Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Statements of Declaration

Psalm 119:105-112
105 Your word is a lamp to my feet
    and a light for my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
    that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
    preserve my life, O Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
    and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
    I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
    but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
    they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
    to the very end.

Reading the entire Psalm 119 is a lengthy read, but filled with word pictures of the psalmist's relationship to God. I've selected this section in order for us to see how close we should be to God and his ways.  As you read and meditate on the above verses, see if these are declarations you have made in your walk with God. Some are easy for us to say and believe, others may be more difficult.

Can we all say to God, "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path?"  Of course we can. That one is easy to say and it sounds so biblical for us to have such a respect for the word of the Lord. 

The next verse considers the taking of an oath and confirming it. It is actually a promise to God of the determination and pledge that we are going to make God's way our way.  That one is easy to say, but sometimes a difficult promise to keep. 

I like verse 108, "Accept, O Lord, the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws."  We all want God to accept our praise and our worship, but sometimes we are more concerned about how well it pleases us. 

Check over all these statements of declaration as we examine ourselves to see how closely we are believing and declaring them as truth for us.  Look again at the words of the psalmist, "My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end."


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