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Welcome to Blogging Psalms!

You may know me from Watching Daily At Wisdom’s Gates (www.roberlain.wordpress.com) or the completed Proverbs blog (www.bloggingproverbs.wordpress.com).

Or maybe you’ve just stumbled across this blog of Psalms. However you’ve found this blog, you’re welcome here.

I’m setting myself the task of writing about every Psalm. We’ll go from the depths of despair to the heights of praise.

I’ve heard the Psalms described as a chemists for the soul, from which the Great Physician can prescribe whatever spiritual medication we may need at any time.

I like that description, and read from the Psalms daily, because I need my daily dose!

Be blessed as you join me on this pilgrimage of worship of the Lord God of Israel.

Psalm 119:121-128… Gold

I have done what is just and right; do not leave me to my oppressors. Give your servant a pledge of good; let not the insolent oppress me. My eyes long for your salvation and for the fulfillment of your righteous promise. Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love, and teach me your statutes. I am your servant; give me understanding, that I may know your testimonies! It is time for the Lord to act, for your law has been broken. Therefore I love your commandments above gold, above fine gold. Therefore I consider all your precepts to be right; I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:121‭-‬128 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.121-128.ESV

If we walk in integrity, we hope that God won’t leave us to our oppressors. We don’t want the insolent oppressing us because we follow God. We long for our vindication and the fulfilment of God’s salvation of us.

God has righteously promised to save us, so we trust He will. We want God to deal with us according to His steadfast love and not according to what we deserve. We are God’s servants who need Him to give us understanding to serve Him aright.

When God’s law is broken, He must act. Either He will condemn us to breaking His law. Or else we can trust in Jesus who was punished in our place if we believe in Him.

God’s word is more valuable than gold. Gold will pass away, but God’s word never will. All God’s precepts are right, any other way to His is false.

“Lord, please help us to value Your word above all things, for it is the only thing that will endure forever. Please help us to keep it as best we can, and thank You for Your salvation, in Jesus’ name, amen”

Psalm 119:113-120… Safety

I hate the double-minded, but I love your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope! Hold me up, that I may be safe and have regard for your statutes continually! You spurn all who go astray from your statutes, for their cunning is in vain. All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross, therefore I love your testimonies. My flesh trembles for fear of you, and I am afraid of your judgments.

Psalm 119:113‭-‬120 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.113-120.ESV

We know from Jesus that we should love our enemies. But here David says he hates the double minded. Remember that Jesus said to hate our family in order to follow Him. Our love for Him should be so strong that all our other loves pale in comparison and look like hatred in contrast. And of course double mindedness really is hateful.

God is our safe place. He’s our defence. His word is our hope when all else in comparison is hopeless. I’ve just remembered at this point that Psalm 119 has been compared to a love poem to God’s word, and each of the verses are like guests at a wedding, each with their own perspective on David and the word.

We don’t want evildoers clouding our vision; we want to focus on the Bible. Or perhaps more accurately, through the Bible to focus upon how we should live. We need God to uphold us, and to give us hope and life according to His word.

We need God to hold us up and to keep us safe, according to His word. We mustn’t stray from His teaching or He will reject us. If we rebel against God and His law, it won’t go well with us.

God is fearsome. We often downplay this aspect of who He is. But He’s not just awe inspiring, He’s genuinely fearful. He’s the one who could banish us to hell for eternity. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

“God Almighty, may we fear You as we ought. But may we also take refuge in You from the wrath to come, and may Your perfect love cast out our fear. In Jesus’ name, amen”

Psalm 119:105-112… Torch

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules. I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord , according to your word! Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord , and teach me your rules. I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law. The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts. Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart. I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.

Psalm 119:105‭-‬112 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.105-112.ESV

Life is often dark and dangerous. God’s word shines a light in the darkness to show us the way we should go. We are to keep God’s law of love for Him and of others.

Life can be very tough, we need the life that God can speak into our existence. We want Him to offer our praise, feeble as it is. We want Him to teach us His ways.

