day 50 – put a psalm in my heart

This morning we ask of God, wonder at noon if he’s gone AWOL, and then discover he has answered us in the evening (Psalm 119.73-104).

This morning we resonate with Psalm 119.73-80 and ask seven things of God:

“… give me understanding to learn your commands. … May those who fear you rejoice when they see me … May your unfailing love be my comfort. … Let your compassion come to me … May the arrogant be put to shame … May those who fear you turn to me, those who understand your statutes. … May I wholeheartedly follow your decrees …”

At noon today we are confronted with Psalm 119.81-96 and wonder if our requests, or we ourselves, make any difference to God. Seven times we worry aloud:

“My soul faints with longing for your salvation … My eyes fail, looking for your promises … How long must your servant wait? … The arrogant dig pits to trap me … Save me … The wicked are waiting to destroy me … To all perfection I see a limit …”

Tonight we relate to Psalm 119.97-104 and see that all we asked of God this morning, and fretted over throughout the day, has been addressed, seven-fold.

  • We asked for greater understanding and it was granted: “I gain understanding …
  • We requested that we become joyful encouragement to others, and it has become so: “I have more insight than all my teachers …
  • We begged that we be comforted by God’s unfailing love, and such has come to us: “… you yourself have taught me.”
  • We yearned for his compassion toward us that we might live, and that compassion has arrived: “… all day long.
  • We petitioned God to shame our/his enemies, and he has done so, for we can now say we are: “… wiser than [our] enemies.”
  • We solicited God to send God-fearing people to us, and that is what has happened: “I have more understanding than the elders …
  • And we appealed to God for a heart given wholly to obedience to him, and we are seeing growth of him in us: “… I obey your precepts. I have kept my feet from every evil path …

Praise the Lord!