Psalm 119:81-88 ESV –
81 [Kaph] My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word.
82 My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?”
83 For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.
84 How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me?
85 The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law.
86 All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me!
87 They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts.
88 In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.
Some days are easier than others. There. I spoke it out loud. Some days I feel lonely. useless. misunderstood. misused. dismissed. tired. pain-ridden. foggy-brained. . . (feel free to add your own modifiers)
When I am having one of those “what’s the point?” days (and, yes, there have been
many more than one, over the years) I am even more grateful than usual for God’s Word planted (stored) in my heart. God’s truth must have more credibility than my feelings. That even sounds strange to say — “of course, God’s Word is true!” but, be honest — what has more impact on your mood, your identity, your behavior: your feelings, or God’s Word?
Feelings come and go. Seriously. Some days I feel useful. content. hopeful. significant . . .(feel free to add your own modifier). Is God’s Word more true on those days? No. “Forever, O Lord, Your Word is firmly fixed in the heavens . . ” (Psalm 119:89). There is no substitute for memorizing/meditating on God’s Word. Otherwise, I am prone to believe my feelings. And my feelings change. But . . .
Psalm 102:25-27 ESV –
25 Of old you [God] laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.
26 They will perish, but you will remain; they will all wear out like a garment. You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
27 but you are the same, and your years have no end.
By the way, if Psalm 119 intrigues you, Sweeter Than Chocolate: an Inductive Study of Psalm 119, by Pam Gillaspie is an excellent “digging deeper” into this psalm. There will be an online, live discussion of this 8 week study, beginning June 13. Beloved Truth Psalm 119 study. You can purchase the workbook here Amazon or here Precept Ministries
If your schedule doesn’t allow for a weekly commitment, Pam Gillaspie is also offering her study on her website in a flexible format. You can sign up here https://pamgillaspie.com/
Having God’s Word in my heart is the only way that I can survive the “wineskin in the smoke” days . . .
Begins Tuesday, June 5 at 8 PM, EST
LIVE ONLINE BIBLE STUDY
LEADER: Ann Bramble
This Online class has already studied Genesis and Exodus, but is designed for you to jump into ANYTIME. Ann Bramble would love for you to join her class and enjoy an overview study of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Leviticus a bore??? Absolutely not! You will learn more about the holiness of God and how to approach Him in His way. I, Alison, love the study of Leviticus and so did my students years ago. If you are not familiar with the New Inductive Study Series you can read about them below.
Ann will be taking her own reservations for this class. All you need to do is EMAIL Ann at email@example.com and she will send you all the info you need.
Here is a link to AMAZON (if you have Amazon Prime you pay no shipping) to purchase this book either workbook or Kindle style:
Precept Ministries’ New Inductive Study Series
Do you long to immerse yourself in God’s Word but need a guide to match your busy lifestyle? The New Inductive Study Series, now complete covering every book of the Bible, was created to help you discover truth for yourself and go deeper into God’s precepts, promises and purposes. This powerful series is ideal for personal study, small groups, Sunday school classes, family devotions, and discipling others. Containing 13-week long studies, the New Inductive Study Series also provides easy planning for church curriculum! You can now survey the entire Bible through this complete series on your own or as a church, what are you waiting for?
REMEMBER: Email Ann to get all the information you will need to join her class Online at Beloved Truth Int’l.