In the midst of everything we face in life, we mustn’t forget God’s guidebook. Evildoers may seek to ensnare us, but as long as we stick to God’s path marked out for us, we’ll stay safe. As long as we have God’s word, we have enough to keep us safe and well in this life.

What do we rejoice in? Family, friends, money, hobbies, work? There’s not necessarily anything wrong with those things, but God’s word helps us to put them in proper perspective and to rejoice in Him above all.

Our hearts naturally stray away from God. We need to consciously align our hearts to keep God’s word. It’s not to be kept half heartedly, but in its completeness.

“Lord, we thank You for the light of Your word in this dark world. Please help us to wholeheartedly keep it, to the honour of Your name, amen”

Psalm 119:97-104… Honey

Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for your testimonies are my meditation. I understand more than the aged, for I keep your precepts. I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word. I do not turn aside from your rules, for you have taught me. How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Psalm 119:97‭-‬104 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.97-104.ESV

What occupies our thinking? What we love is what we meditate on, whether that be family, friends, work or hobbies. David meditated upon his much loved law of God.

God’s word is what gives divine wisdom and makes us cleverer than the worldly wise. I’m reminded of Jesus, whose questioning of the teachers of the law in the temple aged 12 amazed them with His insight. God doesn’t ask us to do what He hasn’t done Himself in fulfilling His own law.

We need to avoid evil ways to keep God’s word and to walk His straight and narrow way. In case we’re starting to picture the life of faith as a long hard slog, David describes it as sweeter than honey. That’s what God’s teaching needs to be to us to enjoy wholesome sweetness in our lives.

Biblical wisdom and understanding isn’t for it’s own sake. It’s not just head knowledge, but translates into our hearts and actions. We avoid false ways by correctly understanding the Bible.

“O Lord, please help us to delight in Your word, and to wise up according to its teaching. We pray this in our Saviour’s name, amen”

Psalm 119:89-96… Eternity

Forever, O Lord , your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast. By your appointment they stand this day, for all things are your servants. If your law had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have given me life. I am yours; save me, for I have sought your precepts. The wicked lie in wait to destroy me, but I consider your testimonies. I have seen a limit to all perfection, but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

Psalm 119:89‭-‬96 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.89-96.ESV

“All good things come to an end” isn’t a truism. The Bible will endure forever, as does God in His faithfulness towards us His people. The earth endures by the word of the Lord.

People often question where God is in affliction. But those who know the Scriptures delight in the comfort they find in them in the midst of suffering. We have life according to God’s word.

We’re not saved according to our hunger for the Bible, but if we do hunger for it, we will find salvation revealed in its pages. Evildoers may seek to destroy us, but we can draw strength from God’s word. God’s word is limitless in its perfection!

“O Lord, how we love Your law of love! Please help us to love You as we ought, and others as we love ourselves. In Jesus’ name, amen”

The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award

The Devotional Guy TM (www.thedevotionalguy.blog) has kindly nominated me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award.

His is a great blog to check out for Biblical encouragement.

The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official award created by the members of Team Ideal Inspiration and is given to bloggers as an acknowledgment of the inspiring work they publish on their blogs. The award is a reflection of the positive impact people can have on one another’s lives.

RULES:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.

Answer their questions.

Nominate up to 10 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.

Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blogs.

List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspirational Blogger” logo


Questions

When did you launch your current blog?

Blogging Psalms I think I started around the middle of last year, 2019

What motivated you to start blogging?

For this blog specifically, I wanted to delve into the Psalms. In general, I would love to blog through the whole Bible! Proverbs and most of Psalms done, 63 1/4 books to go! I feel like quoting a vaguely remembered quote that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step!

How often do you publish a new post?

On Blogging Psalms? Once daily. On all my blogs? At least thrice daily!

How much time do you spend on average creating a blog post?

