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Facts or Feelings, God’s Word in my Heart

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.

Amen.

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  . . .

Weekly prayer 06.04.18

Psalm 119:41-48 ESV – 
41 [Waw] Let your steadfast love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise; 
42 then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me, for I trust in your word. 
43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for my hope is in your rules. 
44 I will keep your law continually, forever and ever, 
45 and I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts. 
46 I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame, 
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love. 
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
Sovereign God, my Heavenly Father,
You are God. There is none beside You. You have established rules from of old in Your wisdom and sovereignty. You are the Creator, and You know what is best for Your creation.
But, O, God, the world You have made is in such rebellion! We continually disregard Your law. We go our own way, make our own gods. And then, in the resulting pain and conflict and destruction we have the audacity to turn our eyes back to You and demand to know why everything is such a mess . . .
Lord, I run to Your mercy. I cannot obey You without Your steadfast love, Your salvation. My heart will seek my own way, chart my own course, and destroy me. I need Your wisdom, Your strength, to see the truth and obey Your Word.
Father, give me strength and boldness to proclaim Your truth. Your law is not popular, but Your rules are the only hope for this world. May others see that I truly do find my delight in Your ways, and see that Your Word is not “just rules” to me — Your Word, Your ways, Your rules, Your law, they are my life.
Thank You for choosing me to be Your child. Thank You for giving me Your rules. Thank You for giving me life.
amen
This week, please remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Malaysia where every Malay is considered Muslim and it is against the constitution to convert to another religion. 
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