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Prayer Journal Entry
Lord, I long to run back to Your arms when I stumble, “hurrying, not hesitating” (Psalm 119:60) as I seek Your forgiveness, grace, love, and wisdom. Make my spirit like a new wineskin, ready to accept the life-giving wine of the gospel. (Luke 5:37-39) Teach me, God, to praise you in the storm and “sing about Your faithful love forever.” (Psalm 89:1)
I know Your ways are above my own (Isaiah 55:8) and there is purpose in Your every move. El Shaddai, You are enough! You have created this world with its mountaintops and flourishing valleys, its myriad grains of sand in all the deserts, its vast oceans and beautiful waterfalls. Lord, there is none like You! Your Word is honey (Psalm 119:103) and Your faithfulness is for all generations (Psalm 119:90).
You, my Lord, are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! (Revelation 19:16) It is in Your name that I pray, Amen.
Worship Through Song
Psalm 119 beautifully illustrates the joy we receive from God’s wisdom, His instruction, and His character, but its length can be quite intimidating. A simple tactic to ensure we get the most out of our studying is to break the psalm into smaller chunks and meditate deeply.
In our first study of the week, we looked at sections Khet, Tet, & Yod (verses 57-80), where the psalmist touches on confession (verses 59, 67, 71, 75), worship (verses 57, 62, 64, 68, 72, 74), prayer (verses 58, 66, 78-80), and delight (verses 70, 72, 77). As we see how to confess our sins and the perspective we should have as we handle their consequences, we must also note the psalmist’s urgency in returning to the Lord, “I hurried, not hesitating to keep your commands.” (verse 60)
The longer we continue in our sin or hide our faces in shame, the more time we allow the enemy to put greater distance between us and God, making our fight back to the righteous path increasingly more difficult. After the psalmist is delivered from his afflictions, he genuinely worships the Lord for being true to His word and for His wise and just handling of the psalmist’s sin.
We must seek to maintain the same perspective when we face our own afflictions, knowing there is purpose in what God chooses to allow in our lives. (verse 71)
The second section of Psalm 119 we covered this week was Kaph, Lamed, & Mem in verses 81-104. Immediately, the psalmist speaks of his exhaustion in waiting for the Lord to answer his prayers.
It is easy to grow weary in trusting and waiting as God operates on His own time and in His own way, which requires two things from us: patience (Psalm 27:14) and faith (Hebrews 11:1). In the waiting, God will renew our spirit and increase our wisdom (verses 92-93, verses 97-100). In leaning into faith, we tear down the limits we place on God’s power and become more adept at discerning His answers to our prayers. (Romans 12:2)
Upon reading further, we see the psalmist is still in trouble, feeling surrounded by the wicked and deceitful. (verses 85-87) We may feel this way right now in our lives. When the arrogant and deceitful appear to have the upper hand and we feel them closing in on our lives, perhaps spreading lies about us just as the psalmist experienced, we are not left defenseless.
We are to follow his example and center ourselves on the promises of the Lord. (verses 94-95) If we practice leaning into the Lord in the midst of our storms, He will bring true understanding to our hearts; there is no greater gift than the Lord’s wisdom, which straightens our paths and brings blessings to not only ourselves, but those around us.
We ended our week studying Nun, Samek, & Ayin in verses 105-128. These sections highlight the essence of the book of Psalms. I delight in how quickly the psalmist shifts from lamenting to praising to rejoicing and back again.
How accurately this reflects real life! In every cycle of trials, praise, and deliverance the Lord is ready to patiently and kindle teach us wisdom. As we embrace this gift, He draws us closer to His heart and molds us more closely into the image of Christ in preparation for His return.
The book of Psalms teaches us how to pray, how to see God’s light in our struggle, and that it’s okay not to have it all together. Life is messy, complex, painful, and challenging; God asks us to bring it all to Him.
In Psalm 119 we discover God as our light (verse 105), our source of life (verses 107 and 116), our shield and hope (verse 114), our protector (verse 119), our source of wisdom (verse 125), and ever-faithful God (verse 124). When this broken world becomes too much, center yourself on His truth and rest in the knowledge that He is enough (Psalm 46:1-2) and we are safe in Him (Isaiah 41:10).
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