PSALM 119 MEDITATION: WEEK FIVE Teach me, O LORD, the way...
WEEK: I II III IV
July 13: Final, Verse 40--"Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!"--This life teaches us that life here is insufficient and is more like death than life. Two young men that I minister with are experiencing this first hand right now. I pray that their hearts may tend more and more toward the heart of God so that they might understand and experience the reality of the life of God.
July 12: Verse 34--A bit of word study today. "Observe": to guard, watch, watch over, keep. "Keep": to keep, guard, observe, give heed. This is not mere dutiful obedience; it is something else more personal and passionate.
July 10 & 11: Verse 38--When God confirms his promise, my fear of him increases. What is it that I am in awe of? His power? No, rather his hesed--his steadfast love. Someone so great and courageous to love me in my messiness is most certainly to be feared.
July 9: Verse 37--this verse gives a sharp contrast between "worthless things" and "life in your ways". I wonder, are those "worthless things" merely gropings for "life"? Where do I grope to find life?
July 8: Verse 34--What is the relationship between understanding and observing God's law? It seems that the "whole heart" aspect of observing God's law is in direct proportion to our understanding. [Verse 37: maryellen brings an excellent--though exceedingly uncomfortable--obedience issue: dare we TV addicts pray verse 37 ("Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things")?]
July 7: Initial thoughts--the pathway, and life itself, are found within the structure of God's word and work.
All verses are quoted from the ESV.