Thursday, April 15, 2010

40 Days of Psalm 119 - Day 9

Isaiah 55:8 says
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Verse 5 of the 119th psalm says
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!

and, in the New International Version, verse 5 says
Oh, that my ways were steadfast
in obeying your decrees!

When we go on through the chapter, we can see similar words in verses 10, 12, 20, 33-40, 131, 133, 136 and finally, in 176. We need the LORD to help us follow his precepts because we are not naturally inclined to do so. What makes sense to us can be called senseless by God and what God tells us, sometimes, we can't seem to make sense of. Verse 26 and 30 also address there being a difference in our ways and the LORD's ways. Never forget that He has not left us alone or confused. There are also many verses, like 8, 43, 65, 68, 94, 116, 145, 156 and 169, that show cries out of a need of guidance or/and that He leads.

A lesson for the day: No matter where the path leads and what you need to do, if you're following Jesus, you know it's the right way. God always prevails; therefore, you will also. Verse 71 says, It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. 45, 97, 103, 105, 113 and 127 express joy about His laws.


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