January 06, 2016
Psalm 119 is, in reality, one long prayer to God about the blessing, and study, and obedience to God through His Word. The writer is praying deeply and specifically, as he approaches God's Word. We should do the same.
It is impossible to understand God's Word without God's help! And just as understanding is impossible without God, so is obedience. We need HIM and so everyday we should come to God's Word with humble dependency, expressed in prayer.
Look at the PRAYERS and some of the PURPOSES/END RESULTS of the PRAYERS in Psalm 119:33-40.
PRAYER: vs. 33: Teach me…the way of Your statutes
PURPOSE: …and I shall observe it to the end
PRAYER: vs. 34: Give me understanding
PURPOSE: …that I may observe Your law and keep it with all my heart
PRAYER: vs. 35: Make me walk in the path of Your commandments vs. 36: Incline my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain Vs. 37: turn away my eyes from looking at vanity
PURPOSE: …and revive me in Your ways
PRAYER: vs. 38: establish Your word to Your servant
PURPOSE: vs. 38: as that which produces reverence for You
The Bible is like no other book. It is alive because the Author is right beside us (within us actually), explaining and empowering us to live it out by His grace! Prayer and the Word are so synonymous that you cannot do one without the other. Bible reading is, in reality, nothing more nor less than communion with God and this communion changes our lives forever!
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.