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September 4,2018

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Encourage0gram  September 4, 2018

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in God’s forever family,

 

In our last encourage0gram, we began to discover the importance to God’s promises in our lives from Psalm 119.  We are examining a simple request found nine times: “Preserve my life.”

This request for life is consistently translated revive life in the New American Standard version.  This is a sound translation and reveals another great value in this simple study.

 

Today, we look at three more of these requests.

 

NIV Psalm 119:88 In your unfailing love preserve my life, that I may obey the statutes of your mouth.

 

The psalmist calls for preservation of his life based on the unfailing love of God.  The context of this request reveals that he is being attacked (see 119:81-87).  God’s love is unfailing, and He remains true to His covenant with everyone who puts their trust in Him.  The psalmist’s goal for his life is expressed in the second phrase.  He desires to obey the spoken Word of God. God testified in both blessings and warnings through His prophets. Today, God continues to speak to us primarily through the written Word.  If obedience to God’s truth is our goal, we will live in the security of His unfailing love. And even when we fail, He keeps on lovingly drawing us back to Himself. 

 

This truth is well expressed in the song entitled: The Reckless Love of God

 

Reckless Love      Written by Cory Asbury, Caleb Culver, and Ran Jackson

 

Verse 1

Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me

You have been so, so good to me

Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me

You have been so, so kind to me

 

Chorus

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

 

Verse 2

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me

You have been so, so good to me

When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me

You have been so, so kind to me

 

Bridge

There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me

Oh let us give praise to God who will not stop loving us!  Give Him glory for His unfailing love to us.  This is love not that we love God but that He loved us and sent His son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:10.

 

NIV Psalm 119:107 I have suffered much; preserve my life, LORD, according to your word.

 

The acrostic section beginning with the letter “Nun” begins with the very famous statement: “your word is lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”  Logically, the psalmist confines his desire to follow the righteous law of God (Psalm 119:106).  Following the Torah or the instructions of God does not ensure that we will be without any sorrow or suffering in life on this planet. Therefore, we see the very personal request for life according to the Word of God in verse 107.  Have you suffered MUCH?  Are you now in a season of suffering?  Do not despair!  Keep following the Light of God’s truth to take the next step in obedience to His Word.  The Devil has many ways to discourage us but God continually remains faithful to His Word. He will preserve us in our suffering!

 

NIV Psalm 119:149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love; preserve my life, LORD, according to your laws.

 

Under the letter Qoph, the writer describes his earnest life of prayer (119:145-148).  This is so encouraging for us to keep praying with our Bible and our hearts open to God.  Prayer often enlightens us to the Truth in God’s word. Once again, we set the context of the request in the love of God.  It is remarkable that this precise word for God’s love (hesed) is only found seven times in Psalm 119. (see 41, 64, 76, 88, 124, 149, 159).  We know and rely on God’s great love for us!  Every time we pray we are reminded of the love of God who wants us to talk with Him! The word translated “laws” defines the just judgments of God.  He is the “Governor” over all the universe and His enemies are being made His footstool.  Therefore, we rely on His justice over all others!  In His justice our lives are preserved! 

 

The truths we are discovering in this brief study in Psalm 119, are so very encouraging, aren’t they?  Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight and energy to understand and apply them in your life today!  I am so blessed to be your pastor and watch so many of you walking in the truth!  

 

Your servant for Jesus sake,

Pastor Rick

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