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Psalm 119 – Do It

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I will hurry, without delay, to obey your commands. – Psalm 119:60 (NLT)

How much time do we waste on a daily basis? I believe that our generation of people is caught up in a culture and attitude of procrastination that is not what God wants for us. We seem to think that if we put something off for a little bit no harm will come from it, but how many of us do that with God too? Whether it’s doing something that God has specifically told you to do or just logging out of Facebook to read your Bible, we tend to think it’s okay to do it ‘later’. We need to break this spirit that has such a hold on us. When God says do something, do it! It’s that simple. The psalmist says that not only does he/she obey God’s commands immediately, but he/she hurries, without delay to do what God has said. This shows me that the psalmist absolutely desired to be obedient – it was a lifestyle. There was no debating on whether or not to do it, there was no waiting another hour until it was convenient. We need to start retraining our minds to immediate obedience. Let’s think about how much we could miss out on, how much we’ve already missed out on, because we procrastinate. It delights God when we stop what we’re doing to listen to Him and to obey His commands, and nothing makes us happier than for Him to delight in us! My challenge today is simple: when God says do something, do it!


Psalm 119 – Totally Worth It

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I long to obey your commandments! – Psalm 119:40a (NLT)

I will keep on obeying your instructions forever and ever. – Psalm 119:44 (NLT)

This is how I spend my life: obeying your commandments. – Psalm 119:56 (NLT)

I will walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your commandments. – Psalm 119:45 (NLT)

Desire 2 Obey==>Obedience==>Lifestyle==>Freedom

That’s how I connect with these four verses. This psalm is such a beautiful prayer to God and a theme throughout the whole thing is obedience. Obedience, radical obedience, has to come from a desire to obey what God’s telling us to do. It has to begin with understanding what He wants (we get our instruction from being immersed in Scripture), wanting to do it, making it a lifestyle as opposed to a ‘phase’ that we move on from, and the end result is a beautiful sense of freedom; knowing that you are walking in the midst of God’s will for your life and that you are doing all that He’s asking of you.  When we decide to spend our lives obeying God’s commandments, it is a very serious commitment. We are committing to sacrificing certain things, to being in tune with what God is asking us to do – we are committing to a life lived in total obedience to Him no matter what. We can’t afford to be complacent in our walk with the Lord; the blessings that He has promised us are fully available to everyone but it requires obedience from us in order to get to them. At the same time, the motivation for our obedience cannot come from an attitude of entitlement. We cannot be obedient simply to gain favor from the Lord – it has to come out of a place of love for Jesus. Love and desire for Him. 2 Corinthians 5:14 says that Christ’s love controls us. This might seem like a verse that puts us in a place of feeling bound to something in a bad way but in truth it is the most freeing statement! When Christ’s love controls us and we are making a lifestyle out of our obedience to Him, that is when we experience true freedom. When we’re obedient to God we are no longer wallowing in the mess of our own lives, but experiencing freedom from all of that. When we’re obedient to God we experience a deeper level of relationship with Him because we’re listening intently to His instruction.

Desire 2 Obey==>Obedience==>Lifestyle==>Freedom==>Totally Worth It

Psalm 119 – Choices

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I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations. – Psalm 119:30 (NLT)

I am a firm believer that everything in life is a choice – even when things happen to us outside of our power, we still have a choice as to how we’re going to react. Our choices can carry a ton of weight so we need to be very careful in making our decisions. Now, you may have already chosen to ‘accept Jesus into your heart’, but there are other choices to make – will you choose to be faithful? Will you choose to live by God’s word, obeying the instruction that’s in there? Will you choose to turn away from the sinful way of doing things and to turn towards God’s way? In Psalm 119, the psalmist says ‘I have chosen to be faithful’. What does that look like? The dictionary defines the word ‘faithful’ as ‘loyal, constant and steadfast’. One synonym of ‘faithful’ is ‘devoted’. Have you chosen to be devoted to God’s regulations? For all of us at some point this means altering the way we live our lives and the choices we make. This is no light-hearted decision – it should change everything. My challenge to you today is to think about whether or not you have truly chosen to be faithful and think about the implications of such a choice. In previous posts we have seen that obedience to God brings so much joy to our lives – so choosing to be faithful to Him and to live by His regulations may require some difficult life changes but ultimately will bring you the kind of joy that only He can bring.

Psalm 119 – Get Into The Word!

In part two of our Psalm 119 series we will be looking at Psalm 119:9 and 11. For the first part in this series, click here.

How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word. – Psalm 119:9 (NLT)

I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against  you. – Psalm 119:11 (NLT)

Life as a follower of Jesus Christ is a constant battle to turn away from the things of this world, from sin, and to turn towards Him and a life that is pure. Often when we see the word ‘purity’ we assume it is talking about sexual purity. I believe that in this verse, while it might include sexual purity as well, it’s talking about purity in general – purity of the heart. We are called to have pure hearts and minds so that we can rid ourselves of temptations and distractions and focus on what God has called us to do. But let’s be honest, this isn’t always easy. Some of us struggle with being judgmental – impure! Some of us struggle with gossip – impure! Some of us struggle with lust – impure! Jealousy, greed, gluttony, hatred, bitterness, unforgiveness,  self-righteousness – impure! It is a battle to keep our hearts pure and verse 9 of Psalm 119 clearly gives us the solution – obey His word. In the last post we talked about obedience and it’s popped up again today: obedience brings joy and a pure heart. The way to make sure that this is forever ingrained in our lives is revealed to us in verse 11 – hide His word in your heart. Immerse yourself in scripture, read it, love it, ask God to help you understand it, and then do what it says. These things all go hand in hand: obedience, joy, purity, God’s word. In the last post was a challenge to choose obedience. Today I challenge you to get into the word, obey what it says, hide it in your heart and experience joy and purity as God intends for us to have!

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