LIFe with God: August 9, 2018

Posted on August 9, 2018

Scripture

Psalm 119:121-176

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Observation

On what basis does the psalmist ask God to deal with him (124)? How highly does he regard God’s word (127)? What gives light and understanding? How do we know we can trust God’s promises (138,140,142)? How, when, and for what did the psalmist pray (145-160)? What is his final request of the psalm (176)?

Application

Do I think God somehow “owes it to me” to bless me, or do I understand my relationship with him is based purely on HIS faithful love? Do I love God’s word more than even the purest gold? Do I take time to study the words God has so graciously given so that I can have light and understanding? Do I stop to consider that God is eternal and all-powerful, and His promises have been thoroughly tested–that HE is utterly trustworthy? Do I go to God in prayer with my whole heart, at all times, asking for His protection and provision, and trusting that He will do what is right? Do I rejoice over the promises of God? Do I have the abundant peace and stability of one who loves His instruction? Do I humble myself before God, admitting my own helplessness and asking for His leading?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word. I choose to believe You that You will sustain me as You promised, and I will live not be ashamed of my hope. Sustain me so that I can be safe and be concerned with Your word continually, and bring glory to You. Deal with Your servant based on Your faithful love; teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant; give me understanding so that I may know Your decrees. Give me a heart that loves Your word more than gold, even the purest gold, and a will that carefully follows all Your precepts and hates every false way. Your word is wonderful! Give me a heart and will that long to obey it. The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced. Give me a heart like the psalmist, that pants with open mouth because I long for Your words. Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is Your practice toward those who love Your name. Make my steps steady through Your promise; don’t let sin dominate me. Redeem me from human oppression, and strengthen me to keep Your precepts. Show favor to Your servant, and teach me Your ways. You are righteous, LORD, and Your judgments are just. The decrees You issue are righteous and altogether trustworthy. Your promises have been thoroughly tested, Your word is completely pure, and Your servant loves it. Your righteousness is everlasting and Your instruction is true. Trouble and distress may overtake me, but Your word is my delight. Give me understanding, that I will live and glorify You. Father, Teach me to call on You with my whole heart at all times. I confess that too often I am quick to trust in myself and to lose faith in You. Remind me that You made me and You are the One who can do all things. Thank You for saving me for eternity! Help me to trust You with today and tomorrow. I believe You will hear me, in keeping with Your faithful love, and I believe that Your word is true forever and You will keep Your promises. I rejoice over Your promises like one who finds vast treasure. I praise You for Your righteous judgments. Give me a heart that loves Your instruction, for only then may I have abundant peace and nothing will make me stumble. Let my cry reach You, LORD; give me understanding according to Your word. Let my plea reach You; rescue me according to Your promise. My lips pour out praise, for You teach me Your statutes. My tongue sings about Your promise, for all Your ways are righteous. May Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts. I long for Your salvation, LORD, and Your instruction is my delight. I wander like a lost sheep; thank You for the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, who came to seek and to save those who, like me, were lost! In His 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:

  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke
  • Corey & Sheryl Morasch
  • Cody Morgan
  • Kyle Morgan
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan

Ministry:

  • Christian Pro-Life Ministries in Idaho (Idaho Chooses Life, Stanton Health Care, etc)

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

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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