Our Father Knows Best!

Our Father Knows Best!

Daily Reading

73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn your commands.74 Those who fear you will see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in your word.75 I know, LORD, that your judgments are just and that you have afflicted me fairly.
76 May your faithful love comfort me as you promised your servant. 77 May your compassion come to me so that I may live, for your instruction is my delight. 78 Let the arrogant be put to shame for slandering me with lies; I will meditate on your precepts.
79 Let those who fear you, those who know your decrees, turn to me. 80 May my heart be blameless regarding your statutes so that I will not be put to shame. Psalm 119:73-80 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Our Father Knows Best. 

You were created on purpose and for a purpose. Humanity’s ultimate end is to glorify and enjoy God forever. But how do we glorify God and enjoy Him? Each person’s path is different. We must seek God on how to fulfill our purpose because our Father knows best. David writes, “Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn your commands” (v. 73). Since we were created for a reason, it only makes sense to consult with the Creator to find our reason for living.

Why has God placed you here? That’s a huge question and the only one that can answer that is God. Maybe you’re a painter or some other creative type, how could God use you to bring glory to His name? Or perhaps you work a nine-to-five blue collar job, how are you to lift up Jesus in your work? We all have a unique path to find. We shouldn’t concern ourselves with what others are doing. We should seek our Father for help to make sense of our journey. In fact, another translation of v. 73 states,  “You made me; you created me.Now give me the sense to follow your commands.” Psalm 119:73 (NLT)

It’s true, there are not direct messages in the Bible concerning who to marry, where to live, or what career path to take. However, there are universal commands to follow. If we obey the words that are spelled out for us, the other details will work themselves out. If we seek our Father’s will, He will show us. Indeed, He gave the perfect example to follow in Jesus Christ’s submission and obedience.  Remember He created us and He knows what is best for us. Find your purpose and go glorify God today!

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for being created on purpose and for a purpose. Seek God God counsel on what that reason is and how you may go about fulfilling your God-ordained destiny. 


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Affliction Can be Good for Us?

Affliction Can be Good for Us?

Daily Reading

65 LORD, you have treated your servant well, just as you promised. 66
Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. 68 You are good, and you do what is good; teach me your statutes. 69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies, but I obey your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in your instruction. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes. 72 Instruction from your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:65-72 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Affliction can be good for us.

How can a person view affliction as good? David writes, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes” (v.71). Trials tend to humble us. Humility softens the clay of our hearts, making it malleable in the Potter’s hand. 

The Bible says, ” God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”Psalm 46:1 (CSB) Unfortunately, many of us never search for God until there is a problem. We could spare ourselves a significant amount of pain if only we would seek God’s ways first. Nevertheless, our suffering brings us back to God, and some lessons are learned in the crucible of tribulation. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for being present in your afflictions. Ask Him for the grace to learn His ways. 

 


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Open Your Eyes to the Goodness

Open Your Eyes to the Goodness

Daily Reading

57 The LORD is my portion; I have promised to keep your words. 58 I have sought your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 59 I thought about my ways and turned my steps back to your decrees. 60 I hurried, not hesitating to keep your commands. 61 Though the ropes of the wicked were wrapped around me, I did not forget your instruction. 62  I rise at midnight to thank you for your righteous judgments. 63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to those who keep your precepts. 64 LORD, the earth is filled with your faithful love; teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:57-64 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Open your eyes to the goodness of God all around. 

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Do you see a half-empty-glass or is the glass half-full? The writer of this psalm was an optimist. Tradition says King David penned this psalm. If anyone could have been cynical, it was David. His life was a rollercoaster of events. One day he was held as a hero and the next he was a fugitive. Could the references of persecution sprinkled throughout the Psalm be allusions to the painful days of King David? I believe so. 

How could David write, “LORD, the earth is filled with your faithful love; teach me your statutes” (64)? Despite the hardships of life, David witnessed God’s hand at work in everything. No matter if Saul was chasing him threatening death, David knew God was in control. He knew this because of the time spent meditating on God’s promises. God’s Word did not shift with the winds of public opinion. David experienced God’s faithfulness through many events in his life. 

You may look at all the sin and evil in the world and wonder, “Where is God?” It’s a legitimate question, but don’t be blinded by pessimism.  God’s goodness and compassion can be seen throughout creation. You might need to adjust your perspective. Remember on the darkest of days is when God’s light can make the most difference. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Even if you’re struggling to see it, thank God for his faithful love. Ask Him to open your eyes to His goodness all around you. 

 


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What’s Your Life’s Theme Song?

What’s Your Life’s Theme Song?

Daily Reading

49 Remember your word to your servant; you have given me hope through it. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life. 51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me, but I do not turn away from your instruction. 52 LORD, I remember your judgments from long ago and find comfort. 53 Rage seizes me because of the wicked who reject your instruction. 54 Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life.
55 LORD, I remember your name in the night, and I obey your instruction. 56 This is my practice: I obey your precepts. Psalm 119:49-56 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

God’s Word is to be the melody played in your life. 

 

 What’s the theme song of your life? I am not talking about your favorite tune or playlist.  I am talking about what tune is your life playing for others to hear? In today’s passage, the Psalmist states, “Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life” (54).  The writer is so in love with the Scriptures it is his source of joy. A joy that produces in his life, a glad song of constant praise. 

No doubt, he shares this song with others. Others witness that, for him, God’s command does not chain his feet but sets them to dancing. Of course, the author’s life plays sour notes when he breaks God’s law. But he thrusts himself on God’s mercy and grace to get back in rhythm. 

You can do this too! Christ gives us a heart that loves to obey. He provides us with a dance partner in the Holy Spirit. Yes, we will step on the toes of our partner. But that should never keep us from singing our song of grace. What melody are others hearing in your life? Hopefully, grace is your Lifesong. 

