Precious Promises ~ May 18 ~ Psalm 119:121-128 ~ Ayin “Truly I love your commandments more than gold, more than find gold.” (127)
As you pray over these eight verses today, notice what things in ‘God’s rules’ you really love. Which ones are really important to you? Ask why this is. And go on to remember the laws and teachings that you do not like as much, and don’t bother following. Meditate upon all these things.
Redeeming Rules ~ May 19 ~ Psalm 199:129-136 ~ Pe “Redeem me from human oppression, that I may keep your precepts.” (134)
Perhaps this long Psalm is finally wearing on you, seems so repetitive, and is too much about keeping the rules. Then again, you may be finding some refreshing moments with God in these ancient words. Read over today’s verses again, looking for messages of freedom. Consider how the boundaries given to us actually make freedom possible.
Small Servant ~ May 20 ~ Psalm 119:137-144 ~ Tsadde “I am small and despised, yet I do not forget your precepts.” (141)
We have been feeling the emotional impact of these many verses. We see here so much experience of people trying to be faithful: loving faithfulness and struggling with it. As you pray over today’s eight verses, what verse resonates most with you? What words tell your story? What phrase is your prayer today?
True Tears ~ May 21 ~ Psalm 119:145-152 ~ Qoph With my whole heart I cry; answer me, O LORD. I will keep your statutes. (145)
Richard Foster wrote about “The Prayer of Tears,” and reminds us that often, weeping can be praying. Use these verses of Psalm 119 to remind you of the times you have wept, and what that said to God. Perhaps you can give thanks for your tears, and the One who received them, Who promises that “every tear shall be dry.”
Ultimate Urgency ~ May 22 ~ Psalm 119:153-160 ~ Resh. Look on my misery and rescue me, for I do not forget your law. (153)
Today’s segment can get us in touch with our urgency. Some crises are so important, and something needs to happen now! In the face of that, quiet prayer is still needed. With Jesus, come away to a quiet place. Take each of these eight verses, and take time to pray over each one. See where the words lead you.
Words Wowed ~ Psalm 119:161-168 ~ Shin ~ May 23. Princes persecute me without cause, but my heart stands in awe of your words. (161)
There have been some amazing phrases in this Psalm, the longest chapter in the Bible. You will likely keep some that were ‘new to you’ close to your heart now. Today, let verses 161-168 inspire you to create some new habits of scripture or meditation or prayer in your daily life. Examples: take time each day for awe. Or plan ways to praise God seven times a day. Or check in at the end of each day on how you were truthful.
Yearning You ~ Psalm 119:169-176 ~ Taw ~ May 24. I long for your salvation, O LORD, and your law is my delight. (174)
The actions of God, and the messages of God, are all about our connection with the Holy One: the communication; the relationship. It is so worth doing our part to stay connected with the One who has saved us for good work. The sheep went astray, but the Shepherd longed for us, even more than we longed for the Shepherd. Yearning for God is one of the best things that can grow from our meditation upon scripture.