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June 12, Sunday

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Trust and Praise — The first half of this psalm expresses trust in the God of refuge (vv. 1-11).  He is “a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come” (v. 3).  He is a shelter, a hiding place, and a safety zone, not only for the great trials of life, but also for the daily troubles we encounter.  We should “continually come” to Him for protection.  Trust Him!  The second half of the psalm proclaims praise to the God of power (vv. 12-24).  He is worthy of praise because of what He has done in the past.  The psalmist praised God for “your righteous acts … your deeds of salvation” (v. 15), His “mighty deeds” (v. 16), “your wondrous deeds” (v. 17), “your might … your power” (v. 18), and that “You … have done great things” (v. 19).  God is all-powerful; He can do anything in order to rescue and to protect us.  Be sensitive today about your need for protection and then praise Him for the ways you see Him working to rescue you from the dangers of everyday life!  Trust Him!  Praise Him!

I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus – YouTube

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June 13, Monday

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Dual Discipline — This psalm states two ways God disciplines.  He is a God “who disciplines the nations” (v. 10), being called the “God of vengeance” (v. 1) and the “judge of the earth” (v. 2).  This is God who disciplines with justice, bringing punishment on those who oppose Him and follow evil ways.  We like a God who doesn’t excuse evil people, but He also disciplines His own people, those who are called by His name.  This is God disciplining in love.  “Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD” (v. 12).  He does this partly by teaching us His truth (“you teach out of your law”—v. 12), so that “the upright in heart will follow it” (v. 15).  Sometimes His discipline for us is painful, too, but it is a discipline intended to bring us back onto the right path.  If we learn through His Word, we won’t have to learn through His rebuke.  Let’s be proactive rather than reactive, doing what we know to be right, rather than testing the boundaries by seeing how far away from obedience we can get before being disciplined!

Lord, Be Thy Word My Rule – YouTube (first 1.2 minutes)

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June 14, Tuesday

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Unique Emphases — The book of Psalms contains the shortest (Ps. 117) and longest chapters in the Bible.  Psalm 119 is the longest one, and we will break it up into several readings because of its length.  It is unique in more ways than its length.  It is an acrostic psalm, following the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, with the verses of each stanza beginning with the same Hebrew letter.  Its main emphasis is the Word of God, with almost each verse using an expression that points to what God has said to His people.  In our reading for today, it uses these eight synonyms: commandments, law, precepts, rules, statutes, testimonies, ways, and word.  In addition to the emphasis on God’s Word, today’s reading also mentions several things about what God does: He guards us from sin (vv. 9, 11), opens our eyes (v. 18), rebukes those who wander from his commandments (v. 21), teaches us through His Word (vv. 26-27), protects us from “false ways” (v. 29), and enlarges our hearts (v. 32).  One particular verse caught my attention today: “Your testimonies are my delight; they are my counselors” (v. 24).  Although I have always delighted in God’s Word, since I have committed to reading it every day, I have had a growing delight in the truths I discover.  It is like being able to keep sipping a delicious chocolate malt without getting full or gaining weight!  God’s “testimonies” are also “my counselors.”  They serve as my team—my board of directors—whose main job is to inform, strengthen, and satisfy me.

Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart – YouTube

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June 15, Wednesday

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Three Attributes — Two additional expressions describing God’s Word are given in today’s reading: “promise” (v. 58) and “statutes” (v. 64).  There are also three important attributes of God mentioned in two adjacent verses in this passage: “Behold, I long for your precepts; in your righteousness give me life!  Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise” (vv. 40-41).  The three attributes are God’s righteousness, steadfast love, and salvation.  His righteousness is a rather broad idea that centers on His moral correctness.  He is the absolute standard of what is right.  The fact that God’s righteousness is connected with giving life (v. 40) suggests that it has an outreach purpose as well.  It is often connected in the Old Testament with God’s faithfulness in keeping His covenant promises to Israel.  It is an outreaching rightness.  We have considered God’s steadfast love (Heb. chesed) before.  It also reaches out to people, persistently showing God’s kindness, especially to His own people to whom He is stubbornly loyal.  God’s salvation is the last step of His reaching out to people—He rescues them, bringing them safely into the family of God.  God’s Word reveals His attributes and it leads us into all truth.

Wonderful Words of Life – YouTube

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June 16, Thursday

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The Affliction of Discipline — There are several attributes and actions of God in this passage that come across as positive to us: “You have dealt well with your servant” (v. 65); “You are good and do good” (v. 68); “Your hands have made and fashioned me” (v. 73); “Let your steadfast love comfort me” (v. 76); “Let your mercy come to me, that I may live” (v. 77); “In your steadfast love give me life” (v. 88).  Those are all feel-good things about God, but there is another one mentioned that tends to make us uncomfortable: God’s discipline on those who are called by His name.  Three times in this passage, it is said that the psalmist was “afflicted” by God.  The Lord afflicts those He loves by disciplining them, and He disciplines us in order to change us.  The psalmist said, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word” (v. 67).  The affliction worked; the purpose of bringing him back to obedience was achieved.  The teachable psalmist concluded, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” (v. 71).  Can you honestly say that?  If you can, it is because you are truly serious about living a life that is pleasing to God.  Through discipline, God molds us to become more like Jesus in our attitudes and actions.  In the third place the word “afflicted” is used here, it recognizes the love of God that is behind what makes us uncomfortable: “I know … that in faithfulness you have afflicted me” (v. 75).  Our discipline is done in love and it is done for our good.

Here is a fitting hymn for today’s subject.  It may be sung to the tune of “Face to Face.”

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June 17, Friday

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Teaching Life-Giver — This section of Psalm 119 continues with its emphasis on God’s Word, but it also points out several things about God Himself.  He is the Creator: “…you have established the earth” (v. 90).  He is our Protector: “You are my hiding place and my shield” (v. 114).  And He is the ruling Judge: “You spurn all who go astray from your statutes … All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross” (vv. 118-119).  Two additional activities of God toward us are closely tied to His Word.  First, He teaches us through what we read in His Word: “I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me” (v. 102).  God not only teaches us the “rules” in His Word, but He also uses our understanding of them to keep us on the path of obedience.  We gain understanding and a desire for obedience when we read and meditate on what God has caused to be written.  He is our Teacher.  Finally, we see that God is also our Life-giver: “I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life” (v. 93).  Reading and studying God’s Word not only brings us information for our minds and desire to our hearts for pleasing Him, but it also gives “life” to our soul and spirit.  That is eternal life—that quality of life that begins at our second birth and grows as we expose ourselves to what God has said.

Here is a very old hymn about God’s life-giving Word:
Father of Mercies, in Thy Word – YouTube

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June 18 Saturday

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Righteous God, Righteous Rules — Some of the Lord’s activities in this section are that He is near to us (v. 151); He hears us and deals with us “according to [His] steadfast love” (v. 124, 149); and He is gracious to us who love His name (v. 132).  There is also a repeated attribute of God here—His righteousness, which is reflected in the rules He has commanded.  Four times it is said that His words are “right” or “righteous” (vv. 123, 128, 137, 144).  The words are righteous because God is righteous: “Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules” (v. 137).  The good rules are a product of the good Ruler, like Jesus’ example of good fruit coming from a good tree (Matt. 7:17).  How long will this righteousness last?  “Your righteousness is righteous forever” (Ps. 119:142), and “Your testimonies are righteous forever” (v. 144).  God’s rules are not just good until they become old fashioned or inconvenient or unpopular; they are good forever.  They are always right.

Holy Bible, Book Divine – YouTube

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