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Devotional Thought : Psalm 119

November 17, 2017

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law (verse 18). I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding (verse 32). I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts (verse 45). Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path (verse 105). Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble (verse 165). Psalm 119

The longest psalm in the Bible teaches us about God’s Word. Amongst other things, God’s word brings understanding and freedom. It may seem like a contradiction that rules bring freedom, but they do. Boundary lines on sporting fields, means the game can be played within set perimeters. This allows the players to run within the boundaries with a sense of freedom. They know the limits so they’re free from disorder and confusion.

Likewise, God’s directions give us freedom, because we’re confident about the right way to live. We don’t have to stumble about in confusion or fear of adverse consequences. We can run in God’s paths because we’re confident where to put our spiritual feet. His word lights our way.

By spending time, reading God’s word we broaden our understanding. We learn more about God’s character and his purposes for our lives and for his world. The more we learn God’s ways, the more we appreciate his compassion and graciousness towards us. It grows our faith.

The truth that God is good sinks into our hearts. When we look at world events we may have doubts, but God’s word shows us a bigger picture. There’s a spiritual world that is far more enduring than what we see. The assurance from God’s word brings us great peace and security.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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