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“Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” Psalm 119:36-37 KJV

“Give me an eagerness for your laws rather than a love for money! Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word.” Psalm 119:36-37 NLT

Psalm 119 uses many different words and phrases that pertain to God’s law, or God’s Word, and every verse stresses the importance of it.  We cannot separate God from His Word. We cannot love God without loving His Word.

John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The writer went on to say in verse 14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”  Jesus was the Word clothed in human flesh.

The Psalmist prayed that the Lord would make him eager to know His Word.  The more we read the Bible, the more we learn about the Lord Jesus Christ, and the more we desire to draw closer to Him.  The closer we draw to Him, the more we want to read and study His Word.  As we read it prayerfully, it becomes alive in our hearts.  When we are facing problems or having to make decisions, we find the answers in His Word.

We often hear the quote: “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.”  That is true, if we allow sinful things to fill our hearts and minds, we lose our desire to read the Word of God, because we know that it will convict us.  But with the Word of God hidden in our hearts, we can resist the things that would try to turn us away from God.  Another verse in this 119th Psalm tells us that we should hide His Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin against Him.

The Word of God is as necessary to our spiritual health as food is to our natural health.  The Cambridge dictionary describes eagerness as: 1. wanting very much to do or have something, especially something interesting or enjoyable: 2. having or showing desire or interest.  This is how we should approach our Bible reading every day.

Prayer:  Thank you Lord for your Word which gives us guidance and direction.  May we approach it with eagerness and a strong desire to hide it in our heart.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).

Years ago, if you planned a trip somewhere, you would go to the store and buy a map. There were maps just for a particular state or an atlas that had all the states in one book. The maps showed most of the roads so that you could map out the way to get to your destination. The maps would not show you any construction or other obstacles that would possibly be on the roads that would hinder your journey or cause detours.

Today we have GPS, either on our phones or devices in the vehicle, that will let us know the appropriate direction to our destination and obstacles we may encounter. The GPS will redirect when there is a problem with our route; it will show an alternate way. If we veer off course, it will show us how to get back to the right direction.

The Bible is our road map through this life. It will guide us on the right path and give us direction on what to do when we face life’s obstacles. Our destination is to make Heaven our home and the Bible will show us the way. If we don’t have a map or GPS while traveling to an unfamiliar area, we may become lost and confused. If you don’t read the Bible daily, you can become lost from the way God wants you to go. To get back on the right path, read the Bible again and God will show you how to get back on the right path and what to do to get there. God’s Word has all the directions for your life.

Prayer: God, help me to stay on the right path and show me the way that I am to take. When I face life’s obstacles, help me to know the right way to take. Be my guide to make it through this life the way that You would have me go to make Heaven my home someday. Amen!

BY MISHELLE NALLY

“Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” Psalm 77:19

The NLT version of this verse is: “Your road led through the sea, your pathway through the mighty waters—a pathway no one knew was there!”

My brother and I were driving on a winding country road going to pick up a friend for church. As we came over the top of a hill, there was a car coming right toward us on our side of the road. Suddenly my brother turned the steering wheel and we went up a small road that seemed to suddenly appear from nowhere on our right side and a serious accident was prevented. We often think about that and thank the Lord for that road we did not know was there.

The Israelites leaving their slavery behind in Egypt became very afraid when they saw their enemy coming after them and the Red Sea in front of them. It seemed like they were in an impossible situation and nothing could save them from destruction. But God told Moses to lift his rod and stretch it over the sea and showed them a pathway that no one knew was there. As the waters rolled back on either side, the people were able to cross over on dry ground.

How often we are faced with trials or difficulties that seem like there is no way out. As we cry out to the Lord in prayer, He opens a path that we could not even dream of and shows us the way out of our problem. No matter what we are going through, He cares for us. When we cannot see around the next bend, we can trust Him for He always has a path prepared.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for the many times that you have provided a way when it seemed there was no way. Thank you for preparing a path that we did not know was there.

Devotion by Anne Johnston