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“ALEPH”

June 1, 2007

The reasons for beginning a series on Psalm 119 are many.  First of all, it’s been on my heart to do so as of late.  Secondly, it’s imperative to post on things that are truly needful.  Things that will encourage those in Christ to draw closer to him; both through prayer and through diligent searching of the scriptures. (because when the global aganda is in play, I don’t think Wal-Mart will be selling bibles any more)  Third and more self-servingly, it’s a quick way to post when nothing particular is front and center.  This I learned from the “Cloud of Witnesses” series of posts.  It almost seemed like “cheating,” and yet what better way to post than to go through scripture.  Well currently, a lot of things are “front and center” and yet time is not allowing me to place them into a readable format.  Therefore, here we are.

Psalm 119:1  “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.”

Such a simple passage and yet so telling.  A person who seeks the Lord diligently; follows hard after him and places confidence in his word will be blessed.  This is a side thought here, but earlier this week I read a post from a lady who is a professed athiest.  She was at the newly opened “Creation Museum” and spent the day protesting, with a group of other athiests, what she considers to be a blatant attack on common sense.  While some of the things do sound strange concerning the museum, this lady displayed a total disregard for the word of God.  It’s nothing new of course, however it shows just how misdirected a person can get when biblical principals have no place in their life.  I put up a post about it entitled “Jurassic Ark,” but I pulled it about ten minutes later.  It was a post that would draw debate into avenues which are important, but not condusive to seeing the larger picture.  These are days to be sober-minded and watching.

Psalm 119:2  “Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with a whole heart.”

This brings into mind Revelation 12:11 which tells how they overcame by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.  To keep the testimony of Jesus Christ and seek him with a whole heart.  When we seek him wholeheartedly, we’ll not be overcharged by the things of this life.  I’ve been thinking on this lately.  That if we want to overcome this world and not succumb to temptations of self-preservation, three things are paramount.

(1)  Love the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly.

(2)  Don’t love the present world.

(3)  Lay treasure up in heaven instead of heaping up riches for the last days.

I was thinking last night about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo.  They stood before king Nebudchadnezzar, who thought that he was being generous by giving them a “second chance to conform.”  Their response is one of the most incredible displays of love for the Lord in scripture. 

Daniel 3:17  “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.”

In other words, “one way or the other” we’re going to be delivered.  If we have this in our heart and our love for the Lord is as it should be, we’ll be ready when the hour of trying is upon us.  His grace will be sufficient for any situation.  Sorry for the diversion, however, this was a source of much pondering last night.

Psalm 119:3  “They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.”

If we love him, we’ll keep his commandments and his commandments are definately not grievous as many would think.  Living a life of holiness is ever so liberating as the temporal pleasure of “sin for a season” is replaced by a supernatural joy and peace that defies the best efforts of the world to comprehend.  We rejoice as the Lord delivers us from the desires of the world and the rivers of living water continuously flow from within as the Holy Ghost abides in us.  The trappings of this world hold no weight when we seek the Lord with a whole heart and make him our delight. 

Psalm 119:4  “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.”

Diligence is a good word to do a concordance search on.  When we love someone or have a passion for something, we’ll seek it diligently.  For example, I used to be a big football fanatic.  I knew almost every player on every team, who was good, who was overrated, every coach, every coaches history, almost “everything there was to know about football.”  For me, it was a bondage and one from which the Lord has delivered me completely.  Even to the point that casual discussions of it for the sake of “not being rude” are depressing.  I can’t tell anyone else that this is right approach for them, however it is for me because I was consumed by it.  (A different situation would be that of a coach or a player who is born again and is a witness to the fans and others on his team.  Tony Dungy is a prime example of this)  As mentioned in an earlier post, when the Lord delivers us from a form of bondage, even a seemingly harmless one, the joy and peace that fills the void is so awesome that we wonder why we ever allowed the thing to get in the way. 

Romans 8:6  “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

I’m reminded of a statement that David Meyer made in his June newsletter.  (Last trumpet ministries; listed in the blogroll)  In discussing the various goings on in the country, he stated “Most people will not make the connections of what is taking place in our country, because most people do not think spiritually.”  We spend a lot of time engaged in the physical realm without pondering the spiritual aspects which are behind  what’s going on.  During the season of rebellion, I was obsessed with politics.  This will sound nutty, (it “should” sound nutty) but I would listen to Rush Limbaugh daily.  I was in the HVAC business at the time and would plan the installations that I was entrusted with as to always be by the radio when Rush was on.  Therefore, I would set the condenser and do any “out of the basement” work in the morning so that I could spend the afternoon in the basement finishing up the job and getting my daily neocon fix.  (I haven’t tuned into Rush for well over three years now.  PRAISE GOD!) 

