LIFe with God: August 8, 2018

Posted on August 8, 2018

Scripture

Psalm 119:57-120

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Observation

What comforts the psalmist? Why does the psalmist say it was good for him to be afflicted? What does the psalmist do in spite of spiritual fatigue? What does he affirm (89-90)? What benefit of studying God’s Word is given in verses 97-100 and 105? Why does the psalmist ask for God to sustain him (116-117)?

Application

Do I find comfort in God’s promises? Do I “turn my feet” to God’s word and obey it? Do I use affliction as an opportunity to draw closer to God and His word? Am I committed to putting my hope the word of God, even when I am weary and persecuted? Do I truly believe that God’s word is fixed forever, and that He is always faithful? Do I turn to God’s Word to give me light for my daily life and decisions? Do I ask for God’s protection and provision for my own comfort, or to bring glory to God?

Prayer

Dear Father, When I face difficult times, may I find comfort in You and in Your Word. May I seek You with all of my heart, and when confronted by Your Word, may I submit to it. I ask that affliction will will cause me to delight in Your word and to be sensitive to it and learn it and trust it more deeply. Instruction from Your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands. May those who fear You see me and rejoice, for I put my hope in Your word. May Your faithful love comfort me, as You promised, and may Your compassion come to me so that I may live, for Your instruction is my delight. I long for Your salvation; I put my hope in Your word. Sometimes I grow weary looking for Your promises to be fulfilled, and it seems like an eternity as I wait for You to bless the righteous and punish the wicked. In those times, help me not to forget that Your Word is true forever and that you are faithful throughout all time and eternity! Give me life in accordance with Your faithful love, and strengthen me to obey the decrees You have spoken. Help me never to forget Your precepts, for you have given me life through them. How I love Your teaching! May it be my meditation all day long. Your word makes me wise; may I study it so that it is always with me, giving me insight and discernment. May I obey Your precepts so that I will have understanding. May I follow Your word to keep my feet from every evil path, for it is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. Thank You, Father, for the awesome and wonderful gift of Your Word! Father in Heaven, You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Andy Lanning

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

Catechism

PART 2: CHRIST, REDEMPTION AND GRACE

Question #31: What do we believe by true faith?

Children’s Answer: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Adult’s Answer: Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Memory Verse

Jude 1:3 (HCSB)

Contend for the faith that was delivered to the saints once for all.

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