Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Faith amidst of struggles
Psalm 119. 106-112
“Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end”
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. Its 176 verses were thought to be written by various authors. Despite the many influences that may have played a role in this chapter, there run commonalities. The chapter is broken into 22 sections of 8 verses each. Each section is titled after each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Beginning with verse 17, it reads as a long prayer.
In Psalm 119 vs. 106-112, we view the declaration of an empowered servant. It is very easy to envision someone closing their eyes and saying the words contained in this passage. "Accept O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth"(vs. 108). It is a cry for help and a statement of faith at the same time "I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws" (vs. 105).
Oftentimes we find ourselves in difficult situations that test our faith. I find myself thinking that the author of this passage was in such a bind. At a crossroads, the author got on his knees and declared to the Lord that he would study His statutes. That "though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your laws"(vs. 109). It reads of a genuinely effort to change his/her life for the best. We often look at characters in the bible as larger than life figures. Those those were stronger than us and mentally more able to carry out His will. Yet we forget we are all imperfect creations, all made whole by the One that sets us free from the bondage that sin holds on us. We are no weaker than this author who declared unto God that he was making an oath. That he would hold on to his precepts.
So feel empowered. Kneel down and offer your own oath to God. Know that we were all made for an awesome purpose. We have the opportunity to offer up praise to God. To get to know God by learning His word. So pick up your bibles, and read about God. Close your eyes and pray to God. Open your mouths and praise God. "My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end" (vs. 112)
Prayer: Merciful Lord, We thanks for being with us in all through our life situations. Amen
Thought for the day: God works beyond our limitations