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Five Requests

The 176 verses of Psalm 119 are broken into 22 groups of 8 verses each and praise God for the Law of God in almost every verse. Each group of eight is a disconnected series of utterances but definitely each group is also focused on this truth. That a person would go to such lengths in praise about God's Law substantiates it as an incredible and holy gift which one cannot stop extolling. Even in the midst of affliction the psalmist (whoever he might have been) seeks deeper insight into God's word. This is revealed in the fourth grouping of 8 verses, Psalm 119:25-32. Here along with praise of the Word are five requests of the psalmist: 1)"Revive me by Your Word" (25) He finds himself among the dust, exhausted and humiliated by his affliction and asks his Heavenly Father to resuscitate his ailing soul; to re-breathe into him a breath of life through his study in the word. 2)"Teach me your decrees" (26) Now that the psalmist has shared his difficulties with God an…

Thank God Today

On this Thanksgiving Day let all “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his [Father’s] great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—kept in heaven for" us (1 Peter 1:3-4). God the Father who is the Author of our human generation is also the Author of our human regeneration. This regeneration gives us a living hope that is vital to our welfare and is at the heart of powerful living. It grows, strengthens and gains more beauty as time passes in opposition to a natural hope which fades as our body fades. Further, God the Father gives us a pure inheritance, not one that is gained by fraud, dishonesty, or any kind of corruption. If we look back far enough into the past of many millionaires there was great gain made by dishonest means but not so with this inheritance which was amassed through the purity and activity of God’s Son. It is et…

Recycling In Life Series – Meekness Study – 16

We have seen that Moses accepted all that God did with a humble heart having learned through many lessons of life and personal conversations with God that being a usable instrument in the mighty hand of the Everlasting God was a far greater honor than listening to the accolades of man for a season. Moses's meekness was the result of knowing himself, God, his circumstances and his calling. There are three "semesters" to Moses' life which reveal much about him and much about God. His first forty years were the semester of learning which includes his birth to his exile from Egypt that was necessary because of his killing of an Egyptian. Special features of this time were his protection at birth, the special attention of Pharaoh's daughter, and his being instilled with a special calling by his birth family. The second forty years was his semester of leaning which began with his exile from Egypt and ended when God sent him back to Egypt from his wilderness wanderings. …