Affliction Can be Good for Us?

Daily Reading

65 LORD, you have treated your servant well, just as you promised. 66
Teach me good judgment and discernment, for I rely on your commands. 67 Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word. 68 You are good, and you do what is good; teach me your statutes. 69 The arrogant have smeared me with lies, but I obey your precepts with all my heart. 70 Their hearts are hard and insensitive, but I delight in your instruction. 71 It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes. 72 Instruction from your lips is better for me than thousands of gold and silver pieces. Psalm 119:65-72 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Affliction can be good for us.

How can a person view affliction as good? David writes, “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I could learn your statutes” (v.71). Trials tend to humble us. Humility softens the clay of our hearts, making it malleable in the Potter’s hand. 

The Bible says, ” God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.”Psalm 46:1 (CSB) Unfortunately, many of us never search for God until there is a problem. We could spare ourselves a significant amount of pain if only we would seek God’s ways first. Nevertheless, our suffering brings us back to God, and some lessons are learned in the crucible of tribulation. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for being present in your afflictions. Ask Him for the grace to learn His ways. 

 


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Open Your Eyes to the Goodness

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57 The LORD is my portion; I have promised to keep your words. 58 I have sought your favor with all my heart; be gracious to me according to your promise. 59 I thought about my ways and turned my steps back to your decrees. 60 I hurried, not hesitating to keep your commands. 61 Though the ropes of the wicked were wrapped around me, I did not forget your instruction. 62  I rise at midnight to thank you for your righteous judgments. 63 I am a friend to all who fear you, to those who keep your precepts. 64 LORD, the earth is filled with your faithful love; teach me your statutes. Psalm 119:57-64 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

Open your eyes to the goodness of God all around. 

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Do you see a half-empty-glass or is the glass half-full? The writer of this psalm was an optimist. Tradition says King David penned this psalm. If anyone could have been cynical, it was David. His life was a rollercoaster of events. One day he was held as a hero and the next he was a fugitive. Could the references of persecution sprinkled throughout the Psalm be allusions to the painful days of King David? I believe so. 

How could David write, “LORD, the earth is filled with your faithful love; teach me your statutes” (64)? Despite the hardships of life, David witnessed God’s hand at work in everything. No matter if Saul was chasing him threatening death, David knew God was in control. He knew this because of the time spent meditating on God’s promises. God’s Word did not shift with the winds of public opinion. David experienced God’s faithfulness through many events in his life. 

You may look at all the sin and evil in the world and wonder, “Where is God?” It’s a legitimate question, but don’t be blinded by pessimism.  God’s goodness and compassion can be seen throughout creation. You might need to adjust your perspective. Remember on the darkest of days is when God’s light can make the most difference. 

 Suggestion for Prayer

Even if you’re struggling to see it, thank God for his faithful love. Ask Him to open your eyes to His goodness all around you. 

 


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What’s Your Life’s Theme Song?

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49 Remember your word to your servant; you have given me hope through it. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction: Your promise has given me life. 51 The arrogant constantly ridicule me, but I do not turn away from your instruction. 52 LORD, I remember your judgments from long ago and find comfort. 53 Rage seizes me because of the wicked who reject your instruction. 54 Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life.
55 LORD, I remember your name in the night, and I obey your instruction. 56 This is my practice: I obey your precepts. Psalm 119:49-56 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

God’s Word is to be the melody played in your life. 

 

 What’s the theme song of your life? I am not talking about your favorite tune or playlist.  I am talking about what tune is your life playing for others to hear? In today’s passage, the Psalmist states, “Your statutes are the theme of my song during my earthly life” (54).  The writer is so in love with the Scriptures it is his source of joy. A joy that produces in his life, a glad song of constant praise. 

No doubt, he shares this song with others. Others witness that, for him, God’s command does not chain his feet but sets them to dancing. Of course, the author’s life plays sour notes when he breaks God’s law. But he thrusts himself on God’s mercy and grace to get back in rhythm. 

You can do this too! Christ gives us a heart that loves to obey. He provides us with a dance partner in the Holy Spirit. Yes, we will step on the toes of our partner. But that should never keep us from singing our song of grace. What melody are others hearing in your life? Hopefully, grace is your Lifesong. 

 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the grace to joyously live life. Ask Him to help you dance and sing of His goodness. If you have misstepped in the dance of life. Ask for forgiveness and rejoin the dance. 

 


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Halfway there…

Today is the turning point. I am no longer running headlong into the self-imposed “June Blogging Challenge.” But, in fact, I am on my way out of it!  I have posted content consistently for fifteen days. Now, it’s all downhill from here!

Here are some things I have learned over the last couple of weeks:

  1. As soon as you set a goal, life happens. (i.e., internet outages, emergencies, etc.) Just stick with it!
  2. Writing is an exercise. It’s more perspiration than inspiration. It uses “muscles” that you normally don’t use. But the more you use those muscles, the easier it becomes. Now, I understand the old adage of writers, “You must write every day.”
  3. Although some people may not understand your obsession, others understand totally.
  4. I write better at 6:00am with a cup of coffee than at 6:30pm with two cups of coffee.
  5. Writing brings clarity to my life.
  6. Last, but certainly not least, I am a called to write for God’s glory and not for my own.
I could mention a few more lessons, but my sermon manuscript for Father’s Day is like the June Blogging Challenge…half done. I hope you’re enjoying the journey. I am. Comment below to let me know you’re following.

God’s Promise of Salvation Brings Confidence

Daily Reading

41 Let your faithful love come to me, LORD, your salvation, as you promised. 42 Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word.43 Never take the word of truth from my mouth, for I hope in your judgments. 44 I will always obey your instruction, forever and ever. 45 I will walk freely in an open place because I study your precepts. 46 I will speak of your decrees before kings and not be ashamed. 47 I delight in your commands, which I love. 48 I will lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and will meditate on your statutes. Psalm 119:41-48 (CSB)

Daily Reflection

God’s promise of salvation brings confidence. 

 

God promises his people a faithful love, which is His salvation. This promise of salvation brings confidence. The Psalmist makes at least three statements that portray faith in this portion of Psalm 119. Let’s look at these verses closer. 

First, the author writes, “Then I can answer the one who taunts me, for I trust in your word” (v. 42). After a person receives the promise, they have the words to reply to those who mock them. God’s salvation brings the boldness to respond to those who ridicule them for their faith in His word. How can mockers accuse God of being unconcerned, when they witness His unfailing love in action? God’s promise of salvation brings confidence to refute the nay-sayers. 

Secondly, the writer declares, “I will walk freely in an open place because I study your precepts” (v.45). When a person knows what God has promised in the Scriptures, they do not need to cower and hide. Even if death came to them because of their allegiance to God, it would be the victory (see Philippians 1:21). God’s unfailing love increases confidence, so the person doesn’t have to hide. 

Finally, the Psalmist writes, “I will speak of your decrees before kings and not be ashamed” (v. 46). God covenant of faithfulness makes a person as bold as a lion. Earthly kings have the power to imprison and execute those who offend them. However, the Spirit-filled herald will deliver the King of kings message with boldness. God’s covenantal love brings assurance amidst the mighty. 

Do you lack confidence? Have you received the promised salvation? If so, are you feeding on the Word of God to know what God promises? 

Suggestion for Prayer

Thank God for the confidence His salvation brings. Ask Him to fill you with the assurance, which only comes from knowing Him. 

 


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