Psalm 119 Contemplations – Week 2 (May 11-17)

Increased Integrity ~ May 11 ~ Psalm 119:65-72 ~ Teth. Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments. (66)

Let’s start to use a different approach this week. Read through verses 65 to 72 slowly. Does one verse or phrase grab your attention more than the others? Take time to ponder it. Read it all slowly again. Ask in prayer why that verse is important to you now. Read it slowly once more. Is there a way for you to respond? Something Your Master is asking you to do in this word?

Joyful Judgments ~ May 12 ~ Psalm 119:73-80 ~ Yod. Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word. (74)

Let’s do some ‘holy reading’ again, with Psalm 119. Read these eight verses, and notice what stands out. Ask, prayerfully, ‘is it You who is pointing this out to me, or not You?’ Read the verses again, slowly. Are there things about your personality that lead you to pick out that one verse? Are there things about what’s going on with you today that led you to notice it? Read the verses once more, and try to quiet your mind, thinking only of these phrases you see here.

Keep Calm ~ Psalm 119:81-88 ~ Kaph ~ May 13. My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word. (81)

Today’s theme of ‘needing help in our souls’ can bring us into the Holy Presence. It is a real lament we read today. Do you need to be sad? To cry out for justice? To hope desperately for rescue from a situation? Or, remember a time in your life when you walked through a dark valley and were desperate for God.

Limitless Lord ~ May 14 ~ Psalm 119:89-96 ~ Lamed. I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad. (96)

As you go over these verses today, notice what is perfect and what is not perfect. The need for perfection can be a deep need we feel. We obsess over little things that are not just right. Or we see the big issues that need to be fixed, but are not. Quiet your thoughts, and sit before God in quietness. Seek to be still and know the Perfect One near you.

My Meditation ~ May 15 ~ Psalm 119:97-104 ~ Mem. Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. (97)

The word ‘meditation’ comes up often in the 176 verses of Psalm 119. With your body resting and quiet, take time to quiet your mind, and seek to be still in your thoughts. As you go over today’s eight verses, choose one small phrase as a focus for Christian meditation. Say you choose, “I do not turn away.” Then, when you become still, but your mind wanders, go back to the words you chose. “I do not turn away.” Repeat the phrase in your mind, slowly, whenever you get distracted. Seek the simple light and presence of God.

No Night ~ May 16 ~ Psalm 119:105-112 ~ Nun. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. (105)

Light and darkness are deep images of our experience. If possible, light a candle for your meditation time today. Or turn on a battery operated candle. Whatever works for you, whatever you have at hand. Simply pray quietly, with the light as something to focus your attention. Remember, remember, remember, Jesus is the Light of the world, our inner Light, and He is the living Word to us.

Others Off-track ~ May 17 ~ Psalm 119:113-120 ~ Samek. I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. (113)

It is Sunday again. ‘Right’ and ‘wrong’ get our attention, when we “get religious.” Knowing what’s wrong can help us stay on the right track, but can also tempt us to beat up on others whom we see doing wrong. Today, pray prayers of confession. Ask to be shown the deeper causes of your own failures and faults. Seek Jesus, who loves you enough to give up His life for you. May His forgiveness come, and “hold you up.”

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