DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2020-09-14
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Psalm 119:110-113
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)
BIBLE TEXT: 110 Wicked people have set a trap for me, but I haven’t strayed from your orders. 111 I will follow your rules forever, because they make me happy. 112 I will try to do what you demand forever, until the end. 113 I hate disloyal people, but I love your teachings.
OBSERVATION: Bad things happen when people run out of options on where they will run to. The Psalmist felt like everyone was out to get him, but he always had one place that he could turn to – God’s Holy Word. In spite of how we may feel about rules, regulations and commands, David had seen how awful things could be when he followed his own vices without limitation or guidance, so repeatedly in this chapter he shares how delighted he is in now following God’s commands. In fact, it became his ‘got-to’ place for refuge, hope, and guidance. What’s your ‘go-to’ place dear friends?
APPLICATION: It seems like David is teaching us about feeling trapped by friends who are out to force him into a different direction and prove him wrong about his self determined godly intentions. This is interesting because in my New Testament reading, Paul had a very similar challenge in 2 Timothy 4, and his response was identical to David. So what do we do when we feel like the world is against us? Satan would love nothing more than to have us denounce our religion and follow his evil plan for the world. No doubt he sends his evil warriors after us, just like he did for David and for Paul. They were godly messengers who had a lifelong dedication to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the world. Paul broke all barriers and made it his goal to take the message to the Gentiles – those who were looked down on by the Jews. You could only imagine that this made Satan very upset. But is this any different in today’s society? We hear of divorce rates being as bad in the church, as it is on the street. We hear of infidelity by ministers of the gospel – the same ones who encourage newly weds to protect themselves against such sin. We know of good Christian men and women in prison, because of disobedience to man’s laws. We hear of Christians being fired from good jobs because of stealing or misallocation of funds. Friends, please understand that in no way can I say that I am exempt from any of these things, but I believe that God had his servants, David and Paul, share their story with us, and their determination to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus and His teachings, so that we will know that our ‘Go-To’ place must always be to the One we surrendered our lives to. You see, our God is greater than all our troubles, bigger than all the obstacles that come our way, and He is filled with understanding and compassion for those who seek His help to overcome life’s temptations. I have no idea where you’re at this week, but God does. Yes, He already knows what the week holds, and what temptations will come your way. I am convinced that He wants us to stand strong in our faith and take advantage of calling on the only One who can understand our weaknesses. He holds the keys to tomorrow, and we can call on Him for direction and protection against all odds, all temptation, and all of Satan’s vices. Why not follow the advice of David in this Psalm today dear friends, promise God that you will stay strong in the faith and that you will call on Him in your time of trouble. Ask for His protection and guidance from all evil, and to stay strong in your faith.
PRAYER: Precious Lord, where would we go if we didn’t have You as our friend, our guide, our protection and our ultimate promise. You are our hope, our victor and our deliverer. The only One who has the knowledge of what the future holds and how we fit into the horrid picture of ongoing strife, diseases and strife here on earth. So Lord, we call on You once again, knowing that You are our light in this dark world, our hope in this world of disappointments and hopelessness. Please touch the hearts of those reading this devotional today. Please guide us towards the truth and promises of Your Word, so that we too may shine before a lost and hopeless world. May it be obvious to the unsaved that You are our only chance of hope while here on earth, and our only channel for being included in the next world – life around the feet of Jesus offering endless praise and worship to our King. AMEN!
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