This is a side note, but a lot of lessons came out of the season of rebellion.  It was a depressing time and while I’m embarassed to have ever allowed it to take place, there’s understanding on things in a way that may not have come about had things just continued on course.  “I know that this sounds goofy.”

Wow!  This is looking to be a long series of posts.  (if time permits)  I’m only half way through “Aleph” and this has been all over the map.  It looks like I’ll have the unique situation of doing posts in which the title is composed of the Hebrew alphabet and Roman numerals.  (Coming soon: “ALEPH” II)  on thing that i’ve been focusing on and praying over is to discuss things which are needful for the times that we’re in.  The word of God is imperative and this longest of the psalms brings out all kinds of topics as it goes through the awesomeness and infalliability of the bible.  The scriptures are under attack like at no other time in history and focusing on their place in our lives is imperative.   I’m going to close for now.  These posts on Psalm 119 will probably not be done back to back, but scattered throughout the normal flow of things when they become appropriate.  (or the mind is drawing a blank)  I wish all a blessed day in Christ and will close with a most appropriate passage that displays the importance of hiding the word of God in our hearts.

Amos 8:11-12  “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”

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10 comments

  1. I enjoyed reading this. I just studied Psalm 119 during Shavout (Feast of Weeks) and the Omer count. Eastertide (Easter season) is based upon this biblical holiday. I was helped in this study by a Messianic study that is available on-line, A Lamp for Our Feet.

    Blessings ~


  2. Your closing scripture is so apt – I’m forever thanking the Lord that I not only have freedom to read His Word, but have freedom to buy it in every shape and form I desire, and to talk about it, and blog about it etc without fear. Thinking of course of those in the Persecuted Church who don’t, and for whom this verse is a daily reality. For some of them, just having a few verses is manna from heaven, let alone a whole page perhaps and a chapter would be treasure indeed. We have multiple volumes in our Western houses that lie on shelves gathering dust (even some of mine do 😦 ), and are so apathetic and blase about the enormous gift of freedom to be fed by His Word whenever we desire to be. So I’m now pushing myself to study more, and read more too when/where I can, as I want to have it engraved on my heart/mind for those times when I may be unable to access it any other way e.g. illness etc, let alone any more serious reason. Look forward to your continued walk through this awesome psalm. Blessings, TKR


  3. Greetings Timbob, may we hide Gods word in our heart, and lean not unto our own understanding. We too were sports nuts ( baseball ) and at one point many years ago heavily involved in the political scene.
    But our pleasure is not in sports, nor our hope in politics. It is in the Lord Jesus Christ and nowhere else. a nation can only truly change as people are transformed one heart at a time.
    May we pray and be diligent to seek the Lord daily, be found in His word, in prayer and serving in whatever manner He calls us to.

    Blessings to you always!

    Susan


  4. Good word timbob. I love Psalms 119, the chapter of the Word. Thank you for posting this today.

    Every Blessing in the Lord Jesus Christ!


  5. I was just reading a commentary by Matthew Henry online and his words of long ago seem so fitting as a comment for your wonderful post.

    “If we desire to be in earnest in the great work of salvation, every pursuit and enjoyment must be given up which hinders the effect of the gospel upon the mind, or loosens its hold upon the heart.”

    God Bless!
    Scotti


  6. Greetings Acceptance with joy. Thanks for stopping by. This psalm is so incredible; not only in telling how important the word of God is, but also the many other lessons that are drawn into it. Thanks also for the link. I think that I’ve been there before, but will have to stop in when time permits.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  7. Greetings ha Tikvah. Your observations are so accurate. We have bibles of every shape and size scattered throughout our homes while folks in Eritrea or Yemen go to great lengths and often at great peril, to obtain just a portion. May we all use our time wisely. Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  8. Greetings Susan. Sometimes I think that my life parallels that of you in that we’ve had similar battles in the past. For me, the political war was a big one. It was a case of thinking that I was pleasing God because of a political adherance. PRAISE GOD for a deliverance from such an idea. The flesh can never deliver but when the Lord delivers us, it’s a total victory. The ensuing joy is always so much greater than any satisfaction gained from carnal sources. Thanks for sharing your comments.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  9. Greetings Phil. Thanks for stopping by and also for the posts that you are doing concerning the trip to Scotland.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.


  10. Greetings Scotti. Indeed to have our “all” on the altar for the cause of Christ is imperative. Such joy and peace comes from just being obediant to the Lord in or our ways. Thanks for sharing.

    Have a blessed day in Christ.



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