This way is a slow steadily pace of growth. The purpose of Bible study and devotions is to get to know the author in a more deep and intimate way. To understand His heart and the way He chooses for you to live; this takes focused and imitate time of sitting in His presence.
This week I have committed to go very slow in study. I have committed to the Lord to stay in Psalm 119 for a while. Even as I type this I am reminded that there is so much truth to learn why should I stay in one place for any period of time. The enemy is working overtime in my brain this morning. This really could be a long post but bear with me...I have some truths to share.
There is direct correlation between prayer, God's Word, faith, and obedience. Psalm 119 gives us directions for a happy (blessed) life. We are each living out our life in a habitual way, either by the ways of the world or by the ways of God. I see some truths in Psalm 119:1-16 that I would like to share.
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless,
who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart.
They do nothing wrong;
they walk in his ways.
You have laid down precepts
that are to be fully obeyed.
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!
hen I would not be put to shame
when I consider all your commands.
I will praise you with an upright heart
as I learn your righteous laws.
I will obey your decrees;
do not utterly forsake me.
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart;
do not let me stray from your commands.
I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
Praise be to you, O Lord;
teach me your decrees.
With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Happy (blessed) are those who live a blameless, complete, and whole life. Happy are those who have a godly habitual pattern of living.
Happy are those who:
1) Keep His testimonies. - Again the enemy this morning, "how can you keep testimonies that you do not know? Better grab it all as the world is passing you by or just give up and go join them"
2) Seek Him with your whole heart.
4)Cry out to Him
5) Heed His word. (Heed-to hedge about as with thorns-guard)
6) Find my joy in His testimonies
7) Delight myself in the Lord.
It is difficult in this passage to see where the psalmist testimony ends and his prayer begins...He states truths, he states his longings and then he cries out for help. He praises and remembers where he desires his heart to be and then he cries out for help. He worships, he studies, and he loves. He memorizes, he declares and he worships. He thinks about God's ways. He thinks about God's love, he rejoices and longs to walk in all His ways and he cries out for help. He makes a commit to study and know God’s word and He cries out for help.
This seems to be where I find myself this morning as well. What about you?