God said, “Let there be Light!” And there was Light. And it was good and perfect. All God says and does is Good, Right and Perfect. “How could we help but obey?” Centuries later, God sent His Son to be Light in the dark. This darkness was caused by selfish sin, forgetting about Him and turning inward to self-survival. The Psalmist is crying out to God for help. He sings while crying a river of tears for a world gone to self without God.
The Singer remains with God, knowing God will teach him, help him, provide for his needs and give him courage in the world he is living with hate all around him. “Steady my steps with your Word of promise”, he prays, “so nothing gets the best of me”. What a great prayer to pray today, right?
Pray this psalm as if you wrote it to God. I have and will probably pray this prayer all day long today.
Worship and Wisdom, Psalms and Proverbs
Part 17 – Psalm 119, The Message
129-136 Every word you give me is a miracle word—
how could I help but obey?
Break open your words, let the light shine out,
let ordinary people see the meaning.
Mouth open and panting,
I wanted your commands more than anything.
Turn my way, look kindly on me,
as you always do to those who personally love you.
Steady my steps with your Word of promise
so nothing malign gets the better of me.
Rescue me from the grip of bad men and women
so I can live life your way.
Smile on me, your servant;
teach me the right way to live.
I cry rivers of tears
because nobody’s living by your book!
TRUTH: God will smile on those who humbly come to him with a desire to learn and mature in His character traits, wanting what He wants—which is all that is His best for us!
Proverb 2, The Message
1-5 Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you;
collect my counsels and guard them with your life.
Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom;
set your heart on a life of Understanding.
That’s right—if you make Insight your priority,
and won’t take no for an answer,
Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold,
like an adventurer on a treasure hunt,
Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours;
you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.
WISDOM: “Set your heart”, “Tune your ears” to wisdom, insight and understanding from God who knows best.
You are always at work in our lives and in the lives of all who believe and follow You. Thank you for Your Holy Presence. Thank you for the wisdom you give when we ask. Thank you for helping us understand your ways so that we can follow obediently without reserve. Thank you for listening to our cries for help and then providing the care and teaching we need.
In Jesus Name, Amen