I’ve been reading the Psalms for some time now.
Not exclusively, as we are studying Galatians on Sunday and there are times when the Lord brings me elsewhere.
Yet, the Psalms have been my personal time with the Lord.
Of late, He’s been having me read Psalm 119 over and over.
I know that many people do not learn this way, but I have found such depth and healing in reading the verses many times.
There is such truth, beauty, and healing here for me.
I highlight them.
Feel they are speaking my desires and the cry of my heart through them.
Recently, it was:
Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments.
Psalms 119:5-6 NKJV
The Lord is gracious and merciful and I found such comfort in this:
With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
Psalms 119:10 NKJV
In March, when I was struggling with my health I began to praise God every time I was awake.
It’s a habit I have worked at continuing and this verse encouraged me:
At midnight I will rise to give thanks to You, Because of Your righteous judgments.
Psalms 119:62 NKJV
My daily activities have been exhorted by these words:
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. Incline my heart to Your testimonies, And not to covetousness. Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way. Establish Your word to Your servant, Who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, For Your judgments are good.
Psalms 119:35-39 NKJV
And from the beginning of my time in Psalms 119 my heart has found such joy, comfort, and rest in this:
This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
Psalms 119:50 NKJV
And there is so much more.
With all this blessing, it’s difficult to admit, my attitude has not always been such.
I used to look on Psalm 119 as a “problem”.
“It’s so long. How am I supposed to read through it and retain anything?”
I had made an unjust assumption that just because of the many words, I wouldn’t find much.
It was only after surrendering my attitude and the lie I had believed that the words were able to speak to my heart.
I’m so glad I did!
Nothing in scripture is a waste.
The Holy Spirit can use any and all of the scriptures to minister to me, if I surrender my own prejudice and open my heart.
I’m so thankful for the Lord having me read Psalm 119.
I’m blessed that He is so patient with me.
And His love surrounds me.
I can rejoice alongside these words:
Oh, how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.
Psalms 119:97 NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. How grateful I am to You for teaching my heart. These words have been such a comfort, guide, and blessing. Thank You for sustaining me in each day and showing me Your Word is life. Lord Jesus, there are many who are lost and hurting, please bring them to a knowledge of You. Please speak clearly through those of us who are called by Your name. Please let our mouths be full of Your truth. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes, please help me to walk in Your ways, Jesus. I love You, thank You for first loving me. Amen.