Friday, September 22, 2017

Study of Psalm 119. Psalm 119:13

This continues the study of Psalm 119.  (Start the series here:

God Provides (by Rhonda Sawtelle)
Psalm 119: God's Word....

vs. 13: Provides Conversation

With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth. Psalm 119:13

With my lips: language, speech
Have declared: recount something, to score with a mark as a tally or record
All: the whole, any and every
Judgments: after the manner, custom, fashion — rightful due
Of Your mouth: according as after, speech

What do I talk about? Lately we've heard much talk about Hurricanes. How strong will they be? What path will they take? No one really knows until it actually arrives. But our conversations and actions were filled with Hurricane preparedness and "what ifs". 

What do I talk about? No matter the topic, my conversation should reflect what I believe about God. The particular words I choose, my intent, and emotion of how those were are spoken, should reflect God and His mercy and grace. 

But in order for me to have God's Word impact my conversation, I must know God's Word. 

What impacts my conversation? 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Study of Psalm 119. Psalm 119:12

This continues the study of Psalm 119.  (Start the series here:

God Provides (by Rhonda Sawtelle)

Psalm 119: God's Word....

vs. 12: Provides Instruction

Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:12

Blessed: (bless) to kneel as an act of adoration
Lord: A variation of Yhovah (used after 'Adonay, and pronounced by Jews as 'elohiym, in order to prevent the repetition of the same sound, since they elsewhere pronounce Yhovah as 'Adonay) -- God
Teach: diligently, expert, instruct, learn, skillful
Statutes: commandment, decreed, law

What better way to show honor to God, than to learn about Him and learn His Word. We often say we love God, but how to we show God we love Him? Out of a heart of devotion and love of God, our actions should show a true desire to honor Him. 

Teach me. In order to be taught, one must be willing to learn. That means we have to approach God without an agenda of our own. We have to go to God with open minds and hearts to listen and hear, and then put into action what His Word says. 

Teach me, O God — for I am ready and willing to learn. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Study of Psalm 119. Psalm 119:11

This continues the study of Psalm 119.  (Start the series here:

God Provides (by Rhonda Sawtelle)

Psalm 119: God's Word....

vs. 11: Provides Influence
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11
Your word: commandment, speech
Have hidden: by implication, to hoard or reserve
My heart: the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything
That I: to the end intent that
Might Sin: miss the goal or path of right and duty; always against God
Not: most assuredly, no
Good men are afraid of sin, and are in care to prevent it; and the most effectual way to prevent is to hide God's word in our hearts, that we may answer every temptation, as our Master did, with, It is written, may oppose God's precepts to the dominion of sin, his promises to its allurements, and his threatenings to its menaces. (Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible; Psalm 119:11)
Influence: the capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behavior, opinions, etc., of others. (

Compelling force - on actions, behavior, opinions, etc. What is the compelling force in my life? What drives me to do things? What prevents me from doing things? 

My prayer is that God's Word would be the compelling force that would guide my actions, behavior, options, etc to be God honoring. 
Influence. God's word should have a huge influence on me, each and every day. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Study of Psalm 119. Psalm 119:10

This continues the study of Psalm 119.  (Start the series here:

God Provides (by Rhonda Sawtelle)
Psalm 119: God's Word....

vs. 10: Provides Boundaries
With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Psalm 119:10
With my whole: all, any or every
Heart: the inner man, soul, comprehending mind, affections and will
Have sought You: seek deity in prayer and worship; to follow for pursuit or search the True God
Wander: lead astray, deceive, err
Not: nay, neither, never, no, nor
Your commandments: code of wisdom, ordinance, precept

With all my heart I have sought You, [inquiring of You and longing for You]; do not let me wander from Your commandments [neither through ignorance nor by willful disobedience]. Psalm 119:10 (AMP)

Saturday night I had to take my Dad to the Emergency Room. As the hours dragged on into morning, I went in search of something Mom and I could eat for breakfast. I followed the signs to the Lobby, only to find another sign on the door, "Do not open. Alarm will sound!". Ok, I guess this isn't the way out, EVEN though all the signs point that way. I turned around headed back to the Reception area. I asked for directions and a Nurse kindly led me though some locked doors and the old ER to the lobby area. 
After purchasing some danish and coffee, I headed back following posted signs. Only to find more locked doors. I finally made my way back to the lobby area and went outside and walked to the ER entrance. 

Following signs and directions are only as good as the source. I thought since the signs were posted by the Hospital in the Hospital, they'd be correct. However, since the Emergency Room is a new addition and just opened, all the signage hasn't been changed. 

Thankfully, God's Word is unchangeable. And the source, God Himself, is true and reliable. My only responsibility is to learn and follow God's "signage". 

My prayer is that I would seek God with "ALL of my heart" and stay true to God and His Word. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Study of Psalm 119. Psalm 119:9

This continues the study of Psalm 119.  (Start the series here:

God Provides (by Rhonda Sawtelle)
Psalm 119: God's Word....

vs. 9: Provides Purity (Sanctification)
How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. Psalm 119:9
How can: what end, what good, purpose
Cleanse: make or keep clean, pure
His way: of mode of living, or of character
Taking heed: guard, to protect, attend to
Your word: advice, answer, message
The ruin of young men is either living at large (or by no rule at all) or choosing to themselves false rules: let them ponder the path of their feet, and walk by scripture-rules; so their way shall be clean, and they shall have the comfort and credit of it here and for ever. (Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible)
The lack of respect for God and His word, is very evident in our society today. The idea that laws/rules don't apply to me has created a generation of godless and selfish people. The longer we as individuals and as a Nation continue to ignore God and His word, we will continue to decline and chaos will continue to reign. 

Want to clean up your act? Than pay attention to and guard God's advice.