#23 (Summer Series 2019)

Reading Psalm 119:1-3, Luke 23

Blessed are those whose ways are blameless,
    who walk according to the law of the Lord.
Blessed are those who keep his statutes
    and seek him with all their heart—
they do no wrong
    but follow his ways.

Psalm 119:1-3, NIV

In Psalm 119:1-3, we are given three things that a blessed / happy person does.

1) They walk (live) according to the Word of the Lord.

2) They keep His statutes (commands).

3) They seek Him with all their heart.

Because they make the Bible, our Lord and His commands, a fixture in their lives, they are less likely to live according to their own desires. They don’t live in opposition to our Lord. But they choose the Lord in everything they do.

When we allow the Lord to be the authority of our lives, we will be far happier than we could ever imagine.

Some may wonder “where do I start?”, I am sorta asking myself the same question. Or, “how do I get back on track?”.

The immediate response for myself is repentance and daily sitting at His feet.. I need to develop a regular quiet time – where I am meeting with the Lord to confess my sins, to pray, to seek His strength and redemption, and read the Bible.

My quiet time lately has been “off track”. I can’t really blame it on anything in particular. I just haven’t given the Lord my best, when it comes to this area of my life. It is far more important to engage in regular communion time with my Heavenly Father than the specifics of study topic, set time, and specific place.

. . . But if I had a regular place where I study my Bible, it just might make things a bit easier in coming before His wonderful throne of grace!

I have experienced a lot of frustration with my “quiet time”, as I adjust to studying in a way that is easier on my body. The method isn’t as important as my motivations for drawing near. My quiet times don’t have to use the same traditional approach. The Lord can show me new ways of meeting with Him. But, I must come and meet with Him!

The emphasis, for myself, is regularly. My quiet times don’t need to look the same from one day to the next, but I do need to recommit myself to regularly be in the Word. To regularly sit at our Jesus’ feet, and surrender everything to Him. Take what I learn in my quiet time, and apply it to my life as immediately as I can.

Communion with the Lord is where I will find the right kind of happiness. Even in the midst of all my body and mind endures, I can choose to draw near to the King of Kings and rely on Him to help me make each day count. To find His beauty in the midst of my circumstances.

What stood out to you in today’s Psalm passage?

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