 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the grace to joyously live life. Ask Him to help you dance and sing of His goodness. If you have misstepped in the dance of life. Ask for forgiveness and rejoin the dance. 

 


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God’s Promise of Salvation Brings Confidence

God’s Promise of Salvation Brings Confidence

Daily Reading

41 Let your faithful love come to me, LORD, your salvation, as you promised. 42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word.43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth, for I hope in your judgments. 44 I will always obey your instruction, forever and ever. 45 I will walk freely in an open place because I study your precepts. 46 I will speak of your decrees before kings and not be ashamed. 47 I delight in your commands, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and will meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:41-48 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

God’s promise of salvation brings confidence. 

 

God promises his people a faithful love, which is His salvation. This promise of salvation brings confidence. The Psalmist makes at least three statements that portray faith in this portion of Psalm 119. Let’s look at these verses closer. 

First, the author writes, “Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word” (v. 42). After a person receives the promise, they have the words to reply to those who mock them. God’s salvation brings the boldness to respond to those who ridicule them for their faith in His word. How can mockers accuse God of being unconcerned, when they witness His unfailing love in action? God’s promise of salvation brings confidence to refute the nay-sayers. 

Secondly, the writer declares, “I will walk freely in an open place because I study your precepts” (v.45). When a person knows what God has promised in the Scriptures, they do not need to cower and hide. Even if death came to them because of their allegiance to God, it would be the victory (see Philippians 1:21). God’s unfailing love increases confidence, so the person doesn’t have to hide. 

Finally, the Psalmist writes, “I will speak of your decrees before kings and not be ashamed” (v. 46). God covenant of faithfulness makes a person as bold as a lion. Earthly kings have the power to imprison and execute those who offend them. However, the Spirit-filled herald will deliver the King of kings message with boldness. God’s covenantal love brings assurance amidst the mighty. 

Do you lack confidence? Have you received the promised salvation? If so, are you feeding on the Word of God to know what God promises? 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the confidence His salvation brings. Ask Him to fill you with the assurance, which only comes from knowing Him. 

 


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Wholehearted Obedience is the Goal

Wholehearted Obedience is the Goal

Daily Reading

33 Teach me, LORD, the meaning of your statutes, and I will always keep them. 34 Help me understand your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart. 35 Help me stay on the path of your commands, for I take pleasure in it.36 Turn my heart to your decrees and not to dishonest profit. 37 Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways. 38 Confirm what you said to your servant, for it produces reverence for you. 39 Turn away the disgrace I dread; indeed, your judgments are good. 40 How I long for your precepts! Give me life through your righteousness. Psalm 119:33-40 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Wholehearted obedience is the goal. 

If wholehearted obedience is the target, then what keeps us from submission? Of course, the depravity of humankind causes all to rebel against a holy God. But what about those who are genuine believers? Why do we struggle with submitting to God’s command? We have been given a new heart in the New Covenant. A heart that loves God, but we often fail to follow God’s ways. Why? 

Before I attempt to answer this complicated question, imagine with me. What if a friend pulled into your driveway and honked the horn. Once you peak out the door you hear the commotion of  house alarms and sirens of the first responder vehicles, your friend just says, “Get in the vehicle.” 

“Why?”

“Get in the vehicle, if you want to live.” 

“Wait, what?!?” 

“Get in the vehicle, if you want to live. Because there is a horde of zombies heading this way!” The tone of your friend’s voice is disturbingly convincing. 

“What? Um…zombies?!?” In your mind, you think your friend has lost it, but then you think about the sirens and alarms in the distance.

“Get in! I will explain on the way.” 

This may be an extreme illustration, but would you jump in with your friend? You have two choices in this situation. You can trust your friend and get in the vehicle, or you can refuse their help. If you take them at their word, it’s more than likely because you trust the small amount of information given. You have faith in them because they never have misled you. If you refuse, it’s probably because you do not have enough answers. (You trust your friend, but the request seems absurd.) The key to following your friend’s commands is in the why, right? 

Like your friend in the scenario above, God calls us to follow his commands to avoid impending danger. A danger that we may not see. He wants what is best for us. He desires our undivided devotion. But often we question, why we should follow. Especially, when the command seems ridiculous.  

In verse 34, the Psalmist writes, “Help me understand your instruction, and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 (CSB) The goal is wholehearted obedience, but this compliance doesn’t come easily without understanding. Although we may not know what God is up to in our lives, we must comprehend what God requires of us. God does not reveal all of his cards, but he does give us enough detail to consider in the Bible. That is why the biblical author repeatedly asks for God to teach him the statues of God.

Do you struggle with following God in specific areas of life? Have you asked God to teach you his ways in this area? Understanding the why (or motive) behind the commands will help you to follow with all your heart. The why behind God’s command is that he wants you to be safe and secure in him.  He wants you to reach your full potential. 

New Testament believers have two resources the Psalmist did not possess. First, a believer is indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Jesus said,  “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come.” John 16:13 (CSB)  God will guide you, but you must listen. Second, Christ gave the Body of Christ gifts. Paul writes, “11  And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12  equipping the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-12 (CSB).  God knew we would need someone to help us understand his ways, so he gave us the five-fold ministry.

To sum it all up, understanding God’s purpose behind the commands in the Bible helps us to follow. When we learn the reason God asks something of us, we will see it is what is best for us. God loves us. We never fully understand God’s actions, but he desires us to know what is expected of us. Understanding the motive behind the command and the knowing God, as a loving Father, would never mislead you is the key to wholehearted obedience. 

 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and ministers. Ask God to help you comprehend his commands so that you will be more apt to follow wholeheartedly. 

 


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