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“I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word” (Psalms 119:16 NKJV).

From: May 23, 2020

HAVE YOU DETERMINED WHERE TO FIND YOUR DELIGHT?

Psalm 119 is an acrostic poem based on the Hebrew alphabet. It is a meditation on the majesty and wonder of God’s Word. Consider the psalmist’s declaration of determination saying, “I will.” He decided in advance to find his delight in God’s statutes. As an act of the will, the psalmist would seek happiness and joy in God’s ordinances. He would not seek the world’s happiness, but the Lord’s.
 
He had also decided that he would not forget God’s Word. How might he keep that promise to himself? Surely, he had decided to study, memorize and even sing God’s Word, so that he would always remember it. He would read it daily, even write it on the walls and doors of his house to keep it before his eyes.
 
Have you made such a determination to find your delight in God’s Word, never forgetting it?
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, just as we hunger and thirst for food and water, so our souls hunger and thirst for Your Word. We love Your Word and delight in it. Your Word is life. Jesus is Your Word made flesh. We have received and trusted in Him. He lives in us by Your Spirit. Strengthen us to follow Him in all things this day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“So Judas left at once, going out into the night” (John 13:30 NLT).

From: May 23, 2019

SIN GOES OUT INTO THE NIGHT

The one who leaves Jesus and his disciples to go “out into the night” will hurt Christ and his church, but in the end will be the one most harmed by that decision. That is what sin does. It caused Adam to hide in the shadows of the garden from the Lord. It caused Saul to search for answers under cover of darkness from a medium. Sin always leads to separation. Sin goes “out into the night” to do its work. But the righteous walk in the light of day. They do not leave the Lord’s table. They stay even when the Lord rebukes as he did Peter saying, “Satan has asked to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you.” Don’t give into sin’s pull. When the Lord speaks of washing feet, suffering and dying for him, stay. It will seem easier and perhaps even beneficial to leave the table. Yet, no matter how difficult the Lord’s Word is for you, stay at the table. Do not go “out into the night.”
 
PRAYER: Dear Father, we are often tempted by secret sins. We wouldn’t want anyone to know of our hidden habits, but You know. Yet, You still love and forgive us. Lord, teach us to always walk in the light. And help us to always stay at the Lord’s table in fellowship, never leaving to go out into the night. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me, and anyone who welcomes me is welcoming the Father who sent me” (John 13:20 NLT).

From: May 23, 2018

CHRIST’S FOLLOWERS ARE CHRIST’S MESSENGERS
On the night before Christ’s crucifixion, He reminded the disciples that whoever welcomed or rejected them were in reality welcoming or rejecting Him. In addition, the way people responded to them would also affect their relationship with the Father. For the one who welcomes Jesus, welcomes the Father, but the one who rejects Jesus, rejects the Father.
 
As believers, we are messengers of Christ. We must learn not to be overly concerned about whether someone welcomes or rejects us. We are not to live as people-pleasers, fearing the rejection of man. For if we live as messengers of Christ, some will welcome us and some will reject us, but all will in reality be responding to Christ. And how they respond will determine their eternity. So, let us boldly declare the message of Christ to all we meet!

“Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them, since whatever the king did pleased all the people” (2 Samuel 3:36 NKJV).

From: May 23, 2017

After Abner was murdered by Joab, King David made it clear to all Israel and Judah that he had nothing to do with his death. The way David honored Abner, the deceased general of Israel’s army, persuaded the people of David’s integrity. And even though it was David’s general Joab who killed Abner, the people did not hold it against David.
 
David was not only anointed of God to be king, the Lord had also given him favor with all the people. For of what other political leader could it be said, whatever he did “pleased all the people”? After years of persecution by King Saul, David finally enjoyed the favor of God and of God’s people.
 
Yet, it can’t be said that David was a people-pleaser. No. He sought to please God, and the Lord gave him favor with the people of God. David led with integrity and the Lord honored him with favor.
 
Oh, to have a king like David today! Yet, there will soon be One even greater than he. His name is King Jesus, Son of David. He is the true “Anointed One,” and He will soon return as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11 ESV)

From: May 23, 2016

How do you “store up” (“hide”) God’s Word in your heart? First believe it and receive it. Then, study and commit it to memory, so that it begins to re-write your thinking. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness by Satan, He responded with Scripture every time. Memorize and repeat the Word to face today’s challenges.

“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!” (Psalm 119:2 NKJV)

From: May 23, 2015

The longest chapter in the Bible and the one found near its very center is Psalm 119. It seems appropriate that the longest psalm in the Bible would be written as a meditation on God’s Word. Divided into 22 stanzas, it is an extended acrostic poem based on the Hebrew alphabet (Our word “alphabet” comes from the first two Hebrew letters: “aleph” + “beth”). In verse two, the psalmist wrote that the one who not only “keeps” the Word, but also “seeks” its Author will be “blessed.” In this verse, the psalmist refers to Scripture as “His testimonies.” As you read this psalm, how many synonyms can you find for God’s Word. As you number them, consider how you might keep them and seek the Father’s face as you do.

“So Judas left at once, going out into the night” (John 13:30 NLT)

From: May 23, 2014

The one who leaves Jesus and his disciples to go “out into the night” will hurt Christ and his church, but in the end will be the one most harmed by that decision. That is what sin does. It caused Adam to hide in the shadows of the garden from the Lord. It caused Saul to search for answers under cover of darkness from a medium. Sin always leads to separation. Sin goes “out into the night” to do its work. But the righteous walk in the light of day. They do not leave the Lord’s table. They stay even when the Lord rebukes as he did Peter saying, “Satan has asked to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you.” Don’t give into sin’s pull. When the Lord speaks of washing feet, suffering and dying for him, stay. It will seem easier and perhaps even beneficial to leave the table. Yet, no matter how difficult the Lord’s Word is for you, stay at the table. Do not go “out into the night.”

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11)

From: May 23, 2012

How do you hide God’s Word in your heart? First believe it and receive it. Read, study and commit it to memory, so that it re-writes your thinking. When Jesus was tempted to sin (Matt. 4), He responded with Scripture. Memorize and repeat the Word to face today’s challenges.

“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11)

From: May 23, 2011

With the increase of smart phones, laptops, and online Bibles, Scripture memorization is becoming a lost art. Yet, our increased access to the Word doesn’t equal the benefit of having it dwell in our minds and shape our thinking. Are you “hiding” God’s Word in your heart?