day 51 – put a psalm in my heart

Today we read Psalm 119.105-144 and focus on three significant thoughts.

Morning: read Psalm 119.105-120.

“Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws.”

True praise of God on your part opens you up to, builds hunger in you, for the Lord to teach you. The first step toward understand what God says is to praise God. Sincere adoration is essential to correct interpretation. Interpretation not bathed in praise is self-deception and self-serving pride.

Mid-day: read Psalm 109.121-136.

“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them.”

God’s word remains wonderful in our eyes in proportion to the wonder with which we hold him in our sight. The way we think of, and act toward, his word reveals what we truly think of, and act toward, him. We cannot reverence God deeply and not serve him strongly. And so, the feeding of our awe of God is at the center of our following what God has said toward action.

Tonight: read Psalm 119.137-144.

“Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.”

The proof of the pudding is in the eating and the proof of our God’s character is his fidelity to what he has spoken to us. He is passionate about keeping his promises and our passion comes, in part, from discerning the fulfillment of his promises. We love the Lord who cannot lie to us and we must not make ourselves comfortable with any lie within us as to our zeal for him. As we participate in the practice of his promises and thereby, find our passion for him renewed again and again and again.