Wednesday, September 22, 2010

RELIEF - September 22, 2010

Psalm 119:49-56 (GOD’S WORD Translation)
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49Remember the word you gave me. Through it you gave me hope. 50This is my comfort in my misery:

Your promise gave me a new life.

51Arrogant people have mocked me with cruelty, yet I have not turned away from your teachings.

52I remembered your regulations from long ago, O Lord, and I found comfort in them.

53I am burning with anger because of wicked people, who abandon your teachings.

54Your laws have become like psalms to me in this place where I am only a foreigner.

55At night I remember your name, O Lord, and I follow your teachings. 56This has happened to me because I have obeyed your guiding principles.

Romans 15:4 (New International Reader's Version)
4 Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. The Scriptures give us strength to go on. They cheer us up and give us hope.

There are times when everything seems to come at us all at once. You know it when you forget to set the alarm and you are running late from the time you get up. Everything just weighs in on you, and no matter what you do, it all seems to go wrong. To add insult to injury, it so happens that on top of everything going wrong, it happens to be the day that those irritating people are in your face through most of it.

How do you overcome and how do you spell RELIEF in the face of this? You cling to what you know about the One who created you. You get back into the Word that He has given you and you remember all the comfort He has provided in the past. Sure the world piles its frustartions on you, especially if you are trying to follow God, but you cling to the promises that only He can give; you Remember Every Little Instruction Ever Found as you sought Him and prayed for His guidance.

Just as our humble priest who penned these words long ago, you need to let God be your comfort and your guide as you meet the world and its challenges.

Psalm 119 is a devotional poem from a very pious priest. This is the only psalm in The Psalms written by this author. This psalm is an acrostic poem; the verses of each stanza begin with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. This Israelite priest sought to pass on godly instruction in his devotional study of the word of God.

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