Only about half an hour to be honest, I minimally edit, and only have one draft. The only changes I might make are to correct spelling or grammar mistakes. So my posts are really just like a first draft!

What is it about blogging that you find rewarding?

I love writing for its own sake, but I hope that in my writing I’m communicating the truth and love of God.

Great questions Devotional Guy TM 🙂

My questions for my nominees are as follows:

1. If you were to blog through a book of the Bible, which would you choose?

2. What are your life ambitions (one will do!)?

3. What life achievement so far are you most pleased with?

4. If you could go on holiday anywhere, where would you go?

5. If you could emigrate anywhere, where would you move?

My nominees are:

Matt at http://www.jesusluvsall.wordpress.com

Vanessa at http://www.braveblessedandbeautiful.wordpress.com

Mercy at http://www.herrychiccounsels.com

Lydia at http://www.inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com



The Devotional Guy TM (www.thedevotionalguy.blog) has kindly nominated me for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award.

His is a great blog to check out for Biblical encouragement.

The Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award is a non-official award created by the members of Team Ideal Inspiration and is given to bloggers as an acknowledgment of the inspiring work they publish on their blogs. The award is a reflection of the positive impact people can have on one another’s lives.

RULES:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.

Answer their questions.

Nominate up to 10 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.

Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blogs.

List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspirational Blogger” logo


Questions

When did you launch your current blog?

Blogging Psalms I think I started around the middle of last year, 2019

What motivated you to start blogging?

For this blog specifically, I wanted to delve into the Psalms. In general, I would love to blog through the whole Bible! Proverbs and most of Psalms done, 63 1/4 books to go! I feel like quoting a vaguely remembered quote that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a step!

How often do you publish a new post?

On Blogging Psalms? Once daily. On all my blogs? At least thrice daily!

How much time do you spend on average creating a blog post?

Only about half an hour to be honest, I minimally edit, and only have one draft. The only changes I might make are to correct spelling or grammar mistakes. So my posts are really just like a first draft!

What is it about blogging that you find rewarding?

I love writing for its own sake, but I hope that in my writing I’m communicating the truth and love of God.

Great questions Devotional Guy TM 🙂

My questions for my nominees are as follows:

1. If you were to blog through a book of the Bible, which would you choose?

2. What are your life ambitions (one will do!)?

3. What life achievement so far are you most pleased with?

4. If you could go on holiday anywhere, where would you go?

5. If you could emigrate anywhere, where would you move?

My nominees are:

Matt at www.jesusluvsall.wordpress.com

Vanessa at www.braveblessedandbeautiful.wordpress.com

Mercy at www.herrychiccounsels.com

Lydia at www.inhisserviceandlovingit.wordpress.com

Psalm 119:81-88… Endure

My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. My eyes long for your promise; I ask, “When will you comfort me?” For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes. How long must your servant endure? When will you judge those who persecute me? The insolent have dug pitfalls for me; they do not live according to your law. All your commandments are sure; they persecute me with falsehood; help me! They have almost made an end of me on earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. In your steadfast love give me life, that I may keep the testimonies of your mouth.

Psalm 119:81‭-‬88 ESV

https://bible.com/bible/59/psa.119.81-88.ESV

There’s now-and-not-yet aspects to salvation. We’re saved once and for all when we trust in Jesus. But our salvation isn’t completely done until we go to be with Him forever. Until then we still need saving because we continue to fail Him in many ways.

Our hope is in God’s word. He who began a good work in us will carry it through to completion upon the day of Christ Jesus. In the midst of trials, we long to know God’s comfort.

We might feel ruined and good for nothing. But if we trust in God’s teaching, we’re on the right track. Even though we face much opposition, God will vindicate us.

We might be tempted when persecuted to throw in the towel, but we must persevere. God is the one who gives us life and sustains us in it. We must cling to Him. He gives us life that we might love and serve Him.

“Dear Lord, in the midst of trouble, please help us to cling to You. Please sustain us and give us life to keep Your perfect teaching. For Your glory, amen”