillment. It’s a service to them and to God.
I’ll pray over their new apartment. . . make it a spiritual event for them as it will be for me.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord or fully declare his praise?” Psalm 106:1, 2
Yesterday my wife and I pedaled our way through 12 miles of countryside along the banks of a river on a bike path.
It was a beautiful afternoon and the farmland we passed was healthy. The buildings were well maintained, and were either very white or very red, which made a colorful contrast with the brilliant green of the fields.
Our riparian trip was interrupted at one point by the BLAST of an air horn. The horrendous noise brought us off our seats, as Sharon veered to the left and I to the right. She managed to regain control after a moment of doubt, while I skidded into a briar patch.
The bike trail is, like so many others, laid out on an old railroad bed, and for a moment we thought an old locomotive had risen from its grave yard and was enjoying one last trip down memory lane at our expense.
But when we turned to look, we realized it was a large dump truck cruising along at twice our speed delivering a load of dirt to a construction site some ways ahead.
All was well, but it served as a reminder of how fragile our life is in today’s world.
This past week hundreds, yes thousands of people lost their lives in accidents, war and other mayhem. A week ago, none of these precious people knew that tragedy that was about to interrupt.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 says “time and chance happeneth to them all.” Jesus even said in Luke 13:4 “Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no.”
So, life is uncertain, and our duty is to suffer with dignity, and grace. Let divinity use us in times of peril. Let others be blessed and challenged by our connection to God.
We know for a certainty that eternity is the future for the believer, and that gives us hope for today.
Today I read a brief account of the life of Socrates–the man who invented the “Socratic” method of teaching. You know, where the teacher asks a question to the student, and when the student answers, the teacher asks a new question raised by the answer, and the process continues with many questions and answers that delve deeper and deeper into the subject.
It’s recorded in the New Testament that Jesus taught with authority. Yes, He did ask an occasional question, but He frequently expounded on Scripture, and then said, “But, I say…”, as He peeled back the onion of truth to reveal a new understanding of God’s law, and of God the Father.
What a difference! And that’s not all.
Both Socrates and Jesus were sentenced to death by the legal system;
Socrates accepted death, but with the greatest struggle and verbal combat.
Jesus accepted death, but with the greatest peace, love and assurance.
What a difference!
I feel good about that, and pray that as we contemplate the life and death of Jesus we will be drawn to Him.
I’m praying today for vulnerable people who love God, but who are helplessly caught in a hostile situation. People who are peaceful; who care not for war, while those around them are seething with anger. I’m sure God has His people on the West Bank and Gaza. I don’t know who they are, and yes, there are a lot of people who are angry and who want war, but you can be sure there are those who get no attention, who are peaceful and loving.
What would I do if I lived there? If I was as poor as the typical Palestinian; I pray for God’s people. May their suffering affect not their faith in God. May their faith strengthen under pressure. May they find peace as the Holy Spirit ministers to them today. May they be an influence to those who hate.
May I learn from them; may I be an influence for love as I observe this turmoil. May I be an Ambassador for Christ, is my prayer this morning.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”
I read yesterday that the Christians in the city of Mosul, Iraq were told a couple of days ago to leave or be killed. They have less than a week to get out with all of their possessions.
I imagine this Psalm is on their minds today and they wind up their affairs. Their future is uncertain; they have no physical security; their is no one to protect them–but they have peace in their hearts as they flee from persecution.
Today I’ll pray for them.
Their dignity and calm under such pressure will be a witness to unbelievers.
Praise the Lord who will have the last word, and who provides hope.