You Don’t Owe Anything to the Flesh
August 29, 2013
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August 31, 2013
You Don’t Owe Anything to the Flesh
August 29, 2013
Live Through the Spirit
August 31, 2013

Psalm 119 – Part 14C

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PSALM 119:105-112
 Hebrew N-Nun


105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.
I am severely afflicted; give me life, O Lord, according to your word!
Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O Lord, and teach me your rules.
I hold my life in my hand continually, but I do not forget your law.
The wicked have laid a snare for me, but I do not stray from your precepts.
111 Your testimonies are my heritage forever, for they are the joy of my heart.
I incline my heart to perform your statutes forever, to the end.
Psalm 119:105-112, ESV

The last few studies we learned how God’s Word is a lamp for us and a light showing us good pathways. No matter what the Psalmist encountered throughout his life, he continually came back to the Word because it would always minister to him, lift him up, and direct him. He wasn’t perfect, but in every situation he found God’s faithfulness and love.

God’s Word revived him—quickened him—repaired him as he testifies in verse 107. God’s preservation plan is always to restore to better than original. When you’re physically and emotionally drained, the Word of God will revive you and it’s better than splashing cold water on your face because God repairs from the inside out touching all of you—body, soul, and spirit.

Even when those around him sought to destroy him in some way or another by whatever means, he relied on God’s Word (verse 10). He couldn’t be convinced otherwise because God’s words gave him great joy while in the midst of turmoil and troubles.

Today, people associate joy with happiness, but they’re not the same thing. Happiness is based in our emotions, and we know they can be up or down at any given time depending on any given circumstance. Outward influences affect happiness; whereas, joy comes from within. If you’re looking for “things” or “people” to make you happy, you’ll continue to be disappointed. Jesus told the disciples that their joy would be complete when they walked in His love (John 15:9-11). Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and it grows in intensity as you rely on the Lord, partake of His Word, walking in love.

But when you have real, true God joy inside of you, you’re content, settled, and confident no matter what is going on in your life. Nehemiah 8:10 says “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”  God’s joy is your weapon for what the enemy brings against you, and in His joy you will find strength.

The Psalmist had found God’s rich heritage working in his life. He knew he could stand against anything in the joy of the His Lord. If you need this joy today, it’s yours for the taking. Simply receive it and you’ll begin to experience more contentment in your life, confident that God is working and moving in your midst.