Summer Daily Devotional - Psalm 119:49-80
"Bullets" for the Spiritual Gunfight
Let’s continue to “mutter” our way through Psalm 119. If you missed yesterday’s devotional, now would be a good time to go back and get Pastor Carey’s helpful introduction to Psalm 119, the longest of the Psalms and with many unique features!
Today, we are reading and looking at verses 49-80, which covers 4 more letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
I wonder if Jesus studied and memorized Psalm 119 as a child, as he grew in wisdom and stature?
That’s what I imagined as I read these verses. I imagined Jesus reading these words and how these words might have ruminated in His mind and heart at different points throughout His life. And as I thought about that and read… it helped me.
It helped me to remember that He is the only truly and fully “blessed man,” who perfectly obeys and meditates and keeps God’s word and statutes.
As I read the Psalms, I can find myself thinking, “I wish that were true of me!” Or acknowledging, “That’s definitely not true of me.” And in other parts, the parts about going astray, “That totally applies to me.”
But when I keep Jesus in the forefront of my mind as I read, I remember, “Every blessing of God is mine in Christ, because of Christ.”
God interacts with me, a sinner, on the basis of the righteousness of His Son!
Below are a few words and categories that describe what I was left thinking and feeling after I read this portion of Psalm 119.
These verses act like ammo in the spiritual gunfight of my mind and heart. I’m constantly loading, firing, and reloading throughout the day. Naturally, I had to list them as “bullets.” Join me as needed! Fire away!
- “Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.” (v.49)
- “May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word.” (v.74)
- “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (v.50)
- “I remember your ancient laws, O LORD, and I find comfort in them.” (v.52)
- “May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant.” (v.76)
- “I have sought your face with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise.” (v.58)
- “The earth is filled with your love, O LORD; teach me your decrees.” (v.64)
- “The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of sliver and gold.” (v.72)
- “May my heart be blameless toward your decrees, that I may not be put to shame.” (v.80)
- “This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.” (v.56)
- “You are my portion, O LORD; I have promised to obey your word.” (v.57)
- “I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to your statutes.” (v.59)
AFFIRMATION OF GOD’S CHARACTER
- “The earth is filled with your love…” (v.64)
- “You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.” (v.68)
- “Your hands made me and formed me…” (v.73)
- “I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous…” (v.75)
PURPOSE IN AFFLICTION
- “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word.” (v.67)
- “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (v.71)
- “I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” (v.75)
"Bullets" for the spiritual gunfight.